I had a special rate of $15.00 a nite anytime in April at the Sahara. Being I was checking in on a weekend, I figured I would be getting a far away whatever room. I thought what could I lose by trying? Offered the sandwich and he put it aside and said he would looki. Asked me what I would like, and not wanting to be really greedy, asked for a balcony room. He did give it to me. It was a lower floor balcony room, but still it was nice to be able to open the doors to fresh air. It was in the Alexandria tower which was a very short walk to the casino and coffee shop…….in my eyes, a huge plus. My last visit there I was in a tower that was quite a hike to the casino and restaurants. So I had success!!
It worked like a charm. I did the sandwich trick. Clerk was happy and asked me what can she do for me…I asked her if a suite is possible…She upgraded me to a deluxe first…printed the receipt..and before i left…i guess she still wanted to help..she went out of her way..spoke to her manager and gave me suite upgrade..very nice of her! just rember to smile and be nice…
Arrived at the Sahara just before check-in on a Thursday afternoon. Nobody was in line, I walked up to the first clerk. HIs name was Bill and we was from Texas. I tried the $20 sandwich trick with my license and credit card. He put the $20 to the side walked to another computer, came back and gave me my room key along with the $20 back. Walked up to my room and…….Standard room, bone stock, nothing fancy. Oh well, @ $30/night cant complain.
Arrived around 3.45 PM to a line that moved quickly as there were several clerks working. Requested a balcony room in Alexandria Tower. Was told all balcony rooms were gone. I had not done the sandwich because I can usually get a balcony room just by asking nicely. So I said to the clerk, “If I were to give you a really nice tip, like twenty dollars, could you get me a suite or something really nice?” The clerk said yes, if I could come back in 30 minutes. I agreed, and the clerk gave me a $10 food credit coupon so I could go get a snack and wait. I came back and got the keys to a mini-suite in the Alexandria. This is a room ending in 24 at the south corner with a great strip view. Btw, the big one bedroom suite on each floor is the room ending in 44 at the north corner. The mini-suite was the size of one-and-a-half regular rooms but no separate bedroom, just one big roomy room. It had a tile entry area, dressing area, recessed wet bar, refrigerator, couch, glass coffee table on wheels, and of course an awesome balcony with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. The bed was a new pillow top mattress with upgraded luxury bedding, like you would find at a Westin, Sheraton, or Hyatt. The elevators in the Alex are terrible but otherwise its 1966-era vegas luxury. My corner mini-suite with balcony was on floor 23, almost at the top. It was like a high rise apartment for a few days. totally worth the $10 net tip.
I booked a standard non-smoking room for 5 nights at a rate from $24-65 depending on the day. Passed the clerk $20 who joked that I was causing trouble right from the start. She mentioned that there were Deluxe rooms available, but went off to inquire on a suite. Came back a minute later and we got a suite in the Alexandria Tower over halfway up overlooking the pool. Everyone at the Sahara was very friendly. Would stay there again.
Clerk left the $20 exposed on the counter, and didn’t take it until after I reinforced that it was for her, after everything was completed. Got a $10 food credit coupon, and an upgrade to a worn 24th floor room in the Tangiers tower with a view of the north strip construction. I have no basis for comparison, but I expect they have worse rooms.
Booked a premium king (they use to call it a deluxe) for 6 nights. Had already received a price brake over the phone but tried the 20 anyway. Told the nice young girl at the desk it was my 45th and asked if she could find us a nice room. She smiled, took the 20 and went right to work. We were give a suite on the top floor for our week stay and show tickets. Granted this is not the Wynn but a great stay none the less!
She said there were no complimentary upgrades and returned my 20. Got a room with a nice view, though.
My friend and I booked separate rooms, but went to the clerk at the same time. I placed two $20s between my license and credit card and asked if each of us could get a complimentary upgrade. She went into the back (apparently to ask permission), but came back out and asked if we’d like balconies or not. We said yes. When I checked out, I asked a different clerk to look up my room number and asked if it was a “standard room” (what we had booked), but she said no, it’s a junior suite. Nice trick!