The Greektown Casino Hotel in downtown Detroit is a maze of buildings, walkways and parking structures, yet it usually provides plenty of covered parking for its casino customers. (As a side note, the Greektown’s name will change to “Jack Detroit Casino” in late 2016).
The Greektown’s 30 story hotel tower is home to 400 hotel rooms. For its part, the casino has over 100,000 square feet of gaming space combined, with 2,850 slot machines and 62 table games, not including its 12 table poker room.
Is Greektown Casino Parking Free?
In the past, you could get free parking at the Greektown, but only if you had a parking ticket validated inside the casino.
Now, however, parking in the main parking garage at the Greektown is usually free.
I say “usually free,” because there is a fee to use the parking garage during very busy times downtown. There is no hard and fast rule I could find, however there is a charge for parking during opening day of the Detroit Tigers, (and playoff games if applicable), and Detroit Lions games. My understanding is that there is a charge for parking during the North American International Auto Show as well, where attendance figures reach over 800,000 visitors.
(Here’s a map showing you the various parking garages and valet entrances to the Greektown Casino-Hotel)
Greektown Casino Hotel Parking Garages and Self-Parking
The Greektown has four different parking garages scattered around its property. The main garage offers free self-parking (usually, but more on that below), and valet parking is free). The other two garages are pay to park garages.
From an SEC filing and press releases, the Greektown has a total of 5,382 parking spaces available in garages. Along with another 90 spaces in uncovered parking lots.
Here are the four Greektown Casino Parking Garages:
Main Garage (the Red dot on the map)
This is the 13 story parking garage attached to the hotel. It has 2,764 spaces and a a clearance of 8 foot 2 inches. This is the garage that offers free self-parking on most occasions.
If you want to self-park, you use this garage by accessing one of two ways, but most driver usually come off of Interstate 375, the Chrysler Freeway.
From there, the exit ramp (using the Lafayette exit), takes you right to the self-park parking garage. The off-ramp becomes Chrysler Service Drive. You’ll see the 13 story parking garage on your right. It’s clearly marked and the entrance sign is clearly visible on your right.
Alternatively, one can access this garage on the south side of the parking garage, when going east on Monroe Avenue, which is a one-way street. The entrance is on the far east end of the parking garage, at the corner of Monroe and Chrysler Service Drive.
Valet parking garage (Brown dot)
This seven story concrete structure sits on the south side of Macomb, and stretches from Beaubien Street all the way to the next street over, St. Antoine Street. This building, which is for valet parking only, was built in 2013 as part of a $28.6 million addition. It has 850 spaces.
While some casinos have valet garages just for valet drivers to park the cars, this valet garage is one the customer pulls into, before handing over the car to the valet driver.
Brush Street Garage (Green dot)
One of two pay-to-park garages, the Brush Street Parking Garage is located a full block to the south and west of the Greektown’s Beaubien Street casino entrance. In other words, it’s quite a bit of a walk.
The last I heard (I haven’t used this parking garage myself), this seven story brick structure charges drivers $20 on weekdays and $10 on weekends. (This is on non-busy game days. During busy Tigers games and Lions games, this fee may rise significantly). It has 1,150 parking spaces.
Fort Street Garage (Yellow dot)
Located on the corner of Fort Street and Beaubien Street, this garage, like the Brush Street garage, is a seven story structure. I thas 618 spaces. Also like its Brush Street cousin, it is paid parking, with $20 fee on weekdays, and $10 fees on weekends. (This was in August of 2015).
Valet Parking at the Greektown Casino-Hotel
Not including a special “VIP” valet area, the Greektown has three different valet parking areas for us common folks to use. All three valet entrances are accessible from St. Antoine Street. (St. Antonine Street is the main, one-way street running north between the casino and hotel areas.)
The three valet entrances are as follows:
Lafayette Valet – (Blue dot) The southernmost valet entrance, this valet area is for casino patrons only (you wouldn’t want to haul luggage from here). Its entrance is on the left hand side of St. Antoine Street, just twenty feet north of E, Lafayette Street.
Casino Express Valet – (Brown dot) This is in the new, multi-million dollar seven story valet garage mentioned earlier. The newer structure is on the west side of St. Antoine Street, north of Monroe Avenue after you pass under the walkway. You’ll see the “Casino Valet” sign on your left.
Hotel Valet – (Gray dot) This valet entrance is on the east side of St. Antoine Street. You’ll see it on your right, immediately after you pass under the diagonal pedestrian overhead walkway that connects the Greektown casino and hotel/casino buildings. (Photos courtesy of VasenkaPhotography and Mark Goebel via Flickr.)