Flamingo Hotel and Casino Las Vegas
Flamingo Hotel and Casino Las Vegas
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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.
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.
All rooms have refrigerators. 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.
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.
Check schedules for exact showtimes and performance days.
Dining choices range from
the beautiful Paradise Garden Buffet to the so-so Carlos'n Charlie's, as well as the Flamingo Food Court, two Club Cappuccinos and Café 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 also is 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.
Bugsy & Meyer's Steakhouse, right, is Flamingo's newest restaurant. It's located in the space formerly occupied by Center Cut Steakhouse, Café To Go and the Laurel Lounge, and is named for Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and his business partner Meyer Lansky who opened the Flamingo, the first resort-style hotel on the Strip.
In addition. . .
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
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.
■ Enjoy 50¢ beers [Miller Lite] at Flamingo's Bird Bar from 5 to 6 p.m. daily, as well as other specials from 6 to 7 p.m. Play beer pong and check out reverse happy hour from 2 to 10 a.m.
■ Don't miss the WIldlife Habitat.
Check out the daily flamingo feedings at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED ■ 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.
NOTE: All shows, events and deadlines are subject to postponement or cancellation due to temporary casino closings and/or safety and health measures implemented by the state.
There is no Seven Stars Lounge, and the Laurel Lounge (formerly Diamond Lounge) is closed and rumored to be moving into the space currently occupied by the Flamingo Food Court when it moves closer to the Paradise Garden Buffet. The nearest Laurel Lounge is at Harrah's down the street
, but, daily, from 4 to 6 p.m., Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders (and their guests) can drink free in the Patio Bar across from the Spa Tower. With players card and ID, Seven Stars cardholders may bring up to three guests; Diamond cardholders, one. No food is served. TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
With the Laurel Lounges temporarily closed, Diamond Plus through Seven Stars cardholders are being given an alternative daily beverage credit. In addition, Seven Stars cardholders will receive a daily $10 food credit. Seven Stars Companion cardholders are not eligible for the food credit, but, if applicable, would qualify for the beverage credit based on their own personal tier level. The beverage credit is limited to four drinks per day, with each drink valued at no more than $20. The credit is good only for the cardholder and can be redeemed directly at the participating outlet. The beverage credits may be redeemed all at one location, or split among the currently open casinos. For example, a cardholder could redeem two beverage credits at Caesars Palace, and one each at Flamingo and Harrah’s. For a list of participating outlets, visit the Caesars Rewards Desk or click here.
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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