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"This is the end result of all the bright lights... and the comp trips, of all the champagne... and free hotel suites,
and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money.
That's the truth about Las Vegas. We're the only winners. The players don't stand a chance. "

-- Sam "Ace" Rothstein, Casino, 1995

Monday, July 5, 2010

Hotel Review -- Flamingo

Disclaimer:  Since I live in LV, I don't stay very often in LV hotels.  However, sometimes I will get a comp room or friends will visit from out of town, which gives me an opportunity to assess the hotel and room quality of the place they are staying at.  Personally, I think it is somewhat difficult to write a review of most LV hotels due to the shear number of hotels, what people are looking for in a hotel in LV, the age of the guest(s) and the price of the room.  Example:  If you get a room for $20 at Imperial Palace you really have nothing to complain about.  However, if you pay $125 for that same room on a busy weekend, then most likely you are getting ripped off.  So, anyway, use my review as just one piece of your puzzle when trying to figure out where to stay in LV.  I call things as I see them based on my perceptions and biases, so keep that in mind.

I wrote the following review about the Flamingo and attempted to post it on Trip Advisor.  The review was denied by Trip Advisor without explanation.  I contacted Trip Advisor why the review was rejected, but they never responded.  I don't think my review of the Flamingo was overly critical or harsh -- especially reading some of the nightmare stories people have posted on Trip Advisor about this hotel.


Flamingo Hotel is owned by Harrah's. It is a low roller, cattle call hotel on the LV Strip. It has a great location and is right in the middle of everything on the Strip. Cheapest rooms are just that -- cheap. Blue carpet, tube TV's, artwork from the 1980's. Pretty much the place needs a complete updating, but it is not thrashed. Flamingo is not a dump, but don't go there expecting some high end joint like Bellagio or Caesar's. If you want to party and have a good time, and don't care about their rip off casino games, then this is the place for you. 

Here's a photo I took from a room I was in at the Flamingo.  This room faced south and if you are high up enough, the view is pretty good.  The street down below is Flamingo.  The powerlines in the photo may have been removed since this pic was taken.

Here's some things to note at the Flamingo:

Check-in: Can be a disaster. Can take 45 minutes to an hour when busy. Sometimes they have only a few agents at the front desk checking people in. Can be very frustrating, especially if you have just sat on a plane for 4-5 hours!

Sports Book: At least 20 years out of date. Tube TV's, blurry/bluish projection TV's. Very cramped and very noisy because of all the machines in the area. Terrible vig on most sports. Bring some aspirin if you hang out in there -- you will get a headache.

Gaming: Terrible blackjack -- lots of sucker 6/5 games, shoes. Can have high minimums on all other table games. All machines are tourist rip off games. Harrah's knows this is your one trip to LV for the year and most people don't care or don't know (or both) about playable games, payouts, etc. Harrah's could never get away with this if this was a locals LV hotel, but since it is right on the Strip, they can get away with offering a lot of bad games to tourists. Beware!!!
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