Comic-Con Hotelapocalypse fails


See hotel del Coronado above.  Photo Credit: Caprice Conley

The lotto for hotels during Comic-Con has come and gone.  Many did not receive an email, many didn’t get into any hotels and have kindly wait-listed.  Some got a whole lot of tears.

It’s hard, I know, to truly understand that  when a company, and definitely if it’s a Comic-Con company (or doing their dirty work) says their process is going to be randomized, that it REALLY will be random.  If we could all just accept that it might hurt a little less.

I always expect to get the worst hotel not on my list.  That’s how true randomization works.  It makes no sense.  I also don’t feel I have to be in the Gaslamp packed in there like a bunch of sardines.

Getting out out Mission Valley is not that bad.  I’m staying here now (I travel) and it’s quiet, and very accessible to the convention center area.  If you can score parking or hop on a trolley, you’ll be fine.  Don’t drop all the shelter islands and Coronado island hotels.  They are beautiful.  Having time to decompress might actually be nice.

San Diego Without Comic-Con

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For many of us the one time we come to San Diego is when the yearly Comic-Con convention takes place here.  Hundreds of thousands of people descend on the Gaslamp district, in search of the pop culture mecca that is San Diego.

But what about visiting when there is no convention.  What about Comic Non?  I’m spending a week here, and it’s a very bustling town with a lot do to, even without the con.  It has a lot of culture and amazing food. It is also the best time to check out the hotels that you may be staying in during the beloved convention.

That is one of the things I’m doing while I am down here.  Last night I stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Its usually a hotel that is always picked on the hotel lottery, but not that many people get it.  It is a party hotel, and for me that isn’t ideal.  However in off season it was great.  The bed was comfy and it was nice and roomy.  I also found out that you can rent a dj system or guitars if you feel the need.  I thought that was pretty awesome.

Today I’ve moved over to the Keating hotel.  A quaint hotel with the feel of Palm Springs and sounds of New York City.  It is right in the heart of the Gaslamp district.  In walking distance of all the spots you would ever want to get to.

I just happen to be staying here on the day where the Padres are playing the Dodgers at the ever accessible Petco Park ( sorry no zombies this time).  Luckily we can walk there, as traffic is crazy during this type of event.  In all honesty, the Comic-Con organizers do a much better job of directing traffic than regular event planners. Last night was almost impossible to get to the Hard Rock.  We made it, but it wasn’t pretty.  And when there is a baseball game letting out, the foot traffic is insane. Oh and one way roads everywhere don’t help, nope.  Not one bit.

I’d also like to mention a great place for breakfast, in addition to the amazing Richard Walkers for pancakes.  A ways up on 5th street is a place called Snooze.  Great food, mostly breakfast.  They are big on using cage free eggs, recycled paper, and saving where ever they can.  I like that in a restaurant.  It was definitely fresh tasting and had a great selection of food.  Highly recommend.

So if you enjoy coming to San Diego Comic Con in July, its definitely worth it to stay in San Diego when the convention is not ongoing so that you an truly enjoy the city.  It won’t have sci-fi cafe’s everywhere or giant Viking boats in random places, but you will definitely find a lot of fun things to do.

Glen Tavern Inn, Santa Paula California

Last night we decided to stay at the Glen Tavern Inn in Santa Paula Ca.  I wasn’t aware that it was a haunted inn when I booked it, but the simple reality is, it’s haunted.

The way we heard about this inn was, last week we had taken the Fillmore Western Train for New Years Eve.  We had been seated with a couple that was staying at The Glen Tavern Inn.  It also

 

happened to be the last stop on our train where we celebrated the new year before heading back to the station where we were picked up.   (That experience is for a different entry).

There are many stories about this Inn, such as a man having hung himself not too long ago in 2008, as well as murders that had taken place up in famed room 307.  It should be noted this was a brothel at one time.  During the prohibition this was a pretty booming town, and The Glen Tavern Inn was a hub of debauchery.

Now it’s a nice looking quaint Inn, with a silent history.  We did however see some what most people call orbs in our room.  I saw the video afterwards since by this time I had fallen asleep.  They are pretty clear.  We were staying in the John Wayne room #208.