Help for the unhoteled

11 APRIL 2014

So you hate your hotel. Or you didn’t get one at all. Here are your options.

 Leap on this condo deal now.

"This is for two 2-bedroom Worldmark Resorts available in San Diego. Check-in is Tuesday July 22nd at 4PM and check-out is Tuesday, July 29th at noon. This resort is 6.1 miles from the San Diego Convention Center.

One condo has a king in the master bedroom, two twin beds in the second bedroom, and a queen sleeper sofa in the living area. Maximum occupancy is 6. One condo has a king in the master bedroom, queen bed in the second bedroom, and a queen sofa sleeper in the living area. Maximum occupancy is 6. These can be rented together or separate: $1000 each for the entire week (about $142 per night).

Both units contain fully equipped kitchens, air conditioning, and a small balcony/deck. The resort has an outdoor pool, outdoor hot tub, fitness center, recreation room, arcade, business center, complimentary laundry facilities, and free underground parking. This is a pet-free and smoke-free resort."
Not a bad deal, though I bet it's already gone.

Wait for the hotel system to reopen and keep checking for other options.
Your best option. People do cancel and hotel rooms do open up; however, there won’t be an abundance of downtown rooms, and the few that surface will be snapped up fast. Consider splitting your hotel nights. You’ll be able to check specific days at specific hotels, so this is a possibility. You may not get your dream hotel for all four nights, but you might find a room there for a night or two. Packing up all your stuff and moving midway through the Con may sound burdensome, but for some people it’s worth it.

Look beyond hotels.
Such as condo rentals, hostels, private home and apartment rentals or campgrounds. Some people even take in Comic Con boarders, if that’s not too dodgy for you. Don’t be afraid to put out an ad, use Airbnb, Couchsurfing or just ask around Facebook.

Look at non-Travel Planners hotels.
Last year all of the below hotels had vacancies after the hotel sale. They are not discounted, they are not on the Shuttle Grid. They may be currently sold out. But they are worth a call if you’re desperate.

Harborview Inn & Suites San Diego Harbor

Estancia La Jolla Hotel

Hotel Del Coronado 

Gaslamp Plaza Suites 

Somerset Suites.

Coronado Inn 

ETA: Commenter Ferd just booked a stay at the Comfort Inn Gaslamp at 660 G Street. That's only 6 blocks away - give them a call.


  1. Valerie,
    I just reserved an 8 night stay, 7/20 - 7-28, at the Comfort Inn Gaslamp, 660 G Street. It is not part of the Comic-Con hotels, but it is downtown and only 6 blocks away. It became affordable because the first few nights (before the Comic Con starts) were really cheap, so it brought the overall average room rate to $290 + tax. Maybe this will help someone like us who didn't get an email with a reservation.
    Thank you for all your great information!

    1. Thanks for such an awesome tip! I'm going to amend this post. Fun fact: my first Con was spent at a Comfort Inn, which I actually booked that very same day. How times have changed.

      Not sure if you're into celebrating Pride or not, but you'll be there for all those festivities too which should be fun.