Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel: Stealing a Taste of Luxury on a Budget
Photos by John Roberts
Las Vegas. It can be anything to anyone. That's what I love about Sin City.
From my first trip there in 2002 to my latest just a few weeks ago, Las Vegas has always provided a fantastic playground. This latest visit marked my 15th time in Vegas, and this time we just wanted to spend a few days chilling with pool time, good food and a show.
The era of partying late into the night is over. I enjoyed those times the first few visits — on guys’ trips and on weekend getaways with my wife and friends. Vegas also is where I got engaged and married (two separate trips, by the way).
So, it holds a special place in our hearts. My Vegas outings serve a different purpose these days. It's more about relaxing and refueling. We decided to return for a quick summer break and to show a friend around who had never been before. Aiming to go easy on our budgets, we knew we should opt for the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.
There are cheaper options and much more opulent choices, of course. But we have stayed at Flamingo four times now, and the resort offers a perfect location and all the amenities to give a good taste of Las Vegas luxury to the frugal traveler.
Flamingo is located in the popular Mid-Strip area, close to the Bellagio with its famous fountain show (free), Caesar's Palace, Mirage, Bally's, Paris, Venetian, Wynn and more. This gives you easy access to all sorts of restaurants, shopping, people watching and show venues.
We stayed at Flamingo and went to the Cirque du Soleil show "O" at Bellagio. Flamingo also is located directly adjacent to the new Linq Promenade and two-block long shopping and restaurant area that leads to the world's tallest Ferris wheel, the High Roller. This area is loaded with good restaurants and a cool sports pub (TAG Sports Bar) that serves hundreds of craft beers and beer cocktails, all within steps of Flamingo.
We booked through price-monitoring site Tingo and were able to grab two rooms for less than $70 per couple per night for a Saturday to Tuesday stay. This compares with more than $300 a night at Caesar's Palace across Las Vegas Boulevard. I know it's nice to have an ultra-luxury room, but for a quick getaway, Flamingo rooms were fine. (Book a Go room; they're a bit more snazzy and up to date than other options.) Plus, the biggest need we had was being where the action is and securing a spot at the resort's awesome pool area.
The Flamingo pool is a prime reason we stay at the resort. The property features two large pools, the hopping party-vibe Go Pool, complete with a DJ pumping music on the weekends and waterslide and waterfalls, and the family Beach Club pool area, which also has waterslides. You can even splurge a little and get a cabana for the day for $500 (not too steep if you have a group to chip in). This setup offers a 42-inch flat-screen TV, loungers, chairs, a bottle of booze, fruit plate and VIP service.
As you head out to the pool, you'll notice that you are immersed in an oasis in the middle of the desert. Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel includes a Wildlife Habitat on-site, with a range of creatures wandering the premises, including pink flamingos, macaws, turtles, ducks, fishponds with large koi and more. I like to grab a spot of shade and savor a cold drink while basking in the surroundings.
Food and Gaming
Flamingo features a large floor filled with all the table games and slots you can think of, as well as a sports book area with a bank of TV screens to check out all the games. A Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville restaurant is one of several restaurants on the property, along with the Center Cut Steakhouse, Paradise Garden Buffet, Carlos 'n Charlie's and other eateries. The Margaritaville Casino also offers $5 blackjack all day, which is perfect for low-rollers like us.
Flamingo Las Vegas provides the ideal home base for a weekend getaway. You can get your taste of luxury and no one has to know you're doing it on a budget.
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