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When parties and awards shows take over L.A.'s top hotels in the run-up to the Oscars, valet parking can become an endurance contest. Most stars avoid the wait, like Kevin Hart, who says: "I don't drive! I have a guy that's in the car who nine times out of 10 just pulls up." Others opt for alternatives. "We always find street parking," says Rebecca Romijn, referring to herself and husband Jerry O'Connell. Others just may not bother, like awards consultant Fredell Pogodin (who repped 2017 best foreign-language film The Salesman). "There's always a traffic jam when you pull into the Marmont and the Sunset Tower," she says, "so sometimes I skip events there."
To test the waiting times and service of L.A.'s A-list awards-season venues, THR sent out 10 different vehicles over three consecutive weekends — both supercars (an Audi R8) and jalopies (think: Honda Accord with a duct-taped mirror). Drivers also looked for details such as which offered complimentary water and whether settings were changed in the car (who wants to readjust her seat?). For the most part, valets did not discriminate against older, less fancy vehicles — and when not hosting an event, gave top-level service to all.
Yet the consensus, as Romijn says, remains: "We hate waiting for valet!"
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