The San Diego Comic-Con Early Bird Hotel Sale started today! If you were able to score SDCC badges, and you don’t mind staying in the Hotel Circle/Mission Valley area, or by the airport, you might want to consider booking your room at one of the thirteen hotels participating in the Early Bird Hotel Sale. Read on for more details!
San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Early Bird Hotel Sale
As usual, no downtown hotels are available during the Early Bird Hotel Sale. However, if you don’t want to go through the stress of the General Hotel Sale (aka “Hotelpocalypse” – click here to read about our experience with that last year), and if you’re more concerned about saving money than having a hotel in close proximity to the Convention Center, then the Early Bird Hotel Sale is a great option. Plus you get incentives that won’t be available if you wait until the General Hotel Sale, such as complimentary or discounted wi-fi, breakfast, and parking. But be aware that the Early Bird Hotel Sale requires a 3 or 4 night minimum (depending on the hotel), you have to pay for your entire stay in advance, and there are no refunds.
The hotels participating in the sale are as follows:
1. Best Western Seven Seas ($179)
2. Courtyard by Marriott SD Airport/Liberty Station ($215-$260)
3. Courtyard by Marriott SD Mission Valley ($205-$215)
4. Crowne Plaza San Diego ($191-$203)
5. Days Inn Hotel SD Hotel Circle (Mission Valley) ($170)
6. DoubleTree San Diego Mission Valley ($205)
7. DoubleTree SD Hotel Circle (also listed as Doubletree by Hilton Club Hotel) ($239-$304)
8. Handlery Hotel San Diego ($180-$190)
9. Hilton San Diego Mission Valley ($204-239)
10. San Diego Marriott Mission Valley ($206-$251)
11. Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina ($219-$259)
12. Sheraton San Diego – Mission Valley ($193-$260)
13. Town and County Resort ($189-$229)
Prices vary from hotel to hotel, and sometimes depend on the number of people staying in your room, as well as the length of your stay. Based on a 3 night minimum stay, the least expensive option is Days Inn at $170 per night (number of occupants does not matter), while the most expensive, if you want 2 beds and have 4 people, is DoubleTree SD Hotel Circle at $304 per night, which requires a 4 night minimum stay.
The Early Bird Hotels are located 3 to 9 miles away from the San Diego Convention Center, but if you won’t have a car with you, don’t worry, as complimentary shuttle service is provided to take you to and from SDCC.
If you will have a car, note that some of these hotels charge for parking, and that cost is not included in the price of the hotel room. In 2013, we participated in the Early Bird Hotel Sale and stayed at the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley, at which it cost an additional $14/day to park. However, if you book your room at Courtyard by Marriott SD Mission Valley, as a special incentive through this sale, complimentary parking is included for up to 2 cars per room per day. We also participated in the Early Bird Hotel Sale in 2014, and stayed at Best Western Seven Seas, which does not charge for parking.
The Early Bird Hotel Sale ends on April 5, 2016 at 8:00am PT. According to the SDCC Unofficial Blog, the General Hotel Sale is expected to take place on April 5, 2016, at 9:00am PT.
To get an idea of how much hotel rooms (including downtown hotels) cost last year during the General Hotel Sale, click here. It looks like this year’s Early Bird Hotel prices are around the same or up only a few dollars from last year.
Click here for more information and to see all the incentives that the hotels are offering during the Early Bird Hotel Sale! The link to the hotel reservation page will be at the bottom of that page, or you can click here to get to the reservation page directly.
Will you be booking your SDCC room through the Early Bird Hotel Sale, or will you wait until the General Hotel Sale to try your chances at getting one of the coveted downtown hotels, such as the Hilton San Diego Bayfront? Let us know in the comments below!