There’s lots of parking at the Greektown Casino
By Steve Beauregard
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, Greektown’s owners announced in early 2016 that the casino’s name will change to “Jack Detroit Casino”. As of this writing in 2017, the name remains “Greektown.”)
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 casino’s main parking garage does not require validation, and 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.
Even on days with big events, parking is free for registered hotel guests.
(Here’s a map showing you the Greektown Self-Parking garage (red star), along with the various valet entrances and nearby parking garages)
Parking on special days can also be free if you play 30 minutes with your GT Rewards card. On those special event days, you’ll receive a parking ticket when you enter the garage.
After playing for at least a half-hour in the casino, you swipe your card at a promotional kiosk to receive a voucher. You’ll then take your voucher and parking ticket to the Player’s Desk.
One other note: The Greektown Casino’s players card has five levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Infinity. Even on days when there is a parking fee, players at the Silver level and up do not have to pay for parking.
Greektown Casino Hotel Parking Garages and Self-Parking
The Greektown’s Self-Parking garage (red star on map), is attached to the hotel and is a decent walk to the casino. The main garage offers free self-parking (usually), and valet parking is free. The other two nearby garages (yellow star and green star), are pay-to-park garages.
(Here’s the main Greektown self-parking garage)
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 Greektown Self-Parking Garage(the Red star 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.
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.
Alternative Parking Garages Nearby Greektown Casino
There are two parking garages near the Greektown. They are listed on the casino’s website, however I’m not sure if they are affiliated. What I do know is that unlike the Greektown’s main garage, these two garages are never free.
Brush Street Garage (Green star)
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 star)
Located on the corner of Fort Street and Beaubien Street, this garage, like the Brush Street garage, is a seven story structure. It has 618 spaces. Also like its Brush Street cousin, it is paid parking, with $20 fee on weekdays, and $10 fees on weekends.
Valet Parking at the Greektown Casino-Hotel
The Detroit People Mover Passes by the Greektown Casino
Including a special “VIP” valet area, the Greektown has four different valet parking areas. All four 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 four valet entrances are as follows:
Casino Express Valet – (Brown star) 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 star) 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.
VIP Casino Valet – (Blue star). This entrance is off of St. Antoine Street, just twenty feet north of E. Lafayette Street.
Lafayette Street Valet (Black star)- The southernmost valet entrance, this valet area is for casino patrons only (you wouldn’t want to haul luggage from here).
(Photos courtesy of VasenkaPhotography and Mark Goebel via Flickr.)