As the lamentwitterations filter over the land, the results of this year’s Hoteloween are being discovered. And while the lucky ones who got their first hotel choice smile to themselves, the tweets of the homeless fill the air.
Us? We’re somewhere in the middle. We didn’t get the hotel we’ve stayed at for many years—a quiet oasis in the middle of everything that has come to feel like home — and instead got stuck right in the middle of the hurricane at the Hyatt. Do not look forward to negotiating that Stella Artois and Charybdouche every night, but at least we don’t have to pack an electric kettle.
Based on what everyone is saying, it seems this was less of a lottery than in past years, and the time you got in, did your business and got out is really what netted people first choice hotels. Since we were in and out in just a tad over 2 minutes, it seems like if you were in and out in anything more than 3 minutes you were S.O.L.
This year it really depended on whether you checked other options, as well. For instance you had the option to get any downtown hotel, any downtown hotel at market rates or any hotel PERIOD. If you didn’t check all of those you didn’t get put on the list for those options.
A lot of good people who have been Comic-Con mainstays for decades didn’t get rooms. They’ll have to use their while and smarts to find accommodations if they plan to attend—the exhibitor hotel room lottery which took place last month is now the nexus point of many schemes and dreams.
There’s also the feeling that today’s Jim Parsons fans and cosplayers are just more motivated and more nimble. At least that’s how we feel here. It really didn’t matter when you got in but when you got out. After getting into the hotel system you had to quickly make six hotel choices from a lengthy drop down menu, type in your name and address and make other check box decisions on the fly. It took the concentration of a fighter pilot. When they make the inevitable Comic-Con reality TV show this needs to be one of the challenges!
In the larger sense, as we’ve been saying for a decade, there are more people who want to go than there are close hotel rooms. There isn’t a thing the con or the mayor or Jim Parsons can do about it. And until they start docking giant cruise ships outside the show, this is how it’s going to be.
To those who got the room of their dreams, congrats! To those who didn’t…perhaps Ron Marz is on to something:
The Pope leaves office and then nobody gets SDCC hotel rooms. Coincidence?
— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) February 28, 2013
For those who got the golden ticket, Bryan Singer has a picture of empty hotel lobbies for you.
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) February 20, 2013
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.