As reported here a while back, I was disappointed in this year’s hotel room lottery for San Diego ComicCon. Despite getting my application in within minutes of the opening bell, none of my 20 hotel choices came through, and I got a hotel out in the valley, several miles away from downtown. I was prepared for a slightly different con experience this year as a result, but this morning I received an email from Travel Planners (the hotel reservation company for the Con) telling me they had some closer rooms available for those on their waiting list.
This was a surprise, as I hadn’t known about or asked to be on a waiting list. I can only guess they put me on because none of my original choices were available. I followed the new booking instructions, and now have a room in a nice hotel about 4 blocks from the convention center. I assume it’s nice, it’s a chain I’ve stayed in elsewhere, and must be pretty new, as I don’t recall seeing it in past years. Yes, it’s more than $100 per day more than the valley hotel, but I’m fine with that, I’d much rather be in walking distance. Thanks for the last minute save, Travel Planners!