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Our hotel tells us it costs $31/night to park there (!!!), or $20/night in a nearby garage ($$). Any tips to share? I'd skip the rental car entirely and plan to use taxis if we didn't have so much driving to do while in the area. --AF
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Our hotel tells us it costs $31/night to park there (!!!), or $20/night in a nearby garage ($$). Any tips to share? I'd skip the rental car entirely and plan to use taxis if we didn't have so much driving to do while in the area

I don't have any cheaper ideas, but your prices sound about right for the downtown Seattle area.

How much time are you planning on driving outside of the downtown area? The reason I ask is that it might be a better idea to stay at a hotel away from downtown instead, visiting the city for the day(s) you plan on touring there. I don't know if this is an option in your case.















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Hotel's been booked for months and we need to stay downtown. We need to be downtown for events, but then plan to do some driving outside the city. --AF
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We need to be downtown for events, but then plan to do some driving outside the city

I figured that was probably the case.

One idea I you might think about is renting a car from downtown. Many major rental car chains have offices in various downtown hotels. If you can find one in or nearby the place you are staying, you could rent a car as needed.

On the days you need to get away from downtown, rent a car for the day and then turn it in when you are done. That will avoid paying some of the parking charges.

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Just in case you want to rethink, we recently stayed at the Watertown Hotel in the University district. Free parking and free shuttle to downtown - a 20 min. ride.

Good luck!
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