Flamingo Las Vegas
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Perhaps because it lacks the glamour and prestige of its "brother" (Caesars Palace) across the street, the Flamingo works harder to impress and take care of Seven Stars cardholders. The storied history of the Flamingo (think Bugsy Siegel), combined with its signature gardens (and, of course, those flamingos) make this a choice to consider for a visit, but it's not without its problems. There is a special Diamond/Platinum check-in to the far left of the front desk. Look for the small Seven Stars Club placard in the rear near the host desks. Self-parking in an adjacent garage is complimentary, but it's a bit of a walk if you have lots of luggage. Also, the garage and garage elevators are in pretty sad condition, so you might be better kicking off your trip more pleasantly by taking advantage of the complimentary valet parking. If business is taking you to the Convention Center, the Flamingo is directly on the monorail line – another big advantage.
There are refrigerators and coffeemakers in the suites and Executive Kings, as well as robes and slippers to use during your stay. Sadly, with all the emphasis on design, the small white refrigerators seem like an after-thought, and sit unceremoniously exposed on the floor. A remote for the television embedded in the bathroom mirror also sits on the edge of the sink. Some advance planning could have resulted in a better way to store this. If it's important to you, ask for a "Strip" view, or a view looking out over the Bellagio fountains.
Casino Overview Dining - Dining choices range from the beautiful Paradise Garden Buffet and the Center Cut Steakhouse to the so-so Carlos'n Charlie's, as well as the Food Court and two Club Cappuccinos. Look for special Seven Stars cardholder entrance at the buffet. In addition to the Flamingo-owned restaurants, there's also a franchise of Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. Reward Credits are accepted (at a 1:1 ratio) in both the gift shop and in the restaurant.
There is no Seven Stars Lounge, but the small Diamond Lounge offers priority entrance to Seven Stars cardholders. If there are others waiting to get in, simply walk directly into the lounge and present your card to the host. The former Chinese restaurant has zero atmosphere. but they're trying, and the staff is very nice. Considering the number of hotel rooms and the "competition" from the other Caesars properties in Vegas, the Flamingo really needs to find a larger, more inviting location for its Diamond Lounge. Guests used to the comparatively "lavish" buffets in Atlantic City will be extremely disappointed at the lounge fare in Las Vegas, but Flamingo offers a little more than the other lounges in town. From 4 to approximately 6:30 p.m., the small buffet offers an entree (liked baked chicken) and starch (rice pilaf, for example). Caesars apparently has put all its other Diamond Lounges on a "Mediterranean Diet," but it's a tasty selection of hummus, pita triangles, pretzels, potato chips, bruschetta, etc., and while many will disagree, it's a nice change of pace from the hoagies and hot dogs that used to be the main attraction. Two online computers are available for guests to check email or print boarding passes. There also is an ATM in the club.
Should You Choose This For Your Annual Retreat?
Las Vegas remains the gaming mecca in the United States, and is probably the most popular destination for Seven Stars trips. With eight other Caesars properties in town (Bally's, Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, Harrah's, The LINQ, Planet Hollywood, Rio and Paris), dozens of restaurants, nightclubs, golf, showrooms, the Forum Shops at Caesars (and other shops located inside Caesars properties), spa treatments, and relaxing by the pool (weather permitting), it would be easy to spend four nights (and $500) here – especially since you can "cross charge" to your room any meals, spa treatments, etc., even if they take place at another Caesars property in Las Vegas. For those without other transportation, complimentary shuttles for Total Rewards® members run regularly among several of the Caesars-owned casinos.
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