As we speak, the second Comic Con International hotel lottery is still playing itself out. But downtown hotels are completely taken up, and choices for Comic Con 2013 hotels  have gotten that much fewer.  So allow me to tell you about where I’m staying this year, which is an option you may also want to consider.

It’s the same place I stayed during last year’s San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC) : the quaint, lovely Keating House Bed and Breakfast on Banker’s Hill.

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The parlour at Keating House. ©incoherentboy.com

Here’s some important things to note about Keating House:

  • Rates start at US$119 a night.
  • Keating House is 10 mins by bus to the Convention Centre, taking no. 3 or 11.
  • The owners prepare a great daily breakfast, which saves you a lot of hassle/cash in the morning.
  • It may not be that near the Convention Centre, and you definitely won’t run into any celebrities. But it’s located in a quiet neighbourhood, and it’s a great place to decompress, get away from the craziness of the con and most importantly, SLEEP.
  • If you’re thinking of waking up early to camp out for panels, you can book a cab in advance. It costs you less than US$10 to get to the Convention Centre from Keating House.
  • The owners are old hands at hosting Comic Con attendees, and will take the time to help orientate you around the city and give you useful tips.

If you can’t get a room at Keating House,  or if you’re just looking for a place to stay at this point, check out my earlier post on alternatives to hotels.

On to Keating House itself: this B&B has an interesting history dating back to the 19th century, and George James Keating, the original owner, apparently haunts the place as a benevolent spirit. It has a total of nine themed bedrooms, each of which comes with its own bathroom.  As luck would have it, we’re taking the same room again this year.

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Our room this year and last. ©incoherentboy.com

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Another view of our bedroom ©incoherentboy.com

This shouldn’t really matter, given that you’ll be spending most of your time at the convention. But besides the bedrooms, Keating House is just, well, very elegant and pretty. Trust me on this – SDCC is a very, very draining event, and you will appreciate having a nice place to go home to at the end of the day.

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The dining room. ©incoherentboy.com

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Another view of the living room. ©incoherentboy.com

And did I mention the breakfast the owners make every day? There’s nothing quite like a good meal to psyche you up and prepare you for SDCC each day, and this certainly qualifies.

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A frittata. A fricking home-made frittata, yo. ©incoherentboy.com

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Chilled peach. ©incoherentboy.com

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A beautifully sliced mango. ©incoherentboy.com

And that’s that. Keep watching this space, as I continue to blog on survival tips for Comic Con noobs, and important information for all attendees. Good luck, and see you at Comic Con 2013!

Keating House
Tel: 1-800-995-8644, +1 (619) 239-8585, Add: 2331 2nd Avenue San Diego, CA 92101-1505, Info: inn@keatinghouse.com