It is the SPOOOOOOOKI day of the yr: The annual resort room lottery for San Diego Comedian-Con goes stay as we speak at midday/9 a.m. pt. To hell with the pandemic, demand is again in full pressure and you may want nerves of metal to navigate this yr’s revamped listing of inns.
The announcement itself was a bit abrupt – solely two days discover. However in accordance with my textual content messages and emails, everybody was already excited about getting a resort room, so would possibly as nicely get it over with.
Additionally, you will want a bank card with room: resort costs maintain going up, the preferred – Marriott, Hyatt, Bayside Hilton, and so on. – at round $325 an evening. Add the charges and it will be nearer to $400. Get these roommates lined up now! (It is value noting that they are nonetheless cheaper than common summer time charges. For instance, the Hyatt is $434 an evening two weeks earlier than SDCC.) And do not even ask about Lodges.com:
Like all the time Kerry Dixon on the unofficial CCSD weblog a the most detailed information on methods to survive the method. However in abstract, you may enter the ready room anytime from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (each hour PT) and at 9:00 a.m. you can be entered right into a ready room after which chosen RANDOMLY to enter the method of resort choice. Your house within the queue is decided by if you enter the room and NOT by the date you end, so these days of panicking by means of varieties are over, thank goodness.
The lottery remains to be a troublesome mistress, nonetheless. Final yr I walked in about 2 minutes and acquired my first decide. A pal got here in at 11 and acquired nothing.
For those who’ve been following my Hoteloween stories for about 20 years, you understand that previously, software program and servers weren’t as much as snuff, crashes and infinite waits had been the norm.
For the final 5 or 6 years, luckily, every little thing has gone nicely from a technical viewpoint. Other than the nerve-wracking wait, the entire course of takes about 10 minutes.
All that mentioned there’s a new wrinkle this yr. The SDCC resort web site helps you to preview it and see what inns can be found, to get a exercise, so to talk. When the time comes, you may choose as much as a dozen inns through a drop-down menu.
This yr, for the primary time, the drop-down menu signifies HOW MANY BEDS YOU WILL NEED. So Manchester Grand Hyatt 1 King Mattress is one choice and Manchester Grand Hyatt 2 Double Beds is one other. Duplicates are sometimes larger and should you change you can be charged a price – if a replica is even accessible.
I do know some individuals – perhaps even the particular person scripting this – who’ve used selecting one mattress as a option to skip the road – most individuals want two beds, and you will get your first accessible choice. This new course of made it a really dangerous proposition.
In years previous I’ve generally added up the whole variety of rooms accessible, however this data is a little bit tougher to search out lately. Nonetheless, there are a lot of extra inns in downtown San Diego than there have been, say, 20 years in the past. I am certain the pandemic has taken its toll right here, like in every single place else, however San Diego remains to be lovely and other people love being close to the water. A number of different fashionable boutique inns like Moxy, Pineapple, and a “new”Margaritaville (Previously the Solamar) presents diners extra choices than ever. And if all that fails, nicely, the shuttle leaves from Mission Valley! (Our recommendation: keep in Little Italy if you cannot keep proper downtown.)
And do not forget, a sprawling improvement throughout from the Embassy Suites will add much more resort rooms sooner or later.
You may know should you’ve gained the lottery on April 17 when emails are despatched to winners. And you will have to pay a TWO NIGHTS deposit on April 20 or lose the room…endlessly.
Whereas fashionable fanatics name Lodge Lottery Day Hotelpocalypse, we stick to “Hoteloween” – you by no means actually know what you are going to get. And likewise, we had been right here first.
Whether or not you are hoping for an opulent room on the Bayfront, or only a saving on the Days Inn…good luck! The countdown to Comedian-Con begins NOW!