In-Room Review: Flamingo Hotel & Casino

Hotel News, Nevada, Staying There — By on March 28, 2011 at 11:55 pm

For The Lost Girls

If you’re looking for all the glitz and kitsch there is to love in Las Vegas, look no further than a stay at The Flamingo Hotel and Casino. Set up in a prime spot on the  famous strip, the art deco-themed resort hotel offers a classic, unmistakeable Vegas experience.

The history

The hotel originally opened in 1946—only the third resort to open along a stretch of road that is now home to some of the largest hotel properties in the world. As one of the oldest hotels, the Flamingo has secured a spot in Las Vegas history. It was originally financed by individuals with Hollywood connections, but when they ran out of money, they turned to famed mobster Benjamin (Bugsy) Siegel and some other rather shady characters. At one time, the then-Pink Flamingo Hotel & Casino was described as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world.

After Seigel was killed in 1947, the hotel was renamed The Fabulous Flamingo only to bought by the Hilton Corporation and renamed the Flamingo Hilton. The last original building was torn down in 1993. Today, the oldest of the hotel’s towers dates back to 1967, while the newest addition was built in 1995.

Where to eat

Las Vegas is full of great restaurants, but there are plenty of places to grab a bite nearby. And by nearby we mean never stepping off the hotel premises. Margaritaville is a great place to eat and have a drink. The strong South Beach atmosphere might make you feel as if you are spending an evening in the Florida Keys. The Paradise Garden Buffet is an excellent choice if you are eating out with a large group of friends with diverse tastes. Other options include Pink Ginger, Conrad’s, Ventuno, and Beach Club.

What to expect

The Flamingo is situated on an accessible section of the strip, which makes it easy to go out and stumble upon some great Vegas craziness. Rooms in the older section of the hotel start around $100 a night. The casino’s blackjack games start at $10. The older buildings still have wifi and all of the amenities if you want to get your “business” on or if you want to catch up on some internet casinos, though the rooms are smaller and the atmosphere is not as up-to-date. If you’re looking for a more lavish experience, book a room in one of the newer towers that showcase modern upgrades. But who’s worried about the atmosphere in the rooms, really? A conveniently located monorail—find it at the back of the hotel—makes staying out all night, running around town all too quick and easy.

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