I was here for 4 nights in July, as it was the cheapest place on the strip that week. The room was suitable, though I am steering people towards other properties for a few reasons. First off, the lobby almost always looked like a refugee camp. Not sure if they had several tour groups in that week or something, but it was really busy; people sitting on the floor, luggage everywhere, etc. The check-in line was about 30 minutes long. I tried to get a strip view or upgrade, but nothing was available without paying extra (guess the front desk agent didn't want the tip that I was clearly going to give her). The King room was fine though smelled musty or smokey, even though it was a NS room. The bed was not as comfortable as the bed I had last time. This one was in the back with a view was of the Cromwell and Bally's, and just wasn't as nice as the strip view room I had the first time. Overall, room was OK and clean. Housekeeping was in early each day and seemed very friendly/efficient. AC worked great. Bathroom was nice.
The elevators are verrrrry slow and malfunctioning. They are almost always full because of the long wait to get one, and they tend to be "bouncy" when they stop at the floor. Once we were taken all the way to the top floor as the elevator didn't stop at any of the floors we pushed. I knew this from my last stay, but it seemed a bit worse/more irritating.
I checked out at 10AM to avoid a long line at the bell stand as I had to check my bag since my flight didn't leave til evening. I went to the "Baggage Check" line that was clearly marked, and already very long, staffed by ONE person. When I was about 4 people away from the front, the guy came over and very rudely yelled out that there was a luggage check-in downstairs and outside with no waiting, as if we should have known that and were idiots for standing in this line. The lady in front of me said to her husband that it would have been nice to know that 20 mins ago. Perhaps the bell stand could use more help during check-in/out times, and perhaps they should put more signage to alert people to the downstairs option.
My biggest complaint was the pool. It is gorgeous and very nice, but there are NO CHAIRS. I went down at either 9 or 10 each day, and there were no available chairs. Not sure how early you had to get there to secure one. I had to lay my towel on the pavement alongside the pool with the other "late"-arrivals. I have never had a problem getting chairs at any other hotel pool where I've stayed. Drink service was awful/non-existent. This was true at both pools. If you're looking for a relaxing day at the pool, it won't be here. Swimming in the pool was very nice though, and they have lockers available for $1.25 in quarters. They had $5 blackjack and craps by the pool which was nice, though there was no drink service in the 40 mins I was there, and the dealers were not very friendly (in fact one was downright bitter and full of attitude, which prompted me to leave after she dealt about 4 or 5 rounds-Christa maybe?).
I could have stayed at MGM, Aria, or TI for about $110-$170 more, and I was kicking myself a bit for not going to one of them. I wanted to be a little more cost-conscious and more centrally located so I went with the Flamingo. The room was fine, but the other hassles just didn't make this a very enjoyable stay. If you end up here for cost or because you were booked here on a hotel site, you'll be fine. But if you can choose, I'd spend a bit extra for a better property and overall experience. The Linq is right there out of the north entrance, and there is a Starbucks there that doesn't get busy until about 9am if you want a quick coffee!
- 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
- Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino