How to prepare for the Comic-Con 2016 Hotel Reservations on Tuesday, April 5 2016

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For those lucky enough to get hold of a ticket for San Diego Comic-Con International 2016, the next step is securing a hotel unless you prefer to camp out or you are lucky enough to live in or near San Diego.  Well after months of waiting the official confirmation was announced that the Comic-Con 2016 Hotel Reservations Will Open Tuesday, April 5 at About 9:00 AM Pacific Time.

Important note: Comic-Con International is currently offering a “sneak peek” at the hotels in their block and their rates and shuttle availability, but HOTEL RESERVATIONS DO NOT OPEN FOR FORM SUBMISSIONS UNTIL APRIL 5 at about 9:00 AM Pacific time (12:00 PM Eastern time).You cannot request your hotel through the Comic-Con reservation service at these special rates until then. This information is presented early to allow you to be better prepared when the reservation process goes live on that day.

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You can never be too prepared so make sure you do your research so you know exactly which hotels you want to put in a request for. My recommendation is The Omni which includes free internet (if you join their free membership program), fridge to keep your drinks cool, the parties such as Wired Cafe are held on this rooftop, it’s beautiful, friendly and so close to everything. I mean what more could you ask for?

Please click here to download the Comic-Con 2016 Hotels List PDF.

Comic-Con International requires that you must pick six hotels. If you are not sure which six hotels you should choose, you can check out our hotel guide by clicking here.

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Each year hotel rooms for Comic-Con sell out in a matter of minutes. Comic-Con International want to make the process as clear—and more importantly—as fair as it can be. Below is a guide to the process for opening day.


The Email and the Waiting Room

Approximately 48 hours before the sale opens, an email will be sent to all Comic-Con 2016 badge holders and will include the link to the hotel reservation request form. The form will not open until around 9:00 AM PST on April 5. The link will give you access to the waiting room after 6:00 AM Pacific time on April 5. You will also have access to the list of hotels that will become available on opening day. You can join the waiting room anytime from 6:00 AM until before 9:00 AM Pacific time on that morning to take part in the random selection for the forms. Once the sale begins, those in the waiting room will be selected at random to complete the form. You don’t have to worry about your place “in line” in the waiting room, as entry to the form is in a completely random order for all. Entering the waiting room after the 9:00 AM Pacific time form submission period has started will decrease your chances of getting a room.

Opening Day: Place Your Request

Hotel reservation form submissions become available on Tuesday, April 5 at around 9:00 AM Pacific time. On this date you will need to submit your request via the online form or via phone. Once the maximum number of requests have been received the form will shut down and callers will no longer be able to submit a request.

Request Online

Via the link in your email or come back to this page

Request by Phone

1-877-55-COMIC (1-877-552-6642) or 212-468-5283 Calls will not be accepted prior to this date and time.

Form Reminders

New this year: Users will be granted access to the online form from the waiting room in random order. Requests will then be processed based upon this order.

• 6 hotel choices are required for each submission. If you are not sure which six hotels you should choose, you can check out our hotel guide by clicking here.

You only need to submit your form once. Duplicate submissions will not increase your chances of getting your first choice hotels—and actually may hurt your chances. Only the most recent submission received will be the one processed.

Hotel Placements

No later than April 8, emails will be sent to all those who have been placed at a hotel.

If you have been placed at a hotel, you will have 72 hours from the date and time the email is sent to confirm your reservation with a deposit. If you do not confirm within 72 hours, your reservation will be cancelled.

Reservations require an advance deposit equal to 2-nights room rate and tax. Deposits are refundable for cancellations before April 30, 2016.


As everyone knows from past experience, Comic-Con’s discounted hotel rates means rooms sell out very quickly.

onPeak has worked hard to create a process that is easy and fair for as many people as possible. That said, there are a LOT of details. Here’s all the fine print that you should carefully read through.


Who is onPeak?

In the past, Comic-Con has worked with Travel Planners to provide hotel accommodations. In September 2014, Travel Planners merged with onPeak, so that’s the name you’ll be seeing this year.

What’s with this new randomization this year?

To ensure fairness in the request and placement process, Comic-Con International are implementing a randomization process in 2016. All users will be given access to the form from the waiting room in random order and requests will be processed based upon this order. Please note:Duplicate submissions will not increase your chances of getting your first choice hotels. If duplicate submissions are received, only the most recent submission will be processed by onPeak.

When will I find out if I’ve been placed at a hotel?

You will receive a reservation acknowledgement email listing the hotel or hotels reserved on your behalf no later than April 8. If you are happy with your placement, you will need to follow the directions in the email confirmation to go back online and pay the required deposit. You will have 72 hours from the time the email is sent to confirm and pay the deposit. If you do not confirm within the 72-hour window, your reservation will be cancelled.

What if I don’t like where I’ve been placed?

If you are not happy with your hotel placement, please cancel as quickly as possible so other fans have the opportunity to secure a hotel room. Please make sure to do this, I also recommend using FriendsofComicCon to help others find hotels or room mates.

Cancellations can be made by calling the call center at 1-877-55 COMIC or letting the 72-hour window close without taking action.


Hotel Deposit & Payment Policy

All reservations require an advance deposit equal to two night’s room and tax to confirm a reservation. Reservations will be cancelled if a deposit is not paid at the end of the confirmation period. Deposits are fully refundable if cancelled by April 30, 2016. Beginning June 2, 2016, ALL DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

Note: Full payment will be due for your hotel reservation at the time of checkout. Each hotel’s payment policies vary; the date that your total balance is due will be dependent upon the policies of your hotel. All hotels place a deposit on your credit card or debit card when you check in and charge the balance at checkout. Please ask your hotel for their policy.

Changes Policy

Changes can be made by accessing your reservation online. Access your reservation via the link in your onPeak confirmation email or by visiting and clicking on the “Make Your Hotel Reservations” button to reach the login screen. Changes can also be made by phone at 1-877-55-COMIC (1-877-552-6642 FREE). Changes are on a request basis and are subject to the availability/discretion of the hotel.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations are accepted without penalty before April 30. If canceled before this date, the deposit will be fully refunded. For cancellations from May 1, 2016 through June 1, 2016, a cancellation fee equal to one night’s room rate plus tax will be charged per room. The cancellation fee will be deducted from your deposit(s).


• Please keep in mind that the onPeak website is not optimized for smart phone use. Comic-Con International recommend you use a computer during the hotel sale.

• Hotel rates include an $8.00 per night reimbursement to Comic-Con to help defray shuttle and convention costs (this charge is subject to change). San Diego city blocks are small compared to other cities and take approximately 2–3 minutes to walk. You may find walking in the morning is a great way to explore San Diego and find new places for dinner or lunch or shopping.

• Reservations are booked based on room availability. Bed type and special requests are not guaranteed. All special requests will be noted with the hotel, but are subject to hotel availability at the time of check-in.

• Hotels in San Diego charge a Transient Occupancy tax of 10.565%, a Tourism Marketing assessment of 2%, and parking fees, all of which are subject to change without notice. Hotel rates are not guaranteed until booked and confirmed. Hotel rates may vary by number of occupants and other requested services. Comic-Con and onPeak reserve the right to correct any identified errors.

Responsibility and Liability: Comic-Con and/or its agents act only in the capacity as agents for customers in all matters pertaining to hotel accommodations and transportation whether by railroad, automobile, airplane or any other means, and as such are not responsible for any damage, expense, or inconvenience caused by train or plane arrivals or departures, or by any change of schedule or condition from any loss, injury, or damage to any person or property from any cause whatsoever. Baggage handling throughout the program is entirely at the owner’s risk. The customer agrees that show management and/or its agents shall not be held responsible in the event of any error or omission in any promotional material.


Helping fans enjoy every hour of Comic-Con 2016 and the nighttime fun, too!

Shuttles for Comic-Con 2016 will run continuously to the hotels during these hours:



PLEASE NOTE: While Comic-Con has worked with onPeak to try and make the hotel reservation experience fair for everyone, it is possible that problems outside of our control could result in the system not working as planned. The possibility exists that anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware software may aggressively block browser cookies, JavaScript, or other operation of modern web applications. It is also possible that user error, specific hardware problems, local ISP issues, email delivery issues, or simply the extremely high level of demand beyond our control may result in your computer and/or browser not behaving as expected. While onPeak has done extensive testing, Comic-Con International make no guarantees that your efforts will result in a successful hotel reservation.


Thanks for reading,you can keep up to date with San Diego Comic-Con news by checking my other posts by clicking here or by checking our Twitter @NGeistofficial


Jenny Tang

Nerdgeist Editor

You can contact me for any San Diego Comic-Con related Press, Reviews, Advertising or General Enquiries.


Twitter: @NGeistofficial

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