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What is required for parking validation?

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What is required for parking validation?

I'm currently researching which Downtown hotels I can park at for free. Some are just as unrestricted as the Strip resorts. Some talk about parking being free with a certain spend in a shop or restaurant. But some just say 'parking is free with validation'.

What is required for validation? Especially if no specific requirement is mentioned? Is it ever just a matter of visiting a desk and have a ticket swiped?

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1. Re: What is required for parking validation?

When we were at the California Hotel in August, you got a ticket from the machine when you pulled into the parking lot. Then you took that ticket to a validation machine inside the casino and had the time stamped on it. If I recall, the validation machine was at the end of the row of cashier cages.

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2. Re: What is required for parking validation?

So you had to do nothing else other than stick the ticket in the machine? You didn't have to meet any requirements?

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3. Re: What is required for parking validation?

We were actually guests at the hotel, so we didn't need to validate, but we followed a few people in from the parking lot and watched them validate at the machine and walk away. As far as I'm aware, there was no other requirements.

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4. Re: What is required for parking validation?

Four Queens has a similar machine near the cashier cage. A stamp is good for three hours. I believe you can get additional free time from a pit boss or host if you are playing in the casino.

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5. Re: What is required for parking validation?

No need to worry about this. Worse case scenario, you lose the ticket and pay a few bucks.

Valet at Golden Nugget is free. Just tip them a few bucks.

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6. Re: What is required for parking validation?

Once I've got my head fully around the validation thing that was probably going to be the next thing I asked: which are just totally unrestricted and free.

But that is for another day...

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7. Re: What is required for parking validation?

Validation is only required for self parking garages. Another reason to just use valet. Quick and easy.

And bear in mind that Downtown isn't like the Strip. You can park at just about any hotel and walk very easily to everywhere else.

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8. Re: What is required for parking validation?

I know from my experience parking in garages at Strip hotels that validation is not required for self-parking. Is this not the case Downtown? Or is it just that the places that DO require validation ONLY require it on self park and not all hotels require any form of validation, akin to the hotels on the Strip?

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9. Re: What is required for parking validation?

LDN, I think it's more likely that validation is required Downtown because there are actually businesses there where people work and may try to park at casino hotels on a daily basis to avoid paying to park elsewhere. (IMO)

It's easy enough to just Valet Park at the Golden Nugget or Main Street Station and just tip a few bucks when you pick up the car. (Same as I would do on the Strip anyway.)

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10. Re: What is required for parking validation?

Mailgirl is correct. Garages would be abused by those with no intention of actually visiting the property concerned if validation wasn't required to self-park Downtown. Totally different animal to the Strip.

I usually valet park at the Fremont when I drive Downtown. Easy access from the Casino Center exit off of the freeway and no validation whatsoever required...... :-)

Edited: 18 December 2010, 16:01