San Diego Comic Con “Hotelpocalypse” Announced


Attention San Diego Comic-Con Attendees! The Hotelpocalypse is upon us!

UPDATE: OnPeak has made a statement on their Facebook page stating this date is incorrect.  Our source comes from the SDCC Unofficial Blog and we are unclear where their information came from, but they are typically a trustworthy source.

The “Hotelpocalypse,” also known as “Hotel Hell” or simply “the day that hotel rooms for San Diego Comic-Con go on sale”, has been announced for the 2017 event.  No, we don’t know when pre-reg or general badge sales will be, but we can all pencil in the date Thursday April 6th, 2017 for hotel sales.  So start thinking about roommates and what you’re top choices will be because once badge sales are announced things are going to get hectic.  Plan early!

If you’re new to San Diego Comic-Con and don’t know what you should be looking for when it comes to hotels, check out our San Diego Comic-Con Hotel FAQs.  Though the article is a few years old, in general things like the type of hotels, locations, and how hotel selection functions is generally the same.  Each year there are changes to how the actual lottery system works, but chances are good that there will be a form of some kind and you’ll have a chance to select several hotels in a lottery type system.

So what can you do right now to prepare for the sale?  First and foremost, make sure you’ll be available that day because typically the lottery is based on time stamps of the form submissions (though this is subject to change).  No time has been announced for the sale, but it’s usually mid morning Pacific time and early afternoon Eastern.  Start poking around for roommates and information on the hotel options from previous years, too.  Even though the hotel block isn’t set in stone yet, prior years will give you a good idea of what’s available.

The Hotelpocalypse is sometimes even more stressful than badge sales, but don’t fret!  There are plenty of experienced con goers willing to help.  While you are welcome to comment here for assistance, I would actually like to direct you over the the Friends of Comic-Con forums, particularly the SDCC Housing forum.  The folks over there helped me my first year and I’ve found their advice extremely valuable.

Author: Angel

Stephanie “Angel” Wilson is the admin of The Geekiary and a geek culture commentator. She earned a BA in Film & Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz. She’s contributed to various podcasts and webcasts including An Englishman in San Diego, Free to Be Radio, and Genre TV for All. She’s written for Friends of Comic Con and has essays published in Fandom Frontlines.


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