I stayed at Flamingo Las Vegas with my husband from April 7-10 for a birthday celebration. We have been to Las Vegas once before, in November 2009, where we stayed at Planet Hollywood.
From the sounds of other's reviews, we were fortunate to arrive late in the day with only a handful of guests in the registration line. On subsequent days we saw line-ups in the lobby of close to 100 people waiting to check in/out. It would have been at least an hour's wait--not the best way to start your vacation.
All of the staff we encountered at the hotel were very helpful. On the day we checked out there was another very long line-up at the registration desk, but being Total Rewards members (worth the free sign-up) we were able to use the Express Check-out which took only seconds.
We booked a 'GO Deluxe' King room on the 19th floor with a view of the gardens and were not disappointed. It was spacious with a large closet, mirror, television and good size bathroom. The bed was incredibly comfortable. My only two complaints are that a) the sound system isn't exactly an iPod 'dock'...meaning you need to have an HDMI connector to use it (something I wish I'd known beforehand), and b) the sliding frosted glass door to the bathroom offers little in the way of privacy. We stayed as a couple so it wasn't much of an issue, but with all the food & alcohol one consumes in Vegas it would have been nice to have a bit of a sound barrier...and an exhaust fan!
Maid service came daily and did a great job, refreshing towels and stocking up on extra toiletries.
The location of the hotel was definitely a high point for us, as we frequent the strip a LOT during our stay. Right in the middle of the strip, Flamingo is a great hub for visiting almost any other location on Las Vegas Boulevard. The casino was open, spacious, and just the right size...not too large like others we saw, where it can take 20 minutes to get from one end to other. The Margaritaville casino was our favourite. It opens onto the strip so you get great views, sunshine, and fresh air...and margaritas!
We dined at a few locations in the hotel--the food court was convenient and everything we tried was great (play "Rockin' Robin" in the jukebox at Johnny Rockets and the staff come out and dance--comedic!). According to my husband, Bonanno's has the best strombolis for $9 and I'd have to agree. We ate lunch at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville and won't go back. The bloody mary was so bitter that neither of us could finish it, and the 'peel & eat shrimp' were cold, stale and not what I expected. The Paradise Garden buffet might have been nice, but the line-up was so long every day that we never bothered to find out. And we were bummed to find that Carlos' and Charlie's is still under construction and not serving.
The pool grounds were just as I'd hoped--a tropical paradise. Everyone else seemed to love it too, and it was difficult to find a vacant lounger. If you're with a group of 4 or more, you might find it worth renting a cabana or day bed for $175+ so that you can all find a place together.
What did I like best about Flamingo? It was a fantastic stay for $450pp (taxes & flight incl.). The atmosphere was great and never felt 'cheap'. I'm not sure that I would stay at one of the more luxurious hotels even if they were the same price--they just felt stuffy and lacked energy. From the lights, the location, and the Caribbean theme, Flamingo is where it's at. THIS is what Vegas is all about, and I would definitely stay here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From the newly designed GO Rooms to a wealth of dining and entertainment choices, Flamingo proves "fabulous is forever." With classic Las Vegas style and flair, it continues to be one of the Strip’s most-visited resort destinations. Outside, guests enjoy acres of waterfalls, winding pools and lush foliage at the Lagoon Pool and Wildlife Habitat. For adults, the GO Pool is the destination for an afternoon of relaxation. Inside, enjoy performances ranging star siblings Donny & Marie to comedians George Wallace and Vinnie Favorito. Afternoon frivolity is found at Nathan Burton’s Comedy Magic while adult fun is staged nightly at X Burlesque, the Topless Review. Diners can enjoy go tropical at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville or simply go all out at the Paradise Garden Buffet. Flamingo is also the home of the world's first Margaritaville Casino, a Parrothead paradise straight out of a Jimmy Buffett album. For those on the go, the new Flamingo Food Court hosts a variety of eateries from the all-American menu at Johnny Rockets to a taste of the Orient at Pan Asian Express. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel Las Vegas
- Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel And Casino
- Flamingo Hilton Las Vegas
- Las Vegas Flamingo