We checked in around 4pm. There wasent a line and there was about 4 front desk attendents. We were alittle nervous but I said it’s worth a shot. A lady at the end called us over so we were kinda happy because the other 3 attendants were being watched like a hawk by a big supervisor behind their backs. Anyways we handed the lady the sandwhich and said if there were any free upgrades ava. She saw the $20 and said nothin for free. She typed in the computer and said there’s a suite on the 27th floor do u wanna try that? I didn’t even know what that meant but I quickly said yes. She printed out all the paper work, gave us some coupons and said enjoy ur stay. It’s was soooooo easy!!! We were super excited when we saw the room. Top floor,wet bar,sitting area and floor to ceiling wall of windows. Gotta try it!!! The worst they can say is no but it’s well worth it!!!
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.
About 2pm on a Monday, a $20 tip was accepted for an upgrade for three nights. The rooms were booked through a timeshare deal so would have been the most basic rooms without the tip. Technically a suite bit a bit of a weird layout in the story tower. Also a corner room on the 12 th floor
Just went to the next free male clerk (no queue) at around 6pm and did the trick. We didn’t have to say anything, the clerk immediately replied “appreciate that sir, let me see what I can do for you”.
After that we got upgraded from the World Superior to Lux Deluxe Corner High Floor. I asked whether late checkout (11am -> 3pm) would be available as our flight departed late. It was added free of charge.
We didn’t recon.
We just walked up to the check-in line (moderate traffic),
got the the next available clerk,
gave the ‘sandwich’,
and said, “Are there any
complimentary upgrades available?
The Clerk typed for a while then said, ” we have a Story King Signature. Will that work for you”?
I said, “Yes. Sure”.
The Clerk said, “We also have a complimentary Mini-Bar for you”.
Beer, Red Bull, Pepsi, a bottle of SLS Whiskey(pint), a bottle SLS vodka (750ml), and bottles of Water( Oh and snacks).
The next morning I called down to get our diet drinks (Pepsi/red bull) swapped out for non-diet.
I tipped the guy $20 and he restocked all the beer, all the red bull and all the Pepsi. Oh, and he gave us new bottles of whiskey and vodka even though our first bottles were mostly full!
We are going again this April (2018) and will try the ‘sandwich’ again with updates to follow……
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…
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.
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.
We walked up to reception at about 1030 in the morning. Passed the guy (Tony) our credit cards and passports and asked for a complimentary upgrade. He said that there is no such thing. He then opens the first passport sees the 50 dollar bill and he totally changes. He goes out of his way to be nice and says he will hook us up with great suites with a view of the strip. He was brilliant after that. We got great rooms, loads of free drink vouchers and money off coupons for the shows. It was brilliant.