Just got back from Sin City. Arrived at Sahara around midnight. Checked what room was assigned to me. (12th floor, not bad)..........
Put a twenty on the counter and politely asked "are there any upgrades available". Clerk checked the computer........ Bingo. Given a 2-room suite overlooking the strip with (best of all) a walkout BALCONY.
All for the grand total of $43.00/per night.
I am one happy camper, second trip the trick worked. I suggest you give it a try. VEGAS RUNS ON TIPS!
In my experience, getting upgrades negatively impacts the amount of comps I get (as posted in another thread on the topic).
Since the suites are unimpressive until you get into the really expensive ones (ones that your $20 probably won't get you into), I don't find it to be worth it. On the other hand, if I weren't getting comped, then I'd want the upgrade.
Anyone know if it works at the Venetian? I have an upcoming stay (Priceline) there soon.
$50 will get you into a Rialto (worked last week) or into the Venizia tower.
You'll need a $100 for a Piazza or Prima.
A lot depends on how busy things are. Just put you wallet on the counter, the bill on your wallet and ask for which suite you want. If you get it, shake his hand with the bill passing from your hand to his...
It works everywhere, but is highly dependent on how full the hotel is, the savvyness of the front desk clerk, the amount you choose to offer, and how realistic your expectations are.
Sometimes you get a clerk willing to do it, other times you won't.
Sometimes the hotel is packed and nothing is available, other times its not.
Sometimes the clerk will do it for $20, other times they'll want more.
If getting the suite is really important, suck it up and pay for it. Otherwise, it is Vegas after all: you have to be willing to take a chance...