I stayed at the HGVC at the Flamingo from 3/1-3/6 2012. I’ll start with the construction update then move on to my review of the room and the hotel itself.
During my stay the HGVC pool was closed to bring it up to city code. On 3/6 it was refilled with water and they indicated in a voice mail to all rooms that the pool would be reopening 3/10/12. The interior pool of the Flamingo was open to HGVC guests, but the main GO pool was not yet open to anyone.
The Linq project is now under construction. There is going to be a massive Ferris Wheel on the far side of the monorail on the back side of the hotel. There are also many other empty lots behind the monorail that are being graded for something. The Flamingo tennis courts have been removed and it is my understanding that the Linq project will completely make over the area immediately north of the Flamingo – including the Imperial Palace. There was limited construction noise during my stay. Some pile driving (Bam Bam Bam), but you didn't hear it at all from inside the room, and it was not too bad from the grounds in the front (pool side) part of the hotel. The Linq project sounds like it will be a major change for the east center strip - more of an open air mall concept with lots of dining and entertainment. To me that would be nice, since I find the Flamingo to be lacking in decent nightlife and that part of the strip to be lacking in a good mix of restaurants. Everything, including O'Shea’s, is still completely open; however, Carnival Court is under construction but the main outdoor bar is still running.
I stayed in a studio, which is just fine for 1 or 2 people. There is a main room with the bed, TV, dresser, small table with two chairs, a coffee table and a couch. The dresser has a safe behind a false drawer, and the safe could hold my 14” laptop. The bed was a king and was very comfortable – plush but solid. I was in town on business and would have appreciated a work desk of some sort. Decor is hotel-bland.
As you enter, there is a foyer area that has the closet and the “kitchenette”. The Kitchenette has a small fridge, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, two big plates, two small plates, two coffee cups, two drink glasses, two large glasses, and two small glasses, wine opener and various silverware, and a small wet bar type sink. The bath area is really two adjacent areas. The shower and toilet room are separated by a door from the large sink area and the deep jetted tub. The sink area is brightly lit (The foyer is a bit dark and the room is well lit) The tub is open to the main room, separated by a mid-level wall. I found I could sit in the tub and watch TV.
The studio units do not have a washer/dryer like the one-bedroom units have. However, I did discover and use the free laundry machines and dryers on the 17th floor. This is a handy discovery, as if I travel to this town again I can pack very light and keep a load of laundry going to recycle my clothes.
My room was on the 14th floor of the main building at the very south end of the hall. I had a partial view of the Bellagio fountains from that location. All of the rooms face the Flamingo pool complex. The windows you see in pictures that face away from the pool are for the hallways only, and provide a good view of the town and of the current construction. Note that rooms start on the second floor of the main building and on the first floor of the smaller north and south towers. A passerby can look right into these rooms so if you like to keep your drapes open, go for a higher level floor.
The grounds here are fairly compact now that the Flamingo put a big ugly metal fence around its entire pool complex. However, that also makes the HGVC grounds more private and secure. It is very peaceful– a great escape from the state-fair crowds walking on the strip. There are several nice seating areas throughout, and the area has nice tropical vegetation. There are also some tables next to the Deli, and some more tables at the front of the entrance. There are two big gas grills that I believe usually go next to the pool. The pool has a couple of first-come shade structures over tables, which I bet would be coveted in the hotter part of the year. Last time I was here the pool bar was open and it was reasonably priced.
There is a very short path from the hotel to the Flamingo that was lit and seemed safe at all times. If you want to use the monorail, the “emergency exit” staircase along the path gate seems to always be open both at the bottom and the top so you can use that instead of walking into the Flamingo and then backtracking.
The Deli/store is also reasonably priced for a hotel store. They make excellent sandwiches and the coffee is better than what you can brew in the room. There is a convenience store next to Battista’s Hole in the Wall just east of the hotel that has a much larger selection of food and drinks.
Both times I have stayed here I tried to check in very early and both times I ended up having to check my bags and have them call me when the room was ready. However, I don’t fault them for being full. The bellhops are nice and they will literally run over to the Flamingo to get a cab for you, so remember to tip them. I’ve not bothered with the Welcome Desk and their “deals” since they usually are 2-fers and I am a solo traveler. I did find the 4 voice messages from staff welcoming me, inviting me to the welcome desk, etc. to be highly annoying as I would return from a meeting and see the flashing light and assume it must be a family emergency. If I stay there again I plan on asking them to not call my room phone except for emergencies.
I will most likely stay here again if I am back in town on business. If I visit with my wife I think I’ll splurge on the Palazzo or something really over-the-top.
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