I found an awesome deal at the Venetian(on the FatWallet forums of course). $139 a night, which was even cheaper than most of the standard rooms at other strip hotels(MGM, Caesars, Mirage, TI, Mandalay…). Since I felt like I was getting a suite for so cheap I coughed up a $50 this time around. I know I would be getting 100s of dollars in upgrades so I shrugged it off. I walk up to the check in desk. It was very busy, mostly from people checking out. I scouted the hosts and I wasn’t feeling any of them. They all looked real stiff. Before I could decide who my best bet was, I was approached by a staff member who pointed me in the direction of a set of elevators. She told me to go ahead and go up to the next floor and I could check in there. I was very excited to scout a whole new crew.
We got upstairs to a much nicer lobby area and about 4/5 hosts looked fine so I was just gonna try and avoid the one. I approached a young girl who like always, immediately asked for my ID. Instead of putting the cash between my card and ID like before, I just gave her my ID. This bought me some time to get some words out while she looked me up. On a side note, I never ask if there are any upgrades like everyone else is writing(see my past 2 posts as well). I simply make it known what I want without saying it. I feel like I’m being a lot more smooth that way. Moving on. I just let her know this was most likely going to be my last getaway before school started and I was hoping to have a “very comfortable room”. She said of course and asked me for my credit card. I then gave her my card with the $50 underneath, but showing a little. It was gone in a flash lol.
It didn’t take her long at all to find us a room. We were on the 26th floor, perfect view of TI, Tangerine, and its waterfront, as well as the Wynn, but best of all we were directly over the pool and Tao beach. It was beautiful. I sat there and watched the sun come up both days. If you look at their web site, moving to a strip view alone is a huge dent in your wallet. Its not like the other hotels that charge you $20-$50. They charge like $150. She also let me know It was in a newly renovated room which was easy to notice. We had a large L shaped seating area where you could lay out and talk, pre-party. It was great. We also had 3 large flat panel tvs. A remote control for the blinds and curtains. I felt like a VIP. She also let me have a 1pm check out which apparently is unheard of there. They usually charge you for a half day if you stay past noon, plus they usually wont even let you ask for a late check out till the day off. I was glad I didn’t have to worry about it at all or have to remember to call(which is hard when you drink as much as I do in Vegas).
The Venetian rocked(was my 1st time staying there). I have stayed at almost all of the main Vegas hotels and I would have to say this was my favorite. Even above Bellagio. Yes the Wynn was amazing, but the casino is way too stuffy for my blood. In conclusion, I was put in the nicest room I have ever had in Vegas, but paid one of the smallest amounts. THANK YOU MR. GRANT!
As we were entering the long check-in queue, a bellhop offered to take us upstairs to another check-in area. There I gave the Priceline paperwork for the 2-rooms. Then I reached around the end of the counter with $20 sandwiched between my driver license and credit card and asked if a complimentary upgrade was available.
He immediately started typing, and said he had 2-connecting rooms each with 2-queens. Great!
I had two rooms reserved for my party of 6. Walked up to the clerk who asked me for id. I had kept two $20 bills sandwiched between my credit card and ID. I asked if any upgrades were available and she told me that there is a newely rennovated room in the venetian tower with a great view of the strip for an $85 upgrade charge. She said she will waive the charge and sure enough, we got the rooms on the 24th floor – with a fantastic view of the strip and the pools below. She tried her best to get the rooms connected without success- in the end it didnt matter as our rooms were just 2 rooms apart.
She also looked at the $40 and said “Thank you for that”. I was quite nervous but in the end it worked out just great. I did chat up with her like other people had suggested on this thread, asked her how her day was and such.
I had booked the room through my sister who had blocked off a bunch of basic suites for her wedding. She had negotiated an already reduced rate for us. When we checked in, I put the $20 between my credit card and ID, but it was not visible. When I asked for an upgrade she said it would cost an additional $300. She said there was nothing complimentary. When she saw the $20- she said “let me see what I can do.” We couldn’t get the $300 updgrade b/c there was only one of those rooms left, but she put us on the 26th floor, newly remodeled room with 3 flat screens and automatic drapes. (kind of stupid but cool). The other members of our group were in old rooms on the 5th floor.
I originally booked the room through Priceline at $250 a night. It was only for the Venetian Luxury room (single king). I placed the $20 between my ID and credit card and passed it to the young lady behind the counter. As I the $20 sandwiched between the two cards, I politely asked if she would be able to give me any complimentary upgrades. She noticed the $20, placed the credit card over the $20, then put them down on her desk next to her keyboard. She frantically went to work and found a very nice Venezia Concierge Bella suite( around $400 a night). The room was fantastic, 2 queen beds, 3 LCD TVs and a mini fridge. It was located on the 20th floor with a view of the strip, far down the hall from the elevators, which is a good thing -you don’t have to listen to every drunk person stumble loudly to their room late at night. I have stayed in rooms close to the elevators and you hear every single person go by. She also included a coupon book for the Canal shoppes, a free gondola ride, $25 in slot play and late checkout without a problem.
I originally didn’t think it was going to work since I booked through Priceline, and another member on the forums said they were unsuccessful in upgrading due to the reservation being made through Priceline. Luckily I was able to get an upgrade and then some. $20 well spent.
Checked in on a Wednesday afternoon on a Priceline run of house reservation. Got a male reservation clerk in his mid-20’s. Sandwiched a $20 between my credit card and driver’s license and requested a room with a strip view. The clerk stated that this would be a $45/nite upgrade, to which I politely refused and took my $20 back. After a minute of two of polite conversation the clerk said that he’d keep looking to see what he could do. Ended up with a strip view room in the Venezia tower for my Wednesday-Saturday stay – about an $80/nite upgrade from the base Venetian suite… sounded good to me!
I checked in w/ my Mom at 11:00 am. I’m 34 & she’s 60. I walked up & laid my ID, credit card & folded 20 on the counter. I said “I was wondering if there was a complimentary upgrade available? We are celebrating my Mom’s 60th b-day this weekend!” We originally ordered 1 king bed, no view, bottom floor. After a lot of typing he started giving us options. He said if we wanted to check in now we would get a newly renovated suite on floor 33 (36 floors in all) w/ 2 beds & a view or we could wait till 3 for an even better suite. We took the the suite on floor 33. I couldn’t imagine how it could have been any better. 3 plasma TV’s & one was in the bathroom! The view was great too! The clerk was also right next to the manager but that didn’t seem to bother him. He asked if I needed change for my 20 & I said no. It was very easy!
Gave her the $20 between the cards. She immediately noticed it and said she would see what she could do. She had to make a call, so it was about a five minute wait, but a room opened up on the 30th floor. Very nice, good view and all the upgrades of the new suites such as automatic drapes, mini bar, flat panel TVs and a DVD player. I am sure that we would have been stuck on a low floor and with an old room had I not given her $20. Worth it!!
“Do you have complementary upgrade?” “Let me check”, he said. ID, credit card and $20, then I got an extremely good suite in venetian. It’s so easy..
I checked in with my wife in tow. When asked for ID and credit card, I put a $20 under both. She took the cards, left the twenty on the counter and just kept typing away. She then asked for me to sign an electronic signature pad verifying the conference rate. No mention of an upgrade at this point, I went ahead and signed the pad. The pad was now partially covering the twenty. She said that we were being upgraded to a Venezia Suite with a strip view. I told her the $20 was for her and she said thanks. The room really had a great view of the Mirage Volcano and the mountains in the distance.
I talked with other folks at the conference and they were on low floors with a view of the back of the Venetian.
On a related note: I tipped the bell hop $5 when we picked up our bags (they were being held for us after checkout). The bell hop had us skip the taxi line (about 20 people) and called the next taxi to pick us up. This worked 2 years ago at the Bellagio as well.