Best ‘Secret’ Valets


Even with the Strip’s seemingly infinite number of free parking spaces, finding a spot that doesn’t require a marathon walk to your eventual destination can test the nerves of even the calmest driver. And while most of our valet parking is free, everyone knows that, which can lead to intolerable drop-off and pickup wait times (especially on the weekends). That’s why we’re so fond of these four under-the-radar valet spots—well, under the radar until now …

 The Mirage North Valet

Whether you’re headed to the Secret Garden to see some wild animals or 1 Oak to see some Kardashians (same thing, right?), this little-used valet between The Mirage’s north entrance and parking garage allows you to enter and exit without one of your tires ever touching Las Vegas Boulevard. And since it’s open all night, you don’t have to worry about setting a curfew.

 MGM Grand East Valet

It’s not uncommon to wait more than 30 minutes to retrieve your car at MGM Grand’s front valet. Next time, save yourself the headache and head straight to the east valet. The location on the second floor of the massive parking garage provides a short walk to both the Grand Garden Arena and the wonderfully air-conditioned entrance to the Underground (formerly MGM Studio Walk). But beware: On busy nights, this valet may only be offered to hotel guests—although that’s nothing a $20 bill can’t usually fix.

 Hakkasan Valet

Want to get to Hakkasan Nightclub without getting blisters from your 6-inch heels as you wobble across MGM Grand’s endless acreage? Or maybe you’re just a fan of convenience and cool lobbies? Whatever the reason, you should access this valet. Dinner and club guests can quickly enter and exit the venue—just go past the main valet and stay to your right—but only during Hakkasan’s hours of operation.

 The Forum Shops at Caesars VIP Valet

Tucked away off of Frank Sinatra Drive, this valet gives you VIP access to all things Caesars. Spend your days shopping at Valentino, Fendi and Balenciaga in the Forum Shops (and if all that heavy lifting has you tired, the valet’s location—next to Gucci—makes it easy to drop off your purchases). Then enjoy dinner at Nobu before catching Mariah’s show in the Colosseum. Just make sure you’re out by 10:30 p.m., when the valet closes.

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