I arrived at the Sahara at around 3 PM. There were about three people in front of me and I was trying to avoid the clerk lady who had two managers around her. Lucky enough I got an Asian guy maybe in his mid 40s.
I showed him my reservation I printed out from Travelocity. He then asked for my Drivers License and Credit Card. I had the pre-made sandwich in my pocket. I handed it to him. I was “swinging for the fence” and asked “are there any complimentary suite upgrades you can do for me buddy?” the 20 was clearly displayed. he told me that since it was the weekend that there was no way he could give me a suite. I guess I understood that. He then told me he could see what he could do. He typed away on the computer. He then told me that he could give me a room with two beds in the newly renovated tower. he said that he would have to “ask the manager tho”…he never did ask the manager. the room had a flat screen TV and a coffee maker. it was on the 26th floor of the tangiers tower. Not bad at all. The view was okay. it was away from the strip.
As i was walking away from the counter after the check in, he stopped me and gave me a coupon book…it was very useful. He also gave me two free passes to go on the roller coaster ride. what a nice guy. 20 bux gets u a long way.
I was swinging for the fence and i got a double instead. cant get too greedy tho. i barely slept in the hotel cuz i was always out. I would definately try this again…espcially at a different hotel.
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.
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…
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.
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!
Checked in late evening on a Thursday for a 4-night stay. Did the sandwich. Clerk immediately gace the $20 back and said nothing like that available. However, rather than a standard room (in the Tunis Tower), asked for and received a standard (what they call “deluxe”) room in the Alexandria Tower. An Alexandria Tower (or Tangiers Tower) room would have been $10 extra a night if requested at time of reservation. We got one of the limited number of Alexandria Tower rooms with a balcony. It is an old tower and it feels like it. However, this was like a 17th floor high rise apartment, with floor to ceiling sliding glass window that runs the length of the balcony and a view down the strip. Had the slider all the way open at night for indoor/outdoor living. The balcony had brick walls on either side and the building is set far back enough from the street that we had extraordinary privacy which allowed for a very sexy time out on that balcony. oooh la la. no suite but we had a sweet time.
Asked her for any complimentary upgrades after handing her the twenty between my ID and CC, she noticed and put it on her keypad as she typed away, and then gave me a suite on the Alexandria tower.
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.
She said there were no complimentary upgrades and returned my 20. Got a room with a nice view, though.