Themed as an island paradise (and a Jimmy Buffett outpost), the Flamingo is a mid-range hotel on the busiest intersection of the Strip replete with entertainment, good eats and pink flamingos.
Fabulously pink, tropical attitude, enduring mob-era aura
What we love
We can’t get enough of those flamboyant pink flamingos. There are two giant flamingo statues at the entrance from The LINQ Promenade. Many neon ones adorn the resort’s awesome pulsating façade. And we could watch the flock that resides in the wildlife habitat — with their bright plumage, curvy beaks, long necks and even longer legs — strut around all day long.
Right next to the wildlife habitat is the kind of pool you could spend the majority of your Vegas trip at (as long as you don’t come in winter, when it’s closed). Not only are there palms trees and lush greenery everywhere your eyes can see, but the main pool is interconnected to lagoon areas, a waterslide and cascading waterfall. Factor in the hot tubs and modest-sized deck (with lounge chairs that get claimed quickly, so you may want to spring for a cabana here) and you’ve got a chill vibe that’s more friendly than clubby as well as fun for all ages.
It’s hard to do better location-wise than the Flamingo. The rooms are reasonably priced especially considering you’re steps away from elite resorts and attractions like the Fountains of Bellagio, the High Roller observation wheel, the half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower and The Forum Shops at Caesars.
Good to know
The Flamingo opened in 1946. We’re telling you this for two reasons. One: That’s really cool historically. Two: We want to set your expectations appropriately. With anything that’s been around a long time, there’s going to be stuff that needs to be refurbished and carpeting that shows wear and tear. Plus, some past remodeling projects were piecemeal, which doesn’t lend to the feeling of a cohesive property. However, despite all this, you’ll find that many of the rooms and amenities are surprisingly contemporary.