Golden Nugget

82 Reviews
, , AL
65% got a Vegas Hotel Deal

Golden Nugget Review Highlights

Recent Hotel Deals & Upgrades

Recent Room Upgrades: 100% 1/1
All Time Upgrades: 65% 47/72

Room Upgrade Reports

Joe
07/10/2011
Tipped:  $0 Upgraded to  Spa Suite  from  Carson Tower 

I checked in at 2:30 AM on a Sunday night. When I got to the front, before I even had a chance to ask for an upgrade, the clerk said they were all booked and they would be upgrading me to a 1500 sq ft Spa suite from a regular room. Stayed in it for two nights. Best upgrade ever!

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Miles
05/30/2014
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Rush Tower  from  Carson Tower 

We checked in on a Friday afternoon. Gave the clerk ID, CC and $20. He upgraded us to the Rush tower, which was much nicer than the Carson tower. Very happy with the upgrade.

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Melisa
04/02/2018
Saved:  $$240 Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Rush Jr Corner Suite  from  Carson Tower 

Got to hotel at 11. Check in isn’t until 3. I didn’t “target” any worker, just got who I got. I smiled and said hello. Asked if there were any rooms available for early check in or any complimentary room upgrades and set my “sandwich” on the counter. She grabbed my id and $20 discreetly and said she’d check. A minute later she said ok, looks like you booked Carson tower but we’ve put you in the Rush tower, bigger room. Gave me a bunch of coupons and my keys and we were off. I thanked her but without making a big show of it. Room was amazing! 4 hour early check in and great room upgrade!

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Ben
01/30/2015
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Gold  from  Carson 

My credit card sandwich was refused by the clerk, who clarified that they are not allowed to accept tips for any reason. I then presented a Landry’s select card (costs $25 at any restaurant owned by Landry’s, like McCormick & Schmick’s) and was told that got me the last upgrade available.

Skip the $20, go get a Landry’s Select card and use that instead. $20 may work if you have a more experienced and confident employee.

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Alicia
08/17/2018
Saved:  $$300 Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Rush Tower Deluxe  from  Carson Tower 

Checked in around 10:30pm, didn’t target any specific receptionist. Sandwiched the $20 in between my ID and credit card and asked if there were any complimentary room upgrades. He said he’d see what he could do, asked us if we wanted a room with a view or a quiet room. We chose a view. We were upgraded to a Rush Tower room with a view of Fremont street. Very pleased with our experience!

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Leah Verriden
07/14/2019
Saved:  $200 Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  Gold Tower  from  Carson Tower 

We planned on doing the $20 sandwich and mentioning it was my boyfriend’s birthday (it was his birthday the day we checked in).

Waited and stalled briefly for a younger female front desk clerk when we checked in at 8:30pm on a Wednesday night. Wasn’t really busy. I read to target a younger female clerk for the $20 trick.

Slid her the sandwich and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. Also stated it’s my boyfriend’s birthday today. She said she’ll look at what’s available. She looked in her system and then walked away to speak with a male front desk clerk and they looked in the system together where he was standing. After a few minutes, she came back and said we were given a complimentary upgrade to a Gold Tower King Room on the 16th floor. She was very friendly the whole time and we were also engaging and talkative with her.

We were very pleased with our upgrade for 4 nights. Room was located on the 16th floor and not facing the pool or strip. I believe our floor may have been a club level because we had coffee and snacks outside the elevator on the floor, which was a nice feature.

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Rafael
05/14/2019
Saved:  $Round about 600 Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  One Bedroom Parlor Suite  from  Gold Tower 

Went to the desk at 10 pm. Gave the clerk my passport with 20$ inside and as he opened it and saw the 20 bucks he looked at me and I asked him if there‘s any complementary upgrade available. He asked my if we need two beds (we were 3 People) and I told him that it doesn‘t matter. He gave someone a call and after that he gave us the cards for our suite.

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Bill Bennett
07/04/2010
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  2 room suite  from  Standard Rush Tower 

This was the first time I tried the “$20 trick”. I came in about 11AM on a Sunday. I went to the Nugget’s new Rush Tower check-in desk and it was pretty quiet. I told the clerk I had a reservation and he confirmed that I had a 1 king non-smoking room. When I handed him my credit card and drivers license, I sandwiched a $20 between them and said, “Do you happen to have any complementary room upgrades available?” The $20 came out when he separated the license and CC. He snatched it up pretty quick and said “let me take a look”. After a few minutes of poking around on his computer, he said he had a junior suite in the new Rush Tower or if I wanted to move to the Gold Tower, he had a 2 room suite. I took the larger 2 room suite and it was awesome! 2 bathrooms (TV in one, jetted bath in the other). Fantastic results on my first try!

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Christina
11/26/2008
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  North tower room  from  South tower room 

Husband and I were reserved for two nights, Thanksgiving included, for a regular South Tower room. I warned my husband that I was going for the upgrade. I had the “sandwich” ready. I noticed with amusement that the gentleman in front of us also had his “sandwich” ready. Our clerk was a woman, 30’s, and seemed very distracted or annoyed. I thought that we were going to be out of luck. I smiled big and asked nicely if there were any upgrades. She handed the 20 back and said she was putting us in the North Tower. I was kind of confused as to why she would give the 20 back. But that’s OK. I think maybe they were not booked up and had no problem giving upgrades. Thanksgiving week seemed really slow all over Vegas. It was a beautiful room with lovely bed linens. (we had been dreading the south tower with all the time share sharks) A good deal…..2 nights, $49 a night in North tower with good coupon book!!

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Richard
10/15/2008
Tipped:  $20 Upgraded to  North Tower with pool view  from  South Tower standard 

Was in town for the Barrett-Jackson auction so I didn’t know how booked the hotels would be. I have stayed at the GN bofore and like the property so I booked there. Booked a south tower standard room. I checked in Wed. approx 4pm., presented the $20 between DL and CC and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades. Upgraded to a North tower room with a pool view, no problem. I’ll definately be back.

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