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!
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!
We arrived at Saturday around 2pm and it was really really busy at the check in. We had to question for around 30mins.
Did not really go for a special clerk, just took the next available and behaved calm and nice.
After a short small talk I handed over the my “sandwich” with 50 bucks and asked if there is a chance for a complimentary upgrade. Got upgraded huge a corner room in the Augustus Tower with a beautiful view on the strip and the bellagio fountain. I had to wait another 2h until the room was cleaned before I could get my keys but the wait was worth it.
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.
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.
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!
$20 tip with passport, coming to celebrate my 30th with friends. The male clerk asked what tower was our favorite, and as we were unsure he upgraded us to the Palace Suite – 2000 sq ft! Great way to celebrate with friends as we have all traveled from Australia.
What a legend 🙂 Made our stay in Vegas.
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!
Was a little nervous doing so but I tried the trick on a 3 night comped room. When arriving, I stated that it was my birthday (which it was), we talked with a late 20’s/early 30’s gentleman about Chicago and burgers etc. Slipped him the sandwich after telling me I had a room in the Palace tower. Said he would see what he can do while he left the $20 on the counter in front of us…
Octavius Tower Suite. 61st floor. Overlooking Bellagio Fountains.
Thank you to this site. Best birthday ever.
Got to the check-in desk around 2:00 pm. There was one huge line, so no one could be targeted. I ended up getting a young guy in his early to mid 20s. After giving my credit card and drivers license, I asked what possible rooms are available. I wanted either a suite or a strip view room in the Augustus tower. He eventually found a Studio Suite in the Palace Tower and a 2 queen strip view room in the Augustus tower. I mentioned the possibility of having an Augustus Executive Suite instead, and he returned to the back room to talk to inventory. He came out 5 minutes later saying that that it could only be had for $250 extra per night (down from $500/night). I declined and settled on the Augustus room. Almost right as we completed the paperwork, a lady from inventory came out and said that the suite was mine for free! Ended up being on the 41st floor, with only two rooms separating it from the strip end of the building!
Got there at around 10 AM the day after Christmas for a two-night stay. Went around the casino and forum shops for a few hours before checking in. Got in line at around 1:00 pm. There were quite a few people in line, so it was really first come, first served. When I got to the desk, and the clerk saw the bill, I mentioned that I’d like to be in the Augustus Tower or in a suite, but preferably both. The clerk showed me the book, and I pointed out the Augustus Executive Suite. After this, they went to the back room to talk to the inventory people. The clerk said that it can only be had for an extra $250/night (down from $500).
After going through the computer, the clerk found an Augustus Premium 2 Queen Room on a very high floor facing the south strip (ideal view) or a Palace Premium Studio. I settled for the Augustus Room, and we were halfway through finishing the paperwork when a lady came from inventory. She told the clerk that the Augustus Executive Suite could be released for free! I paid $70/night for the Octavius Room. This suite was going for $551/night. Probably the only good gamble I made on the trip!