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post #1 of 10 Old Jun 5th, 2015, 5:25 pm Thread Starter
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Any LT riders in Colorado Springs? I'll be riding my LT from NYC to Colorado Springs and spending two weeks. I'm looking for a parking recommendation. I'll be at a Hilton and the hotel has informed me that the only place to park nearby is their garage at $20/night. $280 for two weeks for motorcycle parking seems pretty steep. I won't be using the LT during the work week, only on the weekends. If anyone has info to share, please send a PM. Thank you.

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Any LT riders in Colorado Springs? I'll be riding my LT from NYC to Colorado Springs and spending two weeks. I'm looking for a parking recommendation. I'll be at a Hilton and the hotel has informed me that the only place to park nearby is their garage at $20/night. $280 for two weeks for motorcycle parking seems pretty steep. I won't be using the LT during the work week, only on the weekends. If anyone has info to share, please send a PM. Thank you.

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My reaction would be to tell them to stuff it and find other accommodations. I understand that there might be other considerations but that is usually how I react to rip-offs.

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I am attending a conference and all participants have to stay at the Hilton so I'm stuck with the place. I agree, I would have moved on to another hotel if I had a choice. I'll do a little research to find another garage nearby.

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Join the BMWMOA. The have with the membership a book of members who help riders visiting the area.

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I am attending a conference and all participants have to stay at the Hilton so I'm stuck with the place. I agree, I would have moved on to another hotel if I had a choice. I'll do a little research to find another garage nearby.
This seems a trend with Hilton Hotels. I stayed recently at the Hilton in Harrisburg, PA only 3 hours from my home. Same deal as you, conference hotel booked en masse. I called ahead to ask about bike parking and got a pretty cool reception.

The main parking for the hotel is a parking garage that prohibits motorcycles. The desk clerk said I could park in front of the hotel, but in an area that was not attended and had no security cameras. I could tell from his voice that he strongly discouraged that option. I elected to drive my cage as much as it pained me to do that.

I don't know if they think we are all loud pipes types or they just don't have enough customers who ride to make it matter to them. I did have fun with the customer satisfaction survey though. Very polite and professional, but I let them know what I thought about their no motorcycles policy for parking.

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Seems to be a trend as of late with hotels charging for parking now. Over the last two weeks I was in Ft Lauderdale and Nashville. I was going to drive the LT down to Lauderdale but 23$ a day and no eyes on the parking lot. My company would not let me ride to Nashville some BS about their insurance would not allow it for business... Stayed at the Gaylord Opryland and they had eyes on scoots at least but $23/day self park. Talked to the valets and they were willing to park a scoot! saves 3$ per day.

Hotels are scrambling for every one of your dollars.... My favorite was bottled water was 6 bucks in Ft Lauderdale from the hotel! One of the reasons I am camping on my 8K ride in august... Going to stay at a hotel in Solvang on my trip and they also charge for parking.... Course some campsites do not allow motorcycles... guess they figure everyone drives a "loud" scoot.


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If you belong to the bmwoa you probably could find someone in the anon book.


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Seems to be a trend as of late with hotels charging for parking now. Over the last two weeks I was in Ft Lauderdale and Nashville. I was going to drive the LT down to Lauderdale but 23$ a day and no eyes on the parking lot. My company would not let me ride to Nashville some BS about their insurance would not allow it for business... Stayed at the Gaylord Opryland and they had eyes on scoots at least but $23/day self park. Talked to the valets and they were willing to park a scoot! saves 3$ per day.

Hotels are scrambling for every one of your dollars.... My favorite was bottled water was 6 bucks in Ft Lauderdale from the hotel! One of the reasons I am camping on my 8K ride in august... Going to stay at a hotel in Solvang on my trip and they also charge for parking.... Course some campsites do not allow motorcycles... guess they figure everyone drives a "loud" scoot.


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This is not a new trend. Hotels in larger cities have charged for parking since at least 1983 when I started traveling for business. Motels and small town hotels tend not to charge.

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Guess I stayed at fleabags when I traveled for my business during the 90's and 20's! I only saw the paid parking once in early 2000's in LA. Not that I am complaining as I don't mind paying for parking if they have attendants and cameras on the scoot.

However 2 weeks >> 280$ is kinda outrageous he could rent a self storage unit for about half of that rate especially if he is not using the bike every day. A 10x10' unit with drive in facilities is $119 for a month in Colorado Springs and it looks like you get 24 hour access to it. Just a thought.


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Guess I stayed at fleabags when I traveled for my business during the 90's and 20's! I only saw the paid parking once in early 2000's in LA. Not that I am complaining as I don't mind paying for parking if they have attendants and cameras on the scoot.

However 2 weeks >> 280$ is kinda outrageous he could rent a self storage unit for about half of that rate especially if he is not using the bike every day. A 10x10' unit with drive in facilities is $119 for a month in Colorado Springs and it looks like you get 24 hour access to it. Just a thought.


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I am definitely not endorsing hotel parking fees, just saying it isn't a recent trend. I (well my employer) have paid exorbitant parking fees in most hotels in cities with population greater than 50,000.

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