Photos by Rush Varela
What if we told you there was a way to visit top restaurants and tourists destinations in DTLA when you wanted to, absolutely free, complete with your own personal driver, without having to ever pay for parking? What if we also told you there would be special discounts waiting for you at your destinations when you arrived? Would you say that was too good to be true? Well, believe it, then call Downtown Concierge and schedule your free rides.
It is not too good to be true. Although getting around in Downtown LA can be challenging especially for visitors new to traffic, parking, and the bus system thankfully, Downtown Concierge is here to help. Downtown Concierge offers the convenience of your own personal chauffer—for free!
Founder of Downtown Concierge, Michelle Thrower, has worked in the parking management industry for over twenty years, but for one reason or another didn’t venture into the downtown area. Then, as fate would have it, Michelle acquired a parking management contract in the heart of downtown on 7th & Spring Street around three years ago, where she turned an every day boring parking lot into an unprecedented and totally unique service for DTLA, truly born of necessity.
In Michelle’s case, her early days as a lone downtown commuter brought on a parking nightmare.
“I was busy, busy, and having to be places. I was movin’ and shakin’, she chuckles, “and getting my personal car towed six times in the first year. There had to be a better way to get around town, so I could spend my money and go where I wanted to go.”
And with a spark of imagination Downtown Concierge was born. All grown up today, Downtown Concierge acts like a personal chauffeur that will pick up riders anywhere inside the DTLA area. It’s ideal for locals, hotel guests, large groups, and people wanting to explore.
Downtown Concierge is a wonderfully convenient (and free!) service one can book online or by placing a phone call. In most instances, you’ll wait a mere ten to fifteen minutes for a pick up. If you don’t want to wait you can also book ahead.
Downtown Concierge is great for daytime downtown sightseers, as well as for the night owls, due to the extensive hours of service available: 7:00am-11:00pm daily, and until 12 midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Expect to travel in an artistically decorated shuttle that seats twenty people—oh, the places you’ll go!
The good news is the most glamorous and intriguing destinations of DTLA are included in the Downtown Concierge shuttle routes.
Check out Michelle’s Downtown Corridor of Fame including; Bottega Louie, Café Pinot, Hilton Checkers, Le Petit Paris, Redbird, 8th & Grand, EVO Condominiums, Downtown Dance & Movement, Los Angeles Athletic Club, Nickel Diner, Zinc Cafe & Market and Bar Mateo [located] in the Arts District. This is just to name a few, and most come with special offers for Downtown Concierge riders.
Never one to rest on her laurels, Michelle’s Downtown Concierge service recently added designated stops at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Grand Avenue to Grand Central Market daily from 11:30am to 7:00pm.
Downtown Concierge’s personal chauffeur service also offers daily lunch stops at Los Angeles Unified School district on Beaudry Avenue. Furthermore, they also accommodate corporate needs and private events.
Downtown Concierge supports new businesses, keeps established ones thriving, and enhances the quality of lives.
Because a free ride neverhurt anyone.
So how do you get involved? What if you are a business owner or otherwise professional looking to be added to the route of this downtown corridor of fame or, if you just built a new apartment complex and wanted to get it full sooner rather than later? Well a transportation amenity is as good as it gets,” adds Michelle.
The bottom line is this, as Michelle Thrower eloquently expresses: “People call us and ask us: what new stops or places can we go to? It’s good to be able to help them go, park, and pay just once.”
And all they really have to do to find out is log on to at http://conciergedtla.com/ or call 213-896-9260.