Excalibur Hotel Room Upgrades

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We'll tell you how to master the 'front desk tip' - AKA the '$20 sandwich trick' - to get Excalibur room upgrades in Vegas for a fraction of the hotel's regular price.

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78 Reports From the Excalibur Hotel Front Desk

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  • Room Booked: Standard King Tower Room
  • Room Upgrade: Contemporary King Tower Room
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 46
  • Check-In: 2013-06-27

Jackpot! Scott Got A Excalibur Room Upgrade


We booked the basic room on a package deal with JetBlue vacations. Got to the next attendant at check-in and I tipped $40 ($20 for my room and $20 for my parents room) where instead of getting a room looking inward, we got upgraded to their remodeled contemporary room with a view of The Strip. Not bad.

  • Room Booked: Standard room
  • Room Upgrade: Renovated room (flat screen)
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2013-05-07

Jackpot! Nik Got A Excalibur Room Upgrade


Got in line and got my sandwich ready. I was very nervous. We walked up to the counter, I said we had a reservation. Clerk was very nice. She asked for ID and Credit card. I set the sandwich down. She set it down on her side of the counter. We made a bit of small talk, our first time in vegas, why we came, ect. She asked if we would like something up high, view. I said we would love a view. Ended up with a King renovated room on the 16 th floor. Nice view of the pool. I never even said the word upgrade. At the end she handed back my ID and credit card, held up the $20 and said \"Is this...?\"
I smiled and said, \"That\'s for you.\"
An excellent experience and a relatively cheap thrill. Do it!

  • Room Booked: Standard
  • Room Upgrade: Widescreen Room on the 27th Floor
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2011-05-13

Jackpot! Jaime Got A Excalibur Room Upgrade


I checked into the hotel around 6P. I walked up to the next available agent. I had my sandwich ready, and told her my name. As I handed her my sandwich, I asked if there were any complimentary room upgrades available. She took apart my sandwich leaving the $20 on the desk, and said she'd see what was available. There was indeed an upgrade she said she'd upgrade us to. We asked for a roll-a-way bed as well, and she said there was going to be a fee involved, but then waved the daily fee. All the while, I stared at my $20 hoping she'd take it. She handed me back my credit card and ID, and as I thanked her and started to walk away, she was like "Mam, you forgot this" and pointed to the $20. So, all in all, it worked, it was just a bit awkward, but I got the upgrade at no cost!

  • Room Booked: Standard
  • Room Upgrade: Widescreen with a view
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2011-02-03
  • Booked at: Expedia

Jackpot! Jonathan Got A Excalibur Room Upgrade
Booked Via Expedia


Went up to the first clerk available at 9:30 PM. Handed her my credit card and ID with a $20 bill in the middle, as soon as she saw it, I asked it there were any complimentary upgrades available, she nodded her head before I finished speaking and said I'll take care of you. She asked me several questions and then hooked me up with a sweet view in an updated room. Also had my brother showing up the next day, informed her that we'd hoped they could be near us, she upgraded their room too to ensure there would be no problem putting them by us when they checked in! This trick is awesome... I was shocked it worked so well!

  • Room Booked: standard
  • Room Upgrade: Tower 2 widescreen room FULL STRIP VIEW
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 46
  • Check-In: 2010-10-04

Jackpot! Jennifer Got A Excalibur Room Upgrade


My husband and I checked in at about 12 am on Monday. Not very many clerks and we had been debating if we were going to try this or not the whole flight down. Got an older male clerk who didnt look happy at all. I lost my nerve and told my husband that I would wait for him by the bar!!! Well, my husband simply slipped the 20 between his DL and CC and asked \"Do you have any complimentary upgrades available?\". The clerk took the 20, placed it under the keyboard and in min. we were upgraded to a very nice widescreen room in Tower 2, 25th floor, with the most amazing view of the strip ever!!!! 20 bucks well spent!!!!!!

  • Room Booked: deluxe room
  • Room Upgrade: widescreen strip view
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 25
  • Check-In: 2010-08-25

Jackpot! gdub520 Got A Excalibur Room Upgrade


this was about 2/12 yrs ago. i am telling the story now because i just found the site and thought i'd share. my wife and i checked into Excalibur probably around 430pm after arriving from soCal. booked our room on Excalibur site. deluxe room i believe it was. did not even think about offering a tip for an upgrade as it was both our first time in vegas together and first time in many yrs in general. handed clerk, young man, very nice as i remember my card and license (license had actually expired on my bday about 3 prior but he didnt' notice or didn't care). he told us our room wasn't ready and he could upgrade us to a widescreen room for no charge! we jumped on it and got a room on 15th floor facing ny ny for no additional charge. could even keep an eye on our car down in the parking lot. it was our anniversary weekend, but we didn't go in mentioning that. we just seemed to get lucky lol. im sure if i ask next time we go (hopefully soon, for my birthday) im sure we will not be so fortunate even with tipping

  • Room Booked: standard
  • Room Upgrade: standard
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2010-08-06
  • Booked at: Expedia

No Dice For Kelan at Excalibur...
Booked Via Expedia


Tried the $20 tip, but the person that waited on us said since it was a weekend, nothing was available. Her supervisor was watching her like a hawk. Sure that was the reason. She took the credit card and left the $20 and license there for a while, and we took the money back and then she picked up the license.

  • Room Booked: Standard
  • Room Upgrade: Widescreen
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2010-05-25
  • Booked at: Priceline

Jackpot! Booyaolian Got A Excalibur Room Upgrade
Booked Via Priceline


I checked in around 8 pm on May 25, 2010. I was waiting in line and the female clerk waved at me, so I went to her front desk. I handed her my sandwich and as soon as I did that, I asked "Are there any complimentary upgrades?" She replied with "I will see what I can do." She then upgraded me to the widescreen room in Tower II on the 14th floor, gave me discounts for shows, waived all my daily resort fees, and put $12 credit back onto my credit card. I stayed there till the 28th, so $20 was very well spent!

  • Room Booked: Standard View Room
  • Room Upgrade: Widescreen Refurbished Room
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 31
  • Check-In: 2010-05-21

Jackpot! TechnoDaddy Got A Excalibur Room Upgrade


Handed her the sandwich and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. She said No, but hadn't seen the sandwich yet. After seeing the $20, she left it on the counter, but closer to her side. (A good sign I think)
She mouthed the words "Let me see what I can do." and smiled. Very friendly lady, even if she rejected me I wouldn't mind. She upgraded me to the refurbished Widescreen TV rooms in Tower II, BUT I didn't realize until later that I lost the view of the strip!!!
Figured Cest La Vie...but upon returning to the room after dinner, the room was infested with 9 moths. Called to complain and they moved us up 13 floors higher, giving us a lovely view of the pool area and rest of the city. All in all, a great time and best $20 bucks spent in Vegas!

  • Room Booked: Standard
  • Room Upgrade: none
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 31
  • Check-In: 2010-04-26
  • Booked at:

No Dice For Bill at Excalibur...
Booked Via


This was the first time I tried the "trick". My son and I checked in about 3:30 pm Monday. There was a small line so we took the next available teller, a middle aged lady. I had the $20 tucked in-between my cards. When she asked, I gave her the sandwich and waited. She looked at the $20 and seemed surprised! Then I said, "could you check for any complimentary upgrades available?" She started typing and I thought it might have worked! But, without saying anything, she turned and walked towards the supervisor. After talking to her boss, she came back and politely said there was nothing she could do and slid the $20 back to me. I think it was her first time too! Oh well, I will try it next time and see what happens.

  • Room Booked: King Tower Room
  • Room Upgrade: Widescreen King Room
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2010-03-31

Jackpot! LT Got A Excalibur Room Upgrade


We walked to the line and the first available of two clerks on at 8pm called us over. Had the $20 in my hand! Asked the clerk if there were any complimentary upgrades available. She said let me check and about a minute later I was upgraded to a great widescreen room. Didn't have to use the $20 but gave it to her anyway!!!

  • Room Booked: Standard
  • Room Upgrade: Standard with a view
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 25
  • Check-In: 2010-03-29
  • Booked at: Local Agent

Jackpot! Laurie Got A Excalibur Room Upgrade
Booked Via Local Agent


Had to wait about 10 minutes in line to check in...tried the $20 sandwich which was promptly returned to me with the comment "I can't take this". I asked for complimentary upgrade and was informed that I could get a room with a view, but not a newly remodeled room without paying the upgrade fee. I tipped the clerk after the transaction because he upgraded my whole party of 3 rooms.

  • Room Booked: Standard Room
  • Room Upgrade: No dice
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 46
  • Check-In: 2010-01-05

No Dice For Matt W at Excalibur...


Unfortunately, no dice. I put $20 between my credit card and license and asked if any upgrades were available. She almost seemed embarrassed in telling me no. She was nice about it and waited for me to take the $20 back. My impression is that Excalibur is trying hard to sell upgrades (there are upgrade offers posted all over the check-in area). Oh well, I tried.

  • Room Booked: Standard
  • Room Upgrade: Widescreen with a view
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 46
  • Check-In: 2009-11-12

Jackpot! Jake Got A Excalibur Room Upgrade


I checked in about midnight and it was busy. I had no choice and went to the first clerk available. Female in her mid 40's. I booked a standard room but a week prior I called and upgraded to a widescreen room. I was told that when I arrived I would need to put the upgrade amount ($20 a day) on my credit card. The clerk said that she noticed I had made an upgrade and would need to put that on my credit card. I served my sandwich and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades. She did not say anything and just started plugging away on her computer. It probably took 3-5 minutes but seemed like 30 minutes had passed. She said that she was able to get me a widscreen room with a view ($30 a day value) for no charge. She handed back my empty sandwich and I was on my way!!!!!

  • Room Booked: Standard
  • Room Upgrade: Widescreen with Strip-view
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 18
  • Check-In: 2009-10-05
  • Booked at: Expedia

Jackpot! Nils Got A Excalibur Room Upgrade
Booked Via Expedia


We arrived around 10pm. I decided to go to a female clerk in her early 20ties. Just before I got there another counter opend up and a young guy (also in his early 20ties) waved me over. I gave him my reservation printout and when asked handed over my driver's license and credit card. I prepared the sandwhich before walking up to the counter. While handing over the sandwhich I asked if they had any complimentary upgrades available. He asked me what I had in mind and I told him that a widescreen room would be nice (thought it was too much to ask for a suite). He nodded and started checking his computer. After a minute I got a widescreen room with a strip view. I will definatly try this again next time!

  • Room Booked: Tower Room
  • Room Upgrade: Wide Screen Deluxe Room
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 36
  • Check-In: 2009-08-17

Jackpot! FraKarme Got A Excalibur Room Upgrade


We checked in around noon, and got a very nice woman clerk. I greeted her and handed her my reservation confirmation e-mail after which is asked for my Credit Card and ID. I had the $20 bill sandwiched in between and kindly asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available as I handed it to her. She quickly smiled, and said she would see what she could find. We ended up with a beautiful newly renovated deluxe room, with a poolside view and an extended check-out time! =) Definitely worth it, and will be trying it again next time.

  • Room Booked: Standard
  • Room Upgrade: Delux
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 25
  • Check-In: 2009-08-14

Jackpot! Happy Camper Got A Excalibur Room Upgrade


I arrived late night Friday, i was thinking of the sandwich trick all day!! So i said, im gonna do it, i have nothing to lose! I get to the counter and i get a really nice young man, first thing i do is give him my cc&dl, he sees the money and smiles at me!!! of course im nervouse when i say if he has complimentary upgrade! he responce let me see what i can do!!! 2 minutes later i got an upgrade!!!!!!! 24th floor with a 42" plasma tv with a view to the strip!!!! I booked a standard room on tower !!!! To everyone out there dont be shy just do it!!! It pays at the end!!!!

  • Room Booked: Standard
  • Room Upgrade: Jr. Suite, strip view
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 25
  • Check-In: 2009-07-20
  • Booked at: Expedia

Jackpot! Scott Got A Excalibur Room Upgrade
Booked Via Expedia


We checked in at about 9pm and went to the first available clerk. I did the ol' sandwich trick and bingo!! The clerk looked at the moola, and quickly upgraded us to a nice room with a strip view....Thank you Front Desk Tip, you made my stay a heck of a lot better!

  • Room Booked: Tower Room
  • Room Upgrade: Widescreen Tower Room
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 36
  • Check-In: 2009-07-17

Jackpot! Marc Got A Excalibur Room Upgrade


It was very busy at check in, so I didn't have a choice of clerk. I did the sandwich trick and asked for an upgrade, and got it no problem to one of the renovated widescreen rooms with a 42" plasma TV.

  • Room Booked: standard-tower 1
  • Room Upgrade: standard-tower 1
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2009-07-06

No Dice For Billy at Excalibur...


I’ve read so much about the twenty dollar trick/sandwich (that really isn’t a trick or a sandwich) that it became a minor fascination. Over the last three months I struggled with whether or not to try it and I was still struggling as we waited in line. The line moved quickly and, just as I approached the nice young lady that had called me over, I decided, yes, yes, I would try it. Unfortunately my decisiveness came too late. Had I made up my mind earlier, I would have folded the twenty in half more crisply. As it turned out, I tried to quickly stick it in between the cards and then fumbled with it as I set it down. The bill sprang open and the driver’s license fell over. My twenty dollar sandwich was served, unintentionally and awkwardly, open-faced. The nice check in girl was much smoother than me and quickly took the license and extricated the credit card, leaving my naked twenty dollar bill on the desk untouched and appearing particularly unloved and out of place. “Why did you put me here?” it seemed to be asking me. I then nervously stammered something about the possibility of free upgrades. To be honest, I was as suave as chimpanzee, as nonchalant as a man falling down a flight of stairs. She smiled kindly and said that she was sorry but that there weren’t any free upgrades available. I took back the twenty dollar bill, and she checked me into tower one, just like the whole little incident never happened.


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