MGM “Let Us Gouge You” Parking plans continue, and nobody’s happy about it.  Here’s a news story that illuminates what’s wrong with this idea, and how only greed and a “f*** you” attitude towards their customers is what’s really driving this initiative.

Red Rock Casino in Summerlin
Red Rock Casino in Summerlin

My recommendation? There are lots of other properties in town that don’t charge for parking because they already know and appreciate that you’re supporting their businesses by paying for rooms, gaming, shows, events, food, shopping, and more. MGM just wants a pound more flesh.

Below I’ve listed casinos that aren’t owned by MGM.  Full disclosure – I get nothing from this. I have no personal, financial, business, or other interest in this whatsoever.  I’m doing this protest because I think that this parking mess is wrong. This spits in the face of Vegas tradition, and MGM doesn’t give a shit. As I said in my previous post about this fiasco, I will only go to an MGM property if I absolutely must; otherwise, I can easily avoid them because we do indeed have a luxury of choices. While I’m certain my sparse coins will have no effect whatsoever on what they do, I’m hoping that this forum will get people to reconsider their choices.

I’m a Vegasophile (made that up), and I love the history of this town and love the traditions that have made it what it is.

Caesar's Palace on the Strip
Caesar’s Palace on the Strip

I guess the good thing about what MGM is doing is that it will send more people to other casinos where the ripoff level is (now) considerably less.  In addition, it may send people to places and neighborhoods that they may not have considered before. There are beautiful, Strip-quality hotels and casinos all around town and in Henderson, and you’re missing out if you don’t find them.

By the way, most of the downtown casinos charge for parking, but it is all free once your ticket is validated.  After you get your parking ticket, find the validation desk, get it stamped, and you’re good to go. In addition, I believe that unlike MGM, the parking is free for registered guests.

Meanwhile, I hope that you find this list of properties that are not owned by MGM to be valuable and assists you in finding other places to stay in this great town. I’m pretty sure it’s not as comprehensive as I’d like and I’m probably missing a few, but where there are links, they are current as of today:

Caesar’s Entertainment

  1. Bally’s®
  2. Caesars Palace
  3. Flamingo
  4. Harrah’s
  5. LINQ Hotel & Casino
  6. Paris
  7. Planet Hollywood
  8. Rio All-Suite
  9. The Cromwell

Sands Corporation

  1. Venetian
  2. Palazzo

Boyd Gaming

  1. California
  2. Fremont
  3. Gold Coast
  4. Main Street Station
  5. Suncoast
  6. Sam’s Town
  7. The Orleans

Station Casinos

  1. Barley’s
  2. Boulder Station
  3. Fiesta Henderson
  4. Fiesta Rancho
  5. Green Valley Ranch
  6. Palace Station
  7. Red Rock Resort
  8. Santa Fe Station
  9. Sunset Station
  10. Texas Station
  11. Wildfire Sunset
  12. Wild Wild West

Other Strip Hotels/Casinos

  1. Casino Royale
  2. Cosmopolitan
  3. Encore
  4. SLS
  5. Treasure Island
  6. Tropicana
  7. Wynn

Off-Strip, Downtown, etc.

  1. Aliante Station (NLV, and very nice!)
  2. Arizona Charlie’s
  3. Binion’s
  4. Cannery (Eastside)
  5. Cannery (NLV)
  6. The D
  7. Downtown Grand
  8. Four Queens
  9. Golden Gate
  10. Golden Nugget
  11. Hard Rock Las Vegas
  12. Hooters
  13. M Resort (TWG™ and I planning summer staycation here!)
  14. The Palms
  15. The Plaza
  16. Rampart Casino
  17. Silverton
  18. South Point
  19. Stratsophere
  20. Tuscany
  21. Westgate Resort (formerly LV Hilton)

I just realized that I’ve visited nearly all of these casinos at one time or another, and naturally I have my favorites. Some are on the Strip, and others are scattered all over the Greater Las Vegas Valley. They are all worth seeking out if paying a high percentage of your vacation dollars to rent a patch of asphalt to park your car isn’t what you’re into. Save your money and enjoy the real Vegas! MGM has apparently forgotten what that is.

All photos in this post taken with my iPhone 6s Plus

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