Caesars Entertainment Resorts to Charge for Parking, Surprising No One

It was just a matter of time, and now it’s official. Caesars Entertainment will soon begin charging for parking at eight of its nine Las Vegas resorts.

The news from Caesars Entertainment follows on the heels of the other major casino company in Las Vegas, MGM Resorts, launching its paid parking program earlier in 2016. The world didn’t end then, so no sense freaking out now. Probably.

Paid parking MGM Resorts

Just because we knew it was coming doesn’t make it any less like a colonoscopy.

Caesars Entertainment’s parking policy will be implemented in phases.

On Dec. 19, 2016, paid valet services will kick in. Valet fees will run $13 (up to four hours) and $18 (four to 24 hours) at Bally’s, Caesars, Cromwell, Paris and Planet Hollywood. Lower fees of $8 (up to four hours) and $13 (four to 24 hours) will apply at Flamingo, Harrah’s and Linq.

Paid self-parking will be rolled out at Caesars Entertainment resorts across Las Vegas in early 2017. Caesars Entertainment hasn’t provided information about the cost of self-parking, but there’s no reason to think it wouldn’t mirror the cost of paid parking at MGM Resorts, or about $10 day.

Parking at the off-Strip Rio will remain free, at least for now. Which would be good news except for the fact you have to visit the Rio to take advantage of the free parking. Zing!


Et tu, Caesars?

As is true of the MGM Resorts paid parking program, Nevada residents will self-park free at Caesars Entertainment resorts in Las Vegas. (There are other ways to get around paying for parking at MGM Resorts, by the way.)

Rumors persist that paid parking has caused retail shops and shows at MGM Resorts hotels to take a financial hit, so it’s possible the free parking for locals will continue beyond 2016, superseding what was originally announced.

Select fancy-schmancy members of the Total Rewards loyalty club (Platinum, Diamond and Seven Stars tier levels) will self-park and valet free at Caesars Entertainment hotels.

Total Rewards Diamond

Did you think you spent all that money on slots just for finger foods and Britney tickets?

In true Vegas fashion, Caesars Entertainment officials have provided an abundance of the requisite bullshittery surrounding the company’s decision to implement paid parking.

“Blah blah spaces have become increasingly scarce blah blah improved parking experience blah blah,” one official pretty much said.

Translation: “MGM Resorts broke the seal, so we’re not going to leave tens of millions of dollars on the table! We could really, really use the cash.”

self parking valet sign

Choose your poison.

You know what would improve our parking experience? Pressure washing the crud off the self-parking garages at Linq and Flamingo that haven’t been cleaned since the Truman administration.

While the news about paid parking at Caesars Entertainment resorts doesn’t come as a surprise, it’s disappointing nonetheless. Las Vegas casinos have a long history of providing free parking, although even freebies at casinos have never really been “free,” per se. Free perks, or “comps,” were always provided with the understanding gambling would pay for them indirectly, but that paradigm has shifted in recent years. That’s why more Las Vegas shows are closing and casinos are implementing automated monitoring systems for comped drinks.

As mentioned, MGM Resorts has already taken the brunt of the backlash related to paid parking, so Caesars Entertainment is unlikely to get much resistance from visitors who have resigned themselves to parking fees much as they have hotel resort fees.

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There are still a number of Las Vegas resorts on The Strip where parking is free, including Cosmopolitan, Venetian and Palazzo, Tropicana, Treasure Island, Circus Circus (despite it being in the MGM Resorts family) SLS and Stratosphere. Oh, and Casino Royale, the little casino we’re betting will be the last to cave to the paid parking tsunami.

It’s worth noting Wynn and Encore were previously on our list of Vegas resorts with free parking, but no more. Valet parking will no longer be free.

Ultimately, paying for parking is the norm in every other city in America, and so it shall be in Las Vegas. That doesn’t mean we have to like it.

For details about the new parking fees, visit the official Caesars Entertainment Web site.

15 thoughts on “Caesars Entertainment Resorts to Charge for Parking, Surprising No One

  1. Photoncounter

    Vote with your wallet. There are nice casinos and restaurants off strip. Most shows boring.

    MGM soon to announce entrance fee. Each person entering any strip casino will be charged a $2 fee each time they enter. Hotel guests will be allowed to freely move between MGM properties for $29.95 plus tax daily roaming fee. Locals will not be exempt. This is to enhance the gaming experience of the players and to keep out hookers, lookers and bums. Shoppers will get passes validated after purchase. Probably announced early summer 2017. #sarcasmbutpossible

  2. Bouldersteve

    Going to the strip has become less and less fun over the years. I still go to check out new things but basically I spend my money elsewhere.

  3. mkhnks

    I have spent far less time on the strip the past several years, so this really won’t affect me much. I suppose I’ll pay for parking once per trip in the future, should the spirit move me, but most trips to Vegas don’t include a stop on the strip any more.

    I parked for free on Halloween in a lot behind the Linq, in order to access the High Roller. Will that no longer be an option? If so, that might keep me from buying a discounted ticket for a future High Roller visit. Be careful what you ask for, Caesar.

    The day Ellis Island starts charging for parking will truly be a sad day for me.

    1. Sam The Spam

      No. By definition anything you “get” in exchange for a resort fee must either be worthless, or something you would expect to be included in the price of a room anyway.

  4. William Wingo

    Good caption on the first picture. At least with a colonoscopy they give you drugs.

    This won’t make much difference to us because we haven’t been to the strip in a long time. The last time was for a not-very-memorable Poker tournament at Harrah’s about 3 years ago, and we parked at the back of the Linq to ride the high roller last year; but we have no plans to go back there, or to any strip casino, any time soon.

    If the Rio remains free, at least we can still go up for the WSOP. For that, we usually stay at Orleans or Gold Coast, where parking remains free and the resort fee includes the wifi. If that changes, we’ll just have to find somewhere else.

    I was a Las Vegas regular for nearly 50 years, going two or three times per year since 1969. These days we usually go to Laughlin or the Phoenix-area casinos instead, or even the Los Angeles card rooms. Almost everything that I enjoyed about Las Vegas has disapperared.

    “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas–Plus Tax and Fee!”

  5. Paitra Youngman

    MGM forced them to charge to be able to accomodate their patrons otherwise all would park at CEA ENT properties and there would not be enough for their patrons ..shame on MGM they say we need to be like other cities and we’re behind other cities don’t have the gambling that’s why they need more Revenue you rape and pillage everybody walks through the door and to add insult to injury you want to charge them for parking


    Can’t wait to see what all the people who said “I will never go back to an MGM resort!” after parking fees happened will say now. Will they say “I will never go back to a CET resort!”? Then after Wynn and V/P jump on the bandwagon what will they say?

    Maybe they’ll just stay home and stop complaining about how expensive the strip is, like that’s some sort of new revelation. Red Rock, M, Aliante etc. would be happy to take your money and I’d be happy to stop hearing you whine.

      1. FYMYAWF

        That’s a very nuanced and intelligent response there, Lee. Thanks for adding your piercing insight to the conversation.


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