LAS VEGAS - The era of complimentary parking in Las Vegas, once as ubiquitous as slot machines at the Airport, is drawing to a close.
A growing number of Las Vegas hotels have decided to phase out free self-parking for visitors. This shift began as some casinos saw an opportunity to capitalize on the increasing demand for parking spaces, especially during city-wide events and attractions.
Wynn Resorts is the latest to join this trend. They recently declared the discontinuation of free self-parking from Sept. 27 onwards. In a statement, Wynn Resorts explained, "The revised parking policy stems from the expected surge in parking demand due to nearby attractions and a rise in city-wide events. Our aim is to ensure sufficient free parking for guests who wish to experience the resort's dining, entertainment, and shopping facilities."
Earlier, The Venetian and Palazzo terminated their free self-parking in July. Now, they charge non-hotel guests $15 for the initial four hours. Beyond that, the rate escalates to $18 per hour. Parking rates soar even higher during weekends, reaching $23 per day. Notably, even those staying at the hotel aren't exempted; they face an $18 self-parking fee.
This pivot in parking policy comes just before two significant events set to grace Las Vegas. The unique Sphere, which first lit up during the Fourth of July weekend, is set to officially open its doors on Sept. 29, featuring "U2: UV Achtung Baby Live at Sphere." Furthermore, in November, the city streets will roar to life with the Formula 1 race, marking its first return since the 1982 Caesars Palace Grand Prix. Notably, general admission tickets for this event are already sold out.
However, not all hope is lost for those seeking free parking. Casino.org reports that several establishments still offer complimentary self-parking. These include Casino Royale, Circus Circus, Tropicana, Treasure Island, Sahara, Fashion Show Mall, the Shoppes at Mandalay Palace, Aria’s Shops at Crystals and Virgin Las Vegas. But with the prevailing trend, it remains to be seen how long these venues will resist the lure of paid parking.