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1st time @ SKYLOFTS and Hotel32, any tips/advice?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Mac62398, Nov 30, 2013.

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  1. Mac62398

    Mac62398 Tourist

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    Will be staying at Hotel32 (studio rooms) and Skylofts (2 bedroom) in a few days. Any tips and advice for first timers? There will be 6-7 of us.

    For Hotel32, I know there's also a VIP Lounge on the first floor that we have access to in addition to Lounge32. What are the best views to ask for? Any other noteworthy perks for H32 guests staying in studio rooms? How easy is it to get a paid upgrade? I know a pent opened up, but $585 a night is a little ridiculous and higher priced than penthouses at Aria and Bellagio. But if we can get upgraded to one for cheap, that would be awesome.

    For SKYLOFTS, how does tipping work? Do you tip every single time or wait until the end of the trip and put the tip in envelopes with names? Do you get the same butler the whole time or do they change depending on who is available at the time? Do they just come in and out during the day to re-fill the fridge, etc?

    What are the best views to ask for? We booked through a Virtuoso travel agent and so we get a view upgrade (strip view) but not sure which one is the best view. There's a 2 bedroom facing North on the West part of the building and one facing South. Then there are several 2 bedrooms facing West towards the strip. Not sure which of those have the best views. (We also asked for a loft with a pool table instead of a foosball table.)

    Looks like there's a Lounge for Skylofts, do they have free food and snacks there like other typical VIP lounges? The website, says that it's open after 4PM and you can order stuff and have it billed to your room, but wasn't sure if they had complimentary items there too. Are there any VIP Lounges at MGM Grand that we have access to as Skylofts guests? (similar to H32 guests having access to the Monte Carlo VIP lounge?)

    I know we get free round trip on the house Rolls to/from the airport. Is it also complimentary during the stay if it's not being used? We're thinking of going to Mandalay Bay and Mirage at some point and so were hoping we could use the house car to get there.

    Thanks in advance for any tips and advice!
     
  2. meyers67

    meyers67 High-Roller

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    What was your cost per night for the Skylofts?
     
  3. Mac62398

    Mac62398 Tourist

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    ~$1000. Rack rate those days is ~$1200 (and there were no public discounts available anywhere - I looked very hard to find something!), but Virtuoso got us ~20% off the rack rate plus added food credits for booking with them.
     
  4. Jezebelle

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    I've never stayed at Skylofts, but Hotel32 is the only place I'll stay in Vegas.

    Maybe you know this, but I didn't see mention of it so forgive me if this is redundant-There are two levels of rooms between the Studio and Pent; they are the Suite ($225/nt non-peak) and Loft ($315/nt non-peak). The suite is still a studio-style room and the loft is a one bedroom suite. Since you're with a group, it may be worthwhile to inquire about a Loft with a Studio connector, it'll be around $500/nt but provide much more sleeping space.

    I've never tried to upgrade since I always book a Loft and the price difference between a Loft and Pent is rather steep and I've always been more than satisfied with the Loft so I can't speak to that.

    Regarding the view, I would just ask the suite assistant when you check in. One time, I was chatting with Joel (the best suite assistant, imo) after having been in the room and I mentioned I was slightly tired of the City Center just in conversation. He quickly checked the compute, saw that there was a Loft with a strip view available, and helped my husband and I move our luggage.

    I'm not sure if there are any other specific perks about staying at Hotel32, but have heard if you mention it you're likely to get better service. One example that I personally experienced was when my husband and I stayed there during the summer, we were going to the pool and had had fresh drinks with us and didn't want to toss them at the pool gate per the rules (yes, security was checking and enforcing the rule) but a suite assistant said to just flash the H32 key and it would be fine. It totally was.

    I hope I was able to provide something helpful!
     
  5. Mac62398

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    Thanks, jezebelle! That's helpful.

    Studio rooms were the only ones available until a few days ago. So we booked a few of those and are just trying to get connecting rooms. Looks like lofts and suites are sold out. Seems they sell out easily with their limited amount of rooms. So only the 1 bedroom penthouse and studio rooms are available for the time we're there.

    What do you think of Monte Carlo? Haven't spent much time there, but I've always liked it whenever I've stopped by. Have also never stayed as a hotel guest until this upcoming H32 stay.
     
  6. Jezebelle

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    Personally, I like the property overall but that partially because it's connected with Aria and a tram ride away from Bellagio for easy change of scenery.

    People often comment the casino floor is dead, but I've never noticed a huge difference in activity between MC and Aria either way. Having said that, even when the floor does seem empty, my last trip it was near impossible to find a cocktail waitress.

    I love hitting happy hour at The Pub (there's often Foursquare deals going on too) and Ignite can be pretty fun as well. Also, I've never encountered bad service anywhere on MC property. I think you'll enjoy your stay!
     
  7. Universal

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    Tip at the end of your stay. The butlers work in shifts and will change.

    You won't need to ask for a certain view. If you get an upgrade, which will be based on availability, it will be a strip view.

    You have access to the high rollers MGM lounge off the casino. It's nothing to write home about though.

    Rolls to and from the airport is based on availability too. You won't get it if your whole group is arriving together. There is only room for two people.

    Any limo use during your stay is extra barring special circumstances. And, again, your group size would make using the Rolls prohibitive even if you wanted to pay for it.
     
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    If all house limos are occupied at the time, just ask the Sky Lofts concierge to get a hired limo or cab(s) for you from the line. You meet your hired vehicle at the Sky Lofts entrance, and avoid the crowds at the main entrance. (You pay the hired vehicle directly, of course.)

    Enjoy!
     
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