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Cosmopolitan to bring back parking fees for non-hotel guests

Updated May 27, 2021 - 12:06 pm

With tourists surging back to Las Vegas, paid parking is returning to yet another casino on the Strip.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will charge non-hotel guests for valet and self-parking starting June 1, with exceptions for rewards program members and for locals, who get a few extra hours of free parking.

Overall, if you park your own car, the first hour is complimentary, but then it will cost $10 to park for up to four hours, or $15 to park for four to 24 hours, the website indicates.

It will cost $15 to $20 to drop your car off at valet.

Registered guests at the Cosmopolitan can still self-park or use valet without any additional charges, the website says.

“As we continue to see increased travel demand return to the destination and welcome back full hotel occupancies, beginning Tuesday, June 1, the resort will reinstate paid self-parking for all non-hotel guests,” the Cosmopolitan said in a statement Thursday to the Review-Journal. “For locals visiting the resort, the first three hours of parking will be complimentary with a valid Nevada I.D.”

The Cosmopolitan, owned by New York financial giant The Blackstone Group, had waived self-parking fees for non-hotel guests last year when Nevada casinos were allowed to reopen after more than two months on state-ordered lockdown to help slow the coronavirus outbreak.

It’s not the only one in Las Vegas to scrap and then bring back the extra charges as tourism bounces back from the crushing spillover effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

MGM Resorts International offered free parking at its Strip hotels after the state-imposed shutdowns ended. However, the casino operator said a few weeks ago that paid event parking at select properties would return this month, followed by the return of paid self-parking at all of its Strip properties starting June 1.

Locals will have free parking for the first three hours.

“Service and business needs are changing rapidly as Las Vegas continues its recovery,” MGM said at the time. “We’re focused on expanding our amenities and workforce to accommodate increasing numbers of guests as demand grows and visitation continues rising.”

Contact Eli Segall at esegall@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0342. Follow @eli_segall on Twitter.

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