Photo: Denise Vasquez ©2008
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"
~Martin Luther King Jr.
Hotel Reservations opened up
On the San Diego Comic con website
On March 18th 9 AM
I was at the Ortho clinic getting physical therapy
For my thumb & hand injury
I usually book my hotel myself
Via one of my membership Affiliations
At a discounted rate
So I wasn't really concerned
At that moment...
Later that evening
I took a break from drawing
Decided to go browsing around the internet
To see what the hotel Situation was like
I began seeing NUMEROUS complaints
Not only about the Hotel Reservation system
But about the Hotel Rates
Granted, A few people got lucky
And seemed to have delightful experiences
In booking the hotel of their choice
But the majority = NOT very happy
Complaints of how they were mishandled or mistreated...
I decided to look into ONE of the hotels I stayed at last year
The hotel I stayed at last year was no longer listed
On my Affiliations special rate list
So I went directly to the hotel website
The rates were now TRIPLE of what it was last year
Not to mention, it's not even that close to the convention center
My first thought ...
So I looked into other hotels
Listed on my membership site
I noticed most of the hotels were booked
AND the few rooms remaining seemed to
jack up the rates
Even more so than last year!
And the rates were supposedly discounted...
My second thought
BECAUSE THEY CAN!
I decided to investigate...
I called some hotels
I was told pretty much the same thing:
"The hotels raise the prices during San Diego Comic Con
because they know all of the hotels
Will sell out and we will book the rooms no matter what the price!"
I don't know how everyone else feels
About the Hotel situation
But personally, I feel like there's something really wrong with this picture!
On top of the jacked up prices...
Hotels are also charging anywhere between $12-$40 DAILY for parking
In addition to the $299-$699 a night you're already paying to stay there
What ever happened to parking being included?!?
Parking was included in the hotel where we used to stay...
Not any more!
Why do I feel like I'm being raped & taken advantage of?!?
The thing is, I KNOW I am not alone in feeling this way!
So why is it getting worse?!?
I'm sitting here contemplating
What are my options...
Spend over $2,000 on a hotel room
(Lets not forget about the 12.5% tax and parking)
I'm not joking...
I have a room RSVP
5 nights Estimated total $1950
And this is NOT even at one of the fancy hotels!!!
Or do I
Shack up with 6-10+ people just to TRY to cover the HOTEL costs
And wouldn't it make sense
If there was
An advance RSVP system where rooms were blocked off specifically for:
-Artists invited to "Artists Alley"
-Vendors paying for booths?
Or am I thinking too much outside the box here?
I don't understand why there aren't?!?
I suppose the activist in me
Is writing about this
As a voice for many...
Because I'm seeing not just a few complaints...
I'm seeing THOUSANDS of complaints!!!
And I CARE
Because in the end
This affects US ALL!
I heard 50% of the convention attendees are from Los Angeles
So I hope the rumors come to fruition & the convention moves to Los Angeles Convention Center!!!
There are Plenty of hostels, hotels, motels ALL over the city, not to mention The amazing Nokia Center that was built down by Staples filled with awesome restaurants, bars & more!!!
Come to LA!!!
PeAce LOvE aRt & sOuL