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“Turning Into a Stereotype - And Not In a Good Way....” 2 of 5 stars
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Flamingo Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   4601 34th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711 (Formerly JMS Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #30 of 47 hotels in St. Petersburg
USA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Turning Into a Stereotype - And Not In a Good Way....”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Nice Bar- but the quality of the food and the organization of the kitchen is very poor. If the option of bar food and snacks is offered, then the food should be fresh and the correct portion should be given at a fair price. My last three experiences went from bad to "from now on i should eat before I come here- or leave after one drink and eat elsewhere". Because the burger was a burnt hockey puck - the fries were charred- and the chicken fingers were served dripping in grease. I might go back to Flamingo but I will only have one drink, because I need food for more than one .... a shame really, because isn't the point of this resort is for you to eat, drink, party and stay there??? And after the fortune sunk into turning this place into a GO TO destination???
It would seem based on other reviews - dirty rooms, absent management - the place is becoming a reason to target why LGBT places are not wanted in neighborhoods.
The place is reverting back to the former ratty motel - but with a better light show.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Hudson, Florida
1 review
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

There are security issues at this Hotel that need addressed. However, no need for worrier because when you request an address to the Owner the Manager will inform you to put your concerns in writing and she will forward it to them. LOL

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Clearwater,FL
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Although the party atmosphere at the pool is wonderful, the rooms in this "resort" are delapidated, dirty, and truly awful.
Once one gets over the rooms, the bars and restaurant provide a welcome reprieve but returning to the room negates all the positives.
With updating and investing money in this property, the management could have a gold mine..a real shame.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Stayed for one night and within one hour had to switch room due to cockroach now they come with the room as explained by the general manager that these are called Palmetto Bugs. I believe this is very unhealthy and unsanitary for anyone to stay regardless of your sexual preference. The front desk service was very good and friendly. All rooms would need an up grade specially the bathroom and beds. This was an experience of a lifetime.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Petawawa, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Spent a week there accidentally. We had booked an all inclusive flight/car/hotel through Transat and the hotel they gave us was the Magnuson, down the road a ways. We stopped into the Flamingo on a lark and were pleasantly surprised at it's good location and low rates so we ditched the Magnuson and took this hotel for 7 nights.

Great atmosphere, very nice staff, and adequate rooms.

If you want a prime location with lots of party this is it.

Recommended

Room Tip: Rooms on the inside court are loud and noisy, excellent if you're into partying.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

It was a fun experience. The front desk & bar staff were great. The rooms were cheap & could use an update; as well as a good cleaning. The overall environment was comfortable for guests of all sexual preference. The pool area was very nice as were the shops & bars.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Columbus, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Just a basic old hotel that has a beautiful pool, too bad it is not heated. They should offer beach towels to guests since they have zapped my credit card $100 as a secrutiy deposit. Never tried the food due to the pricing. The beds were nothing grand but comfortable. Glad we took our own booze that we kept in the room because they were charging $12 for a Miller Lite and a Bacardi & Coke. Amazed they did not charge for ice. The bartenders at the Cabana Bar were awesome, friendly and fun. Mary from housekeeping was super friendly.
They only serve coffee in the lobby so there are no coffee pots in the rooms. Thank God there is a Wal-Mart down the street and did not feel bad about leaving a $9.00 coffee pot behind.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Flamingo Resort

Also Known As:
Flamingo Hotel St. Petersburg
Flamingo Hotel
Jms Hotel St Petersburg
Knights Inn Saint Petersburg
Address: 4601 34th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711 (Formerly JMS Hotel)
Location: United States > Florida > St. Petersburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Flamingo Resort 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
THE FLAMINGO GLBT RESORT & ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEXJust minutes from some of the best beaches in America, Flamingo is a must at the top of your list of Gay Travel Destinations. The Flamingo Resort has 120 Hotel Rooms, the Flamingo Grill & Cafe, 9 On-Site Shops, 7 Bars and an 80,000 Gallon Pool. Enjoy Tropical Drinks served at the poolside Cabana or relax inside at Flamingo's Video Bar... or dance the night away at the Flamingo BLU Room Night Club, with Live DJ's, Light Shows & The Flamingo Royal Players Cabaret Show! Our goal at the Flamingo Resort is to ensure your complete satisfaction while visiting Florida's Largest Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Resort & Entertainment Complex. We are able to do this by offering Non-Stop Entertainment, Great Food & Drinks and a fabulous staff that understand our Customers are our number one focus. Our job is to create the atmosphere of your dreams where you can meet new friends make new memories, and have a fantastic time!! ... more   less 
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