The site's navigation isn't the least bit confusing; just type in an address nearby where you'd like to park, the date, and how long you'll be in the area, and GottaPark pulls up a list of nearby spots. You pick the location, reserve the spot online, and get a print-out confirmation of the reservation. That last part is key, and they highly recommend that you bring a copy when you arrive at the location.
We chose an address in the heart of North Beach (a.k.a. Parking Hell), and while helpful information like distance from our destination and a blurb about surrounding landmarks was provided, we also only got a list of commercial lots. Prices for something within reasonable walking distance ranged from $12-24 for a mere two hours.
To be fair, North Beach is one of the least friendly parking neighborhoods in San Francisco, and highly commercialized to boot. Still, we're hoping that more private residences and smaller lots join GottaPark's network so that a greater array of cheaper options is made available.
Note to homeowners, small business and commercial garage owners: You can make some extra dough by renting out unused spaces at your home or lot and be paid via PayPal.
While there are improvements to be had, this still beats valet; that's for sure.
· GottaPark.com [Official Site]
· What to Do When a Hotel Valet Earns You a Parking Ticket [Jaunted]