We arrived at 2 PM & the reservation lines were packed. Didn’t really have a choice as to which clerk we would get. Originally booked two wheelchair accessible rooms online and it wouldn’t allow us to choose which tower we were in. We only wanted one wheelchair accessible room and one regular room but we were afraid it would be in 2 different towers so we just reserved 2 wheelchair accessible rooms online. Once I got email confirmation I saw that both rooms were in the Roman tower. Upon arrival to the hotel we had to wait in line about 20 minutes. As it happened when we got to the front of the line a male manager was standing in close vicinity to our clerk, So we were nervous to even try this. I instructed my husband put a $20 bill between his drivers license and the credit card and he handed it to the clerk and told her online it didn’t give us a choice of which tower we were in and would it be possible to upgrade our rooms. She said she would check and placed the $20 bill back on the counter in front of us. We also told her we only actually wanted one wheelchair accessible room but since we wanted to be in the same tower we couldn’t book it that way online. She typed for a few minutes and told us she had upgraded rooms available & told us she could put us in 1 wheelchair accessible deluxe room with 2 queen beds & 1 deluxe room with two queen beds, both in the Augustus Tower & just down the hall from each other. Both of the rooms were absolutely huge. Our room had a spa tub and a walk-in shower and had a beautiful view of the Bellagio fountains & the strip. The wheelchair accessible room was also huge and had a view of the other side of the strip, no bathtub, but instead a shower with a pulldown wheelchair accessible seat in it. Under the vanity there was another free standing portable wheelchair accessible seat that could actually be put in the shower or used to sit in front of the vanity. The first night all six of us ordered room service and sat looking out the full length window watching the Bellagio fountains! It doesn’t get any better than this!
Got into the regular line on a Sunday evening around 6. There wasn’t much line, and the front desk agent said I got in at the right time between convention arrivals. He returned the $20 and said he would accept it after room assignment.
I asked for a julius suite or laurel collection augustus, but he said a suite would only have a king, and I wanted two queens. Was able to get me a south facing augustus room toward the strip, which was a decent upgrade over my original booking at octavius.
We arrived around 12:30AM and there was a surprising number of people in line. They have one big line and when you get to the front you go to the next available clerk, so I really didn’t have the option to choose. Although I spotted a young girl who I wish could have checked me in. When I got to the front of the line guess what? Yup I got her. I had put $40 between my license and credit card and handed them both to her. She immediately saw it when she separated them and said, is this for me? I said yes and asked if they had any complimentary upgrades. She said she would see what she could do as she typed away on her computer. She said she needed to go to the back to get me taken care of, and came back shortly after. We laughed and talked about a bunch of things and she finally said that she had gotten me a larger room in the palace tower. She did say that if people would just be polite and nice like I was it would really go a long way when they asked for favors. I had booked a Julius Deluxe and waa upgraded to a Palace premium. Not a huge upgrade but the room is very nice. A wonderful bathroom and a very comfy bed that I’m typing this from now!
Noon. Random clerk. Booked 2 beds in Palace. Asked if she could find an Augustus upgrade. Only could find King smoking. Then I whipped out the $20 and asked if she could try again. After minutes of furious typing she gave us Augustus Laurel Collection stripview non-smoking 2 beds near tower end on Las Vegas Blvd. NEVER in my life have I tried this for a hotel. Thanks FDT.com!
I had a female clerk, when I went up she said hey are you checking in and I said yep the name is Barnes, she said great can I have your ID & credit card. I handed it over, with $20. She said right away, ok, let me check. Then we chatted about why I was in Vegas what shows I was seeing etc, and she said right I’ve upgraded you to a Palace Tower Premium Room, with a Jaccuzi bath tub, Jack and Jill shower and great view, up high so you can see and it’s over three times the size of the room you had booked. This took me no time at all and no effort, may be it would have been awkward if she said no, but actually, the fun of it was almost as good as the upgrade!
I checked in on Tuesday afternoon and had high expectations. I waited in line for about 30 minutes and was assigned to a young Asian guy. I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available today and he said “we’ll see” with a smile. I put two $20 bills between my AMEX and driver’s license, then handed it to him.
He saw it, thanked me and immediately put it next to the keyboard. I originally had a sub-par (comped) forum tower room, but was upgraded to Palace Premium Studio! I wanted the Augustus Strip View but they were completely booked out. However, I enjoyed my Palace tower room very much! Two shower heads, two bathrooms, a big jacuzzi tub, bidet, high floor, pool view and directly in front of the pool entrance.
Just checked and these rooms can go for $4-500 a night!
Arrived after midnight and there was a small line for check in. There were kiosks for quick check in as well as online checkin but we opted to talk to a front desk agent. There was only one agent attending to the line without any membership. I gave her $40 sandwich without saying anything and she put it aside and already said I’ll see what I can do for you without me asking. She upgraded us to the Augustus Tower overlooking the Bellagio Fountains. It seemed like normal practice and thankfully we tried!
My wife and I checked in 1.00pm on a Monday. We were only in Vegas for a short
4-night stay. My wife was very skeptical about the twenty dollar trick, so much so we nearly had an argument in the line. I aimed for one of the two young clerks at the desk. I just smiled, handed over the sandwich, said hello politely. She immediately saw the $20 bill, started to type and click away furiously. We had small talk throughout and she ended up upgrading us to the August Towery Luxury room.
I had a female clerk, and she lit up at the sight of the $100 sandwiched between my charge card and DL in the early afternoon in the diamond/7 stars registration. I originally had the forum tower basic room, I requested something nice in the Augustus tower, and was given the Tower Deluxe. While I was disappointed it was not a more spacious suite. It was however, a upgrade nonetheless for my week visit. Not the thousands in savings I was hoping for, but still hundreds. I would be more explicit in the future with what I expect.
We checked in around 1:30PM and there was a short line so we just went to the first available clerk. When handing her the sandwich and asking for the Palace Tower, she said “Let me see what I can do” and walked into the back. Minutes later she came back and made small talk as she was typing away. Sure enough, we got a Palace Tower room with a Strip view.
Checked in around 10 p.m. on a Tuesday night. Our flight from Dallas had been delayed three hours and we had missed a dinner reservation. Needless to say, we were pretty tired – but the front desk clerk made quick to cheer us up.
Walked up to the counter and presented her with the sandwich – credit card, $100 bill and ID. Her eyes immediately lit up and she started typing away at her keyboard. She eventually said “hold on, I’m going to go speak with our inventory manager.”
She left for about 15 minutes, came back and said she needed to speak to the supervisor. After another 15 minutes she came back, broke out a book of Caesar’s rooms and showed me where we were staying – the Augustus Spa Suite on the 40th floor overlooking the north end of the strip.
1,200 square feet with two bathrooms, a walk in shower, jacuzzi tub overlooking the north end of the Strip and double vanities. Ridiculous upgrade. On Friday and Saturday this room goes for $1,200 a night.