I had seen that the success rate at the Monte Carlo was pretty low, so I wasn’t expecting much. Had my ID and credit card with a $20 in between. Handed it to the front desk clerk and asked if there were any upgrades available. She then checked some and proceeded to give me upgrade pricing. I then said we’ll keep the same class room, but could she get us high up, facing the strip. We wound up getting a room with a great view of the strip on the 31st floor. With the construction going on in the back of the hotel, that was very important. She did ask if I wanted change for the $20, but I told her to keep it. Might have gotten the same upgrade without the tip. No way to know, but, to me, it was easily worth that $20 to secure the room we wound up getting. Room wasn’t ready for another few hours though.
Came in on Saturday night. They were not busy at all. Had a young guy in his 20’s at the desk. I asked him if here able to do anything about the rooms there and if there were any upgrades available and and made it obvious i was slipping cash under my amex and ID. I asked him again if he was sure he could not do anything, and he apologized and returned the my card with the cash.
Got the $20.00 back from naive clerk. She may have caught on later and gave me the strip room for that. I am not sure.
Stayed at the MC 3 times, this being my 4th. Never tried “the trick”. This time at check in I simply said “I’d like a room on a high floor, in the 300 wing” while handing her my Credit Card with a $10.00 bill. She took it and asked if I would like a strip view as well. BINGO!
Monte Carlo: A+
Told the young lady we were in town for our wedding and 3 day honeymoon. I asked if any upgrades were available…… she checked…. and then gave us a strip Spa Room on the 23rd floor. I offered the $20 tip with my ID and CC but she refused and said it was her pleasure.
me – “do you offer comp upgrades?”
her – “No”
I tried the $20 trick thinking it made sense that a clerk would upgrade you (especially in December when it’s not busy). No luck. She saw the $20, said they had upgrades available for $x per night, etc. etc. She did give us a discounted rate for the upgrades (which the next night we took since the basic room SUCKS). I will never stay here again- construction starting at 6 or 7 am, you could smell the smoking rooms (ours was NS), and also could hear what everyone around you was doing. Not the way I want to wake up after a long day and night of partying.
Have tried twice here, both times with a C-note showing, no luck both times. The second time, the (female) clerk said “nothing in life is free”
I then got the room 10 miles away facing a building site where they started at 6am every day. DONT BOTHER HERE!!!
Got the $59 room rate from the web site. When checking in made sure he saw the $20 right underneath my credit card and asked if any upgrades were available. He said sure and quoted me the prices. I said was there anything he could do complimentary and tapped the cred card lightly on the counter. He smiled, apologized and said that he could not upgrade me for free.
Oh well, the room was ok for the amount of time I spent there.