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Old 05-28-05, 12:50 AM
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Vegas hotels - do they check # of guests?

OK - family is going to Vegas. We are thinking of staying at the Mirage because they have a promo for $109/night with a view of the pool or volcano. And with the temps being in the 90s, the pool is sounding really nice. HOWEVER, they charge and extra $30/night PER EXTRA PERSON in the room (after 2). Well, we had 2 kids and a baby. SO we're talking an extra $60-$90/night.

If we just booked the room for 2 adults only, what are the chances we'd get caught with more people in the room? Anyone do this? The extra price per kid is ridiculous, and I don't understand why they need another $60 for 2 kids when we'd get 2 queen beds in the room anyway. How does that cost them that much more money?

BTW - many other hotels we checked do not charge extra for kids to stay there. Our backup option is the Tropicana. Nice pool, cheaper, but rooms and view not as nice.

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Old 05-28-05, 12:54 AM
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No. When I was younger, we put about 6 people in a room once (4 in beds, 2 on the floor). I think we once had about 8 people in a suite.
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Old 05-28-05, 01:00 AM
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But was that at a place that charged extra for more poeple? Old Vegas is MUCH different from the new Vegas...so depends on when you were there. I grew up there and things have changed a LOT, even in just the past 4 years.
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It really depends on a few things. Don't leave any sleeping bags out or at the very least put the do not disturb sign at all time so House keeping can't notice that you have a lot of people in there. Don't make to much noise. other than that, it should be alright.
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Old 05-28-05, 02:38 AM
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No. When I was younger, we put about 6 people in a room once (4 in beds, 2 on the floor). I think we once had about 8 people in a suite.
That's nothing. At the Luxor during the CES/Porn convention about 5 years ago, I think we had 9 guys crammed into a regular sized room. People sleeping everywhere. It was funny as hell.
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Old 05-28-05, 10:37 AM
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With 2 kids and a baby, it might be tough to cover up the noise. I think we'll just stay somewhere else with a nice pool that's cheaper.

You hear that, Mirage? You suck. $60 a night extra because we're bring 2 kids? Kiss my a$$.

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Old 05-28-05, 12:21 PM
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Nah, they won't care. I wouldn't announce it to the world, but they won't hassle you....especially since you are a family. If it was a bunch of frat guys for spring break....they might take notice....but probably won't say anything.

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Old 05-30-05, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by SleepyW
You hear that, Mirage? You suck. $60 a night extra because we're bring 2 kids? Kiss my a$$.
I hope you are going to Vegas to RELAX....

Little intense there aren't ya buddy? I take my kids (2) to Vegas all the time and never tell them and never an extra charge. However, be aware that they will not give your a roll away bed if you already have two beds in there (fire hazard).

But they have spelled it out for you and made it clear, so you really can't say anything if they do charge you more. Tho like I say, I have gone at least a dozen times with the kids and never had an extra charge.
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Routinely have 4 people in a Vegas room with no extra charge. Just don't tell them.
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Old 05-30-05, 10:32 AM
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Last time I stayed at the Mirage, they sent a guy around every 30 minutes or so to make sure we had no more people than we'd reserved the room for.
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just check in while your wife and kids wait in the lobby elsewhere...no big whoop. housekeeping isn't going to know or care how many you told the desk you have in there. Last time I stayed at the Luxor we had four of us and me and one buddy just went in to check in while the other two played some slots...got two keys and then the next day a 3rd just by asking someone different.
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Old 05-31-05, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by SleepyW
With 2 kids and a baby, it might be tough to cover up the noise. I think we'll just stay somewhere else with a nice pool that's cheaper.

You hear that, Mirage? You suck. $60 a night extra because we're bring 2 kids? Kiss my a$$.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but most if not all hotels in Vegas do this. Personally, I am always honest and reserve the room for the correct amount of people. I doubt they will discover your deception, but I would feel too guilty the whole time.
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I've had hotels in Vegas about 7-8 times in the last few years and just about every time we filled the room with an extra guest or two and nothing happened. Don't be paranoid. It's a policy they state up front but hardly ever enforce. The only way they really ever find out is if you point it out to them somehow.
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Old 06-03-05, 08:34 PM
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I wouldn't worry about it. Just lie and I can almost guarantee you won't get caught. Besides even if you do, what's the worst that can happen? They ask you to leave? Your dumping money into their casino! They could care less about the room, which they want you to spend as less of time as possible in.
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Like others have said, only book for two, and try not to make any big scenes with the kids. I've done it before (booked for two, had four in the room) and never had an issue. We even called and got extra towels, etc.. and they never said anything. They've got much more important things to keep track of than room occupancy.
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First off, when you check-in make sure you plop down your youngest child on the counter while your wife stands directly besides you holding your other child, this will send a clear message to the desk clerk that 4 people will be staying in your room. [end sarcasm]

Ok, now on a serious note: chill. I've been staying in the big strip hotels multiple times a year since 1992 and every time I book the room for 2 people but almost always exceed that amount. I have yet to be caught OR charged for having more people in the room than what was originally stated.

Here's some tips: these are from my personal experiences of 4 people or more (YMMV) .

1. When booking by phone, hopefully way in advance to get the best rate always request 2 Queen size beds (sometimes these might be "double" size).

2. When you check-in make sure to request 4 room keys (don't worry they won't ask why) and if they do ask, just crack back with some smart/dumb response like "I tend to lose them like I lose at the tables, slots, women, etc." you get the point. For all they know you need it for that special someone you're gonna meet later on, trust me they don't care!

3. Later that day or early evening call down to "house-keeping" (they might forward you to the "bell desk") and request a roll-away bed and extra towels. This is the grey area where they may-or-may-not charge for the roll-away usually around $20 or more (not all hotels allow for roll-away beds) The Venetian being one, depending on many factors; i.e. fire codes, room size. If you happen to see a bell-man on your floor you can usually hit-him-up for a roll-away, this will tend to be "off the books" so tip this guy no-less than $10 but if it's a bed from a phone call; tip the guy that brings it up $2-3.

4. So you still need more room keys, or when you just can't avoid the six person stink-fest room a.k.a. "the sardine can"! Before you head out for the night and you want a key for each of your 6 friends. Go back solo to the front counter, remember your room number (hopefully the person that helped you earlier isn't there) and ask for 2 more room keys, you may need to show your I.D. to prove it's your room. I have never been asked why I need extra room keys. Believe me the hotel workers have seen it all, you won't be the first or last to do this.

So don't sweat it, if you can't stand the guilt and want to be honest tell them up-front just how many people you intend to have stay in your room. Or pocket that money and gamble it away later. Either way they will end up with your money. Remember the house ALWAYS wins!

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Old 06-09-05, 04:56 AM
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Last time I stayed at the Mirage, they sent a guy around every 30 minutes or so to make sure we had no more people than we'd reserved the room for.
WTF!?! How did you ever go to sleep, every 30 minutes! Once would be too much in my opinion. I would have complained to management and wouldn't stop 'till they either gave me an upgrade for the inconvenience or got me a room across the street at the Venetian.

I could understand if you were being too noisy and somebody complained, but I have never heard of this happening to anyone. I guess this would be the first.
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WTF!?! How did you ever go to sleep, every 30 minutes! Once would be too much in my opinion. I would have complained to management and wouldn't stop 'till they either gave me an upgrade for the inconvenience or got me a room across the street at the Venetian.

I could understand if you were being too noisy and somebody complained, but I have never heard of this happening to anyone. I guess this would be the first.
Apparently you don't hang around here enough. Groucho is the (self-proclaimed) king of sarcasm.
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I'm already back from Vegas...I chose to stay at the Tropicana instead of the Mirage. Big mistake. The Tropicana WAS much cheaper, but they close their damn pool down at 5:45pm. WTF? That reason alone, not to mention having to stand in line for 90 minutes to check in, is why I'll never stay there again. Their policies and customer service sucks.
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I'm already back from Vegas...I chose to stay at the Tropicana instead of the Mirage. Big mistake. The Tropicana WAS much cheaper, but they close their damn pool down at 5:45pm. WTF? That reason alone, not to mention having to stand in line for 90 minutes to check in, is why I'll never stay there again. Their policies and customer service sucks.
Yea, Tropican is just ok in my book. How was everyhthing else, what did you do? Family have fun? With that many, I hope you hit the 1/2 price show ticket place.
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