Comic-Con International 2013 Hotel Reservations open on Tuesday, February 26. We’d like to offer you some tips and advice to get ready for that day.
First of all, click here to go to our Hotels page and download the latest Hotel List. This list contains all of the hotels currently in the Comic-Con 2013 room block and their prices, plus other useful information, such as shuttle stops and the time it takes in minutes to get to the Convention Center. Other info includes smoking or non-smoking rooms, pet-friendly hotels, and hotels offering breakfast.
How it works: Badge holders will receive an email at least 72 hours before Feb. 26 that will contain a link to the Travel Planners hotel reservation website. That link will not be active until Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 9:00 AM Pacific time (12:00 PM Eastern time). HANG ON TO THAT EMAIL. You will need it to access the site. The URL of the Hotel Reservations site will also be available on Feb. 26 on our website’s home page at www.comic-con.org. You will have to cut and paste the URL on the home page and place it into your browser window to access the Travel Planners hotel reservations website. (After Feb. 27, when the hotel reservations website reopens after the initial sale, you can visit www.comic-con.org/cci/hotels to access the Travel Planners site to make changes or cancellations to your reservation.)
One important new thing this year: Once you get to the Travel Planners website, you will be asked to list SIX hotel choices in order of preference. Everyone making a hotel reservation will be asked to do this, and it must be six choices. Study the Hotel List PDF to pick your choices in advance so you’re ready on Tuesday.
Be realistic in your choices. There are over 50 hotels in the Comic-Con room block, with 29 of them located downtown. Yes, everyone wants to stay downtown, but the hotels located outside of the downtown area are just as comfortable and are serviced (with the exception of 3 of them) by the Comic-Con shuttle, which runs continuously from Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21 at 7:00 PM. (Shuttle frequency varies through the day.) If you want to be close to the Convention Center to take advantage of Comic-Con’s nighttime programs and events, you can still hop the shuttle back to your hotel away from the crowds and noise of downtown. And after dealing with crowds and noise all day, doesn’t that quiet getaway sound inviting? You can even book a room now during our Early Bird Sale, which features a separate room block in Mission Valley and near the airport and runs until March 11. (Please note the Early Bird Sale requires a full downpayment, plus is non-refundable.)
Remember: There are 130,000 attendees at Comic-Con and only so many hotel rooms downtown and in the greater San Diego area. Odds are you’re NOT going to get what you want right off the bat. Hotel reservations opening on Tuesday are for Attendees and Professionals. Exhibitors who set up the great booths in Comic-Con’s Exhibit Hall where everyone loves to shop have a separate room block and were placed months ago.
Additional hotel rooms may become available as we get closer to Comic-Con. People do cancel rooms and those rooms are reassigned to members on the wait list. Check back to see if your other choices become available. Dates to note are the ones when the refund policy changes: April 30 (when full refunds go away) and June 1 (last date to cancel and pay for only one night’s room). Cancellations occur after those dates so people can avoid paying for rooms they no longer need.
Please keep in mind that the Travel Planners hotel reservations website is not optimized for smart phone use. We recommend you use a computer during the hotel sale.
Many people will try to access both the Comic-Con website and the Travel Planners website on Tuesday. We anticipate times when both websites may be very slow to respond. We ask you for your patience and to keep trying if at first you don’t succeed. Keep in mind the hotels outside of the downtown area and choose your six choices wisely. Remember that additional hotel rooms may become available later, after cancellation dates.