Parking


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Grand Lodge

Hi,

I'm not staying at the hotel for the con (I live in Seattle) and was wondering if anyone had any advice for parking near the convention? I called the hotel and found out that their lot is for hotel guests only. There are several airport parking garages nearby, but they all have their share of horrible reviews on Yelp. I was going to just choose the cheapest one and take a gamble, but thought I'd ask here first.

Thanks!


Park at the hotel. It will say the parking is something ridiculous like $21 bucks a day, but when you get inside, there is a ticket pay machine right by the Paizo table and they charge you $8 a day. You might be able to get a cheaper daily rate at one of the local motels, but it will be a bit of a walk, I'd just go with the daily Doubletree rate, as you won't be able to get much better.

Alternatively, if you are going alone, you could park at the Tukwila International blvd park and ride and take the light rail for $2.25 each way ($4.50/day) to SeaTac station and walk across the street to the con. That's a cheap way to go if it's just you, but if you have others in the car, parking at the doubletree is your best bet.

Grand Lodge

bargleslayer wrote:

Park at the hotel. It will say the parking is something ridiculous like $21 bucks a day, but when you get inside, there is a ticket pay machine right by the Paizo table and they charge you $8 a day. You might be able to get a cheaper daily rate at one of the local motels, but it will be a bit of a walk, I'd just go with the daily Doubletree rate, as you won't be able to get much better.

Alternatively, if you are going alone, you could park at the Tukwila International blvd park and ride and take the light rail for $2.25 each way ($4.50/day) to SeaTac station and walk across the street to the con. That's a cheap way to go if it's just you, but if you have others in the car, parking at the doubletree is your best bet.

Thanks! When I called the hotel, they said all their parking was for guests only. If I can park there, that'll be much better (and I don't have to worry about valets taking a joyride in my car; those reviews on Yelp were kinda scary).


bargleslayer wrote:

Park at the hotel. It will say the parking is something ridiculous like $21 bucks a day, but when you get inside, there is a ticket pay machine right by the Paizo table and they charge you $8 a day. You might be able to get a cheaper daily rate at one of the local motels, but it will be a bit of a walk, I'd just go with the daily Doubletree rate, as you won't be able to get much better.

Alternatively, if you are going alone, you could park at the Tukwila International blvd park and ride and take the light rail for $2.25 each way ($4.50/day) to SeaTac station and walk across the street to the con. That's a cheap way to go if it's just you, but if you have others in the car, parking at the doubletree is your best bet.

I'd be careful on that - last year we used the ticket machine inside and it charged us $28 a day; sign on it said it charged that amount as well. If there's something special one has to do in order to get the $8/day I'd love to know.

Shadow Lodge

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At that price you might as well Uber/Lyft there daily.

Paizo Employee

Might try searching online for off-site airport parking, some time last year I went through one that used our hotel's lot and the rate was very reasonable, I prepaid online and just showed the paperwork at the front desk. It also included the hotel's shuttle service to the airport.


I didn't park on site last year, but I did year before last, and that was when I paid the $8/day. I was not aware they had made any changes to that policy. I apologize if my information was out of date. Please ask the hotel if there is a con rate for parking, if not, I've had success within the last year finding cheap parking near the airport at this site

https://www.airportparkingreservations.com/seattle_airport_parking_sea


bargleslayer wrote:

I didn't park on site last year, but I did year before last, and that was when I paid the $8/day. I was not aware they had made any changes to that policy. I apologize if my information was out of date. Please ask the hotel if there is a con rate for parking, if not, I've had success within the last year finding cheap parking near the airport at this site

https://www.airportparkingreservations.com/seattle_airport_parking_sea

It was the same for me... year before last we paid $8 a day, so we parked there again last year and imagine our surprise when it ended up being $28. I'm looking at a place nearby that's $6 a day so hopefully that works out, though I imagine we'll bite the bullet and maybe park on site for Sunday night since we're bound to be exhausted. All depends really.

Grand Lodge

MidknightDiamond wrote:
bargleslayer wrote:

I didn't park on site last year, but I did year before last, and that was when I paid the $8/day. I was not aware they had made any changes to that policy. I apologize if my information was out of date. Please ask the hotel if there is a con rate for parking, if not, I've had success within the last year finding cheap parking near the airport at this site

https://www.airportparkingreservations.com/seattle_airport_parking_sea

It was the same for me... year before last we paid $8 a day, so we parked there again last year and imagine our surprise when it ended up being $28. I'm looking at a place nearby that's $6 a day so hopefully that works out, though I imagine we'll bite the bullet and maybe park on site for Sunday night since we're bound to be exhausted. All depends really.

I may bite the bullet as well, at least for my first day (I'm concerned about parking, getting my badge, and getting to my first event by 8AM).

If you don't mind, can you tell me more about the $6 per day option? Most places I've seen nearby are at least $20 per day.


It was a hotel about a five minute walk but when I went to go do the reservation it had a three day minimum. There's another close by (Jiffy) that's at 15 a day if you prepay and closer... I emailed them to see if they had in/out privileges and waiting on a response (though I suspect it'll be a no), before I book individual days. Steep, but still half the price of the hotel.


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I have solved the parking mystery.

So, parking at the hotel for Paizocon attendees will be $8 a day per car. The key to getting that is to make sure to get your parking stub validated for the Con. There's apparently a special button somewhere to do this, but I'm not too sure on where that is or how it works but they said you can ask any employee and they'll help you get it scanned in properly for the special rate.

Grand Lodge

MidknightDiamond wrote:

I have solved the parking mystery.

So, parking at the hotel for Paizocon attendees will be $8 a day per car. The key to getting that is to make sure to get your parking stub validated for the Con. There's apparently a special button somewhere to do this, but I'm not too sure on where that is or how it works but they said you can ask any employee and they'll help you get it scanned in properly for the special rate.

Excellent, thank you!


Is this still correct - will there be $8 parking at the hotel, if you get it validated by Paizo somewhere?

Thanks!

Paizo Employee Chief Operations Officer

SeattleEgg wrote:

Is this still correct - will there be $8 parking at the hotel, if you get it validated by Paizo somewhere?

Thanks!

Hey SeattleEgg, self parking at the hotel will be $10 this year as they've raised their rates but this is only granted if you validate your parking ticket via the machines with the correct code (with more details to follow).

Grand Lodge

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Getting the Con rate is kind of tricky, and there's no signage or anything to help you figure it out. I made friends with the Concierge, and she helped me, so please allow me to share.

The parking lot IS NOT managed or controlled directly by the hotel.
It's run by a third party parking lot company. The standard rate is indeed $28. The hotel advises the contractor when there are special events, or if there are special regular user groups (airline crew, hotel contractors, conventions, meetings, sports teams, etc.) that should be eligible for a discount.

There's a tiny bar-code scanning box that links the bar code on your parking stub to the selected discount rate. But you MUST use the tiny box BEFORE you put your stub into the payment kiosk.

Where's this tiny box of Reduced Parking magic, you ask. You're gonna have to roll high on your Perception check to find it. Well, them, actually. There's two.

The boxes are mounted on the wall next to each of the two payment kiosks - one next to the front desk kiosk, and one near the kiosk by the back entrance and tower elevators. These small black boxes are only a couple inches across and have a small shelf built into them.

After finding the #@%*& thing, you select the rate code by scrolling the small LED screen. Once you find the PaizoCon code (presumably to be supplied by Jeff), THEN you scan your stub. Then, and only then, can you pay for parking with the reduced rate.

I'll be in the SeaTac area in late March. I'll try to get a photo of the bar code boxes and will attempt to post a link to the photos then. Hope this helps.

Grand Lodge

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Update to my last post. I was on a layover at a nearby hotel and swung by to take pics.

There is signage! The hotel added instructional signs on how to adjust your parking rates. The signs are fairly small, and they do not, of course, list what the rate for any particular event or user is, but it's much, much easier to figure out now. And rather than rely on my admittedly faulty memory of the exact steps in my last post, I suggest following the instructions on the sign.

I've put pictures of the adjustment boxes, the instruction signs, and the kiosk locations into a google slides document here:
Parking rate adjustment unit photos

Hopefully Jeff or someone can provide us with the code in this thread. Or since there are people that attend, but don't know about this thread, maybe the code could be on a slip of paper or somewhere in everyone's welcome package.


Thank you, Nomadical.

I wish I had known about this previously. I spent way too much in parking fees.

Liberty's Edge

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If you get a room at the DoubleTree there is upgrade option for $30 that has free self parking, free in room wifi, and free breakfast voucher. Their breakfast buffet is normally $23 for that meant $7 for parking and in room wifi.

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