Caesars to phase out free parking at 8 Las Vegas resorts

Caesars to phase out free parking at 8 Las Vegas resorts

Caesars Entertainment Corp. announced Tuesday that it's putting an end to free parking at eight of its nine properties in Sin City in favor of a a paid valet and self-parking initiative.

Wynn Resorts says it's joining a growing number of Las Vegas hotel-casinos by ending free parking valet service.

Like the drinks you get while gambling, casino parking in Las Vegas is often a "freebie". The company didn't give a precise date for the program's start. Both MGM and Caesars say those with valid Nevada drivers licenses will be able to self-park at no charge, for now.

Following in the footsteps of rivals MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment, Wynn Resorts said this week that it will soon begin charging for parking. It hopes paid parking will help cut down on the problem. And the Venetian and the Palazzo have no plans to charge guests for parking. Its website notes: "In the first half of 2017, select Las Vegas hotels will also begin charging for self-parking".

Beginning this month, Caesars will begin charging for spaces at its Strip properties, while at off-Strip resorts parking will remain free.

Parking at Boyd's downtown properties is $3 Sunday through Thursday and $5 Friday and Saturday.

At Caesars, valet parking costs will vary from property to property, ranging from $8 to $13 for stays up to four hours.

The casino operator made the announcement Wednesday, a day after Caesars made its plan public.

Rich Broome, executive vice president of communications and public relations for Caesars Entertainment, said the company has been planning details of its parking initiative for almost two years and chose to announce its implementation Tuesday after telling its valet parking attendants about it. "So it's become a big customer-service issue for us". "Anecdotally, we determined that there were a number of people parking their cars at our properties and then leaving immediately, which is why we chose to go forward".

Self-parking will remain free until the company installs the necessary ticket machines, gates and payment kiosks.