Rio Suite Hotel Room Upgrades

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28 Reports From the Rio Suite Hotel Front Desk

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Recent Room Upgrades: 0% (0/0)

'All Time' Upgrades: 61% (17/28)

  • Room Booked: Regular Deluxe Suite
  • Room Upgrade: same
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 46
  • Check-In: 2007-07-10

No Dice For kcfront9 at Rio Suite...


Had 2 nite comped stay, and with WSOP there, I really didn't expect to be able to upgrade, but tried anyway. Got 2 "buy one game, get one free" games of bowling and a couple of "before 10 p.m." admissions to VooDoo lounge after pleading for anything, but that is about it. Clerk tried all that day (I stopped and asked her) but could not find anything available to upgrade. Oh well....guess that means we will have to go back and try again!!

  • Room Booked: Ipanema tower comped
  • Room Upgrade: Masquerade tower
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 36
  • Check-In: 2007-06-18

Jackpot! spud Got A Rio Suite Room Upgrade


First time I ever tried this....I was checking in and about third in line a little after 11AM. The people in front of me were told there were no rooms available at that time and they could check their bags and return about 3. When I went to check in I handed Raye the receptionist my $20 between my license and credit card asking if there were any complimentary room upgrades available. She sighed and asked for how many nights. I told her 2. She then searched the computer, made a quick phone call, ...she said there was a room available in the larger sized Masquerade suite...and I was checked in...didn't have to wait, check my bags etc... and upgraded from my comped Ipanema tower to the larger Masquerade tower suites.

  • Room Booked: luxury suite
  • Room Upgrade: luxury suite
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 31
  • Check-In: 2007-05-28

No Dice For mike at Rio Suite...


Slid the 20 between the CC and the DL. Clerk took it and i asked for a masquerade suite or a super suite. She spoke with her manager, but came back and said i could have it for 75/night. I just took the room i reserved.

  • Room Booked: Room with a strip view
  • Room Upgrade: Room with a strip view - high floor
  • Hotel Clerk: male / 18
  • Check-In: 2007-05-13

No Dice For Jeff at Rio Suite...


Checked in with a young lady at the front desk. I had the 20 b/t the credit card and the drivers license and asked if she had any upgrades, particularly to a larger suite there. She checked, made a few phone calls, asking someone who I assume is a manager if she could have a free larger suite. I even heard a "pretty please". It was a busy weekend and there was nothing she could do. She gave me back the $20 and I got a high floor with a nice view of the strip and the pool, so not all was lost. Would try it again.

  • Room Booked: Standard Room
  • Room Upgrade: Standard Room
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 18
  • Check-In: 2007-04-03

No Dice For salsaking at Rio Suite...


I checked in with a female in her early 20's. I slipped her the $20 with my CC and ID and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. She seemed to get nervous and laughed and straight out said "no sorry". She proceeded to check me in normally and I did not receive an upgrade.

  • Room Booked: 3 Rooms at Cheapest Rate Room
  • Room Upgrade: 3 Rooms Closeby
  • Hotel Clerk: male / 31
  • Check-In: 2007-03-23

Jackpot! wspfan Got A Rio Suite Room Upgrade


Just like the night before, I chatted up the guy and gave him $20. At the Rio there isn't much of an upgrade you can get, but since I had an entire group of guys for a bachelor party, I knew it would be worth it to have this guy on my side. He basically said there weren't any groups of rooms with great views, so we opted to have conjoining rooms and fantastic view of the blinking Rio sign and Prince. All in all it was worth it, just not have to deal with the hassle of having 12 people in 3 rooms.

I strongly suggest (if you can) to try and check in around 2-3pm when they release the rooms.

  • Room Booked: Basic Room
  • Room Upgrade: Basic Room /w View
  • Hotel Clerk: male / 25
  • Check-In: 2006-07-15

Jackpot! dustin72 Got A Rio Suite Room Upgrade


Higher floor, upgraded view (could see all of strip, Rio pool)...seemed reasonable for a free room

  • Room Booked: Regular Room
  • Room Upgrade: Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 31
  • Check-In: 2006-05-30

No Dice For berbbie2005 at Rio Suite...


We stayed at Rio for their $49/night. As i checked in, i asked the lady at the front desk if there are any complimentary suite udgrade since that was my anniversary, i was holding the $20 bill, but the lady told me i have to pay $150 additional for the upgrade, so i just said thanks and kept the $20. While she was doing our reservation(which was reserved and paid a month ago), she called the manager coz there's a code that she doesn't understand...after about a minute, the manager told the front desk it's residential(don't know what it means, but i'm a vegas local tho), then the front desk told me i was very lucky coz i was given a free suite upgrade. She sound very sarcastic like she doesn't want me to get it. I asked her how i got it, she told me they're trying to fill in the one-nighters( i still didn't understand, but a free's a free!). I didn't gave the $20 coz i didn't know if i should...the front desk was sarcastic, and looks like we got the upgrade by luck. The suite was awesome, the 20th floor can only be accessed by the room key. Super big suite, with jacuzzi, steam shower room, and lots of chocolate (i got addicted to this i wanted to go back there just for the chocolate...Le Belge Chocolatier).


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