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It's that time of the year again, time to try and get in on the discount rooms for Comic-Con. This year was even more of a disaster than last year. Why? Because at this point I do not have a hotel room at all. I was on the site at 9 AM, assured that this new system would be smoother than the last. I entered 12 choices for hotel and was told I would receive an email with what hotel I got and I would then be required to make a one night deposit. This deposit was the big difference this year because it would prevent people from booking large blocks of rooms only to release the ones they don't want later. Or so they said. I never got an email back. I asked some friends, many of whom said the same thing. I then went to the Comic-Con hotel page and discovered that now they had the old reservation system in place but it said every room was sold out. So yeah, that's what is going on right now. Basically I'm hoping someone can help us out or that all those cancellations they say are going to happen start happening. I keep thinking there has got to be a better way to do this, but I really don't know what it is. I'm thinking next year I'm going to have to drop more cash and just reserve a room directly with the hotel I want well before all the madness starts. It will probably be worth the peace of mind.
I got this email from Travel Planners today:
Dear Comic-Con Guest,
Thank you for your email!
We are still processing these requests and apologize for the delay. We received thousands of requests within the first few minutes that housing opened and we really want to help you. We expect rooms to become available as the deposit due date passes and you will receive communication regarding your request by Friday, March 26. Again, we are very sorry we were unable to process your request right away and assure you we will do our best to accommodate you as quickly as possible.
We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience!
We'll see how that goes.
A friend of mine saw this post on my Facebook page and invited us to crash at his room at the Marriott next door to the convention center. So yeah, this story has a happy ending. I just feel bad for the folks who don't have the good fortune that I do.