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El Cortez & MSS to charge for parking

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by SoCalTrucker, Feb 26, 2014.

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  1. SoCalTrucker

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  2. makikiboy

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    Was only a matter of time before this happened. At the beginning of January I saw them installing those tire guards on the back of the MSS parking lot. I asked them why they were installing it and they said that MSS was going to start charging for parking. (btw, what if you park in the open employee lot under the overpass? will they check?)

    The Cal always "charged" for parking but it was free with validation. According to vchatter if you are the common "ruby" cardholder you are going to have to put in some play to get free parking. Not sure how they will determine whether you put in enough play, maybe a scanner at the parking kiosk? For emerald and sapphire cardholders parking is still free.

    As for the EC, this was also a matter of time. With the container park across the street many people were parking at the EC but in January there was a guard checking, only EC guests and cardmembers were allowed to park in the structure. But then all you needed to do was to get a player's card and parking would be free. I can see EC changing their policy to something similar to the Boyd policy in the future, you will need to put in some play (unless you are a premium cardholder) to get free parking. I wonder where they will be putting the kiosk since there isn't much space near the entrance to the EC parking lot.

    The EC changes are a direct result of the fremont street east (and zappos) improvements, parking was never a big problem but with the increase of foot traffic in the area (mostly due to the container park and night clubs in the area), people were looking to find free parking. Everyone knew that parking at the EC was free so they were parking there but the lot filled up and the guests and players probably complained about the lack of parking spaces so EC management had to do something to stop the freeloaders from parking there.
     
  3. Ben Jammin

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    People are parking at the MSS and walking over to the Down Town Grand. I was always afraid to park at MSS or the El Co anyway, I usually parked at the Nugget parking structure and they had a stamping machine by the cage for 3 hours free.

    Allot of locals park in the various structures and don't gamble.

    Casinos have to make money and with the cheap Downtowners and stingy locals I can see why they would want to keep the skin flints away.

    I'd rather tip a valet guy $5 and be sure my car wouldn't be broken into or stolen.

    Did you know that Las Vegas is the car theft capitol of the USA?

    Besides, I'm sure I can drum up a couple a hundred points or spend some money in the Triple 7. Have you ever tried their New York Steak? The pizza is great too and the beer is some of the best I've tasted and I've had them from all over Europe and the states.

    And so again I say "You're in Vegas Baby, Don't Get Cheap" !
     
  4. AOchoa95

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    I valet at MSS. No troubles at all and only a $2 tip.
     
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    We typically stay at MSS for 7 nights, and play VP more than enough, so parking will not be a problem. And, since we go in & out with the rental car several times during the week, I certainly would not want to be paying on every entry.

    Over the last year, or so, we have noticed the MSS garage more full of cars than ever before ... so personally, I'm glad there will be charges, and keep some of the outsiders away.
     
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    As far as unwanted fees go, this seems reasonable to me.
     
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    Heck, I'm on vacation in Vegas, so I NEVER self park at any casino. Right to the front door of any casino for a few bucks, no problem..
     
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    I'm with you... especially downtown!!! I hate those older parking garages!!!
     
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    I wrote to MSS about their new parking policy with regard to my up coming stay. I told them I'm coming in risking a majority of my budget on MSS, and that I feel they are nickel and diming me with the new parking fee and who knows 'what other surprises' I'll find. I got this response. I will say the responded very quickly.

     
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    I hope with all the development plans in place that someone has thought far enough into the process to include a parking garage or two. I would hate for all the exisiting structures to face the burden of dealing with all the additional parking demand, especially if their lots were intended primarily for their customers.
     
  11. matguy

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    El Cortez was charging for parking 2 weeks ago when we were there. $10 on the Saturday night, they did give us a $5 match play coupon on BJ, though. *shrug*
     
  12. makikiboy

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    Actually you can just park in the spaces facing main street that are reserved for check ins, check in and get your room key and get your parking pass at the same time, then use the pass to park in the structure.

    Most hotels don't charge their guests for parking but you have to ask for a pass at some of them (like the Cal) or else you may end up paying regular rates.



    I was there during the CES convention in January and didn't have a problem finding parking. Of course I used the "secret" (lol) back entrance and quickly found parking spaces.

    I agree with you though, it was well known that MSS had free parking so many would park there, guess it was being abused enough (and parking was scarce enough) that they had to make these changes.


    The problem is that people don't want to pay for parking downtown so many were going to MSS and the EC lots to park for free. I do notice that many lots are busy (like the Cal), I think what was happening was that people would park there, get validated and go elsewhere so they needed to institute a play policy. I can see the EC doing that in the future because people will just get player's cards and park at the EC but go elsewhere.

    Yes places like the container park didn't plan for parking for visitors (they say to park on the street and pay). I'm not sure, does the DTG have free parking for hotel guests or players? I know they valet but is there a place to park for the DTG customers? I agree, new developments need to include parking for customers, there should be a rule/law requiring it.
     
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    It doesn't matter if people want to pay - if there are limited spaces, the fees help manage demand. But in terms of a municipal plan, you can't have all this development happening in a town driven by car traffic and not have a formal plan for need for parking. They need to get a public garage or something going before the casinos are forced to charge for valet, too.
     
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    I haven't been since DTG and Container Park have opened and didn't realize the crowd CP drew. I always play at least some at the casino I park in since it's the first/last place I'm at which is usually MSS. guess I just need to make sure I play enough to fully validate the parking or just valet.

    Never been a big fan of valet... Just don't really like other people driving my car.
     
  15. makikiboy

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    Actually they should have lots of parking in the Neonopolis since the place isn't very busy. The problem is that they probably charge a lot, that's why nobody parks there.

    SoCal, actually IMHO, the added crowd is due to the Fremont Street East developments. There are more clubs that draw people downtown also (in addition to the DTG and CP) so there is more of a crowd in the area nowadays. But then this is one of the byproducts of the "improvements" to downtown; while they are improving downtown they didn't take in account the added cars in the area and the need for parking, other than street parking. I'm kind of surprised that someone doesn't open up a "cheap" open lot in the area since there are blocks that are undeveloped, they could charge maybe $3 or $4 for parking there. There is a small lot across from the neonopolis and near the insert coins area, sometimes it is full during special events.
     
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