Never Again For the Flamingo
Let me give you a blow by blow description of my experience.
Upon arrival at the Flamingo on Friday around 2:30 pm (you would think this is the beginning of their highest check-in volume of the week, late Friday aft into Friday eve.) and they only had ½ of their check-in stations manned leading to a 45 minute wait. After walking to room (long way in Vegas hotels), room key doesn’t work, go back to desk and am told (in a snotty “it’s your fault” manner) that they printed the key cards “backward” and you have to put in the end into the door that is NOT the arrows pointing! They could have told me this when I checked in, no apology, just attitude. And why didn’t they have a sign taped (or something) at each check-in station about this? Wrote it down as one of those things and got revved up for Friday eve. in Vegas!
After taking wife shopping to outlet malls and major dept stores (carrying LOTS of packages), upon arrival back a Flamingo they have parking structure (we drove to Vegas) closed because it is full! This is a common occurrence for the Flamingo, but in past they have arrangements with the O’sheas casino on the other side of Flamingo complex for guests to use their garage. No big deal, really no additional inconvenience, as it is about the same distance from rooms, you just enter Flamingo from other side. BUT WAIT!!! This garage is being demolished and is closed so NOW you have to go down to the Imperial Palace / Harrah’s garage! End up having to walk through the Imperial Palace casino, out onto the strip, down the strip to the Flamingo the through the Flamingo casino to get to rooms!! All carrying shopping packages from day’s trip! This is terrible and they have no mention of it (they KNOW they don’t have enough parking in the one garage). Also NO attempt to ensure only guests park in garage etc. Additionally they have taken a chunk of spaces OUT of availability to assign to their FHGV reserved spaces.
Sunday (Final Straw)
We had planned to say in Vegas through Sunday and leave Monday. This was due to after a long night on the town Saturday evening we wanted to stay Sunday and lounge around the pool (usually clears out sometime Sunday afternoon as people go back to Southern California after weekend). Went down to pool only to find that the Flamingo has turned their main pool into a “party pool” (DJ, loud hip-hop music etc.). I can live with this, not my ideal pool day but not a big deal. However we find out that they are now selling entrance to non-guests, and in addition they have removed a large number of their lounge chairs to put in those big cushioned “day beds” on pool edge and numerous additional cabanas, along with some “rental pool side lounge chairs” thus REMOVING a large percentage of the normal lounge chairs. I figured several hundred chairs less (my guess). Now there are so few chairs that there is NOWHERE to relax or even sit! Even the very little “open” space on edge of pool (sitting on edge with feet in water) was taken, and it was only 11:30 AM!
Bottom Line!!! I would recommend you DON”T stay at the Flamingo, and I will NEVER visit a Harrah’s property again (and I go to Vegas at least 4-5 times a year).
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