Elite Parking continues to grow its Hotel Division

Elite Parking is excited to announce the addition of South Beach’s Surfcomber Hotel to their rapidly expanding Hotel Division. The hotel is just one of many owned and operated by a well-known leader in the hospitality industry; Kimpton Hotel Group.

The Kimpton Surfcomber is an historic art deco hotel located on bustling Collins Avenue in the heart of South Beach. The Surfcomber has made a name for being one of the most social of all the beachfront, South Beach hotels. There are plenty of daytime activities for guests to enjoy as well as a daily wine hour and evening events.

“We uphold the expectations that the Surfcomber places on their guest’s relations and maintaining superior service. We share that goal and place a high regard for having a “white glove service” mentality when it comes to our staff training,” said Managing Member Ruben Perez-Sanchez.

August Employee of the Month

Elite wants to congratulate Luis Pichs Garces for receiving July’s employee of the month. He started his career with Elite just two years ago as the manager at Portofino Towers, but quickly moved up the assume the position of an Area Manager for a cluster of hotels including Washington Park Hotel, The Hall, Casa Boutique, Redbury Hotel, just to name a few. He also oversees operations at the 16th and Washington parking garage in Miami Beach. He brings eight years of parking industry experience.

As an Area Manager, he handles all areas including: overseeing the daily operations at each property; managing traffic and parking control within the property; assisting guests in their parking needs; making sure each driver provides excellent service; maintaining vehicle count and log sheet for the parking facility. Garces leads his team to provide guests with “white glove service” and uphold the properties exceptional standards.

Garces is a native of Cuba, but came to Miami over eight years ago. He wants to continue to pursue his education and career in the industry.

Elite Parking selected as preferred vendor by Baptist Health South Florida

Elite Parking is very happy to add Baptist Health South Florida and Baptist Health Foundation to its customer list. Elite was recently approved as a vendor with Baptist Health Systems and has been selected to provide Valet and Parking logistics services for Baptist Health Foundation’s Annual Giving Society Dinner held in October in Coral Gables and their 600 person gala held in Islamorada at Founders Park every January.

The annual gala held in Islamorada is one of the highlight events for Baptist Health. We are pleased to be entrusted with their valet and parking logistic needs,” said Managing Partner Ruben Perez-Sanchez.

Baptist Health is headquartered in Coral Gables and is South Florida’s largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization. It has a network of services throughout Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, with Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Bethesda Hospital East, Bethesda Hospital West, Doctors Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital just name a few.

Elite Parking is experienced at event logistics and knows how important it is to the success of an important event such as a gala, grand opening, a wedding reception of other types of special venues. Valet parking is a not a minor detail when it comes to an event’s moving parts. It’s a guests’ first impression, and their last one as well.  Elite believes that good communication with clients prior to an event is crucial. Every part of the event’s logistics is carefully planned out by a skilled team of professionals.

IHG Hotel choses Elite Parking to meet their parking management needs

Intercontinental Hotel Group places their parking valet and logistics needs in the hands of Elite Parking. One of the main reasons IHG chose Elite in addition to their extensive hotel account references and owner participation and responsiveness, is that IHG has very unique parking setup with exterior vehicle lifts that go two cars deep and three cars high. IHG needed a company with expertise in running Klaus lifts and Elite was that company.

“Elite Parking is excited to be a preferred parking vendor for such an established hotel name.  We look forward to catering to each guest, whether it be a long-term business person or a family looking to enjoy all that the Miami has to offer,” said Managing Member Ruben Perez-Sanchez.

IHG Hotel’s newest property, Staybridge Suites located in Miami, is part of the Intercontinental Hotel Group, which is an extensive hotel family encompassing such well-known hospitality brands as Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn Hotels, EVEN Hotels, Hotel Indigo and the InterContinental. This hotel group’s collection encompasses about 5,400 hotels across nearly 100 countries. IHG offers hotel experiences that range from the ultra-luxurious to more affordable rates for frequent business travelers or families.

How Valet Parking Increases Restaurant Revenue

In most major cities valet parking is a common site especially when it comes to restaurants. There is always a valet stand with an attendant ready and waiting to relieve you of your car, and end the annoying pursuit to find an open parking space nearby. The fact is that valet not only serves an important function at most restaurants but it can also increase a restaurant’s revenue in several ways.

In larger cities it’s pretty common to find a line of restaurants tucked away off of very busy streets. People looking to stop in and eat have a couple of choices. They can look for an empty metered spot, find a parking space in a garage or lot or pull up right in front of the restaurant and step out to have a valet driver take care of it for them. Most people will choose the last option.

Many restaurant owners know that having the right parking solution during the peak seasons is key to running a successful business. Here are a few ways that valet parking pays-off in the end.

Keeps regular customers coming back

Parking can be a major issue if you are in a big city, especially if your restaurant is situated downtown. The one thing customers dislike is not being able to find a parking space. This keeps many potential customers away and regulars from coming back.  Valet ensures that regulars and first time customers will always have a place to park even during the season.

Valet is affordable

Applying for a parking permit with the city is expensive and many times nearby lots are already taken. Thriving cities are rarely have an excess of parking spots and developments where parking is feasible. Even if you plan to rent or purchase a parking lot of your own, you may run into times where all the parking spots surrounding your block are already full.

Hiring a valet service is the best way to assure your customers are not frustrated, left circling for an hour around the block just to find an empty parking spot. It’s a small investment that creates a carefree parking situation for each of your guests. Most businesses find that the investment pays off, even leading to an increase in revenue in the end.

Elite Parking oversees parking logistics for Miami Beach wedding

Elite Parking recently handled the parking logistics for a large private wedding on Miami Beach. Given the home site and limited parking, Elite strategically planned a parking solution to accommodate more than 200 guests by renting a lot and offering a shuttle service to the guests attending the wedding.

The wedding was for the daughter of a local hotel management professional and held at 6060 Indian Creek, Miami Beach.

Father of the bride, Silverio Lantigua, the General Manger of Ramada in Miami was extremely satisfied with the valet parking management during the event.

“They did an awesome job. Everything went very well. We had about 225 people in attendance and every one of them was happy with the company’s service and attendants professionalism,” said Lantigua

Elite Parking is experienced when it comes to determining the logistics necessary when it comes to special events such as weddings and receptions.  They meet with clients well in advance of the event to plan out the logistics and acquire the right permitting. Their highly-trained staff know how to avoid traffic jams and congestion problems due to miscalculations when it comes to vehicle and guest counts.

Elite Parking assumes parking operations at Aventura Marina II in Aventura

After another valet company walks out of a complicated parking operation at Aventura Marina II; Elite Parking steps in with 4-hour notice. Elite management first worked to organize and stabilize the operation, and then introduced a state-of-the-art, technology SMS Valet software to fully automate the operation.

“This SMS system allows residents to request their car via the app on their phone and even validate their guests parking fees through the app,” said Ruben Pérez-Sánchez, Managing Member at Elite Parking.

SMS stands for short messaging system and is the world’s first paperless valet system. The patent­-pending technology allows parking management to streamline operations and expedite the valet process. The mobile valet system relies on text messages for vehicle registration, so paper tickets are not necessary. Guests can request their vehicles by simply replying to an initial text message they receive at check-in.

Elite Parking is very familiar with both residential, hotel and multi-use parking management. They are highly-versed in the latest parking technology, including efficient mobile management systems and cloud surveillance. All of their staff goes through an extensive hiring process, which is followed by ample training, to make sure that all personnel are professional and know how to cater to each resident or guests needs.

World-renowned Wyndham selects Elite Parking as parking management at TRYP Hotel

Elite Parking recently acquired the contract to provide valet and parking management services to Wyndham Hotel’s brand new TRYP located in Ft. Lauderdale. The hotel is located in the “Boating Capital of the World,” the city’s premier luxury yacht marina. The stylish hotel and its sophisticated amenities embrace the nautical lifestyle and tropical beauty that make South Florida so popular.

“It’s exciting to be aligned with a brand that carries a name of excellence in both the resort and travel industry. We look forward to upholding the company’s vision of five- star service to guests from the moment they check-in to the moment they depart,” said Elite’s Managing Member, Ruben Perez-Sanchez.

TRYP by Wyndham offers guest’s a variety of amenities including an outdoor spa, mini basketball court, a fitness center, a sports movie theatre, business conference rooms, a business center and access to waterfront dining. TRYP by Wyndham Maritime also anchors the 168-slip Marina Bay Resort, one of leading upscale marinas in Southeast Florida that can accommodate mega yachts and offer charter boat rentals.

Elite Parking provides reliable residential parking services to high-end condominium and hotel properties. The residential group has years of experience working in Florida with developers, condo associations and building owners, and understands the fiscal requirements and works within each client’s budgets. All of Elite’s staff members are trained extensively in the hospitality industry and will make sure all residents receive a seamless parking experience.

June’s Employee of the Month

Elite Parking wants to congratulate Armand Pierre Adlain for receiving June’s employee of the month! Adlain started with Elite Parking a little over a year and a half ago and is presently the valet at two of Elite’s properties, Mediterranean Village and Aventura Marina II. As a valet driver at Elite Parking, he handles all areas of valet operations which include: park and retrieve cars, manage tickets, check and verify cars for damage; greet residents; collect fees; manage the valet podium; organize vehicles; manage parking area (barricades, directing traffic, etc.); adhere to the property management’s expectations and build a great relationship with both the property management and their residents by providing “white glove service”.

Adlain is originally from Haiti, but has spent much of his life and graduated from high school here in Miami. When not working, he enjoys spending time with family; his wife and daughter. Adlain is also an experienced electrician who provides his services to homeowners in his spare time.

Parking management industry continues to grow with adoption of IoT

While there are many factors driving the global parking management market, an increase of drivers on the roadways and a shortage of on-street parking remain at the top of the list. Technological advancements and the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices are also a driving force in the continued growth in the global parking management sector.

“In places such as Miami, street parking is becoming a thing of the past and the city is continuing to grow. Elite Parking tries to stay on the forefront by adapting the right technology to meet our clients and the areas growing needs,” said Elite’s Managing Member, Ruben Perez-Sanchez

Now more than ever, parking management has become a crucial part of a city’s planning efforts. The continued building of high rises and multi-unit dwellings will drive parking needs and the adoption of systems to effectively run them.

IoT mixed with mobile capabilities it making it easier for people to advance reserve parking, determine the availability of parking, and make mobile payments. The ease of using mobile devices to make driving and parking less hectic is fueling future growth of Big Data in parking management as well.

According to Perez-Sanchez, more cities including Miami, Jacksonville and Atlanta will see a rise in the adoption of parking management systems by commercial and residential sites, parking garages, multistoried parking facilities, and mass transit.

Unfortunately, some areas may not see advances when it comes to technology in the global parking management market. Smaller or less developed economies may lack the funding to stay of the forefront of the changing needs of parking. High installation and maintenance costs of IoT driven solutions are also major factors that hamper growth within certain markets.