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rio 20$ early check in sign while waiting

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by paperposter, Mar 7, 2013.

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  1. paperposter

    paperposter VIP Whale

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    was at the rio and there was a sign at the fron by the check that says early checkin before 20$
     
  2. waverunner

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    Yeah, they had a sign at Quad a couple of months ago when i was there. I believe it was $15. I just have the bell man keep my bags while i go to lunch, then at about 3pm, i check in and usually get a room. I plan on walking across the street to Gold Coast for the lunch buffet.
     
  3. Popuptrio

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    they told me that when when we checked in at 1pm...when i handed her $20 cash and asked for a complementary upgrade, she kept the $20 and waived the early check in fee..and gave me a good upgrade...corner room, Ipanema tower...renovated room..14th floor...only paid $39 for 6 nights as 5 were comped.
     
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    For the $20 trick, do i ask for the Ipanema room mid high floor AND a renovated room, or just ask for the Ipanema on a higher floor? What i don't understand is are the rooms in both towers about the same, in other words, both rooms are large sq. ft., have fridges, etc. What will i get with an upgrade besides the view? It seems an upgrade at Bally's, Paris, etc. might be worth it, but The RIO already has a room that outweighs a standard room at the other hotels.
     
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    I am clueless. Why would they charge you (other than to blantantly show a better model for poor customer relations) to check in early IF the room is ready for check-in? I can see the late check out fee as they are having to hold up housekeeping (possibly) or preventing the room from being ready at the actual check-in time. Unbelieveable.....
     
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    becuase we customers demanded it ,we asked to pay extra for checkin early ,its all part of there customer appreciation that we asked for:beer:
     
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    I paid this once at Circus Circus ($18) after arriving dead early and tired after a dreadful flight. Tried to sleep but the maid noise did not permit it. Flamingo, MGM, and likely other strip casinos also have this policy. If you are a total rewards member, these may be waived (Platinum up yes, Gold I am not sure).

    If you are Platinum or higher, be sure to check in at Rio's "VIP" check-in. They will give you better rooms than the standard clerks have available if you are checking in early. I arrived at 11AM once and the regular check in clerks (who are swamped - they typically have 2-3 clerks for check in/out for the entire hotel) only had 5th floor rooms. I said I would come back later, and while walking around I noticed the "VIP Check-in". The VIP clerk was able to check me in right away and gave me a high floor, Ipanema tower room facing pool side right away (thanks as always to Greg Rio, watching a fabulous show in heaven).

    I currently demand, and eagerly await implementation of a CET/MGM $10 + tax daily resort fee charge, charged to all persons entering the hotel, to include complimentary seating at a table game or slot machine, a chair while eating at a restaurant, a bar stool while drinking at the bar or complementary toilet paper and paper towels in the facilities.
     
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    I just went from the info I read on this board..seems like only some of the rooms are updated even though they are the same size, etc..and this is the same for both towers..the clerk did indicate the rooms showed on her monitor a code indicating which rooms were renovated..I think the towers only go up 20 floors..14 was high enough for a good view..the best upgrade we liked was the corner room because it had double windows on two walls..however, it is also furthest from the elevator....I highly suggest a visit to the Voodoo lounge on the 51st floor of the main building even just for the view..you can ride up in a glass elevator..there was no cover charge before 10pm.
     
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    I used to always check in early before people started charging for it. The disadvantage of this is you get what is ready. Many times we would get different floors from one another or rooms real far away from one another. Also if we booked a king it would be only 2 queen rooms or the other way around, never what we wanted.

    I then started getting there the same time, dropping the bags and checking in about 6-7 at night. This gives them time to clear everyone out and they can tell for sure what sort of extra rooms they have. If you are into the free upgrade thing then they will have a clear view of what they do and do not have at this time.

    Also you can have some drinks in the belly which is always best.

    i have been upgraded to a jr suite without even asking.

    Also got upgraded to a better tower by doing this without asking.
     
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    But many people are saying both towers are better, some will say Ipinema, some say Masquarade. Also, what's the difference between a regular suite and a jr.suite at RIO?
     
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    That sucks... I enjoy getting to town about 11 a.m. (which is easy for me just coming outta Reno) and takes me an hour to get the rental vehicle and make my way over to the Hard Rock around noon or so after a quick Von's stop. Every once in a great while a room's not ready, so I go have lunch, but most time's they send me right up.
     
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    this was at other hotels.
     
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    OOps, sorry.
     
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    I didn't request a specific tower because my main priority was a renovated room on a floor at least halfway up the tower...I would imagine the tower doesn't matter as long as the room has been updated. We just happened to get the Ipanema and a corner room..I.really didn't even care if it was a strip view as the mountain view was nice too...look at photos on tripadvisor and you can see actual photos taken by guests so you can see what the rooms really look like.
     
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