Value Score Poor Value
Good For Solo
Fun and Reasonable
On my first trip to Vegas I wanted to stay in a hotel that was reasonable and located in a good spot. Now, there are a lot fancier places on the Strip and cheaper places as well, but in terms of value, the Flamingo was perfect to me...relatively inexpensive...but comfortable, in the heart of things and frankly, a lot of fun. The Flamingo has a reputation as one of the original "strip" casinos. Its the casino that was managed by gangster Bugsy Siegel, in which he famously dreamed that Las Vegas could be something more than a regional stop over in the desert, but a desirable resort for the international traveler. The hotel that stands there is not the original building....but an updated facility. Nor does it continue to be run by mobsters but has passed into the hands of legitimate companies long ago and is recently run by the Harrah's Entertainment Group.
The hotel design evokes the 1950's America of drive ins and malt shops. Everything is pink, gold and chrome. The building itself is actually a couple of connected structures surrounding a large inner plaza of palm trees, tropical bird attractions, outdoor bars and a numerous interlocked swimming pools resembling lagoons. The hotel also has a large casino area, a theater which features live performers, shops, restaurants, and the Jimmy Buffet's theme restuarant, Magaritaville.
My room was a generic deluxe, spotless and new. My dealings with the hotel staff, which included the valet services and security (when I missplaced my ATM card) was extremely positive...they were very professional. My room had a full length window overlooking the inner courtyard where I could see all the action at the pool.
Unique Quality: When I stayed here the place had a youngish "spring break" feel to it compared to the other hotels I visited. The place was full of girls in bikini tops and guys with their baseball caps turned backwards. Every day in the late afternoon they throw a rockin pool party with a live DJ, frozen drinks and a lot of fun. Now, I am an old dude (40 years old) and I liked the spirit of the place, living on the frozen magaritas that they pumped out of the bar which was located next to the elevator bank which took me to my room. The Jimmy Buffet's theme restuarant is worth checking out too. They serve very good Caribbean influenced food and another plethora of frozen drinks. The funky interior evokes the laid back essence of Buffet's music. They do live music there too. I recieved a recorded message on my room's voicemail from the Flamingo's president telling me to come hang out that night at Buffet's place where his friend the classic rock musician Nils Lofgren was putting on a cover free show. Nice touch.
Old Glamor, New Charm
There is something just perfectly cheesy and classy about a mirror on a ceiling that seems to shout, "Las Vegas". My room, though in need of a redecoration, was quaint in a slightly Polyneisian way. The mirror on the ceiling seemed to fit in, and clash with the decoration scheme at the same time. It was quiet and comfortable, though, and I liked it. The hike to my room seemed on par with any other of the rooms I have had in the large hotels. I don't like those hikes, but I think they are to be expected in Las Vegas. As far as the service, I can't complain. The service staff was friendly and efficient and did what they could to make my stay enjoyable.
Unique Quality: What a great deal! I loved my stay in this old bird. First, the price was right. One of the lower prices right on the strip, with all the conveniences that I wanted. This shining example of how to preserve the old Vegas style and still provide what the current visitor needs can be a lesson to several of the older hotels. Let me start with its location. On a corner that shares a walkway with the MGM Grand, as well as a walkway to the Excalibur, this is a great starting point for the hike up and down the strip. Several of the most modern and popular hotels are right near, the Luxor and New York, New York, to name two. Though even the most enthusiastic would probably not want to walk the whole strip, it is a great starting point with the bus stops and shuttle nearby.
The pool was fun. Its designer seemed to had made an attempt to make it look like it was on a lovely tropical island. The pool had a few little cozy spots where one could hide out and watch the tanned bodies go by. Close to the pool was my favorite spot, the spa. For just a few dollars a day, I bought a pass to sit in the sauna and let the stress of the strip melt away.
Directions: Go to the end of the stip. If you are at the Strastosphere, you are at the wrong end. Turn around and go to the other end.
Great Location.. Not the Nicest
My two girlfriends and I stayed at the Flamingo and we were very satisfied. The hotel is much older and the rooms areant as nice as others but who cares?? Who wants to hang out in their room anyways?
The breakfast buffet was the worst part... Definately NOT worth the money!!
Unique Quality: The pool was pretty good compared to other hotels but it got very crowded.
Think Pink and Relax!
Just returned from a great holiday Stateside with a 4 night stay at this Vegas original. The rooms here are great with all the facilities you would expect from a 4* hotel.
This Vegas hotel has a great location with frontage directly on the centre Strip. Immediately opposite are Caesars Palace and the Bellagio with Imperial Palace and Barbary Coast as neighbours. The monorail station is to the rear of the hotel, a short walk along a covered walkway.
Unique Quality: The grounds here are wonderful. There are numerous pools of varying sizes - one set of four interlinked with slides. Of course, the pink flamingos are there to remind you of where you are staying and there are plenty of little hideaways for those couples wanting to get away from the crowds. Staff are helpful and friendly.
Rooms are adequate and en suite facilities are provided with the usual toiletries.
Directions: This hotel is slap bang centre strip.
Center of the Strip
I made my reservations 6 months in advance for the 4th of July. Saved about $60 a night making reservations in advance. Place is clean but scheduled for remodeling within the next year so prices may be a little cheaper and noisier. I was told they are going to a European Theme. I had a good time and food is good. I have not been there since 1981 and talk about changes. There is not enough time to see everything. The tram and buses are good transportation. Ask about the Hotel shuttles in the area for they provide free transportation in most cases. Go to Ballys to get a free shuttle to the RIO Hotel.
Directions: Corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Flamingo.
Very lively casino and nice bar right at entrance to casino.
Excellent location to walk to Caesar's, Bellagio, Mirage, Treasure Island and Venetian
Restaurant options/style level is limited
Room was very comfortable and quiet, with view of Bellagio fountains
Unique Quality: Luckily I'd read that rooms on one side face the Bellagio fountains and asked for a room change--what a show
Easy connection to use monorail
Directions: on the strip across from Caesar's
How much time will you be in room?
After many trips to Vegas overpaying for rooms to stay at places like MGM or Venetian, etc. I finally realized how little time I actually spend in my room. You don't go to Vegas to be in the room. The room is really for a few hours of sleep and a shower. Location is key, but actual hotel and room amenities are not worth overpaying for. You can stay at the Flamingo for a reasonable price and walk to Caesars, Ballys, Venetian, etc. within a matter of minutes. Save your money for the table games and don't go top tier when booking a room in Vegas unless you think you really will be taking advantage of the facilities.
The challenge was:
1- To find a hotel well located, to allow us to see the strip by foot.
2- To choose a hotel with enough tradition and size, to feel like really being at Las Vegas.
3- To assure a quiet room.
4- Reasonably priced.
I choose Flamingo, and I think I did right. The hotel matched everything I expected, and the price was excellent, specially since I decided to spend the weekend in the
Grand Canyon, returning on Monday.
This place is right across from Caesars, so I did end up in its casino a few times... it seemed very nice and the show venue seemed nice as well. A very large casino and rooms that are affordable, and a great location, make this a great place to stay while in Vegas!
Unique Quality: I enjoyed drinking at Margaritaville on the Flamigo property. this is the first time I have been to a Margaritaville not on an island somewhere, but I was wasting away just as if I was in Jamaica!
An Old Classic
The Flamingo is one of the oldest hotels on the strip, but its location is to die for. Right smack dab in the heart, across from Caesers Palace. The rooms and casino are a little worn down and old fashioned, but the ammenities and staff are excellent. It is a great value if booked well in advance and the pool is amazing. Does not have a shopping area, and the concierge is very helpful.
Unique Quality: The Pool is one you have to visit, has a water slide for the kids, and a drinks area for the adults, with a waterfall, and a mini zoo, with penguins, exotic birds, and you guessed it, flamingos!
The Skinny Pink Chicken
We stay at different hotels each
time, and we found this one to
be clean, staff helpful and most
of all, good loose slots ....
Visit the habitant with Flamingos
and penguins on the property.
Unique Quality: Lush greenery, swaying palms, cascading
waterfalls, blue lagoons and a menagerie
of flamingos and penguins, and an action
Put it all amidst a glittering pink facade and
you have the fabulous Flamingo, a 15-acre
tropical paradise in the heart of the famed
Las Vegas Strip.
This is also home to:
Jimmy Buffetts Margaritaville / Las Vegas
Bugsy Siegel's desert dream,
"The Flamingo" has anchored the
Las Vegas Strip since they started
rolling dice in 1946.
My wife enjoyed seeing all the
Flamingos that are located in
the "Wildlife Habitat" ....
Unique Quality: This is a self-contained casino and resort
offering everything an adventurous vacationer
could want, including a Wildlife Habitat and
a 15-acre Caribbean-style water playground.
This hotel combines heart-pounding
Las Vegas excitement with hospitality
and service that's second to none.
Directions: Set on the famous four corners of
Las Vegas Blvd. and Flamingo Road
Why not stay in the first ever Vegas Casino?
If your going to be in Vegas the Flamingo is an excellent place to stay. It's the origional casino that started it all. It's prices are cheaper than many of the newer casino's and it's dead in the middle of the strip.
Unique Quality: The Flamingo has an awesome pool and nature area in the back of the casino. Make sure to check it out on your next stay.
when we stayed here in '96 it was still one of the fairly more expensive places to stay. These days, it's quite a bit more affordable and still a great place to stay. Concierge was very professional and hospitable and anything we needed was taken care of in a timely and professional manner.
Unique Quality: We had an excellent view from our room, facing the strip. One of the best things about our hotel was the pool. A large, relaxing pool with palm trees lining the center, we enjoyed our relaxation time. The fountain with the flamingoes in the garden was a nice sight to see.
Also, you can't beat the location of this hotel.
Directions: Right on the strip, across from Caesar's Palace
An old and classy joint
The Flamingo is nestled in a great location mid strip with easy access to Ballys, the Bellagio, and Caesar's. Check-in was fast on a weekday afternoon, but the small check-in area would concern me for peak hours. Staff was friendly. The room was large and clean, but the carpet and bedding was starting to show signs of it's age. The casino is large, with plenty of machines, but table minimums have crept up over the years. The pool is huge and well maintained. Restaurants on site are good choices, but you may want to hit a buffet elsewhere.
Prices have been down in recent years, making this a great option for those on any budget.
Unique Quality: The grounds of the Flamingo have several cool things to check out. There's a free exterior mini-zoo area where you can check out a number of exotic birds (including flamingos). Walk past this area to check out their wedding chapel and a few monuments to Bugsy Segal.
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Vegas In October 2005
Is there any reason for not visiting Las Vegas between 21st October to 31st October 2005. Things like School Vacations, Conventions etc etc.Also what`s the temperature like for this period
Your comments would be very much appreciated.
Happy Christmas and all the best for 2005.
Re: Vegas In October 2005
Weather is very comfortable in Oct.
And here are the scheduled conventions
METALCON INTERNATIONAL LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER 10/20/2004 10/22/2004
# People 8500
INSTITUTE OF INTERNAL AUDITORS FLAMINGO LAS VEGAS 10/22/2004 10/29/2004
# People 167
NATIONAL ONE COAT STUCCO ASSOCIATION MIRAGE, THE 10/22/2004 10/25/2004
# People 75
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TEMPLE ADMINISTRATORS (NATA) EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE JW MARRIOTT LAS VEGAS 10/23/2004 10/27/2004
# People 180
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ANESTHESIOLOGISTS LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER 10/23/2004 10/27/2004
# People 16000
NORTHWEST IMAGING FORUMS LUXOR HOTEL AND CASINO 10/25/2004 10/27/2004 300
SUNGARD WORLD MANDALAY BAY RESORT AND CASINO 10/25/2004 10/28/2004 1500
INTERNATIONAL WOMENS FORUM BELLAGIO 10/25/2004 10/28/2004 1200
COUNTRY KITCHEN INTERNATIONAL LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER 10/26/2004 10/26/2004 300
AMERICAN LITERARY TRANSLATORS ASSOCIATION ALEXIS PARK RESORT AND SPA 10/26/2004 10/31/2004 200
AMERICAN PAYROLL ASSOCIATION - PREPARING FOR YEAR END FLAMINGO LAS VEGAS 10/27/2004 10/28/2004 140
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION REBUILDERS ASSOCIATION - ATRA TRANSMISSIONS 2002 EXPO RIO ALL-SUITE CASINO RESORT 10/27/2004 10/31/2004 3800
LAS VEGAS ANTIQUE ARMS SHOW RIVIERA HOTEL AND CASINO 10/28/2004 10/30/2004 3000
ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF AMERICA, INC. CAESARS PALACE 10/28/2004 10/29/2004 350
AUTOMOTIVE PARTS REBUILDERS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL BIG R SHOW 10/29/2004 11/1/2004 4000
Re: Re: Vegas In October 2005
Thanks for your reply and the info.
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