The Monte Carlo

The Monte Carlo The Monte Carlo is the perfect mix between America and Europe.

Vegas Junky Hotel Review

 
The Twenty Dollar Trick Results
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:Jan 11, 16
By: Gina

The front desk clerk was not very friendly. When I handed her the $20 sandwich she didn't even take the $20. She told us there were no complementary upgrades offered at the hotel.
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:Jan 11, 16
By: Gina

The front desk clerk was not very friendly. When I handed her the $20 sandwich she didn't even take the $20. She told us there were no complementary upgrades offered at the hotel.
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'No Upgrade'
Check-in:Oct 19, 15
By: John

Checked in and tried the $20 sandwich. Part of a Conference rate and asked for a complementary upgrade. She handled it like a pro, said there weren't any...never pulled out the bill, gave me a standard room with a decent view (not an upgrade) and sandwiched the bill back up and gave it back to me.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Top Floor Standard'
Check-in:Jun 16, 15
By: Richard

We had 6 people (2 in each room) and we wanted to all be together, they did not have any suites but we all got a top floor room next to each other and tons of coupons and buffett coupons
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Strip View 17th Floor'
Check-in:Dec 26, 14
By: Kai H

We got a ridiculously low rate on a standard room during an online promotion back in September. We visited this site before our trip and were determined to use the "trick". We made our sandwich, chatted up the young man who was helping us, and got an upgraded room and late check-out!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Strip View - 17th Floor'
Check-in:Dec 26, 14
By: Kai H

My sister and I used the "trick" upon check-in. We chatted up the young man helping us a bit. He placed the $20 bill under the credit card and placed them on his computer keyboard :) We knew we were in then lol! We got an upgraded room, late check-out, waived resort fee, and 2 free drink coupons!
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:Dec 19, 14
By: bruno

I just Lost $20... The guy said "what a good surprise!" got the bill, and gave us nothing... Same room with a worst view... the arena construction area... I don't care about the upgrade, I would give the $20 whit ot without the upgrade, but this guy could at least tell us that he couldn't find anything better.
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'None'
Check-in:Oct 3, 14
By: KB

Asked if there were any upgrades available. Took the 20$. Ended up giving it back because he said there were no upgrades available. Understandable for late Friday night.
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$50.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:Sep 20, 14
By: Jack

She smiled but apologized. Handed the $50 back.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Strip View, Top Floor, Food Credit Given'
Check-in:Jul 30, 14
By: Dude

We were so impressed with how well the clerk handled the 20$ trick. He was super nice and gave us the top floor strip view, and a credit for the restaurants. All and all great deal. I recommend anyone stay at the Monte carlo if they can...super nice hotel
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'High Floor, Strip View'
Check-in:Jul 16, 14
By: Jason Petty

Slipped $20 between credit card and ID. She grinned and knew the routine. Quickly was able to find a room in the higher floors facing the strip. Well worth the $20 IMO for the 4 day stay we had. This was my first time doing this after finding this website. Definitely doing it again next time we're in Vegas in March to see what we can get next time.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Deluxe Room'
Upgrade:'High Floor Deluxe Room'
Check-in:Jun 19, 14
By: jalen

Came here for EDC weekend, booked 2 rooms and slipped the front desk guy $40. I asked for a complimentary suite upgrade but he said the hotel was sold out because of EDC. He gave me two high floor deluxe rooms next to each other and facing the pool. I should've asked for a strip view because we could hear the loud music from the pool in the morning. Also, he gave us complimentary fridges.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'27th Floor Strip View'
Check-in:Apr 20, 14
By: Tony

We were also given three 2 for one buffet tickets and bogo at the Cafe coupons! I just handed the sandwich to her and told her it was our anniversary. She tried to get a suite and said they were sold out.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Loft at Hotel32- top floor Monte Carlo '
Upgrade:'Waived resort fee'
Check-in:Apr 13, 14
By: Kellie

Gave $20 at VIP checkin on 32nd floor. Asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. Since only better room was a penthouse and none were available, I asked if she would waive the $25/day resort fee (saving us $75 plus tax) and she did. She also booked us a $200 day bed at the pool for $175.
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Spa Suite'
Upgrade:'NA'
Check-in:Sep 9, 13
By: Al

Gave the clerk a $20 in between credit card and ID at check in. Said that we already had reserved the nicest room available, (spa suite), so there was nothing else she could do. We thought it was worth a try for free meals, comp the resort fee, etc, but no dice. She was nice about it and returned our $20 bill.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Strip View One floor below the suites'
Check-in:Jun 14, 13
By: Dave

Checked in on the Friday, gave the young lady my id and visa with the $20 in between. Asked if there was any complimentary upgrades as we were celebrating our anniversary. She laughed and we ended up landing a high floor strip room, she waived the $20/day resort fees for our entire stay and she handed me a bunch of coupons the only thing decent was the VIP wrist bands which entitled us to 50% off everything drinkable / edible in the Monte Carlo!!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'High Floor Room'
Check-in:May 27, 13
By: Jim

Handed him my card and ID with the 20 between. Asked if any suites were available, and he said not complimentary. I then asked if any high strip view rooms were available and he did get me one that overlooked the City Center. For 20 bucks it was worth it not to be staring at a dumpster or roof airconditioner. Would he have given me it anyway? He did ask at the end if I needed change for my $20. I said no.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Deluxe strip view'
Check-in:Apr 6, 13
By: DgoMama

Gave a sammich to the sweet front desk grim (20-30 something) asked of there was a complimentary upgrade and she hooked it up! Got a nice strip view room plus free buffet coupons... We also scored a free fridge from the housekeeping guys...best 20-30$ I've spent
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:Mar 1, 13
By: Stephanie

Did not work at Monte Carlo. We will also never stay there again we had to change rooms 3 times. And we are not big complainers I've never ask to change rooms in a hotel before. That was up until we stayed at the Monte Carlo.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Monaco Suite'
Check-in:Dec 28, 12
By: Joanne

We checked in to the MC for a 3 night stay with a friendly young lady, we came from London and were very excited. We did the $20 in between passport and CC and asked if there was anything they could do for us. We were after a view more than anything. She tapped away on the computer and said we could either have a smoking room on a high floor, or a Monaco non smoking room on the 3rd floor. We went for the suite :-)
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'High Floor Strip View'
Check-in:Oct 30, 11
By: Will

Slipped a twenty with ID and credit card and asked if any upgrades were available. Room moved to 31st floor strip view (of 32) Free fridge delivered to room 2 for 1 buffet coupons x2 Complimentary internet Coupon book Attendant was enthusiastic and animated with us on check in. Worked like a charm.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Deluxe Room'
Upgrade:'High Floor/Strip View Room'
Check-in:Jul 29, 11
By: Matt

Twenty was slipped between card and ID. Clerk without a beat said, "Let me see what I can do for you." I just wanted to be near some friends but he upgraded us to a higher floor and one overlooking the strip and city Center complex and pools. Probably could have gotten a suite if I asked for it. Also noticed his attitude and service was much more friendly than with the person ahead of us. My wife was laughing as we walked away. It was worth it just for her reaction.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$50.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Strip View, remodeled room'
Check-in:May 1, 11
By: Joan

Handed the guy the sandwich and requested a remodeled room, strip view.We were on a dirt cheap package for six nights so knew we'd likely only get one of the yet to be remodeled rooms. We ended up in a high floor strip view remodeled room. And, the bonus was that the clerk waived the resort fee for the 6 nights which would have been over a 100 dollars. So, we saved 50 bucks plus got a better room!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$50.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'High Floor Strip Remodeled Strip View'
Check-in:May 1, 11
By: Joan

Booked the MC on a very dirt cheap package for six nights so knew we'd get a low floor, unremodeled room since the MC is in the process of remodeling all rooms. Was upgraded to a strip view high floor room AND the clerk (Jon) waived the "resort fee" which would have cost us $100. So I saved 50 dollars and got a better room. Nice, quiet room. Did have trouble with the safe twice so they gave us a 50 dollar food credit. Also got 2 for 1 buffet coupons but didn't use them. Not buffet people we are. Loved the pool area so would stay there again for the price. It was a bargain.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Monaco Suite'
Upgrade:'No Upgrade'
Check-in:Jan 28, 11
By: WestCoast

Gave clerk the sandwich (young male late 20's). He split the 'wich apart, putting my dl and cc on the keyboard and laying the $20 in the counter beside his keyboard. As he was doing that I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. BEFORE he looked at his computer, he said, No, we don't do that here." After he looked at his computer he said, "You've already booked a suite." Umm, yeah, but I wanted a Diamond suite! Oh, and he proceeds to say he has a suite on the 3rd floor or if we waited 15 minutes we could have one on the 13th floor. What hotel has a 13th floor???
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'High floor room'
Check-in:Oct 3, 10
By: Scott

Desk clerk checked me in under the wrong name (someone else with the same name)but didn't find out until 3 hours later when the room key no longer worked. They gave me a $50 room credit for the mistake. When I first checked in I got the 26th floor instead of the 18th floor and the clerk gave me a fridge at no charge. I did have to accept 2 queen beds instead of a king, one of the queen beds had dried bloody stains on the sheets (good thing I had another bed). I would not stay at the Monte Carlo again.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Strip view,high floor'
Check-in:Aug 2, 10
By: Dennis

Checked in and got a high floor and strip view room.nothing else.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Strip View'
Check-in:Jul 3, 10
By: EZstreet

Very busy July 4th weekend. Handed the lady the 'samich' and asked for any complementary upgrades. She said hold on and I'll look. Turned the computer monitor toward and said there are no suites available. I asked if she had a nice strip view. Typed a bunch of stuff and yes she does have one. I then told her I wanted to be really 'greedy' and asked if she had any 2for1 buffets coupons. She handed me one along with my ID, CC, and the $20. I was amazed and said thank you.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:May 21, 10
By: Jonathan Strubel

So this is 1st time I did the $20 trick. It worked fine. Gina at front desk was very helpful. They couldn't get me a sweet at the time though(Friday check in) She said they ay be able to Sat-Sun nights. In the meantime, she did get me a room on a higher floor with strip view, a fridge for the room with extra bottled water (you get 2 a day- we got 6) also got a late check out and coupons for free buffet and drinks at the bar as well as appetizers at one of the restaurants. Well worth the $20 investment. FYI-we never got around to going back on Saturday about the room change. We were having too much fun :)
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'View Room, Suite Discount'
Check-in:Mar 18, 10
By: Matt

The desk attendant knew exactly what was up. Since they were close to capacity, told me that he couldn't upgrade both my rooms to a suite, but moved me to the top floor, gave me a fistful of coupons and also gave me an upgrade of one room to a suite for $30/night more, a great deal.
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'na'
Check-in:Feb 18, 10
By: j

didnt work. tony said there werent any upgrades available :(
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Higher floor, strip view'
Check-in:Oct 28, 09
By: Chris

I initially thought the trick didn't work but now that I think about it, I guess it did. Checked in on a slow sunday afternoon with a young woman. Slipped her the sandwich and asked for an upgrade and she took the cash, said there was no upgrade available and then said she put us on a higher floor with a strip view. She also gave us some extra buffet coupons that saved us about $30 or so...I guess it did work!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Top Floor Standard Room with Fun Book'
Check-in:Aug 7, 09
By: slaman

Worked great... clerk saw the sandwich as I made small talk. Told him it was our first time at the Monte Carlo and that we were hoping he could give us a great room. He took the sandwich, said thank you very much, and said he'll find us a great room and see what coupons he can throw in. We got placed on floor 31 (10 ft ceilings) out of 32, and were given a corner room facing the strip. He also gave us a bunch of coupons, including 3 2-for-1 buffet coupons! Great work!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Monaco Suites'
Upgrade:'Spa Suites'
Check-in:Jul 5, 09
By: Egon

I had booked this trip under their "Summer 2 for 1" promotion. Walked up to a younger, female clerk. Put the $20 between the ID and AMEX card. I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades. She took it, said she could get me an upgrade to the Spa Suite; same price. Was on the 29th floor, facing the Strip (looking at MGM and south end).
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:May 10, 09
By: Scott

Clerk was female, she didn't have even the king bed we had reserved so we had two doubles. Said there was nothing she could do. Gave back the twenty! So nothing ventured noting gained and in this case nothing lost but...poor quality and bang for you buck hotel. I go to vegas monthly and will be keeping to the Mandalay or MGM or Paris
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Standard Room w/Strip View'
Check-in:Apr 24, 09
By: Tom

Tried the $20 trick for the 1st time. Asked if they had any rooms with a strip view since we had only booked a regular room. He looked for a little bit and found us a higher floor with a view and handed back my card and license with the $20.
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Closer to elevator'
Check-in:Mar 14, 09
By: JR

Tipped 20 at front counter. No upgrades were available, but stated they could put me closer to elevator. Took my 20 anyways...
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Strip View/higher level'
Check-in:Feb 26, 09
By: Shannon

Handed over the $20 sandwhich to John and he immediately knew what it was. He searched all over for suites but kept coming up empty handed. There were also no more strip view king beds so he offered us 2 queens for one night and set it up to switch rooms to a king for the rest of the trip. We also were on a higher level which meant less elevator stops!
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'streep view'
Check-in:Feb 15, 09
By: Andrew

i had a standard room gave the girl 20 dollars and she said she could give me high floor with a streep view. it was a really nice room i enjoyed my stay
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:Dec 4, 08
By: Ellen

Our first time trying the $20 trick and it was a big disappointment. Granted that it was Rodeo/De la Hoya fight weekend, but the girl (Evelyn) just pocketed the money, thanked us and that was about it. We asked if there was any complimentary upgrades, she typed around a bit and said that the current night is fully booked, but for $200 and $150, we can get upgrades for the next two nights. The worst part of it is, she checked us into a room on a low floor where the windows were so dirty, we could barely see outside. When we were taking a shower, water was spraying at us from the side of the pipes and the towels all had stains on them. My husband called right away to complain the next morning and they upgraded us for the rest of our vacation to one fo the top floors with a view of the strip. The moral of the story is don't bother wasting your $20 on a cheap hotel like The Monte Carlo where they will just pocket your money. Just call and complain cause there will be something wrong with the room and they will just upgrade you for free.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$0.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Strip View Still Standard'
Check-in:Aug 8, 08
By: Alvin

Sandwiched the $20 between ID and CC, asking the lady "Wondering if you can get me a complimentary upgrade", she took the 20 and put it next to the keyboard and said "I'll see what I can do". After a little chat with her about the new Town Centre that they're building next door, she said she couldn't do the upgrade because it was full, she said she would if she could. But she gave us a strip view on the 28th floor instead, and gave the money back to me. So I guess it kinda did work
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Deluxe Room'
Upgrade:'Penthouse Room'
Check-in:Dec 16, 07
By:

Her name was Michelle. She gave me some BS about no comp suites avaiable and then offered a pretty good discount on two different suites (about $25 per night less than what they were going for.) When I declined, she offered the same category room that I had booked, but on the 32nd floor (Penthouse floor) for $35 more per night. It was nice and included a 7AM-11PM food and wine service and our own concierge. So I guess it kinda worked.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'Strip View Standard Room'
Check-in:Sep 29, 07
By: Andrew

I did get upgraded to a Strip View room, which is hardly a big deal; I get this all the time for asking, or even if I don't ask... plus, my Strip view was impaired by a construction site. Anyway, not only did I not get an upgrade, the guy pocketed my $20 after several trips to the back to ask about my request (I requested a specific room type).
Upgraded:N
Tip Amnt:$50.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:Mar 16, 07
By: Ed Gallagher

Did not work, Girl said, she can get fired, she gave me my Fifty back and said that she can give me a discount on an Upgrade, but it still cost me $580.00 for 6 nights.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:''
Check-in:Dec 31, 69
By: EY

I arrived really late the night before (around midnight) so I didn't have a room booked for that night. I went to the concierge around 9am, slipped her a $20. Before I could complete my spiel "I was wondering if there were any compliment..." she cuts me off "ya, don't worry". Got the "resort fee" waved. Bumped from back of hotel to strip view Bumped from 4th floor to floor right beneath the suites No charge for early check in (room was ready right away at 9am) So I was happy.
Upgraded:Y
Tip Amnt:$20.00
Booked:'Standard Room'
Upgrade:'strip high floor'
Check-in:Dec 31, 69
By: Justin

Rolled in at 10 pm at night, made up the sandwich. Before I could ask about upgrades, guy said no suits however upgraded to high floor strip view. Only had booked the cheapest room they had. Also got a fist full of coupons and late checkout. AND so great service.
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