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Have you ever wondered what happens to your car when you hand your keys to a valet parking attendant? Do they take your car for a joy ride?? What exactly does a valet do anyway? Well, let’s start with the basics… Valet: A Short (Fun) History  The term “valet” was first used in the late 1500’s and described a male servant, whose sole job was to pamper his master (for Downton Abbey fans, think of Mr. Bates and his loyal servitude to Lord Grantham). When…Continue Reading “A Day in the Life of a Valet Parking Attendant”

When dining out, how much do you tip your waiter or waitress?  Your bartender? How about a bellhop or a valet attendant when you check in to a hotel? What do you do if the service is exceptional? Mediocre? While tipping etiquette for food services is fairly well-known (typically 15-22%), the protocol for valet parking tipping is not.  Whether traveling for business or pleasure, meeting a client at a busy office campus or attending an exclusive party downtown, here are our Top 3 FAQs on…Continue Reading “Valet Parking Tipping Etiquette”

When looking at how to ease the parking problems at your office campus, you should first go out and time how long it takes an employee to find a parking spot during key congestion times. For a typical office, key congestion times might be during the 8–9 a.m. rush hour and then again during the 12–1 p.m. lunch hour. Analyze how long it takes to walk from the available spaces to the building(s). Aside from reserved VIP spaces, are most of the available spaces quite…Continue Reading “How to Assess Parking Challenges Across an Office Campus”

How long has the valet parking company been in business? For obvious reasons, you’ll want to choose a company that has been in business for years. Understanding parking issues and solutions doesn’t happen overnight, so it’s important to choose a company that has seen what works, and what doesn’t, in a variety of office setups. Who are their customers and what do they say about them? Reputation is paramount in the valet parking business. Find out who the valet parking company currently handles parking for,…Continue Reading “4 key questions to ask a commercial valet company before hiring them”

When people ask me what All About Parking does, my quick, elevator answer is “Our primary service is providing valet parking for corporate campuses throughout Silicon Valley.” And the response I hear most is “Wow, what a great employee perk!” They make a good point; valet service, free food and dry cleaning services are all common employee perks in Silicon Valley tech companies. And these services help to attract and retain the best employees in a very tight job market. But valet parking is much…Continue Reading “Valet Parking Is not Just an Employee Perk”