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Flamingo Hotel and Casino Las Vegas

Updated: 9/3/18

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Perhaps because it lacks the glamour and prestige of its "brother" (Caesars Palace) across the street, the Flamingo Hotel and Casino Las Vegas 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.


Hotel guestrooms

Upper-floor rooms and hallways have been renovated in a love-it-or-hate-it hot pink/white/orange/chocolate brown color scheme.  The Go Suites are particularly spacious, and have a large workspace for those who must combine business with pleasure.  "Regular" Go Rooms, though, are small and not particularly comfortable if you want to sit down and relax.  Other than the bed and a straight-back chair for the "desk," the only seating is a brown backless sofa.  Whoever designed these rooms should be forced to spend a couple of days in them.  Of course, the idea is to keep you out of the rooms and in the casino, so maybe this is intentional.

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.


The Flamingo sells bricks that you can visit whenever you want to commemorate a vacation, wedding, birthday, anniversary or other special occasion. In addition, according to the Flamingo website, you can “honor a loved one with a dedication. . .[and] your keepsake will become part of the beautiful, Caribbean-like environs of the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino Gardens – a tranquil place where treasured memories are kept and new ones are made.” These commemorative bricks are $150 each and include three lines of engraving. For more information click here.

Casino overview

Entertainment - The Flamingo's main showroom hosts its namesakes, Donny and Marie Osmond.  (Olivia Newton-John fills in when the Osmonds are away.)  In addition, Legends in Concert uses the same stage.  There is a special Seven Stars entrance, but don't expect to take your drinks inside.  You need to dispose of them outside the showroom and purchase drinks inside.  Bugsy's Cabaret, a smaller performance space, is home to acts like PIff the Magic Dragon, "X Comedy" and "X Burlesque" in the eveningsCheck schedules for exact showtimes and performance days.


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 Flamingo Food Court, two Club Cappuccinos and Café To Go Express.  Look for special Seven Stars cardholder entrance at the buffet.  Seasonally, the Beach Club Bar & Grill is open poolside.  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.


Special Seven Stars benefits*

In addition to the special Seven Stars cardholder entrances for the buffet (see above), as well as the taxi line, Seven Stars cardholders and a guest receive complimentary entry to the spa and fitness center.  While modest and somewhat dated, the spa and fitness center has all the latest workout equipment (bring your own headphones if you want to listen to TV while you exercise), and some of the best whirlpools in town.

Seven Stars Lounge
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 meals and other eligible expenses, even if they take place at another Caesars property in Las Vegas.


When you check-in, be sure to verify that your $500 comp account has been set-up and ask what it includes specifically which restaurant and bars (city-wide).  At a minimum, meals and alcohol charged to the room (at participating outlets) counts toward your $500 in expenses, but not gratuities.  Best advice is to keep all your receipts until you settle your final bill.


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Inside Information

■ Enjoy 5¢ beers [Miller Lite] at Flamingo's Margaritaville Casino from 5 to 6 p.m. daily.

■ Don't miss the WIldlife Habitat.  Check out the daily flamingo feedings at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

If you opt out of housekeeping services during your stay (minimum two-night stay), Flamingo will give you a $10 per stay food and beverage credit.  You still can request additional towels or other amenities, but your bathroom will not be cleaned, bed made, etc.  If you didn’t get a pre-arrival email asking you to opt-in, just let the front desk know when you check-in.