Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Parking Alert for GC Delegates

An early arrival at the San Jose Marriott reports there is no self-parking at all at the Marriott hotel, where CSUEU GC delegates are staying. The Marriott has valet parking only. The Marriott chain's web site states valet parking is $25/day. There are two nearby parking options:

  1. A public lot diagonally across the intersection from the hotel, on the NE corner of San Carlos and Market St. This lot is not open 24 hours.
  2. The Convention Center garage, which is 1/2 block south of the hotel on Market Street. If you park there, you walk through the Convention Center to get to the hotel. Follow the signs to the Convention Center lobby, then to the Marriott hotel. You will pass the GC check-in booth on the way. For this parking, you pay at a machine when you leave, and there is no attendant. According to their literature, you can pay at the machine inside the Convention Center with cash or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express), or at the machine at the exit gate with a credit card. You have 15 minutes to exit after you pay. The Convention Center garage is open 24 hours.
The Convention Center web site has this to say about Convention Center parking:
Parking is available in the main Convention Center garage located at 408 South Almaden Blvd. or 350 South Market Street. The current rate is $1.00 per 20 minutes up to $18.00 per day maximum. After 6:00 pm and on weekends the rate is .50 per 20 minutes up to a $18.00 per day maximum.
The Convention Center offers this map showing local parking options (PDF). San Jose has an entire web site devoted to downtown San Jose parking.

Bottom line? If you'll be coming and going, you may be better off with the higher-priced valet parking at the hotel.

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