Flamingo Hotel

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The Flamingo opened in 1946, making it the oldest casino hotel on the Strip still in existence. It is located directly across the street from Caesars Palace, but also smack in the middle of a whole cluster of other Caesars Entertainment owned properties. These include the LINQ and Harrah's to the North and Bally's Paris, and Planet Hollywood hotel to the South. Naturally, Caesars management hopes you will agree that these six facilities combined (along with the off-Strip Rio hotel accessible via free shuttle) provide all the gambling and non-gambling activities you could possibly want. But don't forget--the Bellagio and Mirage are within walking distance of the Flamingo, too!

Given the close proximity of the Flamingo to all of these other hotels, you are probably wondering why choose the Flamingo. The reason why the Flamingo is appeals to many families is that out of all of the Caesars-owned properties, it is probably the cheapest. The difference in the cost of staying at the Flamingo vs. staying at a high-end hotel like Caesars Palace for a few nights can easily add up to hundreds of dollars. On the other hand, to a large extent, you do get what you pay for. The Flamingo has a 3-star rating rather than a 5-star rating. In other words, your accommodations will probably be okay, but not luxurious, and despite recent renovations, there is no doubt that the hotel is showing its age. Reviewers on sites like Yelp and Tripadvisor have described the rooms as "outdated" and in need of upgrading. There have also been numerous complaints about the elevators being old and slow.

As at many other hotels, accommodations at the Flamingo vary from standard rooms to mini-suites and full-size suites at a wide range of prices. For example, 350 square foot remodeled and upgraded "Fab" rooms include touches of signature Flamingo pink, along with contemporary seating, vintage Vegas artwork, ultra-soft pillow-top mattresses with plush linens, a 32 inch flat-screen TV, and shower and tub. The same size GO rooms are more high tech and include a 42 inch flat-screen TV, wireless Internet, and electronic window treatments. The bathrooms come with glass walls and doors and mirrors with built in TVs (not good features if you have very young children). Some of the rooms include a coffeemaker and refrigerator (check beforehand).

Mini-suites ($120 and up) have the same features as the GO rooms, but they are larger (550 square feet) The adjoining sitting room has a pull-out couch, 42-inch flat-screen HDTV, and refrigerator. Or, for $189 and up, your family can have a large deluxe suite (1,400-1,600 feet) with a separate parlor area with dining space, a coffeemaker and refrigerator, sofa, and flat-screen TV.

At the other end of the price spectrum, many of the rooms at the Flamingo are priced under $50 and some rooms can be booked for as little as $30. During slower times of the year, and at any time of the year if you play frequently at any of the Caesars-owned properties, you can probably get a room for an even cheaper rate or complimentary. However, if you need more spacious accommodations than a standard room provides, you will need to spend more. Some of the rooms offer a view of the High Roller at the LINQ. Children might especially like that feature.

Check-in time is 4 p.m., and check-out time is 11 a.m. Keep in mind that a mandatory resort fee of $25/night is added to the cost of all rooms. The fee covers Internet for one device, fitness center access for two people, and local calls.

The Flamingo is one of many casinos all over the country that participate in the Total Rewards player recognition program. If you already hold a Total Rewards card, be sure to present it when you make your reservation to ensure receiving the best rate possible. Even if you have not done much gambling lately, simply having the card will give you a better price on your hotel room. If you don't have a Total Rewards card yet, you can get one as soon as you arrive at the hotel. Having this card will not only enable you to earn comp points for any of your casino play at the Flamingo and/or any other Caesars-owned properties while you are in Las Vegas, but you can use those comps towards meals, shows, and other expenses. When you present your card, you also automatically save a little (usually $1.00) on meals. Lastly, all of the money you spend at any Caesars property on virtually anything gives you a chance to earn tier points.

Child Friendly Activities

The Flamingo caters far more to adults than it does to children, but families with children do stay there, and it is not a problem. Children and teenagers are especially likely to enjoy these activities.

Swimming at the Beach Club Pool

The Flamingo has two outdoor pools, the GO Pool for adults only and the Beach Club Pool, which is family friendly. The Beach Club Pool is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The water slides (which are only open during selected pool hours) are a big hit with kids.

The pool is surrounded by beautiful gardens and the Flamingo's unique Wildlife Habitat, so the area is very pleasant place to relax and unwind. You and your kids can order lunch or a snack from the Beach Club Bar and Grill. Also, be sure to bring your cell phone or camera so you can take picture-perfect photos of your kids along with the waterfalls, palm trees, pheasants, and flamingos.

Keep in mind that by afternoon, the pool gets very crowded. It is suggested you get there early in the day while chairs are still available and you can enjoy the pool while there is still room to swim. Alternatively, if you plan to spend the day by the pool, cabanas with the following amenities are available for rental:

  • Complimentary bottle of liquor (for the parents!)
  • Fresh fruit platter
  • 42" plasma TV
  • 2 chaise lounge chairs
  • Ceiling fan
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • VIP host service
  • Safe lock box

Flamingo Wildlife Habitat

No matter what ages your children are, any time spent instilling in them an appreciation for the beauty of nature is time well spent. One often overlooked Las Vegas attraction which offers that opportunity is the Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo Las Vegas. This serene oasis is about as far removed from the craziness of the Vegas Strip as can be, yet for guests of the Flamingo Hotel, just steps away from the pool and buffet. Flamingo Island is home to the signature Chilean flamingos for which the hotel is famous, but flamingos are far from the only living creatures you and your kids will find frolicking in the water. Your kids will be delighted to see pelicans, swans, ducks, fish, and turtles there, too.

The habitat is open daily from 8 am.to dusk and is completely free. If possible, plan to arrive just before 8:30 a.m. or 2 p.m., so your kids can get a bird's eye view during pelican feeding time.

Promenade Gift Shop

This may be the only store on the premises which sells items that will appeal to children. Stop here to admire and perhaps buy one of Marie Osmond's famous dolls. The store is also a good place to shop for souvenirs or buy your child a new plush toy.

Donny and Marie and Olivia Newton-John

Finding kid-friendly evening entertainment is always a challenge, and it can be most frustrating when the whole family is rushing through dinner and then, due to heavy traffic, barely making it on time to another hotel for the show, only to find that it was not a good choice for the kids at all. But with outstanding family-friendly headliners like Donny and Marie and Olivia Newton performing at the same hotel where you are staying, you can relax.

Donny and Marie, the legendary brother and sister act of the Osmond family, have both been performing since they were children, and 50+ years later are still going strong. Both have recorded multiple albums and have toured all over the world. Since they have been performing at the Flamingo for some time, they frequently change their material to keep it fresh. Expect a little rock and roll mixed with a little country and a whole lot of high energy music, glittery costumes, and outstanding choreography.

Olivia Newton-John is an internationally known Australian pop singer and breast cancer survivor who has recorded several mega hits. She also co-starred with John Travolta in the movie version of "Grease."

Scheduled performance times are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm., with the two acts alternating on select dates. Neither show is cheap. Donny and Marie prices start at $104.50 plus a service charge, and Olivia Newton-John prices start at $70 plus a service charge.

Legends in Concert*

This long-running tribute show has been a fixture on the Las Vegas Strip for 25 years and will probably continue indefinitely. Over the years, the show has appeared in different venues with different casts portraying different celebrities, but its current home is at the Flamingo.

You can catch the show every day of the week but Friday at 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. With that many performances, there is really no excuse for not seeing it. More good news is that there is special pricing for children. Tickets start at $55.45 for adults and $33.45 for children (plus a service charge). However, because the show has been running so long, discounted tickets are readily available.

The current lineup as of this writing consists of impersonators of Barry White, Steven Tyler, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, and Elvis. However, except for Elvis, who is as constant, the lineup can change at any time and frequently does. After the show, your kids can take pictures with the performers.

Child-Friendly Activities Nearby

In addition to the above-mentioned appropriate for children activities at the Flamingo itself, you will find many more that can be accessed just as easily at the various casino-hotels that are within easy walking distance of the Flamingo. The following are some of them.

    Bally's
  • Grand Bazaar Shops featuring 120+ shows and eateries
  • Jubilee*

This extravagant production has been playing on the Las Vegas Strip since 1981. But if you take your kids, the first show (Sun.-Thurs. at 7 p.m.), which has no nudity, is the appropriate choice. An optional show/dinner package is available, including the Village Buffet at the Paris Hotel. Another option is the Jubilee Backstage Tour on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday at 4 p.m. for an extra $14.75 with a Jubilee show ticket.

    Caesars Palace
  • Caesars Forum Shops, including the Fall of Atlantis show
  • Headliner (i.e., Celine Dion or Mariah Carey) at the Colosseum
    Harrah's
  • Mac King Comedy and Magic Show*. This very kid-friendly show can be seen Tuesday-Saturday at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
  • Big Elvis. You won't need to get out your credit card for this one. Big Elvis performs in the Piano Bar every Monday Wednesday, and Friday at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and the show is FREE!

After seeing one of these shows, head for Ice Pan on the second level. This is where your kids can not only have a dish of their favorite flavor of ice cream with their choice of mix-ins, but watch it being made from scratch!

    Planet Hollywood
  • Britney Spears (performing on select dates through 10/28), followed by Jennifer Lopez in 2016.

*These shows have been playing in Las Vegas for a very long time, which means you should not have to pay full price. Discount coupons are readily available online, in magazines and coupon booklets, and at discount ticket outlets like Tix4Tonight. The location closest to the Flamingo is in the Bally's Showcase Mall.

The Flamingo Concierge desk can assist with restaurant and show reservations and sightseeing tours. However, there is no mention on the website that in the event you wish to have time to yourself, the concierge can arrange babysitting services for your children. There is no onsite childcare facility either. So finding suitable arrangements might be entirely your own responsibility. See the separate section of this website for practical suggestions under those circumstances.

Child-Friendly Restaurants

The Caesars-owned casino hotels have closed most, if not all of their 24-hour coffee shops, presumably as a money-saving measure, replacing them with food courts and snack bars. While these eateries serve a purpose, as do the buffets, the new trend is unfortunate because both the opportunity to have a relaxing, unpressured meal and the availability of healthy food options are generally lacking. It is less of a problem in a hotel that gives you a choice of many restaurants, but at the Flamingo, it is disappointing to see such a limited choice of top quality family-friendly places to eat. The answer, just like if you want your children to have a wider range of activities, is to go elsewhere for most of your meals. These are your restaurant and snack options at the Flamingo.

Paradise Garden Buffet

The Paradise Garden Buffet is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily for brunch and from 5 pm. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday for dinner. Although the brunch selection includes breakfast-type items like waffles, pancakes, and made-to-order omelets and breakfast sandwiches, many of the other items are heartier fare typically eaten later in the day like brisket, pulled pork, burgers, and pizza.

Beach Club Bar and Grill (Seasonal)

During the summer, while you and your kids are hanging out at the pool all day, this reasonably priced casual eatery provides a convenient option for lunch or an afternoon snack. Lunch entrees (classic American fare) cost about $15.

Flamingo Food Court

The Flamingo Food Court, open 24/7, might not work too well for breakfast, (although in Vegas, anything goes, so if your kids want burgers or pizza for breakfast, why not!). On the other hand, the Food Court is probably your best bet for a reasonably priced lunch or dinner without leaving the property. Choose from any of the following.

Johnny Rockets

If the name "Johnny Rockets" is familiar to you, it is because this popular eatery seems to be popping up everywhere you go. There are over 300 locations worldwide. Juicy burgers and cheeseburgers made to order with your choice of toppings and signature shakes and malts served with a smile are what this restaurant does best. Win or lose in the casino, Johnny Rockets is a WINNER for everyone in the family.

Bonnano's Pizza

Of course, you can have pizza, but you can also order "fresh from the kitchen" entrees like baked ziti, lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs that are ideal for sharing.

Pan Asian Express

A modern Asian bistro specializing in Oriental stir-fries.

LA Subs and Salads

Like the name suggests, submarine sandwiches, wraps, grilled Panini, and fresh salads are the kinds of foods this place offers.

In summary, in addition to the very limited lunch and dinner choices, the Flamingo does not have a single restaurant where you can have a reasonably priced traditional breakfast. The problem with the buffet is that it is a brunch menu rather than a breakfast menu, so you will be offered and tempted to eat much more food than you need. Le Village Buffet at the Paris, Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood, and Flavors at Harrah's all offer buffets that are expressly for breakfast rather than brunch, and they all have special pricing for children. Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris, overlooking the Strip and Hash House a Go Go at the LINQ (best for big eaters) are two other nice places to have breakfast. But if you go to Hash House a Go Go, don't even think about getting individual orders for everyone; the portion sizes are ginormous!

Alternatively, if you don't mind walking a little farther, McDonald's and Denny's just north of Harrah's and cheaper than most casino breakfast buffets, are two other options worth considering.

Summing Up; Is the Flamingo Las Vegas Child-Friendly?

Families traveling with children may find staying at the Flamingo a challenge since the Flamingo itself does not offer much for either kids or teenagers to do. The chief advantage to staying at this hotel if you are traveling with kids, aside from the rock bottom rates, is its proximity to other family-friendly casino hotels and attraction.

While a headliner like Donny and Marie and/or family-friendly revue like Legends in Concert would be a great choice for an evening's entertainment, you are still left with a large block of time and the perplexing question how to keep your kids happily entertained. Fortunately, there is plenty for kids to do in the close vicinity of the Flamingo.

The following are some other important considerations that you need to factor in to help you decide whether the Flamingo Las Vegas is sufficiently child-friendly to meet your family's needs.

  1. The child-friendly dining options at this hotel are extremely limited, almost necessitating going elsewhere for some of your meals.
  2. Despite renovations, there is no getting away from the fact that the Flamingo is an old hotel, and guests have complained that it is not as well maintained as it could be. Most families find the accommodations adequate, but if luxury is a priority, a different hotel might be a better choice.
  3. Only one of the pools is open to children and it tends to get very crowded.
  4. The concierges at some Las Vegas hotels make the extra effort to assist guests in arranging babysitting services for their children, but there is no indication that the Flamingo is one of those hotels. In all likelihood, there will be times during your Las Vegas vacation when you want to or need to be on your own, in which case the responsibility rests solely with you to locate and contract for a suitable caretaker for your children.

If you can overcome these disadvantages, the Flamingo can be a very good choice for a family vacation in Las Vegas that is both affordable and fun.

Are kids allowed in the Flamingo Hotel?

Yes, children are indeed allowed in the Flamingo. Nevada State Law prohibits minors (those under 21 years of age) to loiter in the casino. Specifically, minors cannot hang around gaming areas--even if accompanied by a parent or guardian over 21 years old. They may, however, walk through the casino en route to another part of the hotel, but again, while accompanied by a parent or guardian over 21 years of age. Parents and/or guardians may not gamble with minors (children) sitting or standing next to them at any time. This includes quickly dropping a coin or two in a machine while walking with a child. Lastly, children may not touch the gaming devices including slot machines and table games.

Do kids stay free at the Flamingo Hotel?

No

Is there childcare or baby sitting at the Flamingo Hotel?

While the Flamingo does not offer childcare or babysitting on site, there are numerous childcare services in Las Vegas

Is Flamingo Hotel ok for kids?

Yes. While this hotel do not offer much to do with children, other than the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat, it's location is ideal for exploring the many child-friendly options within walking distance.

What's the best thing to do for kids at Flamingo Hotel?

The Flamingo Las Vegas Wildlife Habitat features live Chilean flamingos and more. The north entrance

Can children eat free at the Flamingo Hotel buffet?

Children 4 to 10 receive a discount and children 3 and under eat free.

Is there an arcade at Flamingo Hotel?

Yes

Are pets allowed at Flamingo Hotel?

Yes. Dogs 50 pounds and under are allowed.

Does Flamingo Hotel have a good swimming pool for Kids?

Flamingo hotel has a 15-acre pool area. It features three pools, with a network of waterslides and an 18-foot waterfall. The Go Pool is for adults only during the warm months.

Is Flamingo Hotel good for older kids (teens)?

Perfectly suitable for kids of all ages but the hotel itself offers little for kids to do.

What are the things to do at (around) Flamingo Hotel?

Within walking distance of the Flamingo you'll find:


  1. Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace

  2. Bellagio Fountains

  3. Bally's Shopping Mall

  4. City Center

  5. Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris

  6. Auto Collection at LINQ