Flamingo Hilton, Las Vegas
This is a lovely way to stroll along a path and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. This wildlife habitat, consist of flamingos, swans, ducks, Kio and turtles. Each creature is in his or hers authentic environment and the plants have been imported here from all around the world. Another wonderful aspect is the spectacular waterfalls grace most of the lush pool areas. Penguin feeding daily at 3:00 pm.
Pools here consist of being surrounded by 15 acres of lush tropical landscapes. What we saw looks really cool and fun. Each of the pools connects by using a water slides to get to the next one and some offer some pretty spectacular waterfalls.
This place is even more beautiful at night, but be careful.
As far as we know the Flamingo is one of the few remaining "original" hotels on the strip. For this reason it is worth checking out, as well as that from 4 to 7 they have 2 for 1 drinks (Ok, this is the real reason we went there in the first place). While we were there we discovered their outdoor habitat of real, live flamingos, swans, ducks, fish, and turtles which was very nice if a bit smelly. They also have one of the coolest hotel logos in Vegas so we were sure to check out the gift shop where my husband bought a t-shirt that he still wears almost weekly.
Dating back to 1946, the Flamingo is the oldest hotel and casino on the Strip. Back when Freemont Street was the place to go in Vegas, a man named Billy Wilkerson bought some land on Las Vegas Blvd with the idea of opening the city's biggest hotel and casino. He soon received support from none other than Meyer Lansky and his associate, Bugsy Siegel. The Flamingo didn't do too well when it first opened, and Bugsy actually lost his life over it. Things eventually picked up, and I guess it would be fair to say that the Las Vegas Strip would not be what it is today if it hadn't been for the Flamingo.
I was very curious to see this historic hotel (although not much remains of the original structure), but I have to say that the blazing pink neon lights almost made me want to change my mind! We still went in and after walking around for a while, we discovered the Flamingo's wildlife habitat :o) Of course, flamingos hold a prime spot in this tropical-like habitat, but Koi fish, waterfowl and turtles can also be seen. There is also a nice waterfall where I'm sure every tourist has had his or her picture taken - including me!
Here's just a few special places:
RIO-- Free carnival starting at 3:00. Every hour. Parade hangs from the ceiling on tracks. Free beads... very festive!
MIRAGE-- You MUST see the white tigers at the entrance!!
TREASURE ISLAND -- The pirate ship battle is a crowd pleaser. Get there early and stand on the raised sidewalk for a good view.
MGM Grand-- The lions are fun to watch ... and they are so pampered! They are often asleep on the glass walkway over your head!
M&M World-- SEE THE MOVIE!!
Luxor-- Wow! Don't miss the talking camels. Statues are very impressive. McDonald's inside- upstairs (surprise).
Caesar's-- The Fall of Atlantis is a great show. They also have the moving statues... talking (OK, but not great). The Aquarium is nice. Lots of colorful fish.... worth waiting to see them eat (late afternoon).
Flamingo Hilton-- Inner area has penguins and flamingos... nice.
Excalibur-- Merlin at night (OK, not great).
Venetian.... last, but definitely not least! I could have stayed here much longer. The wax museum had statues outside to touch and be photographed with: Michael Jordan & Whoopi Goldberg. The canals wander through the building. Strolling minstrels in period costumes wander about. In the town courtyard they offer one free mini show after another... free! We saw the real "Lord of the Dance" dancers perform, listened to a short opera, saw the "Living Statue", jugglers, and more!! Very relaxing and entertaining.
There's more-- these were my favorites!!
the original flamingo is one of the oldest casinos on the strip. it was built by bernard "bugsy" siegal in 1946. the original casino cost $6 million which was a huge amount of money for that time. the construction was fiananced by the new york mob. the flamingo's grand opening in 1947 was attended by hollywood stars such as clark gable, lana turner, joan crawford, and caesar romero. the flamingo did not turn a profit immediately and the mob "hit" siegal. near the swimming pool is a plaque commemorating bugsy siegal as one of the founders of las vegas' modern day strip. the flamingo has been revovated and expanded over the years and is now one of the strip's most popular casinos.
located near the swimming pool at the flamingo is a plaque commemorating the gangster bernard "bugsy" siegal as one of the founders of the modern day las vegas strip. the mob is long gone from the vegas strip and the hotels and casinos are now owned by wall street and multinational corporations. directly behind the flamingo pool is a high rise time share condo. this condo was built on the site of bugsy siegal's house in the 1980's.
This hotel was built by a man called Benjy "Bugsy" Segal who was a ganster from Los Angeles. The hotel was apparently built with mob money and when it was up and flourishing he was murdered. There is a memorial to him at the hotel. It is also said that by the poolside later in the day when its not so crowded his ghost haunts the place. He actually named the hotel/casino after his girlfriend who was a showgirl and had very long legs! Dont think she had pink feathers though! :-)
On a lighter note at the Flamingo you can visit the Wildlife Habitat which is situated in the grounds of the hotel. A lovely area where you can see these lovely pink Chilean Flamingos. Whats more its free!
It was quite late in the evening when we visited and the lighting not too good, so perhaps it would be better to visit in daylight hours.
Wayne Newton and Joan Crawford also married in the wedding chapel here, although not to each other.
Flamingo Hilton Hotel & Casino
Young and old come here to see where it all began!
This is the original location of the Bugsy Siegel hotel that put Las Vegas on the map. Before Bugsy, there was no Las Vegas to speak of. All other hotels came afterwards and patterned themselves after the Flamingo's success. There are 7 restaurants, the Bugsy's Lounge and the Race and Sports Book - all are staples of the town. The main showrooms are home to the Great Radio City Rockettes and the highly popular, 'Forever Plaid' stage shows. This hotel appeals to tourists and locals alike for its overall Las Vegas flavor, and it's conveniently located on one of the hottest corners on the Strip.
Not only are there flamingos here but look at these cute little african penguins. I didnt even know there was penguins in Africa!
Here at the wildlife habitat there are also swans, macaws, cockatoos in a lovely tranquil setting.
The Flamingo is not the high end hotel, it looks very old and worn but located right in the middle of the Strip and the price is unbeatable.
It was the 3rd resort to open on the Strip (1946), and now days it's the oldest resort on the Strip still in operation.
This Hotel has 3,626 rooms and 77,000 sq ft (7,200 m2) casino, it's garden courtyard housing a wildlife habitat which featuring flamingos.
Note: Bugsy Siegel (1906-1947) was an American gangster and a major driving force behind large-scale development of the Las Vegas Valley.
Being a Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville fan, I was SO excited when I discovered the casino!! I had the morning to myself (the four of us travelling all wanted to do different things) and I'd planned to meet my sister at Margaritaville for a few cocktails before we met up with Mum & Dad.
We walked in to the casino from the strip and were overjoyed! The atmosphere that we love so much about the Margaritaville bar and resturant was emulated in this casino.
If you know some of Jimmy Buffet's songs you will be able to see where the ideas have come from - It's 5 o'clock somewhere (the Alan Jackson hit feturing Jimmy Buffet) is heavily featured, which is great for me!!
'Pour me something tall and strong, make it a hurricane before I go insane. It's only half past 10, but I don't care . . . . it's 5 o'clock somewhere.' Sorry got carried away singing!!!
Great slots, all the newest around and plenty of tables. It's not as big as other casino's, but it does lead directly in the Flamingo casino, so you won't get bored any time soon.
Give it a go - it's a good fun! And have a cocktail for me!!
After seeing him on TV for so many years, I was thrilled to finally see and meet comedian George Wallace in person. Not only was he so funny that I laughed until I cried, but he gave out money and prizes! Seeing George Wallace is the best bet you'll make in Vegas!
I looked at the flamingos, and thought: - They must be suffering under this 42 degrees Celsius in the shade. Then I looked further and saw... the penguins!
Well done dolls, I thought! But... they were moving. They were real. Looking closer, the inevitable: all the lake and rocks were refrigerated.
Indeed, the real animals give life to a well conceived garden, surrounding the several pools, to provide a pleasant stay.
Another free attraction for your Vegas trip. I thought this habitat was okay. There are more than 300 birds (Chilean Flamingos, African Penguins, Swans, and Ducks). There are also Koi and Turtles there too. It's great to see once. If you really want to be blown away, go to Sea World in San Diego, CA. This habitat is located where the pools are. The Flamingo says that the habitat is opened 24-hours a day, but actually they put the animals away at night. So don't visit it at night! The penguins are fed daily at 8:25am & 2:55pm!
When you think of Vegas the vision of neon lights probably flash in your mind. Well most of the old school neon lights seem to be disappearing, but if you need a fix, a walk by the Flamingo might work. The glittering pink and orange neon façade is one of the most famous in Vegas.
The Flamingo opened in 1946, with everyone from gangster Bugs Siegel to the janitors dressed in tuxedos. At the time it was a swanky 105-room hotel with palm trees imported from California. Bugys said that when he built the casino it was “in the middle of nowhere”, but the El Rancho Vegas was already a thriving casino before Flamingo partner Bugsy Siegel came to town. The Casino was named after Siegel's girlfriend Virginia Hill, a Hollywood “hottie” with legs so comely she was nicknamed "Flamingo". On opening night, Jimmy Durante was the headliner, and the wealthy and famous flocked to the tropical paradise of swaying palms, lagoons, and waterfalls. Back in 1964, Elvis used the Flamingo as the location for much of 'Viva Las Vegas”. The hotel has since become a hot spot for fans, especially the hotel pool where Elvis and Ann Margaret sang “The Lady Loves Me”.
Today Bugsy wouldn't recognize the place. The last little bit of the original remaining structure was torn down in 1993 to make way for new construction. Now the Flamingo is a huge, upscale tropical themed palace with six high-rise towers, a lush 15-acre Caribbean landscape complete with pool lagoons, meandering streams, fountains, waterfalls, a rose garden and wildlife in the form of African penguins, Australian black swans and, of course, pink flamingos. The hotel contains 3,466 rooms, 176 suites with the overriding them of pink, from the outside neon sign to the lobby carpeting to the in-room pens and vases.