I hope you’re all getting as excited for the convention as I am! It’s coming up in just a few days, and I wanted to make sure you all knew about the parking options available this year.
Naturally, the hotel does offer valet parking. It’s a bit costly, but it is the most convenient option.
Caddy corner from the hotel at 5th and Sabine is the Convention Center parking lot. This is probably your best option. Their website states that they close at 2 AM.
On the other corner underneath I-35 between 6th and 7th streets is the “whale bone” parking lot. This is a city operated lot, and should be an inexpensive option for you.
Across 6th St. from the hotel is a private lot on 6th and I-35 S. There is another private lot on the other side at 5th and I-35 S.
There are also metered spots along 5th, 6th, and Sabine all around the hotel. Many do have a time limit, so take note before you use them. (Also note that these spots are free and do not have a time limit on Sunday, so they’re you’re best option for Sunday.)
It’s also worth noting that MetroRail does have a drop off location right by the hotel on 4th St. just outside the convention center between Neches and Trinity.
For those of you that remember that because of the less-than-stellar issues from last year, the convention is not using the hotel’s garage this year. I did reach out and make contact with the Convention Center and a couple private lots in the area, but was unable to get an offer for dedicated parking for the convention. I did try!
I’ll see everyone on Friday at checkin!