We are back in Las Vegas, and this time I scored free tickets to see Elton John in concert, and a complimentary room at the Flamingo Hotel. The down side of getting a free room is you take a gamble (no pun) on what kind of room you’ll get. On this visit, I was supposed to get a King room, non smoking, facing the Strip. The front desk originally gave me room 10017 in the Spa Tower facing the pool.
When I walked in, I was immediately depressed. It was run down, and the furniture has seen better days. Even the mattress on the bed was lumpy, clearing in need of replacing. To make matters worse, the front desk said the room was “quiet”. That was a lie. I could hear the DJ cranking out the House Music from the pool, which was on the other side of the property.
Stephen tried to talk me into keeping the room, but I went back downstairs to get a better room, even if it meant paying for an upgrade. The hostess tried talking me into keeping the room, but I kept pushing for a change. She eventually found a different room that was “pet friendly” in the same tower but on the 17th floor. Pet Friendly? As long as the room is smoke free, and doesn’t smell like pee, I’m ok with that.
The room was an improvement. The view may not have been the best (I was facing the Bally’s hotel and street) but it was quiet, and bright. Sometimes it pays to speak up and ask for what you want, instead of “settling” for a crummy room.