Las Vegas, Nevada- the desert where dreams can come true, where fountains dance and Elvis is still “All Shook Up.” America’s playground for adults is a top destination for bachelors/bachelorettes, people in search of fun in the sun (and the night), retirees, and, of course, those that love to gamble. What’s more exciting for those enamored with Sin City than when your plane touches down at McCarran Airport, you peek out the plane’s window and realize- “You’re in Vegas, Baby!”
However, unless you’re high-rolling it up in life, all day, every day, finding a budget friendly place to rest your (probably weary, if you’re doing it right,) head every night can be slightly daunting when you’re ready to book your trip. With so many hotels/casinos on and off the Strip, how do you choose the right one, without being disappointed once you get there?
When searching for a pocket friendly alternative to my last trip to LV, I found a wonderful package deal that included a five night stay at the Flamingo Las Vegas. Opened in late 1946, the Flamingo was one of the first luxury resort hotels in Las Vegas. Many, many years later, this hotel/casino still keeps some of its “Old-World” charm about it (and by Old World I mean old Las Vegas). Although there are now grander and more glamorous hotels and casinos to choose from, the Flamingo offers a glimpse into old Las Vegas, a family friendly atmosphere, and a fantastic location on the Strip convenient for the young and the young at heart. Situated next door to Harrah’s Casino with its always fun Carnival bar and across the street from the expansive Caesars Palace and it’s many shops, the Flamingo offers its hotel dwellers nearby places to grab a drink and spend their money. The hotel is also a very easy walk to the Bellagio’s dancing fountains, the Venetian and its gondola rides, and the Mirage’s exploding volcano. You will never be out of options when you walk out the doors of this pink casino.
Besides the great location, the rooms at the Flamingo were surprisingly bigger than expected, as well as modern. The hotel has a few different pools, one offers a slide for the kiddies, while the 21+ one offers a variety of adult beverages for the grown-ups to purchase. Not to mention that the pool area truly makes you feel as though you’ve gotten away from it all. Just be sure to get there early to claim a spot and, if you’re not in a party mood (except that you’re in Vegas, so why aren’t you?), be aware that the pool becomes party central during the afternoon hours. The Wildlife Habitat is yet another selling point. With its flamingos, Koi fish, turtles, ducks, and swans, the Habitat is a great place to walk through for adults and kiddies alike. Plus, if you get a window seat at the buffet, you can sit and watch the fish and fowl as you dine. For the pet lovers- The hotel is pet friendly and even has a small designated outdoor area for our canine buddies. Want another perk? The Flamingo is free of resort fees so you won’t have any extra charges added to your credit card. Unless you decide to live like a rock star suddenly and decide to “trash” the place. Just try to stay clear from that sort of behavior and it should all work out fine!
Of course this is only my opinion and I have only written about a few of the Flamingo’s good points. However, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to Vegas on more than one occasion and my last travel companion has been there a whopping nine times now. Both of us fully agreed that the Flamingo was a good choice not only for our wallets, but for our overall travel experience. Whichever hotel you decide on when traveling to Las Vegas, have fun and may Lady Luck be with you.