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travelbug44 May 21st, 2007 08:41 AM

Universal Properties-parking
I was told if when you check into any of the Universal Properties you should tell them that you took the shuttle to avoid the $12.00 daily parking fee. Has anyone out there done this? Do they check the lot for cars and tow?

Please advise

travelbug44 May 22nd, 2007 05:26 AM


amcc May 22nd, 2007 05:39 AM

When we were there a couple of months ago, the kiosk to pay to get into the parking lot was at the entrance to the parking lot, so there was no way to avoid paying. They give you a ticket to put in your windshield, too. However, I would pose this question on in the Universal forum because those people are experts beyond belief on how all these parks work.

starrsville May 30th, 2007 09:23 AM

If you drive a vehicle in, you should pay the parking fee.

Why lie for $12? Why lie at all, but for $12?!?!

travelbug44 May 30th, 2007 09:44 AM

Maybe because when I am spending over $1,000.00 for a hotel room I should get free parking?

I didn't ask about if I was a moral person or not, I asked if our car would get towed. When I need to confess I will write to you, okay?

Dick May 30th, 2007 09:47 AM

How would you feel if your car were towed because you tried to save 12 bucks?

Is it worth the risk?

starrsville May 30th, 2007 09:48 AM

If the hotel does not provide free parking with the nightly rate, then you pay for parking.

Most resorts charge for parking - whether you or an overnight guest or not.

travelbug44 May 30th, 2007 09:52 AM

Dick this is way I asked. I have read that some people do.

Starrsville get off it okay?

starrsville May 30th, 2007 09:54 AM

"Starrsville get off it okay?"


Dick May 30th, 2007 10:20 AM


Assuming some people here tell you its you really want to rely on their advice?

LucieV May 30th, 2007 11:04 AM

Er...all I can say is that if my 26-year-old son asked me this question, I'd read him the riot act. As my own father would have done if I'd asked him such a question.

And even if the ethics of the situation is irrelevant, it's just not worth the sweat, imo. :)

starrsville May 30th, 2007 11:25 AM

So, which question is the one you want answered -

Has anyone else lied to save $12 parking fees? (Please note, there is a charge to take the shuttle from the airport so folks who really do take the shuttle are paying the hotel for that service as well. Their ride is not free)

Will they check the camera that takes a pic of all the license tags that come in and out of the lot?

If so, will they match up your car tag to the hotel room folio?

If your car is towed, how much will the tow fee be?

Which answer will be most helpful to you in making your decision about whether or not to lie about taking the shuttle?

Ryan May 30th, 2007 12:25 PM

Yes, they charge for parking. You can try and complain. I did when staying at the Portofino last summer. To no avail.

I knew going in what they charge. I also know that tacking on a parking fee is simply a way to generate a 100% profit item for a hotel. When I stayed at the Princeville Kauai, they waived it.

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