I recently went to Vegas for a mancation and we decided to stay at the Flamingo. I found a last minute deal for a Friday night and Saturday night that averaged out to be $100 a night, which was nice. Now, this was my first time staying here at the Flamingo, although this was probably my 6th or 7th time in Vegas. And, although I do like some of the nicer properties there, for a short 36-40 hour stay, it's just not worth spending $300-$500 dollars a night when you're not even going to be in the hotel for the most part other than to sleep.
Now, the Flamingo is an original, the first casino hotel to go up in LV and in some areas of the hotel, like the corridors, do show how old it is. When I initally booked the room, I resereved the Fab Deluxe Queen Queen, which was supposed to be a newly renovated room. However, upon arrival, we were offered an uprgraded room to a junior suite on the 19th (19173) floor in the Habitat Tower. Our first thoughts were that's great, more room and over looking the pool area, but not so fast. Yes, the room was about 200-250 sq ft bigger than the Deluxe Queen Queen, but the suite had double beds versus queen size beds (I'm 6'1" and my buddy is 6'3"), the carpet was old and dirty and had a huge red 2ft by 2ft stain on it in front of the TV, the window coverings were dirty, the wallpaper behind the desk was halfway peeling off, the couch, chair and table were old and stained, the sink in the bathroom was slow to drain and the room just felt old, really old. Heck, it still had an old tube TV versus a new flat panel as in other rooms.
While we were there, we did play some table games and the ambiance was... well, it had that old school feel, which was alright. We visited the food court to eat, nothing special there, and we also went to the Garden Bar and the Corner Bar (Garden bar was inside, Corner bar was outside). Both were ok and again, nothing special to write home about as the drink prices were a little on the high side, but that's Vegas for you.
Now, here's the kicker. When I woke up this past Sunday morning, I noticed that the way housekeeping makes the beds, they didn't necessairly pull the bedsheet all the way down over the foot of the bed thus, exposing the bed itself. When I got home, over the course of the next couple of days this past week, I noticed small red dots on my lower legs, which means bed bugs. So, although I found a great deal on this hotel, which is about mid-strip and in the heart of where all the action is, I cannont recommend staying here to anyone based on the fact that my legs have nice red dots all over them and mind you, that's after I donated a decent amount of money to the Flamingos gaming industry, to which I can find other places to donate to now.
So, if you're looking for affordabilty and a decent stay, look elsewhere or even an off-strip property. I'd even recommend just spending the extra money to stay somewhere nicer and newer that's on the strip if you can afford to.
- 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 And Casino
- Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel Las Vegas
- Flamingo Hilton Las Vegas
- Las Vegas Flamingo