A lush, tropical paradise in the center of the Strip, Flamingo Hotel has been a Vegas mainstay for over 75 years. Born from gangsters and now home to exotic birds, this Las Vegas retreat is a family-friendly favorite.
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Table of Contents
- The History of the Flamingo Hotel
- The Resort
- The Future of the Flamingo
- Frequently Asked Questions About Flamingo Las Vegas
The History of the Flamingo Hotel
The proud Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is the oldest Las Vegas Boulevard resort in full operation. Construction began in 1945 and, after the original builder ran into some financial trouble, the notorious Bugsy Siegel opened the doors the day after Christmas 1946. You’ll see many references to the mobster throughout the hotel, like Bugsy’s Bar. Credit to one of Bugsy’s associates, Meyer Lansky, can also be seen.
The name “Flamingo” has several possible origins. The original builder of the property, Billy Wilkerson, whom Bugsy had acquired it from, is reported to have named it during the planning stages. However, there are rumors it was named after Bugsy’s then-girlfriend, Virginia Hill. It was her long, skinny legs that earned her the nickname. He also had an interest in a race track where flamingos were often seen nearby. He viewed them as a good omen when placing his bets.
The most recent renovations to the property were completed in 2018 and brought the Flamingo into the modern age, while paying homage to its past. Pink and gold create a retro-chic vibe that appeals to both young and old guests alike. It is one of the most family-friendly establishments on the Strip.
With a long and storied past, several different owners, and many separate buildings that have been torn down or newly constructed, one thing hasn’t changed. The Flamingo has quite a legacy and we hope that it remains as the longest-running Las Vegas Strip hotel to date.
You have the option of the Fab Room or the GO Room if choosing a traditional hotel room at the Flamingo. While the Fab Room has everything you need, such as being quite comfortable and tastefully decorated, the GO Room has just a bit more. You’ll find more modern touches like electronic window coverings and an upgraded bathroom.
These rooms are designed to include everything that the traveling professional needs when away from home. You also have the choice of a Fab or GO Executive Room so you can decide just what room amenities you need when booking.
Flamingo Studios are similar to their counterpart rooms but offer much more space. They are perfect for families or small groups traveling together who share a reservation. Being able to spread out a little and comfortably unpack makes the Studios a popular option.
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As with any Las Vegas Strip hotel, the Flamingo has quite a few suites from which to choose. The GO Mini Suite is just that. Designed for solo travelers or couples, you get the upgrades of a suite without more space than you need. The Cosmopolitan Suite is a perfect blend of amenities and value. If you’re a true high roller or coming to Las Vegas to party, the Metropolitan Suite might be the way to go, and don’t forget the upgrades that come alongside Executive suites.
Strip and High Roller Views
Most of the Flamingo rooms and suites are available with a view of either the Strip or the High Roller observation wheel. Those bookings may also have some other upgrades compared to the rooms with the same.
Visit The LINQ High Roller and try to spot your Flamingo hotel room from that vantage point.
Many Las Vegas wedding venues cater to much larger events, capable of seating dozens or hundreds of guests. However, the Flamingo offers five on-site locations for a wedding ceremony, some perfect for up to just 15 people. This makes for a more intimate experience.
Both indoor and outdoor locations are available for a wedding ceremony. Event planning and wedding packages are available starting at triple-digit prices, making it one of the most affordable and unique Las Vegas wedding venues.
Banquet halls at the Flamingo are specifically designed for dinner events or other catered gatherings. Spaces are customizable based on need, and catering services are also available. Restaurants can seat small, medium, or large groups with reservations. Complete restaurant buy-out arrangements can be made in advance.
The Eldorado Ballroom is the smaller of the two, at 7,552 square feet, with configurable layouts to match your needs. Meeting spaces are nearby if needed. The much larger Sunset Ballroom features 22-foot-high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Strip. It’s sure to make an impression on your guests.
Meeting and Convention Space
The Red Rock Rooms are fully customizable for large and small events, with the on-site business center close by for any last-minute preparations. The maximum guest capacity is 1,200 people, but rooms can accommodate as few as four.
The Flamingo Las Vegas hotel casino has two pool options for guests. The Beach Club Pool for swimmers of all ages or the Dayclub for adults only are both met with great reviews.
Beach Club Day Pool
The Beach Club Pool is family-friendly, with waterfalls and even a slide. Lounge chairs are always available, as are daybeds and cabanas by reservation. Cabanas enjoy a ceiling fan, lounge chairs and TVs, as well as a dedicated server and host.
Let the fun and frivolity of the GO Pool shape your afternoon. This pool for adults is a spread-out, colorful escape from the Strip action.
The Flamingo Showroom is a classic. The tables and booths up front give you that vintage-Vegas vibe for a live show experience that’s as intimate as it is entertaining. The seating arrangements may change based on the show, but it’s a relatively small venue, especially considering its counterparts at other Las Vegas Strip hotels. There’s not a bad seat in the house.
Self-parking at the hotel is free for the first hour for guests or the first three hours for local residents with a Nevada ID. Daily rates may be higher if there is an event. Valet parking is available at varying rates for weekdays and weekends. Both self-parking and valet are complimentary for Caesars Rewards members with Platinum status or higher.
Several sister properties share the parking garage. Spots may be designated for valet parking or Hertz car rentals. When parking in the garage, be sure you are parking in a self-parking space.
The Flamingo offers quite a few transportation options for guests, making it easy to get around. Rideshares like Uber and Lyft have a designated pickup drop-off point at the South Entrance, near the Promenade and front desk. The McCarran International Airport and tour shuttles pick up near the East Entrance by the monorail walkway. It’s the entrance closest to the Gardens. You’ll also find the self-parking garage at this entrance with access to the Hertz rental cars.
Las Vegas Monorail
The elevated monorail walkway near the Gardens will take you to the Flamingo & Caesars Palace Monorail Station. The Monorail has several stops along the East side of Las Vegas Boulevard, connecting many of the Strip hotel casinos. You can grab a one-ride pass, but we recommend a one-day, five-day or seven-day pass if you plan on using it often.
Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
The Wildlife Habitat in the Gardens at the Flamingo is a beautiful respite from the heat of the Vegas desert. Walk the sidewalks and over the streams filled with fish to take pictures by the waterfalls. It’s the flamingos and exotic birds that steal the show. The Gardens are free to enter and an activity the whole family can enjoy.
The Spa at Flamingo
The Spa at Flamingo offers single service treatments like a massage or facial as well as complete packages for an entire day of relaxation. Melt away muscle pain or enjoy soothing aromatherapy as add-on packages and be sure to take advantage of the relaxation room.
Your stay at the hotel also includes access to the fitness center equipped with cardio and strength training machines.
The Flamingo offers a wide array of cuisines and styles of restaurants. Whether you’re looking for something affordable to feed the entire family or want a more intimate dinner for two, you’ll find the perfect place to eat here.
Paradise Garden Buffet
There are many buffets on the Las Vegas Strip, but none other with a view like this one. You’ll enjoy the scene of the Wildlife Habitat while eating as much food as you’d like from the myriad options served daily. With natural lighting and lush, tropical scenery, the Paradise Garden Buffet takes the cake.
Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse
If you ever want to experience vintage Vegas, this is the place to do it. You’ll enter through a bakery “front” to the actual restaurant behind it in true speakeasy fashion. You’re in for a treat with high-quality steak and the best mixed drinks. If you are sharing a meal with someone special, head to the Count Room, where you will be served exclusive cocktails and small plates in a much more intimate setting.
Carlos ‘N Charlie’s Restaurant
Bring the whole family to Carlos ‘N Charlies for a festive Mexican dinner, then come back later for the late-night fiesta dance party. You might find yourself wearing a balloon hat while you’re enjoying tasty, inspired drinks.
This Las Vegas coffee house with a selection of coffees, teas and even smoothies. Get your day going with some caffeine and a sandwich, salad, or a delicious baked breakfast treat. There are two Club Cappuccino locations at Flamingo.
The tropical-themed Flamingo is the perfect Las Vegas location for Margaritaville. The restaurant features multiple levels, great music inspired by Jimmy Buffett himself, and a vibe that’s just as chill as the drinks they serve.
When you’re in a rush, head to Nook Express, grab some coffee or tea to keep you going as well as a fresh pastry or two. You’ll even find pizza and gourmet entrees that are ready to go when you are.
Bonanno’s New York Pizzeria
You’ll find all your favorite your favorite Italian food favorites here, from hand-tossed pizza to spaghetti and meatballs. It feels like an authentic New York pizzeria.
Johnny Rocket’s does classic American fare the old-fashioned way, serving all the tried-and-true favorites: hamburgers, fries and malts.
Pan Asian Express
Even though the food is fast, this express bistro serves up modern takes on Asian-food classics. Stir fry chefs prepare your meal to order for the freshest and most flavorful menu around.
L.A. Subs & Salads
Find subs, wraps, panini, salads and so much more at L.A. Subs & Salads. If you’re craving something fresh and light, this is where you want to go.
The Flamingo offers three unique bar experiences for guests and visitors. Choose one and try a signature cocktail or visit all three and decide which you like best.
The Garden Bar
Perfectly situated inside the Flamingo gardens, the Garden Bar has a laid-back vibe perfect for sipping on a cocktail and chatting with friends. Meet up with them to plan your night or relax here for a bit before calling it a night.
Just like the other casino hotspots bearing his name, Bugsy’s Bar will take you back to his era with a vintage-style atmosphere. Bugsy’s is a walk-up bar that welcomes you with shining neon reminiscent of “old” Vegas. Play a few reels or hands on the bartop slot machines while you sip a drink.
The Bird Bar is unlike any other on the Strip. With dozens of bird cages gracing the ceiling, this is one hot spot to hang out with friends. Las Vegas Boulevard patio seating is available for the ultimate people-watching experience.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Live!
This production is fun, unique, and immersive based on the drag race reality show. The most famous names in the industry grace the Flamingo Showroom stage to show off their many talents.
The legendary Las Vegas entertainer, Wayne Newton, will be performing once again at the Flamingo. His show includes audience interaction and personal stories from his career, in addition to performing his classic hits.
Bugsy’s Cabaret is the venue for this adults-only show featuring talented, topless dancers. Whether a date night or a bachelor party, be prepared for audience interaction during this playful and exciting show.
Piff the Magic Dragon
You may have seen Piff the Magic Dragon during one of his appearances on America’s Got Talent. Now, you can catch him headlining a family-friendly show at the Flamingo.
So many seasonal events are happening at Flamingo. Check back for more information.
Nightclubs and Dayclubs
GO Pool Dayclub
The GO Pool Dayclub is the Flamingo pool party for adults only. Enjoy popular DJs and a mix of entertainment options depending on the day of your visit. The poolside bar serves up delicious cocktails, or you can opt for VIP drink service with your own cabana. You will need to purchase a ticket to the Dayclub in advance.
You can create a lasting memory in Las Vegas by having a custom brick engraved and placed in the Gardens at the Flamingo. When walking through, be sure to look at some of the bricks featuring messages that others have left behind.
The Flamingo is a gambler’s paradise with over 1,600 slot machines and 130 gaming tables. The Race & Sportsbook features comfortable seating and plenty of screens to catch all the events fit for a bet. Read more about the Flamingo casino.
From souvenir shops to the everyday essentials to the latest in luxury fashion or the best wines worldwide, the Flamingo has shopping for everyone. Stores are located throughout the casino and their famous Promenade.
Flamingo Wine & Spirits
With an extensive list of wine and liquors, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for here. Grab your tobacco items or snacks as well when you stop by this 24/7 store.
Karma & Luck
Karma & Luck celebrates cultures and styles from all around the world with unique gemstones and gemstone jewelry. Come “manifest your dreams” and take a little Luck with you back to the casino.
The most in-design fashion jewelry trends are found at the Flamingo’s Landau. The store offers earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings and even curated sets to match any style outfit.
The interactive photo booth will pull you in, but it will be hard to leave without trying one of the candies or chocolates at LICK. Here, you may find some risqué or more adult-themed sweets and other designer candies.
Is that a bakery treat from Cafe Cappuccino or a bar from Lola Soap? Might want to check the receipt before you take a bite. The soaps here smell and feel as sweet as they look.
Marshall Rousso’s is your Promande stop for fashionable shoes and accessories. Feel free to stop in and browse their exclusive jewelry designs.
The hot Las Vegas sun can get bright. When shopping for designer eyewear, you want to start at Scene. They carry all the top brands, including Oakley, Prada, Gucci, Ray-Ban and many others.
The Werkroom isn’t only a retail store and gift shop with fantastic items based on the reality show and RuPauls Live! Experience. You may just run into the performers or find something for your own makeover here as well.
If you’re interested in creating a unique brick to leave behind in the Flamingo gardens, this is the place to do it. You’ll have to come back and see the brick when it’s in place, so you can take a photo.
Hotel Gift Shops
Promenade Gift Shop
If you’re looking for a souvenir, this is the place to find several. Flamingo accessories and apparel, Las Vegas and local sports team merchandise, and more are at the Promenade Gift Shop. They also carry a large selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and personal care products.
Flocked is the gift store for all those fun-loving guests looking for something colorful and bright to bring home. Look for the bright pink flamingo neon sign on top.
Habitat Gift Shop
The Habitat Gift Shop carries souvenirs perfect for those back home who want to experience the beauty of the Flamingo’s gardens without having to travel. Their new shirt or sunglasses might just inspire them to take a trip to the Flamingo themselves.
Quirky Las Vegas souvenirs and unique gifts are what Magnet Max does best. Be sure to check out the extra-large foam dice or sunglasses.
This 24/7 shop is the place to go for quick snacks and drinks, tobacco products and as any personal care items you may have forgotten to bring with you. Destinations is located on the casino floor.
Essentials To Go
Also carrying all the essentials you may need along with Flamingo and Las Vegas souvenirs, this 24/7 store is located across from Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and next to Landau.
The Flamingo Promenade
The Flamingo Promenade is a row of shops that run from the hotel and casino to the valet and self-parking by the East Entrance. You’ll find plenty of shops for your retail therapy, as well as the Spa at Flamingo and several of the hotel’s restaurants.
The Future of the Flamingo
With how much has changed since the Flamingo opened its doors in 1946, there is almost a guarantee that there will be more changes forthcoming. We look forward to seeing what those changes are as the owner of the Flamingo resort, Caesars Entertainment, looks toward the future.
Frequently Asked Questions About Flamingo Las Vegas
What are the resort fees at Flamingo Las Vegas?
Flamingo’s resort fees are between $30 and $40 depending on the time of visit. Read about hotels in Las Vegas without resort fees to explore more cheap stay options.
How many pools are at Flamingo Hotel and Casino?
Flamingo has two pools for guests to enjoy: the Beach Club pool for swimmers and sunbathers of all ages, and the adult-friendly GO pool.
What is the oldest hotel on the Strip in Las Vegas?
Flamingo Las Vegas is considered the oldest hotel on the Strip, with its inception dating back to 1945.