ok... here it is... i didn't take very good notes this time, so the details might be fuzzy.
some background info:
we took this trip because my dad had a convention at the flamingo. my mom, her best friend Jicky, my son, and I went with him. my dad is a retired airline pilot, so he's been to vegas many times, but usually just for one night at a time with only enough time for dinner and bed, and not usually at a strip hotel. my mom hadn't been to vegas since a friend's wedding maybe 10 years ago. they stayed at excalibur for the wedding. Jicky goes at least once a year and usually stays at THEhotel. her brother in law is a high roller, so they usually get VIP treatment all the way. my son turned 3 right before the trip. i was almost 4 months pregnant for the trip. we were in vegas for 5 nights and then my mom, my son, and i flew to phoenix to see family for 3 more nights. my son has food allergies, so we have to be very careful when dining out.
my parents, my son, and i arrived in vegas at about 1 pm on sunday. our luggage was at carousel 16 and hotel check-in was at carousel 1, so we split up. dad and son and i got checked in (we upgraded to GO rooms for $25 extra a night and we got adjoining rooms with a pool view) and mom waited for the bags. the rooms weren't ready yet, so they gave us little claim ticket things that we could turn in for room keys at the hotel. dad went back to pick up mom and the bags and i waited near the rental car shuttle exit with the kid. we all met up and headed up to the rental car shuttle line. the line was VERY long, but there were attendants making it run smoothly, not at the mob that it was on my last visit. i'd say we waited about 15 minutes for a bus. we got to the rental car place, i headed upstairs to the hertz gold counter to pick up the car, then we loaded up and headed out.
we were starving and tired and irritated by the time we had the car and it was too late for an easy lunch buffet, so we picked up drive through food and then cruised up the strip for a while. we valet parked at flamingo (very fast and easy, much better than at MGM) and sent the bags with the bell hop. one room was ready, so we had the bags delivered there and headed up. the second room was finished as we arrived to the first room, so dad went back down to get the key and mom and i put kid down for a nap and waited for bags.
the rooms: we had one king bed and two queen beds in adjoining rooms. we were on the 20th floor with a beautiful view of the pool. the rooms had flat screen tv's with dvd players. the beds had duvets covered with sheets (so you don't have to worry about dirty comforters) and they were very comfortable. the drapes were controlled by switches near the beds, so you could open and close them from bed. the decor was very pink, but not too nauseating. there was a little desk with a chair and a little table with two armchairs in the 2 queens room. the king room had a little couch instead of the two chairs. the bathrooms had limited counter space, but a large open shelf under the sink so you could stash all your stuff out of the way. there was a tv in the mirror. the tub and shower were seperate. the shower was very large with a shelf for all your stuff and the water pressure and temperature were always good.
now for the bad stuff about the room: the bedside reading lamps didn't work. we asked about them at the front desk and the clerk said that they were going to be torn out and replaced eventually because they rarely worked. there was only one lamp in the room, on the desk, so reading while someone else was sleeping was a challenge. we also had a couple other maintenance issues... the waterproof lining around the shower door was loose, so it was hard to close the shower door all the way and the little holder for the bathroom tv remote popped off the wall and scared the crap out of me. another issue is that the bathroom door was made of frosted glass. you couldn't see clearly through it, but light from the bathroom lit the whole room at night. if you are pregnant and peeing every 2 hours all night, it becomes a problem. my recommendation: bring a flashlight for reading in bed and using the potty at night.
the negatives were really pretty minor and we were very happy with the rooms in general.
after our nap, dad had a reception to attend, so mom, kid, and i went down to the flamingo buffet for dinner. we got a $5 off coupon when we checked in to the hotel. the food was good. the crab legs were served sliced in half so they were easy to eat and they tasted great. a manager pointed out all the things that were safe for my son to eat, and there were several. i loved the little cheesecakes.
after dinner, we went back to the room and went to bed.