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“Flamingo was not the greatest” 2 of 5 stars
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Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   3555 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109   |  
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Ranked #129 of 272 Hotels in Las Vegas
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“Flamingo was not the greatest”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2004

We have been to Vegas many times and decided to try a new hotel and I have to say that after reading the reviews of the Flamingo, I was disappointed.

First the pros: Airport Check-in is a MUST! It saves A LOT of time. Good location on the strip and monorail. Players Club line was always short and ran smoothly. Casino was not smoky. Nicely renovated rooms and hallways (make sure you ask for one). The food was wonderful, especially the buffet.

Now the cons: Had to change rooms 2 times because we weren't in a newly renovated room at first and it was far from clean. The pool was extremely crowded and full of wild kids and guys trying to pick up anyone. There are only 4 pool cabanas for rent and they are always reserved so if you want one, make those reservations early. The walk from hotel rooms to anywhere was tremendous. Not much variety in the casino for it to be as large as it is. Plus parents hauled their kids through the casino like it was an adventure park.

The staff at the front desk doesn't appear to be happy at all, but you can find a someone willing to help you eventually.

After all our problems, we ended up with a nice room overlooking the Balligio and fountains, but we will stay somewhere else next time that caters more to the adult crowd.

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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2004

Since this was our first trip to Las Vegas and the Flamingo turned out to be a great choice! The location was excellent and also on the monorail stop. We checked in at the airport and the line was extremely short. We received a refurbished room on the 25th floor overlooking the strip and the volcano at the Mirage. We enjoyed seeing the volcano erupt at night. The room was clean, modern, & relatively quiet. We rented a car at Harrah's vs the airport and saved approx $130 for a week. Harrah's is walking distance from the Flamingo and the savings were definitely worth it. Took the shuttle from the airport with passes purchased at the Flamingo check-in. My only complaint about the hotel would be the size and how we needed to walk a long distance to get from the room to anywhere. We took the monorail over to the Hilton to see Star Trek the Experience which we really enjoyed. We walked to TI, Caesar's, Bellagio, Venetian, & Mirage.

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Nashua, NH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2004

My wife and I stayed at the Flamingo from 7/31 - 8/6. We booked on their website for only $100 Sat, and $65 M-Thurs. This is a great price for a major strip hotel. We were a little worried that the place would be old or dingy, but were pleasantly surprised.

Checked in at airport, got a room on the 23rd floor. Room wasn't available until 3:30, but well worth the wait. We had a fantastic view of the south strip including the Bellagio fountains. The king, nonsmoking room (as requested) was clean, large and nice. Nothing fancy, but it had all the necessities. The decor was blue and very tasteful. Their website says that all rooms are completely remodeled now, so don't expect anything pink and tacky. Nice big safe, easy to put all our gadgets, cash and laptop with room to spare. Walls could be thicker, as we could occasionally hear our neighbors or people in hallway. Overall a very good room.

Pool was great. This is one of the best pools on the strip. There are several pools, including one main pool with a waterfall. There is a waterslide too. There weren't too many kids, some, but not enough to drive us crazy - it doesn't take much. Mostly people trying to get some sun and cool off in the pool. There are a lot of chairs, and all the good ones are usually taken. At peak times it is hard to get 2 good chairs next to each other. If you walk around for about 20 min, you eventually get some. There is a nice security guy there that you can ask and he keeps track of what chairs have been vacant for more than 30 min and will give you those. I think the chair situation is tough everywhere and this is no exception. Too many jerks go down right when the pool opens and throw some towels on the chairs and try to claim them for the day. It seems like Flamingo is working to avoid this problem with the 30 min vacant chair limit. There are two hot tubs that are very nice. Lots of palm trees throught the pool area, so there is plenty of shade and sun. The trees have misters on them to cool the place down during the hottest times. Overall this is one of the best pool areas around.

Casino is not too large, not too small. It isn't super fancy, but it has everything you're looking for. I played 2/4 holdem, and vp mostly and didn't lose too much. Drink service is very ood in the poker room, but terrible at the low limit vp and slot area. Could be the area we played in, because we noticed different areas had better service. Cocktails were average to above average. Overall this is an average casino.

Shows were good and bad. We saw second city improv which was very good (had 2 for 1 tickets too). Also saw Bottoms up, which was very cheesy and bad, should have known from the $10 ticket price. We expected bad and got worse.

Ate at the Flamingo buffet for brunch one day and dinner another day. Brunch is great with custom egg/omlette station and a very large selection of fresh breakfast and lunch foods. The dinner buffet was OK, kind of disappointing after such a good brunch the other day. The dinner has all the usual stuff, an average buffet for and average price ($16).

Location - this is probably the best location you can be in on the strip and still be in a nice hotel. It's at the corner of Bally's, Bellagio and Ceasars. All three others are set kind of far back off the strip, so it's kind of a haul from your hotel room to the strip, but Flamingo is right on the strip. Go down your elevator and you're only steps from the strip. This was a very nice feature. The layout of the place made it pretty easy to get around. There is also access to the new monorail system right in back of the hotel.

Summary: Perfect location, low price, Great pool, and nice rooms make this a good choice. I would definitely stay again for the price. It would be a 5/5 if they had quicker room availability, better drink service and fix that Bottoms Up show. Otherwise the Flamingo is fabulous, especially for those looking for great value for their money.


  • Stayed August 2004
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2004

Stayed here August 6th for five nights. Had a problem with first room assigened us. It was very, very noisey - next to laundry room. We complained and were upgraded to a newly renovated room overlooking Caesar's Palace and the Bellagio. Food at Lindy's and the buffet was excellent although service at Lindy's a little slow. Casino had lots of variety and not too smokey. Hotel staff friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay here again and plan to next April.

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Kansas City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2004

We stayed at Flamingo 8-9 thru 8-12. Checkin at airport was great but if you have not been there before ask for a map of the hotel or you will be overwhelmed which we were! Tip on shuttle--buy a one way and there are many shuttle services that will be happy to take you back to airport free with just a tip and you won't even need a reservation. Hotel was very nice but be prepared to walk. The place is huge. I did not like the long distance back and forth to the room but I think they have it set up that way on purpose for casino use strategy. The hair dryer in room did not work but we had our own anyway. The room was very clean and had a great view of the wildlife habitat on 16th floor. We earned enough comps to take care of one night free and the nickel slots were fun and paid a nice chunk out to this gal! Hubby stuck with quarters and did not fare as well. Would like to go back to LV when weather is not 116+. The wildlife habitat is marvelous and I love those penguins! The set up is very very nice! Lindy's food was good. I wish there were not as many kids around however, LV should really be for adults who want to get away from all that and take a break! Why torture yourself and everyone around else around you! Leave the 'rugrats' at home and have more fun!

  • Stayed August 2004
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2004

In the last few years we stay often at the Flamingo, because we love it! The rooms are always nice. Last time we got one with a view of Ceasars and the Bellagio fountain that was out of this world at night. The pool at the Flamingo is one of my favorites in Vegas. It has big beautiful waterfalls and a waterslide that is large enough for adults to enjoy. Finally, we always get great customer service from booking to departure.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2004

Stayed at the Flamingo 2 or 3 times before because of it's location and pool. This time, we stayed from August 4th through August 11th.

The Good: The Pool, Venturo Italian Restuarant and location.

The bad: The Pool Police who check the loungers around the pool every 30 minutes to ensure they are in use but ignore the louts who come in on a weekend to have their own private liquer party in the pool. This ranged from stacking hundreds of empty Foster Cans and Miller Lite bottles around the base of the Islands in the pool to pouring beer on themselves and each other while in the pool.

The price of cabs continues to astound. They should do what they do in A.C, have a fixed price for any trip not to exceed $10:00 along the Strip for example. The Monorail was free the last time I came and it astounds me they now charge for it when the people using it our the people injecting money into the Casinos.

These were the only blemishes on a great vacation. George Wallace was a blast as was the Luhau next door at the Imperial (Tuesdays and Thursdays only). One thing to check out the next time you visit is the Dealertainers at the Imperial. These are dealers dressed up as celebrities like Elvis, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart etc. who not only deal but get up and sing every so often. They are outstanding. It made the 6-5 odds for a Blackjack seem like a bargain. I could have watched these people all night long...ooops I did.

  • Stayed August 2004
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3555 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
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Location: United States > Nevada > Las Vegas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 Green Hotel in Las Vegas
#46 Spa Hotel in Las Vegas
#58 Casino Hotel in Las Vegas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3642
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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