Parking

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November 18th, 2010 at 12:08:28 AM permalink
DrEntropy
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Parking at the Golden Nugget is either valet or self-park. BEWARE: Self parking is NOT free. If you validate your parking ticket, you will get THREE free hours, and then have to pay (I think it's $2) for each additional hour. I guess they don't want anyone gambling there more then three hours. Odd policy if you ask me. This should have the effect of creating 'clock watching' gamblers, but maybe most are like me and didn't notice the fine print until I was leaving!
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November 18th, 2010 at 5:12:12 AM permalink
DJTeddyBear
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Can you get multiple validations?

I can't believe this fee is for any reason other than to charge NON-gamblers.
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November 18th, 2010 at 5:46:38 AM permalink
JerryLogan
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Here's the reason. I like the GN and go there on most of my trips, during the daylight hours of course, with maybe one stay a year. They have a very large contingent of valet parking spaces and their valet staff is more in-line with what Desert Inn used to have. These are the kind of people who remember you if you give them a few bucks upon arrival as well as departure, and probably more if you drop off a nice car. They're not punks like you'll find at many places in LV, but professional valets if there is such a thing. As such, the GN would rather you pay the tips to their staff than for parking yourself, which is why they make you go through the annoying validation process if you're too cheap to valet.

The coolest thing about valet parking there is that when waiting for your car, if it's got some power then you can hear the valet screeching around corners as he zooms through the garage to get your car out to you as fast as possible. It's all done in a very professional way, and if you're not anal about your automobile then you'll enjoy the experience like I do.

Most people go to the GN to gamble first. Those who want to just park and walk around will go somewhere else in the combat zone down there.
November 18th, 2010 at 7:01:38 AM permalink
Doc
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Jerry, perhaps I'm getting forgetful. I know you have spoken strongly (some around here might claim you ranted!) against tipping someone who deals your cards and handles your bets in a casino, but you seem to be enthusiastic about tipping someone who drives your car "screeching around corners as he zooms through the garage". Do you feel these two viewpoints on tipping the service workers are compatible? I just don't remember how you have explained this before.

I, for one, would really prefer that no one else ever drove my car, valet or oil-change tech or even a close friend. Just a bias on my part, I suppose. But I think I would be a bit more upset than enjoying it if someone were driving my car "screeching around corners as he zooms through the garage". I guess that make me "anal".
November 18th, 2010 at 7:16:23 AM permalink
FinsRule
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Parking at the Nugget was a disaster for me. I was checking in, and they wouldn't let me park without my room key. So I had to keep my wife out in the rental car while I checked in. And check in literally took more than 30 minutes.

Never again.
November 18th, 2010 at 7:18:28 AM permalink
rdw4potus
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Quote: DJTeddyBear
Can you get multiple validations?

I can't believe this fee is for any reason other than to charge NON-gamblers.


You can definitely get multiple validations at the 4 Queens, so it probably works at other downtown venues as well. And I think they figure that 3 hours is about as long as anyone would reasonably be expected to gamble at *a given* casino. With the other downtown properties so close, the small fee serves to discourage people from using the convenient ramps at the GN and 4Queens and then playing elsewhere.

**edit - I didn't mean to make it sound like I was singling out the GN specifically with the playing time. I just meant that 3 hours was their estimate of the length of a playing session.
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November 18th, 2010 at 7:25:54 AM permalink
DrEntropy
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Quote: rdw4potus
You can definitely get multiple validations at the 4 Queens, so it probably works at other downtown venues as well. And I think they figure that 3 hours is about as long as anyone would reasonably be expected to gamble at that casino. With the other downtown properties so close, the small fee serves to discourage people from using the convenient ramps at the GN and 4Queens and then playing elsewhere.


Maybe you can go out before your three hours are up, leave, drive around the block, and then park again at the GN :)
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November 18th, 2010 at 7:44:40 AM permalink
Doc
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Quote: DJTeddyBear
Can you get multiple validations?

I can't believe this fee is for any reason other than to charge NON-gamblers.
I generally use the Binion's garage. It's not a particularly nice place, but it was the first one I tried some years back, and it works. I tried the California garage one time, and it didn't seem any better. I haven't bothered to search further.

Binion's does have a time limit for free (self validated) parking, and I always assumed that was to discourage people who work downtown from parking there all day/night and taking up spaces that might be used by gamblers/customers. I have never tried to get multiple validations, and I think I have almost always been ready to leave the area within that base number of hours. I have never stayed downtown.
November 18th, 2010 at 8:23:58 AM permalink
JohnnyQ
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We were also charged for Parking at the PLAZA, even though we were seeing the Rat Pack show there.

I asked if they would validate our parking ticket, they wouldn't, and it sounded like they charged on the weekends, but not on weekdays.
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November 18th, 2010 at 9:47:21 AM permalink
JerryLogan
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Quote: Doc
Jerry, perhaps I'm getting forgetful. I know you have spoken strongly (some around here might claim you ranted!) against tipping someone who deals your cards and handles your bets in a casino, but you seem to be enthusiastic about tipping someone who drives your car "screeching around corners as he zooms through the garage". Do you feel these two viewpoints on tipping the service workers are compatible? I just don't remember how you have explained this before.

I, for one, would really prefer that no one else ever drove my car, valet or oil-change tech or even a close friend. Just a bias on my part, I suppose. But I think I would be a bit more upset than enjoying it if someone were driving my car "screeching around corners as he zooms through the garage". I guess that make me "anal".


Then you didn't read everything I said in the tipping thread. In casinos I tip those who serve food, drinks, and valets....and no one else. Casino cashiers, floor people and dealers never get a penny from me because I don't believe they deserve it. I'm gambling to win money, not to have a good time throwing money around to people who only want me to lose so they have a better opportunity to keep their employment.

I used to be anal about others driving my car, but that passed somehow. A car is just a car. It can be repaired, fixed, and re-customized if that's what might get touched wrong. The efficiency and relaxation that comes with dropping the phobia of others simply driving my stupid cars has been a huge reward to me and my wife.
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