Free parking at Harveys and Harrah’s Lake Tahoe ended on Monday, July 30.
Rates will be more expensive during summertime and ski season and during special events, such as an outdoor concert or the weeklong celebrity golf tournament.
During special events and holidays, the cost is $25 for self-parking and $30 for valet.
Machines are being installed this month. Motorists will pay as they exit the lot.
“With the exception of the hotel casinos at Lake Tahoe, paid parking has been the norm at resorts and hotels in tourist-oriented destinations for many years,” Xenia Wunderlich, the general manager for Harrah’s and Harveys Lake Tahoe, said in a press statement released today.
“Guests who stay, game and recreate at our two Tahoe resorts have said that parking spaces and valet services have become increasingly scarce, so we believe that implementing a paid parking program will help address these issues.”
Hotel guests can have the parking fees billed to their rooms.
The press statement announced “high-season” rates: Free parking for the first hour, $10 for four or fewer hours and $13 for four to 24 hours. Valet is $15 for up to four hours and $20 for four to 24 hours.
Locals who eat at one of the Caesars Entertainment-owned restaurants will receive free validated parking. Locals are defined as residents of the Lake Tahoe Basin, Gardnerville, Minden, the Carson Valley and Carson City.
According to the release, Platinum and above Total Rewards guests will continue to self-park for free. Complimentary valet will also be available for Platinum and above Total Rewards guests. Discounts are available for Gold Total Rewards guests.
The first automated machines to go into operation will be at Harveys parking garage. The other lots will manned by workers until the equipment is put in place.
Last winter, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe employed security guards to ensure Heavenly Mountain Resort skiers would not use the parking lot. The Raley’s Village Center has free parking, but it’s limited to Village shoppers and to two hours.
For now, parking remains free at the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.
“We have no plans doing that,” MontBleu spokesman Duane Suttor said about paid parking. “Eventually, it will happen all around town. But for now we are only charging for special events.”
It costs $20 for a voucher to park at MontBleu during a special event. The voucher can be used for $20 worth of food, drinks or merchandise inside MontBleu.
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino also charges to park during special events. The rest of the time valet and self-parking are free.
“We do charge for parking during special events, however parking is free for hotel guests, employees, those with Park Prime Steakhouse reservations, and Platinum/Multi-Platinum tier casino players,” said Brandie Warr, the director of resort marketing. “During special events, visitors who pay for parking receive vouchers that are worth $60 in promotions, at minimum, so that is still a great value.”
Located a half-mile east of the Casino Corridor, The Lakeside Inn has had more cars in its lot and an “obvious” increase in business during the celebrity golf tournament and outdoor concerts. Lakeside’s president said there are no plans for paid parking.
“We are thrilled to have more people experience our casino, restaurants and staff,” Stacy Noyes said. “We pride ourselves in being the locals’ casino and the ease of parking in our lot. Paying to park is not a consideration at all.”
— Tim Parsons