Friends of Comic Cons

Comic-Con International => SDCC Housing, Parking, and Transportation => Topic started by: darqamin on March 25, 2022, 01:23:29 PM

Title: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: darqamin on March 25, 2022, 01:23:29 PM
I've only managed to stay at Marriot Marquis Marina (MMM) once in my years at Comic-Con. It was a great experience staying that close to the convention and a nice environment overall. It is difficult for my partner to walk long distances at the end of a day, so when we are further away it cuts off how late we can stay at the convention and what we attend.

I am curious if anyone has stayed at both MMM and Hilton Bayfront in past years and can compare the experiences there? I usually put Hilton as my 2nd choice based on the nearby location, but have never gotten it or any other hotel that is very close to the convention centre except the MMM that one year. How do the rooms and general environment compare and overall experience?

Is there any other hotel you would recommend as a good 2nd choice to MMM?

Thank you.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: stl_ben on March 25, 2022, 01:44:46 PM
For me:
#1 Hard Rock
#2 MMM
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: sessionka on March 25, 2022, 04:11:09 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I've only managed to stay at Marriot Marquis Marina (MMM) once in my years at Comic-Con. It was a great experience staying that close to the convention and a nice environment overall. It is difficult for my partner to walk long distances at the end of a day, so when we are further away it cuts off how late we can stay at the convention and what we attend.

I am curious if anyone has stayed at both MMM and Hilton Bayfront in past years and can compare the experiences there? I usually put Hilton as my 2nd choice based on the nearby location, but have never gotten it or any other hotel that is very close to the convention centre except the MMM that one year. How do the rooms and general environment compare and overall experience?

Is there any other hotel you would recommend as a good 2nd choice to MMM?

Thank you.

Funny you should ask.  After staying at MMM in 2019, I've decided it's always my first choice.  I also stayed there for CCSE.  I've also stayed at the Hilton Bayfront.  I wasn't impressed.  Maybe it's changed since i stayed there (2017), but my room could have used some updating.  Also, it was on the back, so the view was horrible.  I had to go to my notes to see what would be my second choice, and I had the Manchester Grand Hyatt.  I've never stayed there, so I'm not sure why I had it as my 2nd choice.  Maybe looking at the reviews on this forum, which were very helpful.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: NCDS on March 25, 2022, 04:21:02 PM
I have stayed at both and honestly, both hotels are great locations.  I think most pick based on the hotel they have points with. 

I don't think you have missed out on anything not getting the other.   
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: NCDS on March 25, 2022, 04:34:15 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
Funny you should ask.  After staying at MMM in 2019, I've decided it's always my first choice.  I also stayed there for CCSE.  I've also stayed at the Hilton Bayfront.  I wasn't impressed.  Maybe it's changed since i stayed there (2017), but my room could have used some updating.  Also, it was on the back, so the view was horrible.  I had to go to my notes to see what would be my second choice, and I had the Manchester Grand Hyatt.  I've never stayed there, so I'm not sure why I had it as my 2nd choice.  Maybe looking at the reviews on this forum, which were very helpful.

They haven't been updated since 2017, and they charge more if you want a good view.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: Michael M on March 26, 2022, 04:16:11 AM
I've stayed at both, and I find HBF really the hotel that I love the most. It's only a little bit more of a walk (couple blocks ish if you think about it, but technically across the street) and I find their social scene to be much better (IMHO). During con I'll hang out in the bar area and people/celeb watch and you can see, and even meet, some folks just wandering around/hanging out.  Great facility I think.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: NCDS on March 26, 2022, 09:53:14 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I've stayed at both, and I find HBF really the hotel that I love the most. It's only a little bit more of a walk (couple blocks ish if you think about it, but technically across the street) and I find their social scene to be much better (IMHO). During con I'll hang out in the bar area and people/celeb watch and you can see, and even meet, some folks just wandering around/hanging out.  Great facility I think.

By social scene you mean me,  right? I am pretty awesome.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: Michael M on March 26, 2022, 11:19:44 AM
Well, yeah, you're tops of the list.  I always try and enter the lotto to get a photo op w/you, but I always miss out *womp womp*
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 26, 2022, 06:33:29 PM
The rooms at HBF are a little smaller, and the rooms don't have fridges (at least, not last I checked). Sometimes you can request a fridge. MMM rooms have 'beverage cooler' fridges (meaning not as cold as a real fridge).

They renovated MMM over the break and told us at CCSE that they don't allow rollaways in the regular rooms any longer.

HBF has an AWESOME view of the Hall H lawn. I never pay for views at any other hotel, but this one is worth it. It's also super convenient if you are spending a lot of time in Hall H, at the PetCo Park offsites, or in the Indigo ballroom. MMM has the least amount of time walking 'outdoors' if you are trying to stay inside (exit at Hall A and go around the corner).

Ultimately, NCDS is right... you let your hotel loyalty points/status make your decision for you. ;)
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: darqamin on March 26, 2022, 09:07:19 PM
Thanks everyone!

And Jun I remember those MMM fridges! I didn't realize that was not a full cooling fridge for all units, just thought ours was partly defective that time  ;D
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 26, 2022, 09:41:24 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
Thanks everyone!

And Jun I remember those MMM fridges! I didn't realize that was not a full cooling fridge for all units, just thought ours was partly defective that time  ;D

I think you can get a real fridge if you request one (for example, if you have milk or meds or other things that need to remain cold) but they might charge you. The 'beverage coolers' only go down to about 40F, IIRC.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: NCDS on March 27, 2022, 10:10:33 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I think you can get a real fridge if you request one (for example, if you have milk or meds or other things that need to remain cold) but they might charge you. The 'beverage coolers' only go down to about 40F, IIRC.

The Hilton put those coolers in and they will no longer provide fridges for medication.  If your medication needs to be colder you have to bring it to them to store. This to me is the stupidest thing I have even heard, but it's what they made my friend do with their medication.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: JKingoftheNerds on March 27, 2022, 11:05:12 AM
Never stayed in the Bayfront, but I did stay in the MMM back in 2017 and I only have good things to say about it. The rooms were great, and the staff was really friendly (side note: I don’t know what it is, maybe they pump something through the vents, but the lobby there smells amazing).

One small caveat though, if you think you’re going to be doing a lot of Hall H stuff or waiting in line overnight, definitely try for the Bayfront. Not just for view, but also because the walk from the MMM to the southernmost parts of the Convention Center is wayyyyy longer than you think it would be, especially during high traffic times when the sidewalk is full.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: NCDS on March 27, 2022, 05:30:25 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
Never stayed in the Bayfront, but I did stay in the MMM back in 2017 and I only have good things to say about it. The rooms were great, and the staff was really friendly (side note: I don’t know what it is, maybe they pump something through the vents, but the lobby there smells amazing).

One small caveat though, if you think you’re going to be doing a lot of Hall H stuff or waiting in line overnight, definitely try for the Bayfront. Not just for view, but also because the walk from the MMM to the southernmost parts of the Convention Center is wayyyyy longer than you think it would be, especially during high traffic times when the sidewalk is full.

Last con they actually had the line in the middle of the convention center until they moved it to the tents.  So for most of the time, it was about equal.  The city won't let them line up by the bayfront anymore. 
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: sefton42 on March 27, 2022, 05:31:43 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
Never stayed in the Bayfront, but I did stay in the MMM back in 2017 and I only have good things to say about it. The rooms were great, and the staff was really friendly (side note: I don’t know what it is, maybe they pump something through the vents, but the lobby there smells amazing).

One small caveat though, if you think you’re going to be doing a lot of Hall H stuff or waiting in line overnight, definitely try for the Bayfront. Not just for view, but also because the walk from the MMM to the southernmost parts of the Convention Center is wayyyyy longer than you think it would be, especially during high traffic times when the sidewalk is full.

The trick is to exit from the back of the MMM and walk down the marina.  Plus the Hall H line is probably down there anyway.
I’ve done MMM there times, HBF once, and Hard Rock once, and MMM is by far my favorite.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: ShannonCooper87 on March 28, 2022, 04:39:29 AM
Ive done the Omni and the MMM, I agree with @sefton42 (https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2091) exit from the back and it should be quicker for Hall H line from now on especially if the city wont let them use the lawn by the bayfront anymore, but I will always recommend the Omni, I felt when I staying in 2018 that it was closer for thing that weren't just Hall H, not sure if it was but defiantly felt like it lol.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: sefton42 on March 28, 2022, 05:00:45 AM
If they aren’t allowed to use the lawn anymore, where are the tents and chutes?
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: NCDS on March 28, 2022, 09:19:50 AM
I am not talking about that lawn area with the tents, remember Hall H isn't just a morning line.  To me, the benefit of Bayfront being close to Hall H is not the morning of, it was doing shifts during the two days.  Now that area on the sidewalk right outside the Bayfront is off-limits so they moved it behind the convention center.  It's more in the middle of bayfront and MMM. 
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: sefton42 on March 28, 2022, 09:26:39 AM
Ohhhh, you mean the part of the line when you cross the street between the center and the Bayfront?
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: NCDS on March 28, 2022, 03:50:49 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
Ohhhh, you mean the part of the line when you cross the street between the center and the Bayfront?

Someone get us a map and a pointer! 
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: Hgmaddhatter on April 12, 2022, 04:34:01 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
Someone get us a map and a pointer! 
I need to be there for this presentation, do you need a note taker??
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: NCDS on April 12, 2022, 05:17:56 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I need to be there for this presentation, do you need a note taker??

Listen miss I am thinking about the MGH, you don't have time for the presentation.  You need to go buy hiking boots.  :P
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: Hgmaddhatter on April 13, 2022, 07:47:01 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
Listen miss I am thinking about the MGH, you don't have time for the presentation.  You need to go buy hiking boots.  :P
OK I'm new forgive me if my acronyms aren't up to date lol
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 13, 2022, 08:40:13 AM
The three hotels on the south side of Harbor (the same side as the convention center) are the Marriott Marquis & Marina "MMM", the Hilton Bayfront "HB", and the Manchester Grand Hyatt "MGH". All the other hotels usually get typed out as words. :)
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: Hgmaddhatter on April 13, 2022, 09:02:56 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
The three hotels on the south side of Harbor (the same side as the convention center) are the Marriott Marquis & Marina "MMM", the Hilton Bayfront "HB", and the Manchester Grand Hyatt "MGH". All the other hotels usually get typed out as words. :)
Thankyou!! I am learning, luckily there are awesome people I have met here and through other groups that have been extremely helpful...
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: taka on April 13, 2022, 05:05:57 PM
I have stayed at both and enjoyed more the MMM I felt more of that comic con atmosphere and closer to the exhibition hall which I spent a lot of time in, the HBF is a really cool hotel tho and the only place I have encountered some celebs casually walking by.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: stl_ben on April 13, 2022, 07:26:50 PM
To expand on me for the big 3:
3 - MMM. Has the best pool! Location is good for Funko Fundays, Video Game stuff, and panel pickups.  Beyond that it always felt like a munch longer walk for me.  Personal run ins there, Will Wheaton at the bar and Cladio Sanchez in the pool.
2 - HBF. Best Views.  Location is great for Hall H & Ballroom, FX area, Stadium events and the convention hall in general.  Probably my favorite room if you have3+ people in your group for size.  Personal run ins there, just Dan Harmon.
1 - Hard Rock.  Best Atmosphere.  Great location for off sites and very easy access to the show floor. Its across the train tracks....but just barely, easy walk everywhere.  Rooms are really small for bigger groups....but they are the nicest quality to me.  Personal run ins there: Walking Dead cast, Suicide Squad cast, Deadpool cast, Jason Mamoa, Ezra Miller, Chadwick Bossman, Harrison Ford.....and so many more.  Bonus points as many big parties are in the hotel and depending on what floor your room is on...you may be able to walk right in to some.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: Mario Wario on April 13, 2022, 07:55:18 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
To expand on me for the big 3:
3 - HBF. Has the best pool! Location is good for Funko Fundays, Video Game stuff, and panel pickups.  Beyond that it always felt like a munch longer walk for me.  Personal run ins there, Will Wheaton at the bar and Cladio Sanchez in the pool.
2 - MMM. Best Views.  Location is great for Hall H & Ballroom, FX area, Stadium events and the convention hall in general.  Probably my favorite room if you have3+ people in your group for size.  Personal run ins there, just Dan Harmon.
1 - Hard Rock.  Best Atmosphere.  Great location for off sites and very easy access to the show floor. Its across the train tracks....but just barely, easy walk everywhere.  Rooms are really small for bigger groups....but they are the nicest quality to me.  Personal run ins there: Walking Dead cast, Suicide Squad cast, Deadpool cast, Jason Mamoa, Ezra Miller, Chadwick Bossman, Harrison Ford.....and so many more.  Bonus points as many big parties are in the hotel and depending on what floor your room is on...you may be able to walk right in to some.
I would think the MGH would be best for Fundays, since the event happens there. Second, would be MMM since it is closer to the MGH.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: NCDS on April 13, 2022, 08:20:03 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I would think the MGH would be best for Fundays, since the event happens there. Second, would be MMM since it is closer to the MGH.

I agree
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: taka on April 13, 2022, 08:27:36 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
To expand on me for the big 3:
3 - HBF. Has the best pool! Location is good for Funko Fundays, Video Game stuff, and panel pickups.  Beyond that it always felt like a munch longer walk for me.  Personal run ins there, Will Wheaton at the bar and Cladio Sanchez in the pool.
2 - MMM. Best Views.  Location is great for Hall H & Ballroom, FX area, Stadium events and the convention hall in general.  Probably my favorite room if you have3+ people in your group for size.  Personal run ins there, just Dan Harmon.
1 - Hard Rock.  Best Atmosphere.  Great location for off sites and very easy access to the show floor. Its across the train tracks....but just barely, easy walk everywhere.  Rooms are really small for bigger groups....but they are the nicest quality to me.  Personal run ins there: Walking Dead cast, Suicide Squad cast, Deadpool cast, Jason Mamoa, Ezra Miller, Chadwick Bossman, Harrison Ford.....and so many more.  Bonus points as many big parties are in the hotel and depending on what floor your room is on...you may be able to walk right in to some.

I think you mixed HBF and MMM  :P
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: stl_ben on April 13, 2022, 08:32:33 PM
Sorry, fixed. (I hate abbreviations they only make me more confused....and I guess partially why Im banned from the hotel exchange).
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: Namron83 on April 14, 2022, 09:33:52 AM
I've only stayed at the Marriot once between the two. I would definitely choose that place again if lucky.
My friends and I would always buy alot of stuff so not having to take a shuttle and or walk long distances was a huge plus. The only downside to being that close was that we bought more than we should've aha
Besides being next to the convention center, you're closer to other places in Gaslamp (love going to Ralph's). Plus, I think there seems to be more Con stuff going in and around the Marriot.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: sefton42 on April 14, 2022, 05:32:22 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
To expand on me for the big 3:
3 - MMM. Has the best pool! Location is good for Funko Fundays, Video Game stuff, and panel pickups.  Beyond that it always felt like a munch longer walk for me.  Personal run ins there, Will Wheaton at the bar and Cladio Sanchez in the pool.
2 - HBF. Best Views.  Location is great for Hall H & Ballroom, FX area, Stadium events and the convention hall in general.  Probably my favorite room if you have3+ people in your group for size.  Personal run ins there, just Dan Harmon.
1 - Hard Rock.  Best Atmosphere.  Great location for off sites and very easy access to the show floor. Its across the train tracks....but just barely, easy walk everywhere.  Rooms are really small for bigger groups....but they are the nicest quality to me.  Personal run ins there: Walking Dead cast, Suicide Squad cast, Deadpool cast, Jason Mamoa, Ezra Miller, Chadwick Bossman, Harrison Ford.....and so many more.  Bonus points as many big parties are in the hotel and depending on what floor your room is on...you may be able to walk right in to some.

Dang.  The one year I got a room at the Hard Rock, I had no run-ins.
Also, my views from the MMM have usually been better than the year I was at the Bayfront.  Just depends on what side the room is on.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: semigeekgirl on April 14, 2022, 08:14:33 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
Dang.  The one year I got a room at the Hard Rock, I had no run-ins.
Also, my views from the MMM have usually been better than the year I was at the Bayfront.  Just depends on what side the room is on.

Agreed - I had a terrible view (Dole truck parking lot) every time I stayed at the Hilton Bayfront, bc I don't have Hilton status and I refuse to pay for the upgrade at check-in. But all the Marriott views I've had have been lovely (city side or ocean side).
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: Hgmaddhatter on April 15, 2022, 07:09:34 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I've only stayed at the Marriot once between the two. I would definitely choose that place again if lucky.
My friends and I would always buy alot of stuff so not having to take a shuttle and or walk long distances was a huge plus. The only downside to being that close was that we bought more than we should've aha
Besides being next to the convention center, you're closer to other places in Gaslamp (love going to Ralph's). Plus, I think there seems to be more Con stuff going in and around the Marriot.
I am most interested in the outside events, I do hope to see those back in some way... this will be my first con and I don't have a badge for most of it but will be participating in meetups and other stuff. I think in the end my hotel will be where my roomies want to stay since I'm flexible at this point.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: tsnyder on April 17, 2022, 06:45:40 PM
Done HBF twice and LOVED it!! Rooms aren't the best but location is everything! I'm a Hall H person so it's amazing to be so close and can let line mates store items or clean up in the mornings. Also can do runs back and forth from exhibit hall and room in just a few minutes. I've never done MMM but on Sundays when we always go to pick up our panel swag it seems like quite the hike.

Sent from my SM-S901U using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: sefton42 on April 17, 2022, 07:09:48 PM
I thought the panel swag redemption was at the MGH, not the MMM?
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: NCDS on April 17, 2022, 07:35:25 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I thought the panel swag redemption was at the MGH, not the MMM?

The past few years it has been.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: smiley424 on April 19, 2022, 02:21:37 AM
Stayed at the Bayfront 2019 and it was awesome.  Great location to easily drop off stuff in your room and head back to Con quickly.  MMM also gets high praise from what I have seen, so I think you can't go wrong with either hotel.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: stl_ben on April 19, 2022, 06:26:37 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I thought the panel swag redemption was at the MGH, not the MMM?
Correct.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: Mario Wario on April 19, 2022, 07:08:30 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
Agreed - I had a terrible view (Dole truck parking lot) every time I stayed at the Hilton Bayfront, bc I don't have Hilton status and I refuse to pay for the upgrade at check-in. But all the Marriott views I've had have been lovely (city side or ocean side).
Most definitely!
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: tsnyder on April 19, 2022, 11:57:05 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I thought the panel swag redemption was at the MGH, not the MMM?
True, guess I lump everything together on that side of convention center :)

Sent from my SM-S901U using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: stl_ben on April 19, 2022, 12:13:11 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
True, guess I lump everything together on that side of convention center :)

Sent from my SM-S901U using Tapatalk
I do for sure!  If I have to walk all the way down there it better be something good!
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: tsnyder on April 26, 2022, 06:37:38 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I do for sure!  If I have to walk all the way down there it better be something good!
And as each year goes by the pedicabs look more and more appealing......think this is the year I start using them

Sent from my SM-S901U using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: NCDS on April 26, 2022, 09:20:20 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
And as each year goes by the pedicabs look more and more appealing......think this is the year I start using them

Sent from my SM-S901U using Tapatalk

I tried them once, the group I was with was all about it.  We rode from the MGH to the bayfront.  My group turned and said I need $20 from everyone.  Now I don't know if they were overpaying but $80 to get from the MGH to the Bayfront.  I have never again done one of those.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: stl_ben on April 26, 2022, 09:30:51 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I tried them once, the group I was with was all about it.  We rode from the MGH to the bayfront.  My group turned and said I need $20 from everyone.  Now I don't know if they were overpaying but $80 to get from the MGH to the Bayfront.  I have never again done one of those.
We had almost the exact same experience.  Thought the short ride was $20, I was $20 for each of us.....and not done again.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: RustyPonds on April 26, 2022, 01:43:51 PM
Stayed at the MMM for the first time in 2019 and loved it.

While Hard Rock is still my favorite hotel, MMM was great when it came to Hall H lines (due to how far down the moved the start of that line in 2019), the awesome pool, and just feeling immersed in the Con.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: tsnyder on April 26, 2022, 01:54:41 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
We had almost the exact same experience.  Thought the short ride was $20, I was $20 for each of us.....and not done again.
I will have to keep that in mind
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 26, 2022, 01:55:07 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
Stayed at the MMM for the first time in 2019 and loved it.

While Hard Rock is still my favorite hotel, MMM was great when it came to Hall H lines (due to how far down the moved the start of that line in 2019), the awesome pool, and just feeling immersed in the Con.

Plus not having to cross the street into the Gaslamp when a mass of humanity is trying to get out of the convention center at the end of the day. It once took me 30 minutes just to cross the street!
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: tsnyder on April 26, 2022, 01:58:58 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
Plus not having to cross the street into the Gaslamp when a mass of humanity is trying to get out of the convention center at the end of the day. It once took me 30 minutes just to cross the street!
We got stuck one time coming from Hard Rock by what felt like the LONGEST train in the existence of mankind. 
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 26, 2022, 02:13:54 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
We got stuck one time coming from Hard Rock by what felt like the LONGEST train in the existence of mankind.

Very true. I had that issue at CCSE as well, and that con was definitely NOT crowded!
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: Imogen16 on April 26, 2022, 06:14:33 PM
Never stayed at MMM but loved the Hilton Bayfront. It's my second favourite hotel after the Hard Rock. Great location and good for celebrity sightings.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: smiley424 on April 26, 2022, 08:17:31 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
We had almost the exact same experience.  Thought the short ride was $20, I was $20 for each of us.....and not done again.

That's wild.  My first SDCC, I took a pedicab from the train tracks back to the Sofia Hotel by myself and I think it cost about that much.  He earned his money on that one, it's all uphill too.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: NCDS on April 26, 2022, 09:49:25 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
Plus not having to cross the street into the Gaslamp when a mass of humanity is trying to get out of the convention center at the end of the day. It once took me 30 minutes just to cross the street!

Shutting down that street fixed that, I hope they still do that this con.  It was a game changer.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: accelerate on April 26, 2022, 09:57:23 PM
There was still the issue of the trains. It always seems like a huge 50+ train likes to cross around 7pm for God knows what reason. Also around 10-11pm or so when the last of whatever night events have concluded, and you want nothing more than to go to your hotel room and lie down, and the train wants to go extra slow to spite you.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: stl_ben on April 27, 2022, 08:58:11 AM
On the tangent topic, one off site had free pedicabs to and from it for Alita.  That was nice!  But also I would love for the free transportation of the past like the Mr Robot ubers and such.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: hipchick on April 27, 2022, 12:26:16 PM
I've stayed at both and I would say it really depends on how hardcore you are for things like Hall H and celebrity spotting. If that's going to be your main agenda, then definitely go for Hilton Bayfront. MMM is great as it's adjacent and it's a pretty big hotel. I've stayed at MMM around 4-5 times and I learned that if you go down to the bottom floor where the pool is and you exit at the harbor, you can walk along that path all the way to Hall H lines and it isn't as bad as it is trying to do it on the main street where everyone else is. Regarding celeb spotting I've had an equal amount I would say at both hotels - the one year I stayed at HB, I had run-ins with Luke Perry and John Barrowman in the span of an hour (plus lots of other TV celebs throughout the week). However, MMM is the hotel where I saw Stan Lee twice (once in the lobby, and once at the bar) and rode the elevator with (and made friends with) the guy who voices Mario. Manchester Grand Hyatt I would say is a decent alternative to MMM because it's still walkable even though it's around 5 min longer and the rooms are really nice.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: sylent_asassin on April 27, 2022, 02:47:18 PM
Stayed at both hotels and loved them. As stated above and in spades, preference depends on what you're into. When we stayed at the HB, there were celebs congregating all over the place, which was kind of cool. I even met some Black Lightning cast members and got a pic in the elevator with one. We figured that this would be a one-time deal, so we paid for the upgraded room on the top floor with the conference rooms and the views were absolutely sensational! Using my GoPro, I took video of the sunset, which was breathtaking! 

The MMM was amazing in its own right because of the short trek to the convention center, but be warned: if you stay in an oceanside room, it gets kind of damp and humid and if you stay in a cityside room, the crossing gates are blaring all day and night long.

As much as we liked both hotels, my wife and I preferred the Omni over both. Everything was top notch from the service to the rooms, the walk wasn't far and it was near many of the local eateries.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: lliving on April 28, 2022, 06:19:47 AM
The Marquis is technically closer to the Convention Center, but to me, I think it's easier to get inside the convention center from Bayfront.  I always felt like I was wading through a larger group of people entering from the Marquis.  Also, Bayfront is closer to the Hall H entrance and line. A little more convenient if you need run back to your room if you forgot something. FX offsite is usually right iin front of Bayfront as well.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: The Mighty Jerd on April 28, 2022, 07:03:42 AM
Hilton Bayfront is my favorite place to stay. The view is beautiful and it is super convenient.

MMM, although I have never stayed there, just strikes me as a little inconvenient by comparison when it comes to layout and accessing the convention center. That said it is third on my list this year behind Hilton Bayfront and the Omni.

I stayed at the Hard Rock in 2019 and while it was a nice hotel it was not my favorite just due to the amount of times they would block things off for celebrities. Sometimes you just want to get to your room and not wait 15 minutes while the elevators are locked down.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: 28savagedays on April 28, 2022, 11:49:44 AM
I’ve stayed at both a few times during my SDCC years. I actually prefer SDMMM to Bayfront. Bayfront rooms are smaller compared to SDMMM. Especially when you’ve got 4 roommate total. The convenience to the convention center is pretty sweet tho.

Got spoiled with SDMMM one year when my roomie got a corner double queen bed room. Sooooo much room for 4 occupants.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: summerald on June 11, 2022, 08:29:27 AM
I am partial to the MMM, but maybe because it was my FIRST stay at SDCC16...work provided the room 2016-2018...but now I'm freelancing at SDCC and have never gotten MMM in the lottery.  Got lucky and scored 3 nights in a single room in 2019 (some rooms became available about 2 weeks before that con) and I ditched my room-mates at the Sheraton, lol.   Have stayed in both MMM towers--but beware the street-facing rooms opposite the light rail stop...you can hear DING DING DING into the wee hours, lol.  Still wouldn't keep me from that room, though.  Stayed at HB once, the rooms were not as nice and while quick to access the ballroom there if that's your program hangout, it's oddly further to walk to get to the end of the Hall H line.  Uber's have a hard time getting to it when the roads are closed (must take a very long route around and approach from the south.) Trying Manchester Hyatt this year...just a titch farther on the marina walk than the MMM...might be a good second to MMM!
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: accelerate on June 12, 2022, 09:15:27 AM
Oh for sure, using Uber, especially to and from the airport, is a lot easier from the Manchester. I remember one year it took forever to get to the airport from the Bayfront because of all the road closures. We ended up having to go on the highway.

This year we are staying at the Bayfront, but we chose a later flight out of SD, so hopefully the mad exodus out of Gaslamp will have subsided by then.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: nootheroptions on July 07, 2022, 09:27:10 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I am partial to the MMM, but maybe because it was my FIRST stay at SDCC16...work provided the room 2016-2018...but now I'm freelancing at SDCC and have never gotten MMM in the lottery.  Got lucky and scored 3 nights in a single room in 2019 (some rooms became available about 2 weeks before that con) and I ditched my room-mates at the Sheraton, lol.   Have stayed in both MMM towers--but beware the street-facing rooms opposite the light rail stop...you can hear DING DING DING into the wee hours, lol.  Still wouldn't keep me from that room, though.  Stayed at HB once, the rooms were not as nice and while quick to access the ballroom there if that's your program hangout, it's oddly further to walk to get to the end of the Hall H line.  Uber's have a hard time getting to it when the roads are closed (must take a very long route around and approach from the south.) Trying Manchester Hyatt this year...just a titch farther on the marina walk than the MMM...might be a good second to MMM!

I've stayed at the MGH, it's nice but even though they are directly next to each other that walk feels FARRRRRR when it's busy out. 

Personally, between MGH, MMM, Omni, Sheraton, Hard Rock I prefer the MMM the most.  I like the Hard Rock alot but you need to be street side because holy cow is it loud on the pool side since they're typically hosting night time events and you can't even really use the pool since they put the hard deck on.   
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: TheNeck on July 07, 2022, 09:35:02 AM
I've only stayed at the MMM(1 year) and HBF(3 years), and for us personally the HBF is the best SDCC hotel. For us because its closest to the everything else line and Hall H line. When we stayed at MMM, the walk all the way to the everything else & Hall H line was so long, especially doing it from Wed-Sun. It's been a while but from what i can remember, MMM seemed to be a little bigger room for 4 people, but i could be remember this incorrectly, it's been a while.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: Transmute Jun on July 07, 2022, 09:46:33 AM
The MMM to the Hall H Lawn is certainly a long walk. However, the 'next day line' is now closer to the MMM, since it starts behind the convention center.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: darqamin on July 15, 2022, 05:16:00 PM
MMM has a destination/resort fee so that's one minor negative but still worth it in my view over Hilton. Also I bet Hilton also has one!  >:D
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: angi on July 16, 2022, 02:05:14 PM
The MMM is great if you get a balcony room way high up.  I used to be able to book those rooms on Sunday/Monday for the last days of the con and it was great but they dried up the last few years.

The year I stayed at MMM through the con rate/booking, it was not my favorite year.  The room was small and dark and wading through the mounds of people just to get to the room was a big hassle. 

I find it easier at the MGH and my favorite now is the Springhill Suites.  SHS works for my disability because I can ride the tram in and out or take one of the bike things/scooters and it is less people and less overall walking believe it or not. Plus they have a huge breakfast and drinks at the pool without the resort fee.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: teppope on July 26, 2022, 03:09:01 PM
Now that I've stayed in both, I liked Bayfront better. The rooms were smaller, but it was fun to see celebrities and be close to Hall H and those FX activations and the pier. Very surprised but happy
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: semigeekgirl on July 26, 2022, 04:26:52 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
MMM has a destination/resort fee so that's one minor negative but still worth it in my view over Hilton. Also I bet Hilton also has one!  >:D

MMM specified at check-in that they were not charging the resort fee to reservations booked through the convention. :)

I've stayed at both and MMM is the clear winner for me. It just feels more relaxing and closer to the Convention, and I prefer the food options. Plus the pool bar is huge and really pretty with good food and drinks.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: CHEYS671Guam on July 27, 2022, 09:57:52 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I've stayed at the MGH, it's nice but even though they are directly next to each other that walk feels FARRRRRR when it's busy out. 

Personally, between MGH, MMM, Omni, Sheraton, Hard Rock I prefer the MMM the most.  I like the Hard Rock alot but you need to be street side because holy cow is it loud on the pool side since they're typically hosting night time events and you can't even really use the pool since they put the hard deck on.   

We stayed at the MGH this year! I love how the Seaport is nearby & it's great for Hall-H line-up but my feet were killing me! Now that the shuttles were in the area, it gets really crowded.

I would have loved to return to MMM.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: Transmute Jun on July 27, 2022, 01:21:53 PM
I can confirm that the MMM did not charge the resort fee for the Comic Con rate. However, we did have to pay $40 for self-parking (ouch).
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: Jesse O on July 27, 2022, 01:30:42 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I can confirm that the MMM did not charge the resort fee for the Comic Con rate. However, we did have to pay $40 for self-parking (ouch).

...and we didn't touch the car between check-in and check-out.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: Iris on July 27, 2022, 05:35:48 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I can confirm that the MMM did not charge the resort fee for the Comic Con rate. However, we did have to pay $40 for self-parking (ouch).

I will say, that normally HBF self-parking is lower than the other hotels by about $5-10/night from what I've observed in my past years staying there ( ~6-7 years now), but this year self-parking was $40/night and yeah... ouch. For reference, I believe it was $25-30/night back in 2019.

I will say, the food options at HBF have been severely lacking this year and 2019 (iirc the Fox Sports Bar & Grill or whatever it was called was closed by that time.) They had Hudson & Nash for the new restaurant... but they did a $34/person buffet this year on a special comic-con menu starting I think Wednesday or Tuesday and it was pretty depressing, I didn't even try because I didn't want to pay $34 for a buffet of things like hot dogs and burgers... Other than that, it was the pool, the Odyssea (which I think refers you to the Hudson & Nash menu online,) the Starbucks, Sweet Things, The Cannery (they have drinks/sandwiches/salads/etc.) or room service. I do rather miss the Vela now.
Title: Re: Marriot Marquis vs Hilton Bayfront
Post by: darqamin on July 29, 2022, 07:03:38 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I can confirm that the MMM did not charge the resort fee for the Comic Con rate. However, we did have to pay $40 for self-parking (ouch).

Yes it was great not to be charged that resort fee. They also helped me at checkout by linking my account properly and removing the internet fees.

The only self note for next time is to request a second chair right when checking in. We only had one and it was a bit annoying with regard to using the table to eat in the room (which was most of our meals), but requested it too late I think. Maybe a microwave as well.

We had a great view of the bay and of the Dragonball offsite, including the long lines that were there most days - we were also able to text friends when the line looked short  ;D