Tropicana 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 Tropicana room upgrades in Vegas for a fraction of the hotel's regular price.

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42 Reports From the Tropicana Hotel Front Desk

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'All Time' Upgrades: 84% (35/42)

  • Room Booked: Regular room thru southwest vacations
  • Room Upgrade: Jr suit view of strip (MGM/hooters)
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 31
  • Check-In: 2013-10-18

Jackpot! Tbqne Got A Tropicana Room Upgrade


We were early to arrive (10:30am) and were told to come back at 2-3 pm for check in since nothing was ready.
We came back around 1:45 pm and just went to the next available clerk. As she was checking us in I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades. She was happy I asked and said yes. My wife thru in that it was my birthday also. (It was) and no money was exchanged but I was willing to when or if she asked for ID (she also waved our resort fees 19.99$$ a day for 7 days )

  • Room Booked: Deluxe
  • Room Upgrade: Deluxe Plus
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 46
  • Check-In: 2013-02-14

Jackpot! Scott Got A Tropicana Room Upgrade


I was surprised they had availability due to the Valentine's holiday but we got upgraded from a 375 sf Deluxe room to a 480 sf Deluxe Plus room. The extra space was definitely a plus

  • Room Booked: Deluxe room
  • Room Upgrade: Deluxe Plus room
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 36
  • Check-In: 2012-02-27
  • Booked at: Hotwire

Jackpot! TKL Got A Tropicana Room Upgrade
Booked Via Hotwire


Checked in around 3pm - this was the first time attempting this, so I just gave it a go...

I told the gentleman behind the counter that my wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary (true story) and slipped him the sandwich and asked if there were any comp upgrades available.

He said yes sir let me check - he told me that we were booked for a basic room on the 1st floor (probably because it was booked on Hotwire) and he told me he would gladly put us in a Deluxe Plus room with more space and a great view on the 17th floor. He also comped our Resort fees and gave us 4 VIP Passed to the RPM Nightclub. I will be doing this every time I stay in a hotel now.

  • Room Booked:
  • Room Upgrade:
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 36
  • Check-In: 2011-12-24
  • Booked at: Expedia

No Dice For Him at Tropicana...
Booked Via Expedia


Slipped a $20 with the iternary and passport, done it before w great success. However no luck at Tropicana. I just Wanted a room in the paradise tower, but the clerk just won\'t do it. She said either a room in the club tower or a smoking room in the paradise tower. She did give me back the $20 though

  • Room Booked: Cheapo
  • Room Upgrade: Paradise tower, top floor, strip view
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2011-06-16
  • Booked at:

Jackpot! Mark Got A Tropicana Room Upgrade
Booked Via


This is the first time I tried this trick since learning of it and it worked like a charm. I booked with an on-line cheapo site so I knew the room would be nothing special. It was about 2:30ish and all the desk clerks were smiling and looked to be in a good mood so I didn't target a specific one. When my turn came I just slipped her the sandwich, asked for any comp upgrades and she went to work typing away. After about 30 seconds she says there is a room ready on the 6th floor/strip view. I asked if that was the best she could do and she says there may be one higher up but she has to see if it's clean. She then walks away to call the housekeeper manager, comes back and tells me it is ready. TOP FLOOR!! With a view of the strip. I will most certainly do this every time I go to Vegas. Thanks for turning me on to the little tip.

  • Room Booked: standard
  • Room Upgrade: Strip view with extra space
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 36
  • Check-In: 2011-01-13

Jackpot! Nigel Baillie Got A Tropicana Room Upgrade


We arrived at midnight and there was only one woman at Reception. As we were staying a fortnight, I slipped across a $50 sandwich and asked politely if there were any upgrades available. The woman was very friendly and chatty and upgraded us to an 18th floor Strip view room, which had extra space as it was on a corner. I enquired about the resort fees, which were due to cost $11.19 per day and she immediately waived them too! On the day of our 20th wedding anniversary, champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries were delivered to our room! Try it, they can only say no.

  • Room Booked: Deluxe room
  • Room Upgrade: Island Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 18
  • Check-In: 2011-01-02

Jackpot! Brent Got A Tropicana Room Upgrade


The night before I called the hotel and asked them for an upgrade, and the lady put me through to the VP of consumer affairs. I left a message and told him my wife and I are coming down to celebrate her 30th birthday as well as re-proposing to her. I asked if there was anything that could be done. When we arrived to the hotel I did the $20 tip and was also informed by the front desks that everything will be OK. We made it up to our room and found that we were upgraded to a top floor suite, with a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. I don't think this wouldn't have happened if I never asked, I will be going back to the Tropicana every time we go to Vegas. This hotel made us feel like we were rich even though we are on a fixed budget. Thank you Tropicana for the wonderful time!!!!

  • Room Booked: Paradise Room
  • Room Upgrade: N/A
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 25
  • Check-In: 2010-06-04
  • Booked at: Expedia

No Dice For Andrew B. at Tropicana...
Booked Via Expedia


Not only would the desk agent not upgrade us, the system had us for in a one bed room instead of the two bed one booked and claimed they were completely booked and couldn't fix it. (Oddly his manager could).

  • Room Booked: Garden Tower
  • Room Upgrade: Paradise Tower
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 36
  • Check-In: 2010-05-29

Jackpot! Heather Lastra Got A Tropicana Room Upgrade


I checked in on a very busy (crazy busy) memorial weekend Saturday. The hotel was sold out so I wasn't very hopeful, but I thought "eh, if I don't get the upgrade, that's $20 I would have fed into the slot machines." The woman who helped us was very nice, even though the check in line was long and people were cranky and frustrated. I did the $20 sandwich and when I was next, I walked up to her, flashed her a smile, held out my "package" and said "Hi there, I booked into the garden tower because the paradise tower wasn't available when I booked, but my friends are in the paradise tower, is there any way we can be upgraded to the paradise tower?" The lady saw the $20 and got a huge smile on her face. She goes "let me see what I can do for you sweetie" and starts tapping. She then says "I have a room on the 17th floor available in Paradise tower" I said we'll take it. Not only did we get a room on the 17th floor, but we got a room with an awesome view of the strip. It really does work!

  • Room Booked: basic
  • Room Upgrade: mini-suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2010-03-26
  • Booked at: Expedia

Jackpot! Doug Got A Tropicana Room Upgrade
Booked Via Expedia


I came across this site the night before our trip to Vegas. It took me reading quite a few success stories to convince me to try it. We were checking in the Tropicana on a Friday afternoon. I had a basic room booked for four nights through the weekend during spring break time so I was doubtful about my chances. I waited in line with my doubtful girlfriend who may have been slightly embarassed to be with me at the time. I readied the sandwich while waiting in line to check in. I was up, and advanced to a nice young girl (probably early 30's) behind the counter. I handed her the sandwich and could tell instantly she knew what was up. I didnt have to say a word...just a polite greating. She immediately went to work on the keyboard. After a couple minutes she told me that she had good news and that we had been upgraded to a mini-suite for our four night stay. She also included six complimentary drink passes at the bar and two FREE show tickets to Hypnosis! She then asked me if I meant to give her the $20 bill and I replied, "Yes, its a tip. Thank you." After we left the counter I turned to my girlfriend and gave her the arrogant "I told you so" wink, then ascended to our mini-suite.

  • Room Booked: Standard (Garden Room)
  • Room Upgrade: Island Tower
  • Hotel Clerk: Male / 36
  • Check-In: 2010-01-29
  • Booked at: Priceline

Jackpot! Louie Got A Tropicana Room Upgrade
Booked Via Priceline


I had booked our hotel through Priceline awhile back and all I wanted was a 3 1/2 star on the strip for less than $50/night. I was staying 3 nights, Fri, Sat, Sun. I got the Tropicana, which I was fine with because I've stayed there before and it's in a good location. And I was just staying with me and a bunch of my buddies, so we weren't going to spend much time in the room anyway.

A couple days before I left, I was surfing the web and came across this website. I got so psyched up reading all the success stories, I couldn't wait to try the $20 sandwich. I was nervous, but what did I have to lose? Worst that would happen is I'd get my money back and be in the same standard room.

Anyway, we were checking in early at 11am, so already I knew I was pushing my luck. There was a very short line and I ended up getting this middle aged guy. He said he needed an ID, so I just handed him over my license with my credit card and I had a $20 folded up between it. Immediately when he saw the $20, he smiled and said to us, "You guys must be bears fans." I think he was trying to lighten the mood. Unfortunately, even though I live in Chicago (he saw it on my ID) I am no Bears fan (Green Bay baby!). So I told him and it turned out he was a Vikings fan. We talked about Favre and what not and the next thing you know he says that he's got a room in the Island Tower available, 18th floor with a view of the strip. I said sounds good!

So we got all checked in and he double-checked that the $20 was a tip. (He said some people pretend they want change and take it back. Not cool.) I nodded and he pocketed it. Then he also told me that if I signed up for a players card and came back to the front desk, he could remove the $8/day resort fee that the hotel tacks on! So I did, and I saved another $24 right there! Totally worth the tip.

To be totally honest, even though the room was an "upgrade", it's the Tropicana, so it wasn't as nice as my buddy's room at the MGM. But it was clean and had an awesome view of the strip. I was very happy and so were the other guys in my group! They loved the story. I also looked up the price difference in the rooms online and it was at least $10 a night more.

Totally worth it. I'm doing it every time I go to Vegas now.

P.S. There was construction everywhere in the Tropicana and pictures of what the updated rooms are going to look like. It's going to be a much classier joint real soon. I'm planning to stay there again when I go out.

  • Room Booked: Garden Area Standard
  • Room Upgrade: Paradise Tower
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 46
  • Check-In: 2009-12-05

Jackpot! Steg Got A Tropicana Room Upgrade


I went for an older, more seasoned clerk during a very busy check-in Saturday (Marathon and Rodeo events). I calmly presented the $20 sandwich along with my reservation info and asked for any complimentary upgrades (and smiled during the process by the way). She was very pleased to help and got me up from a garden room to the top floor of the Paradise Tower. We got alot more space and a great view of The Strip looking Northward.

  • Room Booked: standard
  • Room Upgrade: mini-suite
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 36
  • Check-In: 2009-07-11
  • Booked at: Orbitz

Jackpot! Dennis Got A Tropicana Room Upgrade
Booked Via Orbitz


I handed her the sandwich, said my wife and I were there celebrating our anniversary, and asked if she could give us something nice. We got a mini-suite (little bigger room and tub, and a couch) in the Island Tower, with a nice strip view. Not amazing, but better than nothing and worth the $20

  • Room Booked: garden room
  • Room Upgrade: island tower 20th floor
  • Hotel Clerk: Female / 25
  • Check-In: 2009-06-07

Jackpot! the schnoz Got A Tropicana Room Upgrade


checked in about 9:15pm on a sunday. handed the clerk the sandwich with the 20 and asked if they had any complimentary upgrades. she promply handed me back the 20 with no words exchanged, but i went from a garden room (3rd to 5th floors, lower quality) to the 20th floor (21 floor tower) overlooking the other 3 casinos on that corner and facing north. i spent nothing for upgrade almost to the top room. will try again another day but cant complain.

  • Room Booked: Standard
  • Room Upgrade: Havanna Tower
  • Hotel Clerk: male / 36
  • Check-In: 2009-03-31

Jackpot! Atlantic City Got A Tropicana Room Upgrade


Checked in and had $20 bill in my hand and asked if any comp. upgrades were available. Gave me the upgrade with a nice view.

  • Room Booked: Cheapie $25 Garden Room
  • Room Upgrade: Island Tower corner room
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 31
  • Check-In: 2009-03-08

Jackpot! Vegas Junkie Got A Tropicana Room Upgrade


Can't complain. Reserved the Garden Room which would have been floors 1-3. But we got a 16th floor corner unit in the Island Tower instead. Absolutely no check-in line. Definitely a no frills room, but it was clean and quiet, very roomy, and a cheap place to sleep.

  • Room Booked: Standard room
  • Room Upgrade: Mini Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: male / 36
  • Check-In: 2009-01-31

Jackpot! Brad Got A Tropicana Room Upgrade


Checked in Super bowl weekend at the Tropicana. gentleman was very nice. He put the 20 infront of the keyboard and we had a general conversation about the UFC fight that was coming up. I asked for an upgrade and I was put in a Mini Suite with a strip view. Decent for the Tropicana and worth the $20!

  • Room Booked: Standard room - 2 double beds
  • Room Upgrade: 2-room, 1.5 bath suite with 2 balconies
  • Hotel Clerk: male / 25
  • Check-In: 2008-08-02

Jackpot! Rajiv Got A Tropicana Room Upgrade


Stuck the $20 between my credit card and driver's license as I checked in and asked if there were any complimentary upgrades. Pretty sure the woman checking me in said, "we've got another one" to a fellow co-worker, and went to work finding something. Eventually she told me "you're SO lucky," and gave me my keycards. I didn't ask what the upgrade was - just went to my room and found it to be a suite (DEFINITELY not what I reserved or paid for). I'll never not try the tip trick again!

  • Room Booked: Not Specified
  • Room Upgrade: Paradise Tower, good view.
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 25
  • Check-In: 2008-07-17

Jackpot! Townleybomb Got A Tropicana Room Upgrade


Since the room was a comp and we had won a bit of money earlier, the BF and I slipped 2 twenties to the front desk clerk. The clerk was very friendly and effusive about the room, which was only on the 7th floor, but was reasonably large and had a very good view. This was my first try with the trick and I was hoping for something a little more impressive, but anything would have looked bad after staying at the Wynn the night before, and I have a feeling that we would have wound up in a much worse room on a busy weekend.

  • Room Booked: Standard Comped Paradise Tower
  • Room Upgrade: Paradise Parlor Suite
  • Hotel Clerk: female / 36
  • Check-In: 2008-06-20

Jackpot! Justin Got A Tropicana Room Upgrade


Upgraded from a standard comped room to a Paradise Parlor Suite on a busy weekend. All for a $20 tip!


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