We were lucky enough to be able to squeeze in one last trip to Vegas this year, and gambled enough last time to earn a comped room at a few select Harrah's properties. We had our choice of Imperial Palace, Rio, or Flamingo. We like Rio, but being off the Strip is a hassle, even with their free shuttle to the Strip. When we looked at room options at the Flamingo, we saw we could choose from a Deluxe room, or a Fab Deluxe room with a Strip view. After a quick Google, we learned that a Fab Deluxe room as a newly remodeled room that wasn't supposed to be available until the beginning of 2012. We figured, why not?
We booked 3 free nights in the Fab Deluxe room, hoping it's what we really ended up with, since the stock hotel pictures online looked pretty nice. And how much time do you spend in the room anyway?
Our flight was delayed, so we ended up checking in close to 8pm. We tried to check in using the stand-alone computers in the lobby, but couldn't (I'm guessing since the room was comped?) At the check-in desk, they couldn't accommodate our King request, but we did end up with a Fab Deluxe room.
The room was really nice, and looked almost like the stock picture, except the walls weren't pink, they were a nice medium beige. The fake hardwood floor was a nice change from carpet and the beds, although not Heavenly, were comfortable. Our view was from the Imperial Palace side of the strip, so from one end of the window we could kind of see the strip (Mirage, CP), and from the other end of the window, we could see the Hilton and the mountains. I would call it a Partial Strip view. It was quite a long walk from the elevators. Definitely not the location you want if you aren't up for walking too far.
The only thing about the room that didn't seem remodeled were the bathrooms. (Maybe they were, and they weren't much to start with). There wasn't anything wrong with the bathroom, it just didn't see to fit with the rest of the remodeled room. Plain white/off-white floor tile, one sink, low old-style bathtub and shower curtain. The water pressure and temperature were perfect, though.
As for the rest of the hotel - it was fine. Easy to get a slot machine, even though there were alot of people walking around, in all age-ranges. We saw older people, bachelorette parties, and couples with kids.
We only ate a Johnny Rocket's for a late night snack, and it was decent. Service was fantastic. Sodas/water in the hotel gift shop were pretty pricy - it was cheaper to get a soda out of the vending machines near the guest rooms. Stop somewhere else like Walgreens/ABC store if you want snacks/drinks.
Great location mid-strip, and a quick walk to Ceasars Palace, O'Sheas, Bellagio, and just slightly longer to Paris, Planet Hollywood, Venetian. Easy to get a cab if necessary.
Would I stay here again? If the Deluxe Fab room was comped - yes. If the Deluxe Fab room was at least $100 less than staying at a neighboring property such as CP or PH = yes. If the prices were close PH, probably not - their rooms are huge and we really like that property (see my other review).
If it was full price and we could get comped at Rio - probably not. That's extra gambling money! But the Fab rooms are worth a try if you can get a decent price. We're glad we tried it.
- 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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