For an older hotel, this is probably the best value on the strip. We stayed in a newly remodeled Go Room - 25th floor. The rooms are comparitively huge and well-appointed with coffee maker, fridge, Big screen TV, DVD plaver with surround stereo, connection for MP3 player, TV in bathroom mirror, HUGE steam shower with back massager, electric drapes, AC controls that WORK (not a given in Vegas), STELLAR cleaning service, friendly staff, pole dancers at the table games (okay, that's everywhere) huge swimming pool (although it was too crowded) nice grounds which were worth seeing, and decent choices of restaurants.
The view was very good but not spectacular, overlooking Caesar's and a (limited) view of the Bellagio fountains. I believe we got the higher room thanks to the "tip sandwich". Put a twenty into your reservation papers at check in - IT HELPS!!! If your room is on, say the tenth floor - I think the noise from the bands, street, crowds, etc... would be bad, very very bad. Even up high it's noisy but not unbearable. So if you're in the Go Tower STAY UP HIGH!
Amenities were perfect; I've been to Vegas many times and stayed at several different hotel/casinos and this is the FIRST that had mini fridge AND coffemaker. (Although their coffee is, well, .... crappy.) But, since the room has cups, sugar, etc.... bring some Starbuck's VIA packets to add and it's awesome.
Plasma TV was great, but are you there to watch television? Absolutely not. But when you need some rest, you can catch up on local news or pop in a DVD. Enjoying your trip to Vegas is all about pacing yourself whether you're gambling, drinking, golfing or sightseeing - it can all be exhausting. If you're doing it right, anyway.
In my opinion the only downsides to the room were; 1. Glass wall and sliding glass door to the bathroom. They are opaque so you can't see through them but I like pure privacy in the can. 2. That ugly vinyl headboard. (but you can't see it when you're sleeping so.....) 3. The pool was too crowded to use but they ALL are.
Honestly, the casino is not my favorite - but I think that depends on luck and we had decent luck at Bill's, Harrah's Bally's and Paris. The setup at Flamingo just seemed too fragmented for me but try them yourself. However, the drinks at Paris are definitely bigger, better and more readily available than anywhere else we went. (Yes, larger glasses = larger drinks.) and the pole dancers were more attractive at Bally's.
But back to the Flamingo; Room was cleaned perfectly every day, fresh towels and soaps (yes - a few dollar tip probably helped). Valet parking was lightning fast in or out. The shuttle to Rio was .... well too slow and definitely not worth the effort. Front desk answered and made wakeup call and everyone was completely helpful.
And, here are a couple of my personal recommendations;
1. DO rent a car. That Deuce thing is bogus. Your trip is probably only a few days - don't spend hours of riding a stinking bus stopping at every corner and way stop on the Strip! Your time is too valuable. If you plan ahead you can rent a car for less than you'll spend on bus fare, taxi, monorail.. and every casino has valet parking.
2. Do not miss the Encore Casino. It's beautiful and worth the trip. It is the nicest casino on the strip for daytime gambling anyway. Simply phenomenal.
3. Check out Karaoke night at Bill's Gampling Hall. Too damn funny for words. And a few regulars who were great.
4. Get the steak special - not on the menu - at Ellis Island. A seriously fantastic meal too cheap to believe.
5. Don't bother with the buffet at the Harrah's properties unless it's included. We went to four different ones and the food is ... abundant, but it's definitely not great.
6. Plan to come back and do the rest of the stuff you didn't get around to - we're already planning for December.
- 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