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Flamingo Resort
Ranked #31 of 42 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Always fun and friendly staff”
Reviewed 14 March 2014

I stay at the Flamingo when ever I visit the Tampa/St. Pete area. The staff is always friendly and super accommodating. The rooms have always been clean and tidy, but it is a bit dated. It is a fun place to stay for a weekend.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Hancock, Massachusetts, United States
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

We recently stayed at the Flamingo and had a great time! We were not expecting much from the place because of the low price, so we were a bit apprehensive at first. We had a king poolside renovated room, not much was really renovated though. The rooms really leave nothing to desire, however they seemed clean (except the carpets). We really had thought about checking out and going elsewhere, but we decided to stay and see what it was all about. We are glad we stayed. The staff of the Flamingo was great! Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful! The staff is really what made the place for us. It was also great to have three different bars under one roof so we didn't have to drive after being out for a few drinks. The Sunday Tea dance brought a bunch of very friendly locals in and was fun, despite the colder then usual weather. We didn't have much of a chance to sit by the pool due to the weather, but it was very clean and we are looking forward to returning soon in warmer weather to fully enjoy the pool area.
In summary, the Flamingo is not for everyone, if your looking for a Ptown type B&B this is NOT it. It was friendly and fun, and at the price it's hard to beat. However they could really make it much better by putting some time and $$ into cleaning and renovating the rooms.

Room Tip: Ask for a renovated room, away from the code bar, it tends to get loud at night.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lakeland, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

I needed a weekend break, and decided to check out the Flamingo. It is rated as a top LGBT freindly establishment. How it gets the high ratings, is beyond my comprehension. The rooms are out dated, poorly kept, and have a "should I touch this with my bare hands" feeling. No Fridge, Micro, hangers, old CRT TV sets with poor quality picture, barely working A/C units, "warm" hot water,I had a towel that looked like someone had tried to put it through a shredder, and an over all unappealing atmosphere.
You get a sense that you are not safe, nor are your posessions. I kept checking on my car, to make sure it wasn't being broken into, or run into. The first room ( I had to change rooms because of the noise level) was right near the poolside bar. When I made reservations, I was told this room would be in the "quieter end" of the courtyard. It was so loud at 2:30AM, I got up and wet for a drive. When I returned, there was a drunk passed out across the side walk outside my door. After changing rooms, the next night was more comfortable.
I still just had to get out of this place, and checked out a day early. They charge $20.00 for early departure.
I have been to other LGBT hotels and genres, and this place is about the worst in my experience. If you want to party here, that may be fine. If you want a weekend away, go to a national chain hotel in the area, and drive over for the bars, etc.

Room Tip: Don't book a room facing the courtyard.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

I had relatives in town (I live in St. Pete), so I gave them my apartment and booked myself for two weekday nights at the Flamingo. I had been to the Flamingo's bars a few times, which are OK enough, but never stayed in their rooms. So, why not book a few nights? How bad could it be? I should have probably said NOT to put me in a ground floor room next to the Cabana Bar because basically guys are just coming up to your window wanting an invite to come in, even if you're just brushing your teeth at the bathroom sink. The rooms are drab. The towels have been overbleached and are completely threadbare. The TVs have 10 channels. Even though there were basically no hotel guests while I was there, housekeeping never cleaned my room or gave me new towels/sheets. The Flamingo rooms are great if you want to get hammered and crash, but if you're looking for an actual "resort" (gay or otherwise), keep looking. Better yet, get a nice room on the beach and just come over and hang out in their (sparsely populated) bars/club.

Room Tip: Stay on the second floor unless you want the local tweekers knocking on your door.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Manager999, Guest Relations Manager at Flamingo Resort, responded to this review, 6 November 2013
Thank you for your review. We apologize for any inconveniences you encountered during your visit. We are in the process of upgrading our rooms right now and hope to complete the upgrades within the next 3 months. We strive to maintain a clean and comfortable atmosphere for a reasonable room rate. We are happy to move a guest if they are uncomfortable being near a high traffic area such as the Cabana Bar. We hope you try out our accommodations after the renovation and don't hesitate to bring any issues immediately to our attention at the front desk. Thanks again, Steven
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

It is not easy coordinating with a major event at any establishment . The Flamingo Resort did a superior job in my opinion. Any problems were taken care of promptly . Even though it was a Leather Weekend the regular customers blended in nicely.
The resort supports many communities and is open to all. The large pool and outside bars create an atmosphere of fun . They have several shops that will most likely have you finding what you didn't know you were looking for and glad you found it. The Code bar is their Leather bar while the inside bar caters to all with a dining room and stage for shows the drag shows are enjoyable . There is also another bar where you will find cowboys line dancing and boots a flyin around the dance floor on a Friday night.
The real difference that has happened is the New Manager Shane (sp) he is (will be) making amazing changes especially to the rooms,I have seen him early morning making sure there was coffee and even out walking around the pool making sure things are straightened up. Shane has a welcoming attitude ,a friendly smile ,and will help you in any way possible.
I recommend the resort completely. Please give it a try. I don't think you will be disappointed

Room Tip: the pool side rooms and bottom floor are the best because of location
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Manager999, Guest Relations Manager at Flamingo Resort, responded to this review, 9 October 2013
Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you also for acknowledging one of our very hard working Managers, Shane. I will be sure to pass along the kind words you wrote. We look forward to your next visit with us. - Steven
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Vero Beach, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

I just stayed there for Tampa Bay Leather Weekend which is held there every year. It a fun event that goes on and there other events going on all year long there Everybody should come out have a great time. The management Staff is more then helpful and they will work with anyone.. The are working on changes of the hotel in a very good way up grades of the rooms. Every Sunday they had a Tea Dance they would love all to come out an enjoy the hotel is open all year around so come out and have some fun with Events and the different Shops and services they have to offer. If you have a problem with the hotel in someway then management wants to hear this how they can improve it for your stay and stays there...

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Manager999, Guest Relations Manager at Flamingo Resort, responded to this review, 8 October 2013
Thank you so much for your review. We are very happy that our guests are noticing the upgrades we are doing to the rooms, the emphasis on customer service and the creative events to enhance your experience. We hope you visit us again very soon. Thanks again for taking time out to review us. Steven
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

I am sad to report that the Flamingo has gone way downhill since my last visit. I have stayed here many times, but our recent visit on October 1-2 was not up to standard. Our first room had a broken bed that should have been caught by housekeeping. Also, our AC unit malfunctioned during the night and switched itself from cool to heat. Early the next morning I requested a change of room and the second one was better, but the beds are tired and the room was not as clean as previously experienced. The pool water and deck were not 'pristine' as my previous review indicated. It is obvious that they are undergoing some management changes and that housekeeping and grounds cleaning are not the priority that they were previously. I know that this is their off season, and was informed that the rooms will be updated and renovated this fall, but as a loyal guest here, I expected better.

Room Tip: Avoid room 135 until they have addressed the issues mentioned
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manager999, Guest Relations Manager at Flamingo Resort, responded to this review, 9 October 2013
Thank you for your review. Yes, we are in the process of upgrading all of our rooms and are constantly improving common areas. We apologize for the room inconveniences and rest assured the a/c issue has been addressed as well as the broken bed. Usually, bed issues are not noticed by housekeeping (unless blatant) since they do not "test" them out when cleaning and we have to rely on guests to inform us of an issue preferably the departing guest and not the arriving one (which happened in this case). Unfortunately, this did not happen. We are happy that we were able to accommodate you in another room to your liking since the weekend was rather full with another outstanding event. Thanks again for your review and we look forward to your next visit so you can see all the new things we have done - Steven
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Property: Flamingo Resort
Address: 4601 34th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711-4552
Region: United States > Florida > St. Petersburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Flamingo Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 136
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
THE FLAMINGO GLBT RESORT & ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX. Just minutes from some of the best beaches in America, Flamingo is a must at the top of your list of Gay Travel Destinations. The Flamingo Resort has 130 Hotel Rooms, the Flamingo Grill & Cafe, 9 On-Site Shops, 7 Bars and an 80,000 Gallon Pool. Enjoy Tropical Drinks served at the poolside Cabana or relax inside at Flamingo's Video Bar... or dance the night away at the Flamingo Main Bar Night Club, complete with Live DJ's, Light Shows & The Flamingo Royal Players Cabaret Show! Our goal at the Flamingo Resort is to ensure your complete satisfaction while visiting Florida's Largest Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Resort & Entertainment Complex. We are able to do this by offering Non-Stop Entertainment, Great Food & Drinks, and a fabulous staff that understand our Customers are our number one priority. Our job is to create the atmosphere of your dreams where you can meet new friends, make new memories, and have a fantastic time!! ... more   less 
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