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Cal and MSS parking fees

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by makikiboy, Jun 16, 2014.

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  1. makikiboy

    makikiboy VIP Whale

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    The Cal charges an upfront $3 a day (I think $5 on Friday and Saturday) fee to park in their (parking structure) parking lot. You will need to get a receipt from a restaurant or for your play and you get your $3 back when you exit. Not sure if you need go to the player's card booth to get your receipt for your play.

    Be aware that this is for one entry, (non hotel guest) if you leave and return you again have to pay $3 ($5) to park again.

    Hotel guests upon asking will get a free parking card from the front desk.

    During certain times of the day/week they only allow hotel guests to park there, I guess it's because the lot fills up. I think specifically Friday and Saturday nights after 7 pm they only allow hotel guests to park in their lot (unless the lot isn't filled up).



    Basically you drive up to the gate and pay your $3 and the attendant will open the gate and allow you in. When you return you need to show your restaurant or play receipt and the attendant will return your $3. There is no gate when you exit so nothing is needed when leaving (unless you had a receipt, they will give you back your $3).

    If you are a sapphire or higher card holder you just show your card when entering and the attendant will open the gate to let you through. The attendant didn't even examine the card or the name on the card.

    MSS had a similar policy except that they don't have an attendant working all the time.
     
  2. prodaddy

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    Plaza same thing....5.00. So maniy people on freemont using free parking and not dropping a dime at the hotels, bringing booze from home or buying cheaply at stores.
    Hotel guests get free parking as well as validated tickets.
     
  3. zignerlv

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    Neither does the Cal. It is not staffed 24/7
     
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    Thanks for the heads up that I can flash a sapphire or emerald card and not have to deal with the hassle of getting reimbursed.
     
  5. makikiboy

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    Correct but MSS seems to not have an attendant more than the Cal. I parked at MSS on a Saturday night, there was no attendant at 7 pm. Strange that they wouldn't have an attendant during a busy time (sat night).

    One other thing to note: If the arm is up at the Cal parking lot then I guess you can park for free. They do not check you on the way out anymore.

    One other piece of advice at the MSS parking lot; best to drive to the top and continue down the other side, there seems to be more open stalls when you get near the bottom of the other side (back exit to the MSS parking structure).



    Prodaddy, can you park at the Plaza and get your ticket validated for free or do you have to put in some play (or eat at a restaurant) to get free parking? Maybe we need to make a sticky which mentions downtown parking and rates.
     
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    This past April (2014) trip to MSS, our Sapphire cards worked just as described, and we also had the hotel guest card. AND ... there was an attendant in that MSS entrance booth every single time we came in, or went out ... except for after 8:00 pm.

    The few times that we used the garage self-parking at the Cal, there was NEVER an attendant at any time that we went in, or out.
     
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    We were in town last week and used the Cal valet numerous times, including a Friday afternoon and never paid a cent...it is for only self parking?
     
  8. Gofaster87

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    I was told by the attendant the paid parking was to discourage various downtown employees from filling their parking structures, especially during the hot days. Makes sense.
     
  9. makikiboy

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    Probably, but then again you did tip the valet a buck or two or more (I hope, lol).

    As someone else mentioned, the fee was only to make sure that players and diners and hotel guests get to park for free, the rest have to pay $3 or $5 on weekends. Actually that isn't a big amount, might be cheaper to just pay that instead of putting a lot of money in the machines (this is for the people who don't play enough to get it validated).
     
  10. joshrocker

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    As long as parking remains free for people who put some play into the casino, then I don't have a problem with any of the casinos doing something like this. With the growing downtown work force, the casinos have to do something to ensure parking availability for their guests.
     
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    Yes, I absolutely tip Valet employees, even the ones that don't do too good of a job, ie Rio Valet Dept. Since I never self park I suppose I don't worry about it. I usually play where I park so it's not an issue.
    The only policy I know of for sure is Four Queens. You need to either eat in a restaurant and get validated, or put 8 points (I think, may be 5) then go to players club for validation. Once validated it's good for 3 hours after. The cost is $4/hr, so if you stay more than 4 hours, it maxes out at $16. I was gonna play anyways, so I played one of their good 6/9 JOB machines...and the wife made about $40 playing too so it all worked out!
     
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