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Title: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on August 12, 2021, 04:55:25 PM
I couldn't find a thread yet for 2022 SDCC Housing.  I checked this week for some downtown hotels and the Marriott chain has opened up reservations for the kind of announced SDCC dates for 2022, during the week of July 20 - 24. The prices, though are insanely high.  They are cancellable--I think up until the day before your reservation begins.  Yeah, like some were 1,000+ per room night. Ack!  Bring on Hotelpocalypse!

Specific hotels checked:
Marriott Marquis Hotel & Marina
Residence Inn Gaslamp
Marriott Bayfront
Westin San Diego Downtown
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sessionka on August 12, 2021, 07:50:09 PM
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I couldn't find a thread yet for 2022 SDCC Housing.  I checked this week for some downtown hotels and the Marriott chain has opened up reservations for the kind of announced SDCC dates for 2022, during the week of July 20 - 24. The prices, though are insanely high.  They are cancellable--I think up until the day before your reservation begins.  Yeah, like some were 1,000+ per room night. Ack!  Bring on Hotelpocalypse!

Specific hotels checked:
Marriott Marquis Hotel & Marina
Residence Inn Gaslamp
Marriott Bayfront
Westin San Diego Downtown

A bunch of hotels are blocked out already:

https://www.marriott.com/search/findHotels.mi
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sefton42 on August 13, 2021, 12:56:11 PM
On Monday, the Residence Inn Gaslamp actually had rooms for SDCC week starting at $239/night if you came in on Tuesday ($399/night if your stay started on Wednesday).  My friends and I pounced and made reservations.  By Wednesday, Marriott realized what week that was, and now if you want to book those same rooms, they start at $872/night.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: daveruby on August 15, 2021, 03:19:36 PM
I booked a Queen Suite at the Residence Inn Gaslamp for $259 at the beginning of last week!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on August 15, 2021, 04:34:52 PM
Well done! @daveruby (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=761)  You can relax during the 2022 hotel sale!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sefton42 on August 15, 2021, 04:45:03 PM
Unless Marriott decides “uh, yeah, we screwed up, that rate was a glitch and we’re canceling your reservation.”  It’s what I’m nervous about.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on August 16, 2021, 05:14:51 AM
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Unless Marriott decides “uh, yeah, we screwed up, that rate was a glitch and we’re canceling your reservation.”  It’s what I’m nervous about.

My sis has the theory that the current super high rates, is their attempt to make up for the super low ones some managed to secure.

The rates some got seem to be even lower than the SDCC rate from last year.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sefton42 on August 16, 2021, 05:25:00 AM
Some hotels have always had some rooms available to book directly that were not part of the con block — usually at 5x the usual hotel rate.  So those very high prices are not unusual.  And the low prices that some people have booked are likely due to the hotel not realizing that was Comic-Con week when the rooms went up.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: RighteousRita on August 17, 2021, 10:09:23 AM
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My sis has the theory that the current super high rates, is their attempt to make up for the super low ones some managed to secure.

The rates some got seem to be even lower than the SDCC rate from last year.
I was lucky to get the Sofia for $92 a night thanks to someone posting from Booking.com.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on August 17, 2021, 10:55:45 AM
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I was lucky to get the Sofia for $92 a night thanks to someone posting from Booking.com.

Whoa!!!  That is unbelievably wonderful.  92 bucks.  Amazing.  @RighteousRita (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2022)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: RighteousRita on August 17, 2021, 11:11:02 AM
Here are a few hotels at Mission Valley that are a little less than from SDCC 2019 pricing. Hotels.com

Crowne Plaza $211 was $236 2019

Super 8 at $86 currently

Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
$210 was $219 and $292 Concierge Level 2019
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: chocolateshake on August 17, 2021, 11:18:59 AM
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I was lucky to get the Sofia for $92 a night thanks to someone posting from Booking.com.

I would love to stay downtown during the con even though I'm local.  But responsibilities won't allow for it.  At $92/night though, I would have booked it just to use as a locker of stuff for those few days and then load up the car at the end.  Carrying stuff around all day and then home really limits what I can get.  I used to use a locker at a downtown gym for that, but it fills up quickly and I still have to lug all that stuff home on the trolley each night.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: dolphina on August 17, 2021, 12:21:56 PM
I've noticed really high hotel rates just about everywhere, hoping that CCI can negotiate some reasonable rates for SDCC.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sessionka on August 17, 2021, 02:58:38 PM
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I've noticed really high hotel rates just about everywhere, hoping that CCI can negotiate some reasonable rates for SDCC.

Actually, I think they do.

It's a dance...

For the hotels, this convention is a dream.  It's probably the closest they get to full capacity.  They charge more than their off-peak rates, but less than they'd like to (ex.  $1000/night).

My first year (2015) I missed the hotel sale (long story).  I did look at CCI's hotel list, and booked Humphrey's on Shelter Island directly thru the hotel site a month before the Con.  They gave me the CCI rate, so there was no problem there.  As I was checking in on Wednesday (Preview Night), a couple came in looking for a vacancy.  The rate quoted to them was $100/night more than mine (I couldn't help but over hear  :) ).   I was a little surprised (inside), but the couple went thru with the reservation without skipping a beat.  Looking back on it, they may not have been in San Diego for the Con.  It might have been a situation where they had to make a last minute trip to San Diego, probably called around, and my hotel was one of the few with vacancies, and they jumped on it.

It's all what the market will bear.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on August 17, 2021, 05:06:53 PM
@sessionka (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=5681)  - Did you ask the hotel for the CCI rate and they consented, or did they offer it?  Either way, that was cool.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sessionka on August 17, 2021, 06:25:57 PM
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@sessionka (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=5681)  - Did you ask the hotel for the CCI rate and they consented, or did they offer it?  Either way, that was cool.

@marcia29 (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=352) I had to chuckle at your question.  While it was a long time ago, I'm pretty sure it was the rate that was quoted on their site.  Since it was the same rate, I just booked it.  I chuckled, because you have no idea what a dweeb I was when it came to going to Comic Con that year.  I did absolutely no research.  And it's not like I live close.  I had to fly from the east coast.  I actually started looking for rooms in the downtown hotels.  Keep in mind, I didn't even know what downtown was.  And it's not like I don't have the resources.  I work in IT.  I have access to the internet all day long.  :).   God was looking out for me.   :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on August 17, 2021, 06:47:28 PM
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@marcia29 (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=352) I had to chuckle at your question.  While it was a long time ago, I'm pretty sure it was the rate that was quoted on their site.  Since it was the same rate, I just booked it.  I chuckled, because you have no idea what a dweeb I was when it came to going to Comic Con that year.  I did absolutely no research.  And it's not like I live close.  I had to fly from the east coast.  I actually started looking for rooms in the downtown hotels.  Keep in mind, I didn't even know what downtown was.  And it's not like I don't have the resources.  I work in IT.  I have access to the internet all day long.  :).   God was looking out for me.   :)

Yep...you had someone watching over you!  :)  And now, we have the FoCC hotel angels to help, too.  I tell folk, getting everything together to go to SDCC is like a part time job, since I am the one who does most of the machinations.

Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sessionka on August 17, 2021, 09:10:31 PM
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Yep...you had someone watching over you!  :)  And now, we have the FoCC hotel angels to help, too.  I tell folk, getting everything together to go to SDCC is like a part time job, since I am the one who does most of the machinations.

And those angels have helped me to get good hotels since.😍

God Bless You!!!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: RighteousRita on August 18, 2021, 07:34:15 AM
Has anyone tried using a Senior discount on getting reservations or here in the States, AARP?
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on August 18, 2021, 08:24:06 AM
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Has anyone tried using a Senior discount on getting reservations or here in the States, AARP?

@RighteousRita (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2022)  - Yes! My sister has used the senior discount several times for Marriott hotels.  She discovered that sometimes, the senior rates are even lower than the CCI hotel rates.  She does not have AARP.  She has been very happy even adding bookend nights using the senior rates.  Give it a whirl.  What hotels are you trying for?
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: RighteousRita on August 18, 2021, 08:49:04 AM
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@RighteousRita (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2022)  - Yes! My sister has used the senior discount several times for Marriott hotels.  She discovered that sometimes, the senior rates are even lower than the CCI hotel rates.  She does not have AARP.  She has been very happy even adding bookend nights using the senior rates.  Give it a whirl.  What hotels are you trying for?
I haven't reached senior, yet. But I was wondering. Maybe get my mom to book the hotel. I already have one at The Sofia. Still looking for good deals daily.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on August 18, 2021, 09:11:05 AM
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I haven't reached senior, yet. But I was wondering. Maybe get my mom to book the hotel. I already have one at The Sofia. Still looking for good deals daily.

They never have even asked for proof of age at the hotel, and she has a relatively youthful look.  But she is of age.   When she has booked rates, the rates have been significantly lower--like $70 per night.  Defintely not chump change in my eyes!  :D
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on August 18, 2021, 09:15:31 AM
Ah, I must bring up the somewhat mysterious Pendry hotel.  Has anyone stayed there?  I looked on our hotel review thread but there are no reviews yet.  It looks a bit upscale for my rough and tumble group...yet I am curious... ???
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sessionka on August 18, 2021, 09:16:18 AM
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They never have even asked for proof of age at the hotel, and she has a relatively youthful look.  But she is of age.   When she has booked rates, the rates have been significantly lower--like $70 per night.  Defintely not chump change in my eyes!  :D

Are these rates available for Hotelpacalypse?
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: SteveD on August 18, 2021, 09:23:06 AM
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Are these rates available for Hotelpacalypse?
I don't believe they have separate rates booked through CCI. You could get these rates for the shoulder nights, though.

It's always best to check all available rates (Senior, AAA, etc.) to see what the different rates are.
One time booking into the Omni in Frisco, I would have normally done the Senior rate, but found a $0 rate with breakfast instead, so I book that. Free is always better!  ;)

Room Type    Deluxe Room - 1 King Bed
Select Rewards Weekend Package
Enjoy a complimentary stay with breakfast for two on us!


Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on August 18, 2021, 09:25:03 AM
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Are these rates available for Hotelpacalypse?

This is outside of the CCI official rates.  She has contacted the hotel directly (Marriott chain) and spoken to their reservation folk and has also reserved via the internet. 

Btw..Hotel rates drive me nuts with the constant fluctuation!  I have seen rates change the same day---down and up.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on August 18, 2021, 09:27:02 AM
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I don't believe they have separate rates booked through CCI. You could get these rates for the shoulder nights, though.

It's always best to check all available rates (Senior, AAA, etc.) to see what the different rates are.
One time booking into the Omni in Frisco, I would have normally done the Senior rate, but found a $0 rate with breakfast instead, so I book that. Free is always better!  ;)

Room Type    Deluxe Room - 1 King Bed
Select Rewards Weekend Package
Enjoy a complimentary stay with breakfast for two on us!


@SteveD (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=3710) - Are you frackin' kidding me?!  You got a free...totally FREE...stay? Were you on points?  I mean...wow!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: SteveD on August 18, 2021, 09:34:49 AM
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@SteveD (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=3710) - Are you frackin' kidding me?!  You got a free...totally FREE...stay? Were you on points?  I mean...wow!
The only requirement was that I was a Select Rewards Member. The status level didn't matter. They did have to charge me $25 a day for parking, but that was probably through a separate company.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on August 18, 2021, 09:37:23 AM
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The only requirement was that I was a Select Rewards Member. The status level didn't matter. They did have to charge me $25 a day for parking, but that was probably through a separate company.

 :o :o :o Fab-u-lous!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: chocolateshake on August 18, 2021, 07:51:38 PM
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Ah, I must bring up the somewhat mysterious Pendry hotel.  Has anyone stayed there?  I looked on our hotel review thread but there are no reviews yet.  It looks a bit upscale for my rough and tumble group...yet I am curious... ???

I've never stayed there but I was there for an offsite.  It looked pretty classy.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: dolphina on August 20, 2021, 12:10:53 PM
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I don't believe they have separate rates booked through CCI. You could get these rates for the shoulder nights, though.

It's always best to check all available rates (Senior, AAA, etc.) to see what the different rates are.
One time booking into the Omni in Frisco, I would have normally done the Senior rate, but found a $0 rate with breakfast instead, so I book that. Free is always better!  ;)

Room Type    Deluxe Room - 1 King Bed
Select Rewards Weekend Package
Enjoy a complimentary stay with breakfast for two on us!


I love free but to feed you on top of being free, way to go!!!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sessionka on August 20, 2021, 09:49:30 PM
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Ah, I must bring up the somewhat mysterious Pendry hotel.  Has anyone stayed there?  I looked on our hotel review thread but there are no reviews yet.  It looks a bit upscale for my rough and tumble group...yet I am curious... ???
I requested it for one of my hotels during Hotelpocaplypse the first year they were open.  I think it was 2018.  Bupkis...  I didn't hear of anyone getting it at all.  I decided not to request it again.  Also, I don't think anyone on this forum has gotten it as part of the hotel exchange.  Most everyone says not to waste your pick on the Pendry.  I don't know why CCI lists it as one of its hotels.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: RighteousRita on August 22, 2021, 01:22:59 PM
Super 8 pricing for 2022 https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/hotel-circle-inn-san-diego.html?label=gen173nr-1DCAEoggI46AdIM1gEaKQCiAECmAExuAEHyAEN2AED6AEB-AECiAIBqAIDuALj4oqJBsACAdICJDIxOTczZDFmLWJmZDQtNDc4MC1iNWExLTIzNWI1MGQ0ZmU0NdgCBOACAQ;sid=1a5ec725770a1daac5d539671b910664;all_sr_blocks=18111503_93712676_2_0_0;checkin=2022-07-19;checkout=2022-07-24;dest_id=20015725;dest_type=city;dist=0;from_beach_non_key_ufi_sr=1;group_adults=2;group_children=0;hapos=11;highlighted_blocks=18111503_93712676_2_0_0;hpos=11;matching_block_id=18111503_93712676_2_0_0;no_rooms=1;room1=A%2CA;sb_price_type=total;sr_order=popularity;sr_pri_blocks=18111503_93712676_2_0_0__42496;srepoch=1629663602;srpvid=6d1e8ef863b00175;type=total;ucfs=1& (https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/hotel-circle-inn-san-diego.html?label=gen173nr-1DCAEoggI46AdIM1gEaKQCiAECmAExuAEHyAEN2AED6AEB-AECiAIBqAIDuALj4oqJBsACAdICJDIxOTczZDFmLWJmZDQtNDc4MC1iNWExLTIzNWI1MGQ0ZmU0NdgCBOACAQ;sid=1a5ec725770a1daac5d539671b910664;all_sr_blocks=18111503_93712676_2_0_0;checkin=2022-07-19;checkout=2022-07-24;dest_id=20015725;dest_type=city;dist=0;from_beach_non_key_ufi_sr=1;group_adults=2;group_children=0;hapos=11;highlighted_blocks=18111503_93712676_2_0_0;hpos=11;matching_block_id=18111503_93712676_2_0_0;no_rooms=1;room1=A%2CA;sb_price_type=total;sr_order=popularity;sr_pri_blocks=18111503_93712676_2_0_0__42496;srepoch=1629663602;srpvid=6d1e8ef863b00175;type=total;ucfs=1&)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: RighteousRita on August 23, 2021, 08:09:03 AM
Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
Starting at $195

From 2019 SDCC hotel list
Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
$219.00
$219.00

Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Concierge Level
$292.00
$292.00
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on August 23, 2021, 09:15:17 AM
Hotel angels have already taken flight for 2022,  :D
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Roybq on August 27, 2021, 12:18:01 PM
The Pacific is currently $195 a night on Booking.com

It's by Waterfront park and about a block and a half from a trolley station and about 3 blocks north of Wyndham San Diego Bayside.

I stayed there my first year going to SDCC and it worked for us.  It's not quite as downtown as other hotels, but it could be a decent backup if anyone needs it.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Sakura17 on September 24, 2021, 11:34:45 PM
Omni has some rooms available at the moment.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: tsnyder on December 21, 2021, 12:09:59 PM
No poll for guesses when hotel sale will be yet?  :D :D

I'm ready to get in SDCC mode............
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: stl_ben on December 21, 2021, 12:45:46 PM
I think most of of us are just hoping the new covid surge doesn't ruin 2022 plans.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: cire_raeb on December 21, 2021, 02:36:34 PM
The Early Bird Hotel Sale usually starts in late January/early February.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: alyssa on December 21, 2021, 08:42:50 PM
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I think most of of us are just hoping the new covid surge doesn't ruin 2022 plans.
If the early manifestations of Omicron (sp?) are correct and it spreads easy but is relatively benign -- there won't be a problem.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: stl_ben on December 21, 2021, 09:24:42 PM
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If the early manifestations of Omicron (sp?) are correct and it spreads easy but is relatively benign -- there won't be a problem.
Evidence is already pointing towards it not being benign at all....2022 is already working on way to top 2021 and 2020 on the crap list.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sessionka on December 21, 2021, 10:31:22 PM
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Evidence is already pointing towards it not being benign at all....2022 is already working on way to top 2021 and 2020 on the crap list.

It's looking more contagious, but not as virulent.

Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: stl_ben on December 22, 2021, 08:54:36 AM
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It's looking more contagious, but not as virulent.
That was the early South Africa study.  Studies in England show it just a virulent.  Too early to see how it does in America.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: alyssa on December 22, 2021, 10:24:23 AM
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It's looking more contagious, but not as virulent.


thx for saying it better ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: stl_ben on December 22, 2021, 01:16:12 PM
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thx for saying it better ;)
https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/omicron-infections-appear-no-less-severe-than-delta-covid-19-lowers-sperm-count-2021-12-20/

Sorry for derailing this chat...but research so far shows it no less severe than delta. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: chocolateshake on December 22, 2021, 06:13:00 PM
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https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/omicron-infections-appear-no-less-severe-than-delta-covid-19-lowers-sperm-count-2021-12-20/

Sorry for derailing this chat...but research so far shows it no less severe than delta.

That is so 2 days ago.  Here's what came out today.  3 studies that indicate that it maybe less severe.

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/mrc-global-infectious-disease-analysis/covid-19/report-50-severity-omicron/
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-12-22/omicron-hospitalization-risk-two-thirds-below-delta-study-shows
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: alyssa on December 22, 2021, 07:00:33 PM
SOOOOO
anyone got any good back up hotels?

Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: dolphina on December 22, 2021, 07:07:03 PM
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SOOOOO
anyone got any good back up hotels?
Yip, I’m following too. Always smart to have a plan B


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Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: stl_ben on December 22, 2021, 08:27:11 PM
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That is so 2 days ago.  Here's what came out today.  3 studies that indicate that it maybe less severe.

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/mrc-global-infectious-disease-analysis/covid-19/report-50-severity-omicron/
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-12-22/omicron-hospitalization-risk-two-thirds-below-delta-study-shows
It switches back and forth every other day....so come back tomorrow and it will be the other way.
Either way sounds like thousands more people will die in the upcoming surge over the next month or so....
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: alyssa on December 23, 2021, 07:52:24 AM
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It switches back and forth every other day....so come back tomorrow and it will be the other way.
Either way sounds like thousands more people will die in the upcoming surge over the next month or so....
please take this to the Pandemic thread ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sefton42 on December 23, 2021, 07:54:51 AM
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SOOOOO
anyone got any good back up hotels?

I got the Residence Inn Gaslamp back in July/August when they first showed availability that week.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: frgx on December 23, 2021, 11:35:08 AM
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SOOOOO
anyone got any good back up hotels?
I booked The Sofia back in July. $95/night.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Transmute Jun on December 23, 2021, 02:39:26 PM
I got the Omni a while ago.. $400 per night, which isn't cheap, but it's better than nothing if I don't get a downtown room in the lottery.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Mario Wario on December 23, 2021, 04:37:07 PM
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Yip, I’m following too. Always smart to have a plan B
Same and indeed.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: AlaskaRainbow on December 23, 2021, 08:18:03 PM
My sister booked the Gaslamp Plaza Suites for the four of us at an exorbitant price which we're probably gonna stick with but I'm still trying to figure out how we'll afford it. Staying at the Gaslamp Plaza Suites has been so great, we got spoiled.
Months ago, she also booked a backup at the Horton. Here's hoping we get to go and we all have somewhere to stay! And we can afford to eat, too!!!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on December 24, 2021, 12:12:35 AM
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My sister booked the Gaslamp Plaza Suites for the four of us at an exorbitant price which we're probably gonna stick with but I'm still trying to figure out how we'll afford it. Staying at the Gaslamp Plaza Suites has been so great, we got spoiled.
Months ago, she also booked a backup at the Horton. Here's hoping we get to go and we all have somewhere to stay! And we can afford to eat, too!!!

How is it that I not heard of this charming hotel? Just took a peek at their rooms and such.  Very European stye.  I noticed they had a statement- "Non-registered guests are not allowed after 11:00 PM."  @AlaskaRainbow (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=525)  - Do they really adhere to this policy? I am guessing..not.  ::)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sessionka on December 24, 2021, 03:26:37 AM
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My sister booked the Gaslamp Plaza Suites for the four of us at an exorbitant price which we're probably gonna stick with but I'm still trying to figure out how we'll afford it. Staying at the Gaslamp Plaza Suites has been so great, we got spoiled.
Months ago, she also booked a backup at the Horton. Here's hoping we get to go and we all have somewhere to stay! And we can afford to eat, too!!!
Now the Gaslamp Plaza Suites is showing no rooms available.  Looks like you got in under the wire.

The Horton is still showing some availability.

My initial plan B would have been a non downtown hotel.  I like Humphrey's Half Moon Bay.  I stayed there my first year, and I liked it.  But now you guys got me thinking.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sefton42 on December 24, 2021, 03:33:36 AM
Actually a week or two ago, I saw the Bayfront had availability if you wanted to spend $1200/night.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Mario Wario on December 24, 2021, 10:36:56 AM
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Actually a week or two ago, I saw the Bayfront had availability if you wanted to spend $1200/night.
Still available, shocking. Lol
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: AlaskaRainbow on December 24, 2021, 10:40:04 AM
Gaslamp Plaza Suites is unique because they have rooms and timeshares. The timeshare rooms are booked through whomever owns the timeshare, not the hotel. We have been super lucky and grateful to a member of this Forum for letting us rent her timeshare (For a more reasonable amount $) for Con week more than once since she was staying elsewhere. When you rent the room as a timeshare you're limited to staying there Sun-Sat but we always stay Tues-Tues so we've booked a different hotel for the last 2 nights because the nightly cost has been very expensive (we usually move to the Indigo Sun am). "Kind Forum Member" (don't want to invade anyone's privacy by naming) already told us the timeshare wouldn't be available for 2022 so my sister booked a room through the hotel directly and hopes I'll have enough $ by then.

Gaslamp Plaza Suites have just a few rooms (one on each floor) that have two queen beds (most of their rooms have a bed and sleeper couch) and two bathrooms, little kitchenette, two refrigerators - this is the timeshare room we got to stay in more than once! It was so great with 4 women in the room (one cosplayer) to have 2 bathrooms, heaven. Plus they have a funky bar downstairs that's like being in Alice in Wonderland with a "secret" entrance.  I think the registered guest thing 11pm is because they are a small hotel and they have varied guest types or because of the bar? 

I don't think they've (maybe did at one point?) participated in the Con Hotel Hell that we've all been through so there isn't any contract rate they have to follow.
 
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: RighteousRita on January 19, 2022, 06:57:58 AM
Gaslamp Plaza Suites from Booking.com Date July 18-24 dates
Standard Room
1 full bed
FREE cancellation • No prepayment needed
You can cancel later, so lock in this great price today!
Only 4 rooms left at this price on our site
6 nights, 2 adults
$1,914
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: peperryvt on January 24, 2022, 10:55:21 AM
I'm an owner at the Gaslamp Plaza Suites and have a studio room reserved for Comic Con week (Sunday to Sunday, 7/17-24).  The room has a queen bed, a queen sleeper sofa, a partial kitchen, and one bathroom.  The maximum occupancy is 4. I've got it listed on the Timeshare User Group website (TUG2.com) for rent but haven't had any inquiries yet.  I rented it several years ago to a member here for Comic Con and he was very happy with.  I've offered it to him but haven't heard back so I assume he's not interested.  Here's what he said about it - "The room worked out so perfectly! It was just outside of the crazy Gaslamp stuff but walkable to nearly everything."

I'm asking $1500 for the full 7 days.  Let me know if you are interested.  I also have what will presumably be Comic Con week in 2023 (7/16-23) reserved.  You would have right of first refusal for 2023 if you were happy with it.

Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
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Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: lowgun on March 06, 2022, 10:45:12 AM
when was hotel lottery previously? wasn't it around now? or think it'll be after WonderCon's done?
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sefton42 on March 06, 2022, 10:51:42 AM
Usually April
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: dolphina on March 06, 2022, 11:06:43 AM
It’s been so long since we have done that madness lol, fingers crossed
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: epicaz on March 10, 2022, 06:12:33 PM
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when was hotel lottery previously? wasn't it around now? or think it'll be after WonderCon's done?

Early bird hotels are typically on sale by February. In some years the main sale was as early as March, or at least announced to take place as late as May. It definitely does feel like it's running late for news
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: darqamin on March 23, 2022, 09:21:20 PM
I hope they make an announcement soon on when the lottery is at least  :)

FTI Marriot Marquis currently has availability at over $1700 per night  ;D
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sefton42 on March 24, 2022, 12:15:53 AM
Well in 2019, I believe they announced on April 9 that the lottery would be April 11, so I’m not expecting a lottery announcement terribly soon, especially since CCI has said nothing about hotels yet.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: darqamin on March 24, 2022, 08:17:27 AM
Wow a 2 day notice?  ??? I'm going to have to check this thread and the website daily then
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sefton42 on March 24, 2022, 08:32:03 AM
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Wow a 2 day notice?  ??? I'm going to have to check this thread and the website daily then

Yeah, it was really obnoxious b/c to complicate things, it was also the first day of Star Wars Celebration.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: alyssa on March 24, 2022, 09:00:11 AM
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Well in 2019, I believe they announced on April 9 that the lottery would be April 11, so I’m not expecting a lottery announcement terribly soon, especially since CCI has said nothing about hotels yet.
expect nothing till after wondercon
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: perc2100 on March 24, 2022, 12:28:04 PM
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Wow a 2 day notice?  ??? I'm going to have to check this thread and the website daily then
Yeah IIRC I was in Ireland on a HS band performance trip when that all went down.  I was helping someone out and was able to score a pretty good downtown reservation for them; somehow I vaguely remember 'beating' the time difference.  I could also be mistaken that I was able to make the reservation 'virtual sprint' during our performance week, found about the won reservation in Ireland and went from there.

Either way, I do recall 2019 feeling like a bit of a whirlwind experience getting reservations in the lotto/getting the winning e-mail/contacting the person who wanted them to get info to easily change the name/contact info on the reservation.  As a San Diego local that was my first experience with the hotel lotto process and I got the impression I was pretty lucky with what I 'won.'

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expect nothing till after wondercon
Yeah, at this point that would be my guess as well.  Post-WonerCon is REALLY gonna be hopping with SDCC info release/prep!!  :o
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: RighteousRita on March 25, 2022, 09:35:53 AM
Found a few hotels at Mission Valley (Hotel Circle) on Hotel.com https://www.hotels.com/search.do?destination-id=1812296&q-check-in=2022-07-19&q-check-out=2022-07-24&q-rooms=1&q-room-0-adults=2&q-room-0-children=0&sort-order=BEST_SELLER (https://www.hotels.com/search.do?destination-id=1812296&q-check-in=2022-07-19&q-check-out=2022-07-24&q-rooms=1&q-room-0-adults=2&q-room-0-children=0&sort-order=BEST_SELLER)

Hotel Iris  $292 per night
Best Western Seven Seas $284
Extended Stay America Suites San Diego $258
Sheraton Mission Valley $293
Atwood $290


Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: alyssa on March 27, 2022, 07:29:53 PM
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Early bird hotels are typically on sale by February. In some years the main sale was as early as March, or at least announced to take place as late as May. It definitely does feel like it's running late for news

I am hopeful we'll see a Early Bird rooms again
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sessionka on March 28, 2022, 05:46:36 AM
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I am hopeful we'll see a Early Bird rooms again

When I watched the unofficial blog's last broadcast on Wondercon, I made a comment about early bird for SDCC.  Kerry's response was she doubted there would an early bird due to the practice that reservations were non-refundable.  That makes sense if there is still some reluctance as we come out of the pandemic.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: force951 on March 28, 2022, 06:06:48 AM
I expect the sale to be later this year just in case they have to cancel. Late May or so is when i expect, but then again im likely completely wrong.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: SamTurtledove on March 29, 2022, 11:11:09 AM
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Early bird hotels are typically on sale by February. In some years the main sale was as early as March, or at least announced to take place as late as May. It definitely does feel like it's running late for news

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I am hopeful we'll see a Early Bird rooms again

Early Bird Hotel Sale



https://www.comic-con.org/toucan/comic-con-2022-early-bird-hotels-are-sale-now


NEW PROCESS FOR 2022:[/b] In order to defray the costs of credit card processing, a non-refundable service fee equal to 3% of each hotel deposit will be charged to the credit card provided for each reservation. Any change to a reservation that increases the required hotel deposit amount, such as extending the length of stay, changing to a more expensive room type, changing hotels, etc.; will incur an additional non-refundable service fee in the amount of 3% of the additional deposit amount. All charges will appear as “Comic-Con 2022 Hotels” on the user’s credit card statement.

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https://comic-con.org/early-bird-hotel-sale

The Comic-Con Early Bird Hotel Sale is Back for 2022!

This page contains important information about the reservation process. Please read everything carefully before clicking the link at the bottom to reserve a room.

Are you attending Comic-Con 2022? Did you know you have the opportunity to book your room NOW with the Comic-Con Early Bird Hotel Sale?

The Early Bird Hotel Sale offers exclusive hotels along the complimentary Comic-Con Shuttle route in the Mission Valley and Airport area at great rates. This is your only chance to reserve early! Save both stress and money with onPeak, the official hotel partner of Comic-Con 2022.

A limited number of Mission Valley and Airport area hotel rooms will be made available. No downtown hotels will be available in this sale.

The Early Bird Hotel Sale is only available BEFORE general housing opens. All rooms must be paid for in advance and are non-transferable. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.

IMPORTANT: Reserving an Early Bird hotel room does not guarantee you a badge for Comic-Con 2022. If you do not currently have a badge for Comic-Con 2022, please DO NOT purchase a prepaid, non-refundable hotel room. We will not refund any part of your Early Bird hotel reservation pre-payment if you do not have a badge.


NEW PROCESS FOR 2022: In order to defray the costs of credit card processing, a non-refundable service fee equal to 3% of each hotel deposit will be charged to the credit card provided for each reservation. Any change to a reservation that increases the required hotel deposit amount, such as extending the length of stay, changing to a more expensive room type, changing hotels, etc.; will incur an additional non-refundable service fee in the amount of 3% of the additional deposit amount. All charges will appear as “Comic-Con 2022 Hotels” on the user’s credit card statement.

Shuttle service is available on Wednesday, July 20 from 3:00 PM until 12:00 AM. Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 23 shuttles will run from 5:00 AM to 1:00 AM, and from 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Sunday, July 24.

There will be no daily shuttle service between 1:00 AM to 5:00 AM.

BOOKING POLICIES:

Each room reservation requires full pre-payment at the time of booking.

Your full pre-payment is NON-REFUNDABLE, regardless of circumstance.

You must be over 18 years of age to book a reservation.

The "Comic-Con Early Bird Hotel Sale" rates are limited and subject to availability.

Reservations are NON-TRANSFERABLE.

Name changes and adding nights to your stay must be submitted to onPeak by May 1, 2022.

Reduction in room nights will not be eligible for refunds.

Within 2 weeks of your arrival date, please contact the hotel directly for any date changes.

If you do not check in on your scheduled arrival date, the hotel will consider your reservation a "No Show" and your entire reservation will be forfeited, along with your entire pre-payment.

Rates listed below are for 1 or 2 people in each room. Additional people in the room or rooms with two (2) beds may increase the room rate. You will be able to view these additional rates before confirming your reservation. Some of the hotels will be offering special incentives for those booking early. Please review the list below for details.




Courtyard by Marriott SD Airport / Liberty Station

2592 Laning Road

Requires a 4-night minimum stay (must include Friday 7/22 and Saturday 7/23). Rate includes a "welcome bag", airport shuttle, parking, and Wi-Fi in guest room.

Courtyard by Marriott SD Mission Valley

595 Hotel Circle South

Requires a 4-night minimum stay (must include Friday 7/22 and Saturday 7/23). Rate includes complimentary breakfast for two (2), complimentary Wi-Fi in guest room, and complimentary parking for up to two (2) cars per room per day.

Days Inn Hotel SD Hotel Circle (Mission Valley)

543 Hotel Circle South

Requires a 3-night minimum stay (must include Friday 7/22 and Saturday 7/23). Reduced rate of $180.00 per night plus tax.

DoubleTree San Diego Mission Valley

7450 Hazard Center Drive

Requires a 4-night minimum stay (must include Friday 7/22 and Saturday 7/23). Rate includes 1/2 off guest room internet.

Hilton San Diego Mission Valley

901 Camino del Rio South

Requires a 4-night minimum stay (must include Friday 7/22 and Saturday 7/23). Discounted rate per night plus tax includes complimentary wireless internet access and a 50% discount off self-parking.

San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

8757 Rio San Diego Drive

Requires a 4-night minimum stay (must include Friday 7/22 and Saturday 7/23). Discounted rate to $217.00 plus tax per night; or
Requires a 3-night stay (must include Friday 7/22 and Saturday 7/23). Discounted rate to $222.00 plus tax per night.

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

1380 Harbor Island Drive

Requires a 4-night minimum stay (must include Friday 7/22 and Saturday 7/23). Rate includes complimentary internet in guest room.

Sheraton Mission Valley, San Diego

1433 Camino Del Rio South

Requires a 4-night minimum stay (must include Friday 7/22 and Saturday 7/23). Rate includes a discount of 50% off breakfast for two (2).

Town and Country Resort

500 Hotel Circle North

Requires a 4-night stay (must include Friday 7/22 and Saturday 7/23). Discounted rate of $222.00 for 1 or 2 people ($20 each additional - max 4 people per room), includes complimentary buffet breakfast daily, discounted parking of $8 per day (max two (2) cars per room), and complimentary in-room internet.


SDCC 2022 Early Bird Prices

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Compared to 2020 Early Bird prices


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Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sefton42 on March 29, 2022, 11:33:32 AM
So I’m guessing that will put hotelpocalypse in the first week in May.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: dolphina on March 29, 2022, 11:50:15 AM
Hope we get enough notice I can put in for time off. At work they have limited sites we can access, so don’t want to chance it
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on March 29, 2022, 01:22:05 PM
Has anyone received an email about the Early Bird sale?  I was looking for an email about the sale.  Nothing for me.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: lowgun on March 29, 2022, 01:24:48 PM
was an email announcement sent for this? i updated my memberid info on the new site but didnt get anything

thanks
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: SyndE on March 29, 2022, 02:01:04 PM
I didn't get an email either - saw that SDCC Blog posted about on Facebook!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Michael M on March 29, 2022, 02:07:02 PM
One could assume that they didn't send out an email blast for early bird is that they never really sold out in the beginning (IIRC), so call it them just getting it out there.


Now, regular hotel reg...bring that $#!7 on...
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: ShannonCooper87 on March 29, 2022, 05:24:35 PM
I find it interesting that there is only 9 hotels on the list and that they are all non-refundable, I know that in previous years that been the case but I figured that there might be some change with Covid still around.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: perc2100 on March 30, 2022, 09:06:30 AM
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So I’m guessing that will put hotelpocalypse in the first week in May.
Is that how long the gap usually is?  I was thinking putting the Early Bird stuff out now maybe meant we'd see the regular hotelpocalypse by maybe mid-April: like, a couple weeks after WonderCon. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sefton42 on March 30, 2022, 09:13:06 AM
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Is that how long the gap usually is?  I was thinking putting the Early Bird stuff out now maybe meant we'd see the regular hotelpocalypse by maybe mid-April: like, a couple weeks after WonderCon.

Usually they open up early bird long before now I think.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: semigeekgirl on March 30, 2022, 09:31:45 AM
@perc2100 (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=380) There's no 'usual' gap that way - Early Bird has historically been all over the place, including once starting the NOVEMBER before con. But they usually like to close it before Hotelpocalypse so there's no overlap.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: SyndE on March 31, 2022, 02:45:16 PM
Once more into the breech! Just booked an Early Bird Hotel and used up frequent flyer miles I literally have been collecting for 20+ years! Back after seven years! (I'll go over and reintroduce myself in the other forum...)

YIKES!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sellers_kent on April 16, 2022, 06:38:32 PM
If anyone is still looking for housing for the upcoming San Diego Comic Con there is a timeshare available for rent during the week of 7/16-7/23 in Escondido, CA: Villa on the Greens at Welk Resort. It is about 40 minutes from Downtown San Diego. Asking for $200.00/night for a 1 bedroom that sleeps 4, with full kitchen. You would have full access to all the resort amenities, and it is close to many popular attractions. Further details are on Red Week: https://www.redweek.com/posting/R990566
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: ArkhamNightmare on April 17, 2022, 06:43:02 PM
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So I’m guessing that will put hotelpocalypse in the first week in May.

I hope so…. Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: NCDS on April 17, 2022, 07:39:55 PM
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If anyone is still looking for housing for the upcoming San Diego Comic Con there is a timeshare available for rent during the week of 7/16-7/23 in Escondido, CA: Villa on the Greens at Welk Resort. It is about 40 minutes from Downtown San Diego. Asking for $200.00/night for a 1 bedroom that sleeps 4, with full kitchen. You would have full access to all the resort amenities, and it is close to many popular attractions. Further details are on Red Week: https://www.redweek.com/posting/R990566

I urge people to be wary of people who sign up, have no posts, and encourage you to click links.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sellers_kent on April 17, 2022, 08:31:56 PM
I understand your concern about malicious intent to posts like mine, but I can assure you that this is legit. Our family has a timeshare at the Welk resort in Escondido which we are not currently using. I reserved the week around the SDCC since someone may benefit from an extended vacation at a location that is near San Diego. Folks can reply to me directly if they have an interest in using the timeshare week during the SDCC, but do not want to click the link to information on Redweek. This said, in general, you have noted a legitimate concern about security. - Kent
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: takit0 on April 22, 2022, 07:28:35 AM
I had a dream last night that Hotelpocalyse was this upcoming Tuesday.

Last time that happened, the sale was two days later. I don’t think I have to worry about that though since it’s unlikely that they would do it on a weekend.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: NCDS on April 22, 2022, 10:27:25 AM
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I had a dream last night that Hotelpocalyse was this upcoming Tuesday.

Last time that happened, the sale was two days later. I don’t think I have to worry about that though since it’s unlikely that they would do it on a weekend.

I have been feeling like it was going to be on a Thursday. Next week works for me, let's get this done! I know it's not always a Thursday but I like Thursday.

Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Michael M on April 22, 2022, 10:39:54 AM
Fingers and toes crossed for Thursday!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: CHEYS671Guam on April 25, 2022, 04:53:30 PM
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I had a dream last night that Hotelpocalyse was this upcoming Tuesday.

Last time that happened, the sale was two days later. I don’t think I have to worry about that though since it’s unlikely that they would do it on a weekend.

I am hoping for the same!  :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Michael M on April 25, 2022, 04:58:32 PM
Does anyone else's phone no longer autocorrect 'hotelpocalypse'? :D
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: JKingoftheNerds on April 25, 2022, 06:24:38 PM
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Does anyone else's phone no longer autocorrect 'hotelpocalypse'? :D

Oh yeah. Mine has been suggesting "Hotelpocalypse" any time I type hotel for years now lol.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Sakura17 on April 26, 2022, 02:33:58 PM
It's such a short notice. Sadly its my 12 hour day at work so I'm only down to 1 device. Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: NCDS on April 26, 2022, 09:50:09 PM
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It's such a short notice. Sadly its my 12 hour day at work so I'm only down to 1 device. Fingers crossed.

Our roommate was at work once, used just his phone, and got us bayfront.  So miracles happen.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: SARAHHINSLEY on April 27, 2022, 03:23:10 AM
I'm hoping for a miracle this year too! But then aren't we all every year!!!! ???
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on April 27, 2022, 03:55:55 AM
Did anyone else DREAM about hotelpocalypse last night?! :o
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Applescruff on April 27, 2022, 06:04:55 AM
Yes I did dream about it last night!  It was weird - I was happily completing the form over & over, like a sort of Groundhog Day.  I wasn't at all frantic like in the old days when you were crazily trying to complete the form.  I don't know what the dream means...but I was happy. Weird!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on April 27, 2022, 06:19:20 AM
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Yes I did dream about it last night!  It was weird - I was happily completing the form over & over, like a sort of Groundhog Day.  I wasn't at all frantic like in the old days when you were crazily trying to complete the form.  I don't know what the dream means...but I was happy. Weird!

@Applescruff (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=536)  Hey, I want that dream! In mine I kept trying to decide the order of hotels, and kept visiting the hotels.  I was mentally exhausted!  ::)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: JKingoftheNerds on April 27, 2022, 06:22:47 AM
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Did anyone else DREAM about hotelpocalypse last night?! :o

Close! Instead I just had general Comic Con anxiety dreams all night. Stuff like—I get to the airport and realize I’ve forgotten all my luggage, I wake up and realize I’ve slept through a whole days worth of panels, or no matter how hard I look I can’t find the panel room I’m looking for. You know, the usual. /facepalm
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: beadrbop on April 27, 2022, 07:43:10 AM
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Close! Instead I just had general Comic Con anxiety dreams all night. Stuff like—I get to the airport and realize I’ve forgotten all my luggage, I wake up and realize I’ve slept through a whole days worth of panels, or no matter how hard I look I can’t find the panel room I’m looking for. You know, the usual. /facepalm
Same here! Dreamt about hotel hell day and how I kept messing up the form and did not have much luck! I do photography and my dreams always involve me having major issues with the camera and or leaving all my equipment behind All of Comic Con is anxiety inducing!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 27, 2022, 08:37:07 AM
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Our roommate was at work once, used just his phone, and got us bayfront.  So miracles happen.

My husband was once in the car on the highway, on a cellular hotspot, on his laptop, and he got us the Hilton Bayfront. But that was back in the days when it was speed of filling out the form.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: ShannonCooper87 on April 27, 2022, 06:37:10 PM
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Did anyone else DREAM about hotelpocalypse last night?! :o

Not quite a dream but woke up at 2.30am AEST and went to check my emails thinking that the hotel email might be there alas it wasn't but when my alarm went of at 7.30am there was the email sent 7 mins before hand lol
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: magicalme7 on April 27, 2022, 07:00:10 PM
Curious ... if my son and I are both doing Hotelpocalypse and say I get in first and enter all the info. Does it make any sense to do it again if he gets in? Should be put the exact same order of the hotels or should be switch it up a bit? I don't know how the sorting of hotels actually works.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: accelerate on April 27, 2022, 07:05:53 PM
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Curious ... if my son and I are both doing Hotelpocalypse and say I get in first and enter all the info. Does it make any sense to do it again if he gets in? Should be put the exact same order of the hotels or should be switch it up a bit? I don't know how the sorting of hotels actually works.

If you both get in around nearly the same time (like same minute), then it might make sense to list the same hotels but in a slightly different order.

But if one gets in much later than the other, chances are that later one will not have a shot at the most in-demand hotels (ie, those closest to the con), so in that case, it'd make sense to start listing hotels further away (like, for instance, Westin or Holiday Inn by the Bay).

Personally, I always submit two forms, and there's generally very little overlap on the two lists of hotels.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: vpoulsen on April 27, 2022, 08:57:02 PM
So happy to see this forum is still up and running and if I bomb during hotelapocalypse there is still a Plan B.  I have found wonderful rooms, for two past cons thanks to this forum!  May the odds be ever in our favor! :-\
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Bionic 7 on April 28, 2022, 04:20:20 AM
Happy Hotelpocalypse everyone!  Best of luck to all trying today. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: pegleg1204 on April 28, 2022, 07:47:41 AM
Didn’t sleep well.  My computers are on.  Hoping for good luck this year.  Good luck to you all
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: dolphina on April 28, 2022, 07:50:02 AM
I took 2 hours off to hopefully get a hotel. Sending Best of Luck Wishes to everyone trying this morning
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: JKingoftheNerds on April 28, 2022, 07:55:27 AM
Well, I got a good night’s sleep last night, even in the throes of deep Hotelpocalypse anxiety, so that’s gotta be a good sign, I’ve decided. May the odds be ever in our favor, fellow FoCC’ers! Let’s do this.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: DaveG on April 28, 2022, 07:57:24 AM
Good luck everyone.

I feel like I've been away from SDCC and this site for far too long. So just wanted to also say "hi".
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sisustylegirl on April 28, 2022, 08:05:25 AM
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Good luck everyone.

I feel like I've been away from SDCC and this site for far too long. So just wanted to also say "hi".

SAME!  Hello awesome nerds!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Michael M on April 28, 2022, 08:06:06 AM
Good luck all!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: QTkeylala on April 28, 2022, 08:07:52 AM
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I took 2 hours off to hopefully get a hotel. Sending Best of Luck Wishes to everyone trying this morning


same here. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: dolphina on April 28, 2022, 08:15:23 AM
I’m just thinking positive thoughts, that works, right?
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: pegleg1204 on April 28, 2022, 08:21:39 AM
Just sitting here waiting for it to turn 9 o’clock and trying not to fall asleep
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Michael M on April 28, 2022, 08:23:57 AM
I think it's ironic that I'm doing the hotel lottery while in Vegas...I wonder if they have odds on this🤣
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Drogon on April 28, 2022, 08:26:42 AM
Gooooood morning and happy hotelpocalypse!  May the odds be ever in our favor  :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: SamTurtledove on April 28, 2022, 08:32:29 AM
Archive note.

Early Bird info removed from CCI Hotel page.

OnPeak page still shows hotels.

Unsure if Early Bird has ended (as in past years) or paused.


(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20220502/ea322f53b1f7d1cd1d65b3cd491a742b.jpg)


Early Bird hotels closed

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20220502/9e56a531f9cd51484fc8f362a9a04dd6.jpg)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: QTkeylala on April 28, 2022, 09:07:58 AM
Damnit! I was going so fast I didn't realize that I put till Saturday, and not till Sunday.  Suck!  And Saturday nights are usually sold out.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: magicalme7 on April 28, 2022, 09:14:54 AM
Just filled the form out on a plane flying to the East Coast lol hoping everyone gets something.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: beadrbop on April 28, 2022, 09:17:49 AM
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Damnit! I was going so fast I didn't realize that I put till Saturday, and not till Sunday.  Suck!  And Saturday nights are usually sold out.
Hopefully you will be able to correct the check out date with Onpeak before you make a deposit. Keeping fingers crossed! I messed up on my selection towards the bottom of list. NO matter how much I prep and practice something goes amiss! Good luck to all!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: kamisbutterfly on April 28, 2022, 09:27:07 AM
My little green dude was too slow lol! I got in around 9:02 ish so not right away. Here's hoping I get something!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: zombiemilkshake on April 28, 2022, 09:28:54 AM
Took me 8 minutes to get in this year. T_T
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Bionic 7 on April 28, 2022, 09:34:46 AM
I got in pretty quick and my submission was in at around 9:03am EST.  Fingers crossed.  I hope everyone gets what they want!  It's in the Comic-Con gods hands now.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sessionka on April 28, 2022, 09:40:42 AM
My guy took forever.  Got in at 12:05.  Hoping for a miracle.   :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: larry999 on April 28, 2022, 09:43:27 AM
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My little green dude was too slow lol! I got in around 9:02 ish so not right away. Here's hoping I get something!

Same here! That two minutes felt like an eternity!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: dolphina on April 28, 2022, 09:45:30 AM
Now the llooonnnggg wait till we hear
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: lolaswill on April 28, 2022, 09:50:01 AM
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Just filled the form out on a plane flying to the East Coast lol hoping everyone gets something.
now that's dedication
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: kamisbutterfly on April 28, 2022, 09:53:45 AM
All hotels fully committed! I remember the form closing a lot sooner in years past. That or I am grasping at straws lol!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sessionka on April 28, 2022, 10:48:00 AM
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All hotels fully committed! I remember the form closing a lot sooner in years past. That or I am grasping at straws lol!

I think the key here is the phrase 'fully committed'.

It's looking more and more like COMIC CON!!!!   :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 28, 2022, 11:10:30 AM
Two hours down, 118 (at least) to go... I'm already tired of waiting :P
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: dkd on April 28, 2022, 11:26:18 AM
For anyone who doesn't think their downtown chances are good and are willing to pay more money, the Horton Grand still has a room available in the low $600's per night.  Available only on their website.

It's not on the SDCC list this year.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: accelerate on April 28, 2022, 11:34:53 AM
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For anyone who doesn't think their downtown chances are good and are willing to pay more money, the Horton Grand still has a room available in the low $600's per night.  Available only on their website.

It's not on the SDCC list this year.

My sister absolutely refuses to stay at Horton. We stayed there once, and just the architecture and cramped rooms creeped her out. And it didn't help I showed her a webpage on ghost stories that included the Horton Grand.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: dkd on April 28, 2022, 11:39:34 AM
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My sister absolutely refuses to stay at Horton. We stayed there once, and just the architecture and cramped rooms creeped her out. And it didn't help I showed her a webpage on ghost stories that included the Horton Grand.

You either like old hotels or you don't.  I like them.  It's my friend's preferred hotel and she told me about the avail.  I stayed there once and liked it fine.  They do have one of my favorite bars in Sand Diego.  Great selection of whiskeys.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Webdude007 on April 28, 2022, 11:44:03 AM
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My sister absolutely refuses to stay at Horton. We stayed there once, and just the architecture and cramped rooms creeped her out. And it didn't help I showed her a webpage on ghost stories that included the Horton Grand.

I stayed at Horton once as well.  The architecture and decoration was scary.  And on Sunday evening, there was like 1 valet person working and a long line of people waiting.  It took close to an hour to actually be able to leave after we checked out.

But, I must say, the central courtyard was a nice, cool place to hang out after doing a ton of walking during the day.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: chirigami on April 28, 2022, 11:45:51 AM
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My sister absolutely refuses to stay at Horton. We stayed there once, and just the architecture and cramped rooms creeped her out. And it didn't help I showed her a webpage on ghost stories that included the Horton Grand.
Haha, that's why my sister won't stay there either.  I have to look up if hotels are 'haunted' before I consider it - and then look to see if there is a pool because of my niece xD
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: dolphina on April 28, 2022, 11:50:32 AM
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My sister absolutely refuses to stay at Horton. We stayed there once, and just the architecture and cramped rooms creeped her out. And it didn't help I showed her a webpage on ghost stories that included the Horton Grand.
Everyone feels differently about things, a haunted hotel would be a selling point for me, lol
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sin86a on April 28, 2022, 12:12:06 PM
So.... I'm over waiting already. LOL.

I hate that we enter a lottery and then they make us wait days to find out. I sometimes miss the rush of everyone trying to book at once.

...sometimes.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: demonchocobo on April 28, 2022, 12:21:51 PM
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Everyone feels differently about things, a haunted hotel would be a selling point for me, lol

Same here haha
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: dkd on April 28, 2022, 12:29:35 PM
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So.... I'm over waiting already. LOL.

I hate that we enter a lottery and then they make us wait days to find out. I sometimes miss the rush of everyone trying to book at once.

...sometimes.

Because of my admission time (7 minutes), I have no anxiety.  I *know* I'm not getting a downtown hotel.  Fortunately, I have a back-up downtown hotel, which I intend to use when that is confirmed two weeks from now.  I also don't expect to get a response until May 10th.  Meanwhile, I should work on my flights.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Jesse O on April 28, 2022, 12:42:13 PM
I have so much work to do, but all I can think about is May 3.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: rabbitwarren on April 28, 2022, 12:44:57 PM
^^^ Same here.  My productivity usually nosedives right around hotelpocalypse and only recovers after labor day. 
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: perc2100 on April 28, 2022, 12:51:39 PM
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I have so much work to do, but all I can think about is May 3.
Is that the day the first batch of emails goes out?  I forgot that date (and will be more productive if that's the case and I stop checking email every 90 seconds)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Jesse O on April 28, 2022, 12:55:41 PM
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Is that the day the first batch of emails goes out?  I forgot that date (and will be more productive if that's the case and I stop checking email every 90 seconds)

First batch May 3, second batch May 10. Leftover sale May 17.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sessionka on April 28, 2022, 12:57:26 PM
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Is that the day the first batch of emails goes out?  I forgot that date (and will be more productive if that's the case and I stop checking email every 90 seconds)
yes.

Per the Comic Con Web Site...

Confirmations of hotel placements will be sent out in two groups. The first will be sent on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, and the second on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Those whose request cannot be accommodated and therefore cannot be placed will be notified no later than Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: perc2100 on April 28, 2022, 01:03:39 PM
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yes.

Per the Comic Con Web Site...

Confirmations of hotel placements will be sent out in two groups. The first will be sent on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, and the second on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Those whose request cannot be accommodated and therefore cannot be placed will be notified no later than Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
Pro: Yea, I can get off the computer and get back to working
Con: True, BUT I'm so fascinated with the discussion instead of constantly checking email I'm no constantly checking this form and Twitter for the convo  :-X >:D
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: kamisbutterfly on April 28, 2022, 01:25:01 PM
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Everyone feels differently about things, a haunted hotel would be a selling point for me, lol
I stayed at the Courtyard Marriott SD Downtown in 2018 and it was definitely haunted. It used to be a old bank in the 1920s and likely saw a lot of activity during the stock market crash. Apart from the lobby the rest of the hotel is stuck in the 1920s but not in a good way. Would never stay there again. I actually don't mind ghosts but the hotel was bad.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Zero on April 28, 2022, 02:21:58 PM
Forum Housekeeping:
Renamed thread from "SDCC 2022: Housing" to "SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)."

Let's get ourselves a little bit more organized, especially now that hotel season is upon us. ^__~

Seeing how this thread was originally for people to post housing options or deals outside of the Comic-Con 2022 hotel block (and I see that people were still doing that on previous pages), it's time to clarify this in this thread title.  This is so things don't get too confusing between two very active hotel threads going on in the same sub-forum.

For general discussions related to the Comic-Con hotels (experiences, preferred hotels, hotel lottery, etc.), please kindly refer to the "SDCC 2022 Hotel Discussion" thread located here:

https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=12066
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: kihou on April 29, 2022, 10:09:19 AM
Has anyone stayed at the "Hotel Z - A Staypineapple Hotel" in the Gaslamp?  I had booked us two (refundable) rooms (for our group of 6) a few months ago when the prices were reasonable as a plan B, and depending on our hotel lotto results we may choose to keep it.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on April 29, 2022, 10:24:56 AM
Someone outside of our normal group is wanting to look at AirBnB housing.  I have been hearing some harrowing experiences with folk who have had their hosts cancel on them.  I do not want to be a downer sour face, yet it just seems iffy.  This would be their first experience coming to SDCC, too.  She has had much success going this route for vacations but...Argh.  SDCC is a different animal, right?
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: sessionka on April 29, 2022, 10:31:12 AM
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Someone outside of our normal group is wanting to look at AirBnB housing.  I have been hearing some harrowing experiences with folk who have had their hosts cancel on them.  I do not want to be a downer sour face, yet it just seems iffy.  This would be their first experience coming to SDCC, too.  She has had much success going this route for vacations but...Argh.  SDCC is a different animal, right?

Right!!!

I've heard some bad stories on the unofficial blog.  I have zero experience going that route, but if that's their choice, they might want to bring up the issue with the renter up front.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: TardisMom on April 29, 2022, 10:44:45 AM
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Has anyone stayed at the "Hotel Z - A Staypineapple Hotel" in the Gaslamp?  I had booked us two (refundable) rooms (for our group of 6) a few months ago when the prices were reasonable as a plan B, and depending on our hotel lotto results we may choose to keep it.

There's a review in the Hotel Reviews thread:  https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=5512.msg181228#msg181228
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: YouThinkMeMad on April 29, 2022, 10:53:08 AM
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Someone outside of our normal group is wanting to look at AirBnB housing.  I have been hearing some harrowing experiences with folk who have had their hosts cancel on them.  I do not want to be a downer sour face, yet it just seems iffy.  This would be their first experience coming to SDCC, too.  She has had much success going this route for vacations but...Argh.  SDCC is a different animal, right?

I've never used AirBnB but I have used VRBO for rentals during the Con and never had any issues (besides super higher pricing lol).
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on April 29, 2022, 10:58:34 AM
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I've never used AirBnB but I have used VRBO for rentals during the Con and never had any issues (besides super higher pricing lol).

Thanks!  That is good to hear.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: YouThinkMeMad on April 29, 2022, 11:05:59 AM
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Thanks!  That is good to hear.

You're welcome! I've done rentals twice and both times everything was great. I just made sure they had a large amount of reviews and wasn't anything too new. I'm always leery of newer listings around Con time.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: justboogie on April 29, 2022, 11:07:08 AM
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Someone outside of our normal group is wanting to look at AirBnB housing.  I have been hearing some harrowing experiences with folk who have had their hosts cancel on them.  I do not want to be a downer sour face, yet it just seems iffy.  This would be their first experience coming to SDCC, too.  She has had much success going this route for vacations but...Argh.  SDCC is a different animal, right?

Based on my experience, I'll never go the airbnb route ever again and I advised against airbnb specifically for SDCC. In any other situation though, airbnb can be cheaper for a large group. I tried booking an Airbnb back in 2014. It was a terrible experience because the host turned out to be a scammer. I booked the airbnb months in advance. As CC got closer, I didn't hear anything from the host. I called and emailed the host, but still got no response. I escalated the matter to airbnb who investigated and turns out that the host was taking payments for properties she never owned and was ghosting guests. I got my money back, but by then it was already June and I had no lodging for CC. Fortunately there was plenty of hotels left outside of downtown.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on April 29, 2022, 11:14:14 AM
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Based on my experience, I'll never go the airbnb route ever again and I advised against airbnb specifically for SDCC. In any other situation though, airbnb can be cheaper for a large group. I tried booking an Airbnb back in 2014. It was a terrible experience because the host turned out to be a scammer. I booked the airbnb months in advance. As CC got closer, I didn't hear anything from the host. I called and emailed the host, but still got no response. I escalated the matter to airbnb who investigated and turns out that the host was taking payments for properties she never owned and was ghosting guests. I got my money back, but by then it was already June and I had no lodging for CC. Fortunately there was plenty of hotels left outside of downtown.

Wow...thank you!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: kihou on April 29, 2022, 11:29:03 AM
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There's a review in the Hotel Reviews thread:  https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=5512.msg181228#msg181228
Oh thank you! I had searched "staypineapple" not the Z part so I overlooked it.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: kihou on April 29, 2022, 11:44:32 AM
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Someone outside of our normal group is wanting to look at AirBnB housing.  I have been hearing some harrowing experiences with folk who have had their hosts cancel on them.  I do not want to be a downer sour face, yet it just seems iffy.  This would be their first experience coming to SDCC, too.  She has had much success going this route for vacations but...Argh.  SDCC is a different animal, right?
I had a poor experience with mine (I think I'm one of the ones quoted on the SDCC blog from awhile back).  I have heard some people have success, but I avoid it personally.  I think if I were to try for an Airbnb again, I would book a backup hotel that is cancelable in case the host backs out.  Doesn't help for the worst case scenario of the host ghosting/canceling the day of, but at least gives you an option if something falls through.  As you said, Airbnbs can be great for vacations because they typically offer locations and amenities you won't get at a hotel, but for events like this it's too risky for my blood.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on April 29, 2022, 11:50:14 AM
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I had a poor experience with mine (I think I'm one of the ones quoted on the SDCC blog from awhile back).  I have heard some people have success, but I avoid it personally.  I think if I were to try for an Airbnb again, I would book a backup hotel that is cancelable in case the host backs out.  Doesn't help for the worst case scenario of the host ghosting/canceling the day of, but at least gives you an option if something falls through.  As you said, Airbnbs can be great for vacations because they typically offer locations and amenities you won't get at a hotel, but for events like this it's too risky for my blood.

Thank you!  I appreciate your experience report.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Devorah on May 03, 2022, 05:09:08 PM
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I may have a few Kona Kai rooms to give away, we are still working out our logistics among our group.  Does anyone have an extra Marquis, Omni, or Bayfront, i.e. walking distance room that they want to give away?  Our group had been hoping just once to score one in the Gaslamp, but alas, again, not this year.  Not ungrateful for the Kona Kai (we stayed there in 2019 and it was very nice), we just want to see if we can find one walking distance.

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Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: buzglyd on May 22, 2022, 07:04:03 AM
I have my One bedroom Gaslamp Plaza suites timeshare posted on San Diego Craigslist and TUG timeshare users group marketplace. I had the same renters every year but they cancelled this year.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Cut That Meat on May 22, 2022, 09:56:28 AM
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Someone outside of our normal group is wanting to look at AirBnB housing.  I have been hearing some harrowing experiences with folk who have had their hosts cancel on them.  I do not want to be a downer sour face, yet it just seems iffy.  This would be their first experience coming to SDCC, too.  She has had much success going this route for vacations but...Argh.  SDCC is a different animal, right?

Coming in a few weeks late, but if you're  - or anyone else reading this - still looking into Airbnb, I'm going to steal from and (greatly) expand on a post I made here in 2018 on the same topic:

It's a viable option as long as you do due diligence. I feel the SDCC horror stories from when it was first a thing is weighted disproportionally more since it was a sensational story at the time and ended up being the first impression that has stuck with many people (the UBlog article on the issue doesn't really take a neutral stance, IMHO).

I've done Airbnb twice for SDCC (2018 and 2019) and have another booked for this year (a different host all three times). I had zero issues the first two times and am expecting the same the third time. I'm not saying Airbnb is perfect by any means - I've had a non-SDCC booking cancelled on me w/ no explanation by a legitimate host before relatively close to check-in - but I feel like Airbnb has made strides in protecting the guests in these cases (high-profile events like SDCC, Coachella, etc.), especially with COVID. Airbnb always carries some risk whether it's SDCC or not. It depends on your personal level of risk tolerance and whether the tradeoffs instead of a hotel are worth it to you.

In my group's case, Airbnb has tended to fit our budget and particular situation/needs the best:

1) We all drive in from various parts of California and it's easier to park our cars with ample street parking or a generous driveway.

2) Willing to trade convention proximity for square footage and, if possible, our own beds/rooms - although we'd like to try for a downtown hotel one year just to say we did it! Obviously we're not at the place very much during the con, but at the start and end of each day, we've found the extra space - and sometimes bathroom(s) - to move around to be really nice to have.

3) We don't always leave and return at the same time, so we can make noise coming and going and getting ready with less risk of waking others up.

4) Access to a kitchen and fridge so we can comfortably prep food/snacks for the following day. We're big fans of loading up on meals on the go at the start of the week and a fridge is a must for the perishable stuff.

5) We always leave Monday, so a living area to have a quiet dinner and decompress Sunday night has been awesome.

Here was how my three stays were booked (admittedly, 2018/2019 I can't remember with 100% certainty):

- 2018/2019: Not a Superhost but plenty of reviews spanning multiple years. Sent reservation request w/ intro message mentioning it was SDCC week. For 2018, I had to negotiate a slightly higher rate than the listed rate before the host accepted. For 2019, my request was accepted at the listed rate.

- 2022: Instant Book. The main host wasn't a Superhost, but their Co-Host is. The place didn't have a lot of reviews, but I was comfortable booking it as they had multiple other listings with plenty of reviews. I also sent an intro message mentioning it was SDCC week when I booked.

These are my rules of thumb from the first two times that I used again in booking this year:

1) Avoid new listings and hosts with no or very few reviews. All things equal, a Superhost is recommended, so you know the host is legitimate and far less likely to pull any shenanigans.

2) As I mentioned above, I am always upfront in my first message to a host about it being SDCC to try and and preempt it from being an issue later on. This way, I'll either not get the listing right away (if the host says no) and have time to move on to other listings or I'll have my booking and also have messages on the record on Airbnb's platform. A host will either (a) realize for the first time it's SDCC and want to charge more (which is what it happened to me in 2018), (b) realize for the first time it's SDCC but still accept the booking as is, or (c) already be aware or acknowledge that it's SDCC week and accept the booking as is (2019 and 2022). For (a), if they try to ask for a higher rate, decide whether you want to negotiate or simply move on to the next listing.

3) Expand your search radius if feasible for your group. I never stay in or close to downtown; anecdotally, the closer it gets to downtown, the more skeptical I get of listings, particular ones from newly created hosts or little to no reviews. Also, the real listings tend to be out of our budget anyway :(

4) I wouldn't book a place with a non-Superhost (unless they have a number of reviews safely in the double digits). But if you're booking a place from a non-Superhost, try not to do it via Instant Book. Instead, look for listings where the host has to actively approve your booking request. That way, with rare exceptions, if a host cancels, they just can't relist their place for a higher rate on the same dates(here (https://www.airbnb.com/help/article/990/host-penalties-for-canceling-reservations?audience=host)). Of course, this doesn't stop them from listing for more on VRBO/Craiglist/elsewhere. Hosts have a little more room to bail on you and be able to relist without penalty if it's an Instant Book listing (see here (https://www.airbnb.com/help/article/2022/can-a-host-cancel-a-reservation-without-adverse-consequences?audience=host#section-heading-3-0)).

5) Keep in regular contact with the host leading up to your stay. I don't ask questions that would make the host think I'd be a PITA to deal with as a houseguest or about things that might be in violation of their house rules.  I ask relatively mundane questions leading up to the dates just to keep the lines of communication open. Places to eat, clarifying the check-in process (and my arrival time), doing a later checkout, stuff like that.

One last thing: I see now listings have a protection policy listed called AirCover (https://www.airbnb.com/aircover); I don't recall this being there when I booked my group's place for this year. Not sure how useful it is in practice, but there it is!
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: marcia29 on May 22, 2022, 11:10:01 AM
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Coming in a few weeks late, but if you're  - or anyone else reading this - still looking into Airbnb, I'm going to steal from and (greatly) expand on a post I made here in 2018 on the same topic:

It's a viable option as long as you do due diligence. I feel the SDCC horror stories from when it was first a thing is weighted disproportionally more since it was a sensational story at the time and ended up being the first impression that has stuck with many people (the UBlog article on the issue doesn't really take a neutral stance, IMHO).

I've done Airbnb twice for SDCC (2018 and 2019) and have another booked for this year (a different host all three times). I had zero issues the first two times and am expecting the same the third time. I'm not saying Airbnb is perfect by any means - I've had a non-SDCC booking cancelled on me w/ no explanation by a legitimate host before relatively close to check-in - but I feel like Airbnb has made strides in protecting the guests in these cases (high-profile events like SDCC, Coachella, etc.), especially with COVID. Airbnb always carries some risk whether it's SDCC or not. It depends on your personal level of risk tolerance and whether the tradeoffs instead of a hotel are worth it to you.

In my group's case, Airbnb has tended to fit our budget and particular situation/needs the best:

1) We all drive in from various parts of California and it's easier to park our cars with ample street parking or a generous driveway.

2) Willing to trade convention proximity for square footage and, if possible, our own beds/rooms - although we'd like to try for a downtown hotel one year just to say we did it! Obviously we're not at the place very much during the con, but at the start and end of each day, we've found the extra space - and sometimes bathroom(s) - to move around be really nice to have.

3) We don't always leave and return at the same time, so we can make noise coming and going and getting ready with less risk of waking others up.

4) Access to a kitchen and fridge so we can comfortably prep food/snacks for the following day. We're big fans of loading up on meals on the go at the start of the week and a fridge is a must for the perishable stuff.

5) We always leave Monday, so a living area to have a quiet dinner and decompress Sunday night has been awesome.

Here was how my three stays were booked (admittedly, 2018/2019 I can't remember with 100% certainty):

- 2018/2019: Not a Superhost but plenty of reviews spanning multiple years. Sent reservation request w/ intro message mentioning it was SDCC week. For 2018, I had to negotiate a slightly higher rate than the listed rate before the host accepted. For 2019, my request was accepted at the listed rate.

- 2022: Instant Book. The main host wasn't a Superhost, but their Co-Host is. The place didn't have a lot of reviews, but I was comfortable booking it as they had multiple other listings with plenty of reviews. I also sent an intro message mentioning it was SDCC week when I booked.

These are my rules of thumb from the first two times that I used again in booking this year:

1) Avoid new listings and hosts with no or very few reviews. All things equal, a Superhost is recommended, so you know the host is legitimate and far less likely to pull any shenanigans.

2) As I mentioned above, I am always upfront in my first message to a host about it being SDCC to try and and preempt it from being an issue later on. This way, I'll either not get the listing right away (if the host says no) and have time to move on to other listings or I'll have my booking and also have messages on the record on Airbnb's platform. A host will either (a) realize for the first time it's SDCC and want to charge more (which is what it happened to me in 2018), (b) realize for the first time it's SDCC but still accept the booking as is, or (c) already be aware or acknowledge that it's SDCC week and accept the booking as is (2019 and 2022). For (a), if they try to ask for a higher rate, decide whether you want to negotiate or simply move on to the next listing.

3) Expand your search radius if feasible for your group I never stay in or close to downtown; anecdotally, the closer it gets to downtown, the more skeptical I get of listings, particular ones from newly created hosts or little to no reviews. Also, the real listings tend to be out of our budget anyway :(

4) I wouldn't book a place with a non-Superhost (unless they have a number of reviews safely in the double digits). But if you're booking a place from a non-Superhost, try not to do it via Instant Book. Instead, look for listings where the host has to actively approve your booking request. That way, with rare exceptions, if a host cancels, they just can't relist their place for a higher rate on the same dates(here (https://www.airbnb.com/help/article/990/host-penalties-for-canceling-reservations?audience=host)). Of course, this doesn't stop them from listing for more on VRBO/Craiglist/elsewhere. Hosts have a little more room to bail on you and be able to relist without penalty if it's an Instant Book listing (see here (https://www.airbnb.com/help/article/2022/can-a-host-cancel-a-reservation-without-adverse-consequences?audience=host#section-heading-3-0)).

5) Keep in regular contact with the host leading up to your stay. I don't ask questions that would make the host think I'd be a PITA to deal with as a houseguest or about things that might be in violation of their house rules.  I ask relatively mundane questions leading up to the dates just to keep the lines of communication open. Places to eat, clarifying the check-in process (and my arrival time), doing a later checkout, stuff like that.

One last thing: I see now listings have a protection policy listed called AirCover (https://www.airbnb.com/aircover); I don't recall this being there when I booked my group's place for this year. Not sure how useful it is in practice, but there it is!

@Cut That Meat (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=3450)  Thank you for your fabulously detailed and helpful insights! I will pass these on, and appreciate your time.  I think I am going to print this out. Wonderful!  :)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Cut That Meat on May 22, 2022, 09:52:03 PM
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@Cut That Meat (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=3450)  Thank you for your fabulously detailed and helpful insights! I will pass these on, and appreciate your time.  I think I am going to print this out. Wonderful!  :)

While browsing the forums this evening, another thought came to mind: Although it's not really a reason why I opt for Airbnb, I do consider it a side benefit that it means not expending energy/stress on anything Hotelpocalypse-related ;)
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: buzglyd on May 23, 2022, 05:07:00 AM
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I have my One bedroom Gaslamp Plaza suites timeshare posted on San Diego Craigslist and TUG timeshare users group marketplace. I had the same renters every year but they cancelled this year.

I had to update my ad

https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/vac/d/san-diego-comic-con-rental-gaslamp/7486847729.html


I created a Redweek ad also.

https://www.redweek.com/posting/R1001974
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Devorah on May 24, 2022, 06:14:09 PM
@buzglyd (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1896) I edited to combine your two posts into one. Please review forum rules, double posting is not allowed. Thanks for your understanding. -Mod
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: buzglyd on May 24, 2022, 06:26:09 PM
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@buzglyd (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1896) I edited to combine your two posts into one. Please review forum rules, double posting is not allowed. Thanks for your understanding. -Mod

Thank you and sorry. I’m not a regular poster here so I unfamiliar with the process for offering rentals.
Title: Re: SDCC 2022: Housing Options (Outside of the Official Hotel Block)
Post by: Cut That Meat on July 27, 2022, 05:09:08 PM
Just wanted to report back I had another smooth Airbnb experience. While I had some minor quibbles with the place itself, e.g., could have used some more towels and the front door was quite loud when opening and closing, there were no issues with the legitimacy of the booking/listing process. Amenities were as pictured and advertised (it was actually much more spacious than expected), check-in happened on time, the host was responsive to my questions, etc. Our group's needs were more than met. I will have no qualms booking one again next year if that's the route my group chooses to take.