For those noobs or those that need a reminder, parking around the BCEC is crazy expensive. Last year I followed this tip and will be heading to Channel Center again. No In/Out, but affordable, clean, shuttle available and not the worst walk in the world should you need to.
Anyone who has stayed at the Element or Aloft and drove in, have you had any problems with parking? I see they use a public lot with "limited spots allocated to the hotel" as in not guaranteed. That worries me a bit
The past couple of years, we've used Spot Hero and parked at nearby garages for the duration. This year it looks like The Channel Center garage (which we've used the past couple years, and is about 3/4 of a mile from the Element) is $73 for Wednesday thru Sunday. If it's your first time using it, you can find coupon codes online for 15% off. One thing to consider though, if you go that route, there's no "in and out" privileges. So, if you need your car at some point during the convention, that's probably not the best choice for you.
You can easily reserve with SpotHero and there are a few discount codes available for new users (MAR10SH).