Unlike the staggered arrival of previous years, all hotel emails seem to be arriving together. At least, everyone I know is getting theirs. How did you do?
I either got my first choice or my last choice - I accidentally picked the Omni first instead of the Marriott. I asked if they would change it and they said yes (which stunned me, and I'm not sure they actually did) but I still wound up at the Omni. No complaints on my end; it has my favorite restaurant. But it's going to be weird not staying at the Marriott like every other year. (If you wound up by the airport, I realize you probably want to stab me right now for even hinting at my dissatisfaction.)
Someone I know who called in around 10:15 was waitlisted; other people are reporting not getting any of their 6 choices. Which probably is to be expected if everyone picked the same hotels. 6 choices just aren't enough - they should have allotted at least 10.
It's hard to say which is the better system - this type of lottery (calm, but giving you little control) or the old system where you logged in and could see which hotel had which kind of rooms open on what night. While that was stressful, it did let you decide if you were willing to pick a different kind of room just to stay at a certain hotel, or choose 2 nights at your ideal hotel and 2 nights at another place. Now all the choice is out of your hands.
What to do if you hate your hotel:
People cancel and hotel rooms do open up, so make a habit of repeatedly checking the site for a better hotel over the next few months. If you don't mind changing hotels mid-stream, you can almost always finagle two nights or so at one of your top choices. Once hotel booking opens back up, you will be able to check specific days at specific hotels and have more control over your reservations. Whatever you do, don't let it rob you of your Comic Con anticipation.
If you haven’t heard yet:
If you haven’t heard yet:
Don’t stress. As I said, two years ago, everyone got their email but me. I called Travel Planners, was told that emails were going out in the order of room assigments and the people who couldn't get a room were the last to hear. 12 hours later, I was assigned my first choice.
If you didn’t get a hotel at all:
Check the Early Bird sale - there are still a few rooms available. Start looking now for condo rentals, hostels, private home and apartment rentals or campgrounds. Some people in San Diego even take in Comic Con boarders, so if that’s not too dodgy for you, put out an ad or sign up with couchsurfing.org. Or try to scratch up a room at hotels.com or Travelocity.
What did you get? Does it seem to correlate to when you got in and out of the system?
ETA: Virtually every story I've heard today falls into "I got my 1st/2nd pick!" or "I got totally shut out." I have not heard one person say that they wound up assigned to the Comfort Inn or some random hotel. Where are the people who hit the mid-luck mark?