Hi, Insiders! What do you think is a normal rate for on-site valet? $57.00/day at the Sheraton Grand in Seattle seems egregious, but I rarely rent a car. Does it matter that it is run by a third party?
Not sure what would be considered a normal rate as it depends on your locale and Supply vs. Demand. That said, I dislike the Parking Fees about as much as I dislike the Resort/Destination Fees. I've paid $28 a night in Fort Worth; $75 in NYC (Time Square); $54 in Washington DC for a standard vehicle, add another $3 to $7 for a large car/SUV. The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas seems like a real deal at $12 self parking and $20 for Valet. None of these properties had self parking available except the Cosmo, so you're stuck with Valet. Most have unlimited in/out privileges, but some don't, so that can add more costs. Most are 3d party owned and operated; and none of them are included as part of your Marriott spending even though you can charge them to your room (but if you use your Marriott Visa/Amex you'll at least get some points for the parking fees). I therefore try to calculate true costs of using a Rental Car vs Lift/Uber/Taxi services. Most of the time, I can save money on using Lift/Uber/Taxi services; but other times it is more cost effective to Rent a car. You definitely have to do your homework before traveling.
Hotel Zachary, here in Chicago (across from Wrigley Field), used to charge $72/night for valet parking, but recently raised it to $80! Many other Downtown Chicago properties run $65-75 & may raise theirs too if Zachary can get away with it...In this scenario where a 2-night stay would cost me $160 just for parking, I save money by taking Lyft ...
Currently staying at The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento where the valet fee is $32 per night... much more palatable than anything back home in the Bay Area where you’re likely to find prices from $60-80 a night on average just for parking. As for someone who’s previously lived in Seattle, I would simply find another garage downtown near the Sheraton Grand, there should be plenty of alternative options.
Hey some1clever ,
If you have time maybe post your thoughts on the hotel, it's in the running to be the host hotel for the insider's gathering, Tripple Tipple, this September.
A fresh set of eyes on it would be of interest to many here.
There is a parking garage in the US Bank Center building next to the Sheraton and another in Convention Center Place on the other side of the Sheraton, I've parked in both but not overnight and dont know rates.
57 bucks is what most of the hotels downtown charge. I think it was 50 last year at the Sheraton and Westin so they have raised it a bit.
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