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Maybe the LIV nightclub at The Fontainebleau should reconsider their $40 valet parking charge. How else to explain why Lebron James' mom Gloria went crazy on a parking attendant, resulting in her arrest for misdemeanor assault?
NBC Miami got their hands on the police report which said that the valet left her car running for 30 minutes while she talked with friends. When it became clear she wasn't getting in the car anytime soon, the valet turned off the SUV and returned the keys to the valet cashier. That's when Gloria unleashed her fury.
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Hey Drew, we've got our eye on you
Being shallow and all, there’s nothing we like more than staying at a celeb-filled hotel, and staying in a celeb’s room? That really tips us over the US Weekly edge.
So we could barely contain our excitement when we arrived at the Ace Seattle on Monday only for the guy at check in to tell us casually: “You just missed Drew Barrymore.” And when he went on to say we were staying in the room she’d been in the night before, we nearly swooned all the way down the staircase.
And if you’ve stayed at the Ace you’ll know that part of the deal is the supersized, communal soap dispensers that you get in the bathroom. So yes, we shared a shampoo bottle with Drew Barrymore.
We all know how heinous Hotel Parking fees can be and we always try to warn you of the worst offenders when we can. Typically, big cities like San Francisco and New York charge the most for overnight parking for guests, upwards of $45 a night. In other cities, parking rates range from $20 to $35 a night.
At The Beverly Hilton, overnight rates were a decent $29 a night for hotel guests. But it's visiting the hotel that gets you in to wallet trouble. These are the self-parking rates which we snapped on Friday afternoon.
The first hour is $8 for self-parking, not valet. Each additional hour is $5! The max to pay is $29. Now, there are validations available on property to avoid these charges. We had a drink in the lobby bar and the validation was $7 for four hours. We were there for just one so we saved a dollar.
We’re all for prettifying the necessary uglies of hotelworld here at HotelChatter, and car parks have to come fairly high up in the ugly stakes (unless you count those nice corn cobs in Chicago, which you shouldn’t, because they’re not part of a hotel).
Anyway, we’re delighted to see that the Beverly Hilton has done its best to jazz up its car park. The entrance from the top deck is pretty jaunty, and from then on, every elevator bank has a pretty picture to liven up your wait. Taking it from the top:
Over the weekend, we went to visit a friend staying at Andaz WeHo. Having stayed there before, we remembered they had ridiculous overnight charges ($28, since you ask), but we were hoping that for an in-out visit of under an hour (not as dodgy as that sounds, we swear) there would be different rates.
Outrageous hotel fees make our blood boil, and if WiFi is the king of offenders, hotel parking is a close second. And you know what really grinds our gears? The way hotels try to hide this info from you by not posting it on their websites, or by posting a note in fine print fit for a mouse that says “additional fees apply.”
The Ames has directions to the hotel on its website but nothing about parking. No one answered renaudl’s email inquiry so we called the hotel this morning to find out that it offers valet parking for $42 a night.
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It's a scene straight out of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." You pull up to the hotel in your expensive ride and after forking over an insane hotel parking fee, the valet parkers whisk your car off into a garage where you have no idea what could be happening with your baby.
You pray the valet guys aren't joyriding in your car and racking up the miles but at the Hyatt St. Louis,
Cameron's your worst nightmare has come true.
Employees from a valet company are being Accused of ABUSING guests' cars at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown St. Louis. A person who goes by the alias "election Underground" posted dozens of Videos on Youtube that show valet drivers doing burn outs, donuts and numerous other antics with all sorts of cars ranging from a Ford Focus to a Porsche 911 and a Maserati Coupe.
When you pull up to San Diego's Sofia Hotel or Del Mar's Hilton San Diego/Del Mar, rest assured that the valet will take good care of your ride. The hotels' valets are the best in the country, and it's not just hyperbole. The drivers won the inaugural Valet Olympics last month in Arizona. Yes, there is such a thing called the Valet Olympics.
Put on by the National Valet Parking Association during its annual conference, the Valet Olympics pitted about 10 valet firms, composed of more than 50 contestants, from throughout the country against one another in tests of driving dexterity. Events included Valet Relay, Key Jumble, Individual Maneuvering and Slalom, all of which showcased skills in vehicle movements, memory/quick thinking, parking and precision handling.
We've said it before and we'll say it again--when you shell out lots of moolah for a hotel room, free or cheap parking should be an automatic amenity (we'll take that over sweet-smelling bath products). But we've found that the more expensive the hotel, the more jacked-up the parking fees.
A prime example is the Peninsula New York, where you'll fork over between $925 and $16,000 for a room, but if you want to park your vehicle there, the hotel will tack on an extra $60 for every 24 hours—and that's without any in-and-out privileges. What's worse is that most hotels don't even list their sky-high parking fees on their website, meaning you usually don't know until you pull up that parking will cost you upwards of $35 a night.
So we're taking names and making a list. Here are some other pricey-parking doozies that we've found and that our Twitter followers have shared with us:
Yesterday we told you all about the changes at the Hollywood Heights Hotel, and today we’ll be dishing, so to speak, on the meal we had at the new restaurant there, The Hideout.
The Hideout recently opened on June 24, after the renovation of the hotel was almost complete, and the new menu is skewed towards updated comfort food. That means dishes like creamy four-cheese mac ’n cheese, Maryland crab cakes with cole slaw, a huge rib-eye with mushrooms and fries, and starters like seared ahi tuna with avocado and arugula on house-made tortillas.
The menu might not be the most risqué in town, but for this part of Hollywood, the reasonable prices are a pretty good deal, the food is fresh, and the portions are generous.
Amazing weather often encourages bike riding which in turn breeds bike thieving. Not at the Marriott Marina del Rey.
Come May 1 the hotel will start their free bicycle valet service! Those valet guys who previously were parking CO2 emitting wheels, are now safely parking and watching those of the two-wheeling variety. (We're guessing parking a Schwinn is a lot less fun than parking a Lamborghini.)
The hotel's bike valet is their attempt at reinventing the "biker bar," alleviating LA traffic and of course luring Angelenos into their destination bar, Glow (above). Patrons can cool off in the pool and chow down on free appetizers. Just be sure to wait 20 minutes before jumping in the pool.
We've made our distaste for hotel parking quite clear here in the past. When we're paying (usually) more than 20 bucks a night to keep our car at our hotel, we expect our shiz to be taken care of properly by the valet and yet, day after day, we hear horror stories about leaving cars in hotel custody. There's the story about the valet who racked up parking tickets and stuck the guest with the bill; there's the one who took a $284,000 Lamborghini out for a spin and then, um, completely lost the car altogether.
And then there's the valet parker who drove a car straight into a hotel. Whoops.
According to the Miami Herald:
Five people were injured after a valet at a landmark hotel inadvertently put a car in reverse, sending it through a set of double doors and into the hotel lobby. The crash happened Thursday at the Casa Monica hotel in downtown St. Augustine, a castle-like structure built in 1888.
Officials said two men were standing near the doors when a Honda crashed into the lobby, flinging glass and plants across the room and knocking paintings from the wall.
According to reports, the staffer behind the wheel thought he'd put the car in park and hit the brake but, unfortunately, he'd put the car in reverse and hit the gas. Oy.