The Flaming-o

My week in Las Vegas began with a two night stay at the venerable Flamingo Hotel and Casino. Not only was it the first modern Strip resort but the first place I stayed over two decades past. I was given a Go Room with a fairly impressive Strip view. I have always liked the design of these rooms but they are starting to get quite worn. The shower leaked and the carpet was frayed. There was a mini fridge, coffee maker and a TV in the bathroom mirror. The bed was fine. Overall, the hotel is a working class place, a kind of Wal-Mart of casinos. The casino is a pretty fun place, the wildlife habitat out back is a peaceful respite and the pool is better than average. On the other hand, the food choices on site are lacking. The buffet is average at best and the Mexican and steak restaurants are little better. There is a food court which provides a few more choices but nothing special. If you are a parrothead, you’ll enjoy Margaritaville. The location is outstanding and a great base of operations for exploring the center Strip. The Cromwell and Linq are steps away and Harrah’s, Mirage, Caesars, Ballys and Bellagio are close by. So, if you just want a place to crash and party, it will do just fine. If you are looking for more, you may want to search elsewhere.

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