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Using the valet upon arrival... help!

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Pancakes, Feb 23, 2014.

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  1. Pancakes

    Pancakes Low-Roller

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    Hi all,

    I appreciate this might be a bit of a noob topic, but if anyone has time to explain that'd be grand.

    We're staying at the Excalibur this time and I've read the self-park is a good distance away. So I'm thinking of using the valet. I've also always carried my own luggage previously so no experience of using the bell desk.

    I've never used the valet anywhere before. So I've done a bit of googling and to be honest most of the stuff contradicts itself.

    So... I drive in and the valet takes the car, does the bellman take the cases?
    Do I tip them both at this point? How much?

    Next I'll be checking in, then once I know my room number I assume I go back to the bell desk, let them know where to take the cases?

    Again when the cases arrive in the room how much should I tip?

    Thanks in advance for your help :)

    Cheers,

    Justin
     
  2. C0usineddie

    C0usineddie VIP Whale

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    You can still carry your own stuff. If you dont want to just tell them you want the bellman to.

    You give your keys to the valet guy with your name. Tip when you pick the car up. some tip a buck when they drop it off but i never have.
     
  3. mdlee3_46041

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    Valet--Tip when you pick up your car.

    Bellman--You won't need to go back to the bell desk to have your stuff sent up. The phone in your room will tell you what # to dial for the bell desk. Just call and have them send your stuff up. Depending on how busy the hotel is at the time, it could still be a bit, but generally speaking, it's delivered pretty quickly. Tip a few dollars per bag.
     
  4. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    We have let the bellman take our bags a few times, but prefer not to.

    Why?

    We have to wait for the bags to show up.
    We have to have small talk with him.
    We have to tip him.

    Really though, the biggest issue is waiting, even if only 5 minutes. We want to get to VEGAS BABY! All of our bags have wheels are no hassle to drag along. We are in charge and we get things done.
     
  5. numeno

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    I agree.

    Now I have never gone where I have a ton of luggage. Dealing with a medium rolller bag and a backpack has never been an issue for me.

    I just hate getting up to the room and then I need to wait for them.
     
  6. Kickin

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    If you really want to hit the ground running you can just go straight to the casino right after you check-in and let the bellhop take your bags and leave them in the room. You don't need to be there, just tip him in advance.
     
  7. smartone

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    When you arrive at valet, let the attendant know you're a guest of the hotel and checking in. They'll ask if you'd like assistance with you luggage. Personally, I tip on drop-off AND pick-up of the vehicle and $5 for each. I figure the service and attendant allowing me to enter right at the reception doors is worth just as much as the one who runs to get my vehicle when I'm ready to go out somewhere. Whether or not to tip on pick-up ONLY or on both drop-off and pick-up has been debated on VMB for sometime and my view of the responses is... it's personal preference. Judging by most responses I've seen, I may be a bit high at $5 with $2-$3 being more the norm.
     
  8. Tahoejoe2

    Tahoejoe2 High-Roller

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    Not true. I've asked at check in or when calling bell desk from room, if I need to be in room when bags arrive. They always say no.
    So if you are super cheap, you can have them take your bags and not be in the room when they arrive.
    :peace:
     
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  9. Bane

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    This is what I usually do.

    I check in then go to the lounge for a drink while they take the bags upstairs. If there is a butler he will unpack them as well.

    I always take care of them beforehand generously.
     
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    If you are arriving in the morning, before you can check in, leave your bags with the bell desk and then either pick them up when you check in or call down and have them brought up. If you can check in right away you can just take your bags with you and take them to the room yourself. I guess it depends how much you have.
     
  11. Ty

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    We've used the self-park and the valet at Excalibur. If you don't have much luggage and it's easy to move around, and if you're not in a big hurry the self-park isn't that big of a walk. IMO, if you have only one bag per person and it's easy to pull use the self-park. You'll save $13 bucks or more. Also depends on your budget.

    For us we have too many bags to carry. So if we had a rental we would use the valet (we don't tip when we drop the car), as others have mentioned a bell-hop will be available, we tip him $5 and we tip the guy that delivers the luggage to the room $5. Usually the bell-hop that takes your luggage will give you a little tag with a claim number on it, once you get to your room call the bell-hop and give them the claim number, they will deliver your luggage shortly (10-30 minutes).

    When you pick up your car from the valet tip a few bucks ($3-5).
     
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  12. Julie888

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    I thought the valet and bellman shared tips. Perhaps even the fellow who takes your bags to your room shares in this too. Anyone clarify this.
     
  13. Pancakes

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    Thanks for your help! I think I will carry my own bags as I'm a bit impatient to get started :)

    Cheers,

    Justin
     
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    Just be careful.........if you drop off your luggage with the bell hop and later call them on the phone and tell them to please deliver your old bag to your room, you never know what will shop up....LOL

    Hey fellow Vegas travelers, spread the wealth around a little.......don't give all your money away to the big casinos. The little guys like the bell hop and valet parking guy also enjoys a little of your action. One buck here, two or three bucks there and those workers are HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY to please you.
     
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