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Flamingo Beach Resort
Bloomington, MN
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187 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great week at a quiet resort”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Upon arriving we were greeted by a friendly staff, we got to our room and found it also very nice, we had an ocean front room and it seemed to be much larger than some of the other resorts we have stayed at, the bedroom was really roomy but the bathroom was a bit on the smaller side. We had an issue with the air conditioner which left a puddle on the floor during a couple of our days there, but once we called the front desk they were prompt to send maintance to come and check it out. They had a restaurant on the property, Toppers which run daily specials which we took advantage of on one of our days on the beach. This resort is located close to other resorts and is also within walking distance to quiet a few other resturants that we also went too, most of them also run daily and happy hour specials. If your looking for a resort with your its own private beach and want to enjoy some real relaxation, this is the place for you.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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diamondresorts, Manager at Flamingo Beach Resort, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Thank you for taking the time and sharing your thoughts about your recent stay here. We were truly pleased that your accommodations were larger than other resorts that you previously stayed at, and that our staff and location contributed to your recommendation of our resort. Looking forward to the next time that you are able to stay with us!
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Palm Coast, Florida
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

We visited Flamingo Beach in January 2013, booking two rooms there. As others have commented, the "B" units are much nicer than the "A" units. We had one of each and the "A" unit was a hike up the hill with absolutely no view of the water. The "B" unit was beachfront and lovely. So if you are picky about your room, make sure that you get a bigger/nicer unit.

The front desk staff were very helpful, friendly, and accommodating. We had to make some changes in the location of one of the rooms because of mobility issues with one person in our group, and the staff couldn't have been nicer about it. I would give them 5 stars.

The grounds are well maintained, the pool is nice (if a little chilly), and the beach is small but very nice.

One big plus for Flamingo Beach is the location. Because it is off the main road, it was quieter than some of the other resorts. But if you didn't want to rent a car, you would be fine staying there because there are so many restaurants within walking distance. The Peli Deli is not far if you want a few groceries and there is even a casino close by. Of course, you have to like walking up & down hills, but for us it was just a way of getting some exercise.

The pool side bar was friendly (thanks, Helga and Jamie!) -- just wish they had more seats.

Here is what could have made this a 5 star visit:

1. The "A" unit was not as clean as it should have been, especially the floor, which was sandy when we checked in. And the whole unit just felt like it needed a really good cleaning, particularly the bathroom and the sliding glass doors (which were smudgy with finger prints).
2. Toppers Restaurant, which is on the premises, was a very mixed bag. On our first visit, the staff was friendly and the food was good. On a later visit, the barbeque buffet lunch was just so-so and the manager was rude to other customers, arguing with them over the hours for the buffet.
3. Despite signs warning guests not to "reserve" lounge chairs around the pool and at the beach or their belongings would be removed, this was not enforced. There were guests who put out their beach towels first thing in the morning just to save the best spots and then never appeared again for hours. If you aren't going to enforce the rule, why post it?
4. One day that we were there, the resort put out small bottles of water and cookies in the front desk area. This was a treat and it would have been nice if that had been done more often.

We will definitely be making a second visit to Flamingo Beach Resort, but only if we can get a B unit in a good location. And next time we will take advantage of the pool aerobics and other activities that the resort offers.

One other point -- another reviewer commented on all of the older people at the resort. This was not our experience. There were people of all ages, and lots of children. So don't hesitate to take the family there.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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diamondresorts, Manager at Flamingo Beach Resort, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
We are pleased to read that you had an enjoyable stay here with us-thank you for your review! We are very grateful for your comments and we will look into addressing all those issues immediately.
We would take this opportunity to explain, however, that although we do have a no seat reservations policy, some of our guests insist on using this ‘technique’. However, we would like to assure you that we are working on a new way of enforcing this policy, which we hope will stop such incidents in the future. We would also like to note that the restaurant is privately owned and not staffed by our team members, nevertheless we will address issue mentioned by you with the restaurant manager.
We do trust that none of the above has marred your experience and we hope to see you again in the near future!
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Hotel is located in pretty good area with a nice beach that is great for snorkeling. We felt like we were staying in a retirement home, 95% of the people staying there is 65 and up whom they don't cause any trouble.
Walking distance to great restaurants.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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31 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2013 via mobile

Awesome location, rented the studio ocean view and stayed 4 days. Super friendly staff, clean and all we need was in the studio. The location is amazing. Close to everything by walk. Market (peli deli) grocery store, casinos, pubs bars restaurant.....and a bus ride(mini vans driven by locals) will get you to Philipsburg for 2$

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diamondresorts, Manager at Flamingo Beach Resort, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
We are pleased to read you had a good time here with us at Flamingo Beach Resort; enjoyed our location and facilities. We hope to see you again soon!
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

We had a wonderful time at the Flamingo Resort! The rooms were clean, and every one of the staff members waved and said hi each morning. The room was a very decent size and the shower was large. I do wish that the beach was a little larger, but there are so many beaches to explore on the island, it did not effect us at all! It is in a great location and there are so many great restaurants nearby!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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diamondresorts, Manager at Flamingo Beach Resort, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
Thank you for your review following your recent stay at Flamingo Beach Resort
We are pleased to read that you had an enjoyable stay. It is important to us to ensure that our guests can enjoy the highest standards of service and accommodation and we are pleased to read that these have met, if not exceeded, your expectations. We are glad that you found the resort conveniently located in relation to the amenities available in the area and we hope to be of service to you again in the future!
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New Carlisle, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2013

This was our second time at the Flamingo Beach Resort. We had wonderful service and great food at Toppers by the Sea. We have stayed on the first and second floors with beach views and they have both been beautiful. Close to lots of excursions, restaurants, and the casino.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Riverhead, New York
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34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed January 11, 2013

Lovely property, but a bit too big for my tastes. It is spread out over a large area. There are several buildings, most not near or not facing the beach. But all rooms are suites and nicely laid out.
Redeeming features: great breakfast at Topper's by the Sea which is right on the beach with a wonderful view located on the property. There are quite a few restaurants within walking distance.
We arrived and were put in building 4 which is a 5 minute walk to the pool and beach. We were moved to building 7 which is on the beach. The pool is a good sized pool for exercise and laps. They offer water aerobics at 930am for 1 hour Tuesday through Friday. There is no exercise room on the property, but you can go to their other resort and use the gym there (Royal Palm). I loved the pool. I would stay here again s long as I was in the right building.
Like the royal palm, cleaning is 2x's a week.

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Additional Information about Flamingo Beach Resort

Property: Flamingo Beach Resort
Address: Billy Folly Road 6 | Pelican Cay, Simpson Bay, Philipsburg 29572, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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Location: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Philipsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Flamingo Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 206
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful white sand, sparkling blue waters, sunny skies - where else can you find all of this but in Saint Martin/Saint Maarten in the Caribbean? When you stay at Flamingo Beach Resort, you will have all of this, and more. Here you can have the most relaxing vacation of your life, or enjoy some of the many outdoor adventures in the area. If you love water sports, you can go windsurfing, swimming and snorkeling. See the scenery on horseback, or go for a hike along the many trails. You will never be bored while you are staying here, unless of course you simply want to sit back and do nothing, which you are more than welcome to do. Just imagine spending a week or longer just lying around on the beautiful beaches. ... more   less 
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