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Review Date: Nov 2010

The first of a 2 night trip was spent in a "deluxe" room at the Flamingo, which is their standard room. I got a good rate of $37 by playing a few bucks at some point at some Harrah's casino somewhere and checking their website for an offer. Not bad for the Saturday after Thanksgiving consider how little I played to "earn" it. My mother and I arrived at the valet at 2 PM and there was about a 10 minute line at the front desk. I should have asked for a room by the elevator but didn't and we ended up in the worst possible place. More on that later...

After a long trek, we were at a double room on the 11th floor overlooking the wildlife area and it was very similar to the room I had the last time I stayed here a few years ago. The only real change was new bedding which did make a huge difference. I remember the old room to be almost depressing. And that is about the best thing I can say about the room. The room had 2 beds, a desk, an armoire with tube TV and little else. It almost seemed like they forgot to stock it. We had to ask housekeeping for quite a few basics like a second bar of soap and an ashtray. The carpet was a little stained as was the desk chair. The beds were fairly decent, nothing remarkable but why is the alarm clock on the desk, not on the night stand? That seriously sucked at 6 AM the next morning!!! The bathroom was as impressive as the rest of the room with a single sink faux-marble vanity, shower that took 10 minutes to heat up and almost as long to drain followed by a non-stop drip which luckily was fairly quietly. The place certainly didn't exude a feeling of luxury to say the least.

The casino is a typical Harrahs grind joint with mediocre at best machines and bad table games like 6/5 Blackjack. I played a bit through a keno machine for a little while and got decent drink service while there but that was the extent of my play. For dining, the Flamingo bucks the Vegas trend of star chefs and 5-star restaurants. Instead, virtually every place is either casual sit down or fast food including the Las Vegas location of Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville and a new food court with 4 restaurants. One downside is that the coffee shop is no longer 24 hours, which is a major pet peeve of mine. At 2AM, the only option is a small pizza/sandwich place with about 6 tables. The result was a crowd of people sitting on floor eating their pizza. Unacceptable in a 3,600 room hotel in Las Vegas.

Overall, I was pretty disappointed with our stay at the Flamingo. Everywhere we turned we got the impression of "cheap" despite it's often mid-range price tag. The rooms are a notch above Motel 6 and the public areas are seriously suffering from deferred maintenance. The elevators were filthy with major grime, the hallways were pretty banged up and the same food trays sat out in the hallway for hours. Though less than thrilled with our stay at the Flamingo, the hotel definitely has its merits. The location can't be beat, mid-Strip with 10 other casinos within a half mile and the pool is amongst the best in town. Lastly, about the walk to the room... The amount of walking involved at the Flamingo depends entirely on luck of the draw on your room. Many of the amenities at the hotel are located on the south side of the building with valet at the far southeast corner; we were located in the northwest side, far from even our closest elevator! This meant that everytime we left the room it entailed a decent walk, even just down to the casino. If walking long distances is a problem, asking to be on the south side of the property is definitely the way to go.

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