LAS VEGAS (KXNT) – Drivers looking for free parking along the Las Vegas Strip will have even fewer options soon after Caesars Entertainment Corp. announced plans to eliminate free parking at eight of their nine city resorts.
Starting next month, the Linq and Harrah’s will begin charging for valet services with an eye toward self-parking charges beginning as soon as new parking equipment is in place. Six more Caesars properties – Caesars, Paris, Bally’s, Planet Hollywood, Flamingo and the Cromwell – will also begin charging for all parking beginning next year.
The move comes in the wake of rival MGM Resorts’ decision to eliminate free parking at their facilities earlier this year.
One Caesars property — the off-Strip Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino — will remain free. The company said parking problems at the other resorts necessitated the change, a move that was unnecessary with Rio’s larger parking area.
“Guests who stay, game and shop at our resorts have said that parking spaces and valet services have become increasingly scarce,” president of hospitality at Caesars Entertainment Bob Morse said a written statement. “We believe that implementing a paid parking program while also investing in LED parking guidance systems will help address these issues.”
As with MGM, Caesars will allow local residents to continue parking in their facilities with proper Nevada ID and Total Rewards member loyalty ratings of platinum or higher.
No fee structure was discussed as part of the announcement. MGM Resorts currently charge up to $10 a day for parking, or up to $18 a day for valet service.