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Top 10 facts and tidbits about The Flamingo in Las Vegas

6 December 2021

In just 20 days, Flamingo Las Vegas, located in the heart of The Strip, will officially turn 75 years old. The iconic Las Vegas Strip resort, owned by Caesars Entertainment, is a key part of the city’s rich history for many reasons.

Here, we take a look at some of those reasons along with the history and amenities of the first resort-style property to sprout up on the Strip.

10. The history
It all began back in 1945, when mobster Bugsy Siegel was intrigued by gambling and off-track betting so he and his partners bought two-thirds of the Flamingo Las Vegas project.

During the final stages of construction, Siegel was fed up with the rising costs and it is said that he let his builder know about his past and that he had killed 16 men. Siegel even built a ladder in the Presidential Suite in case he needed to escape quickly.

On 26 December 1946,Siegel opened the resort casino for $6 million with 105 rooms. Supposedly, Siegel named the property after his girlfriend who carried the name “Flamingo” because of her skinny legs.

In 1960, the Flamingo was sold for $10.5 million. It wasn’t until 2005 that Caesars Entertainment, formerly Harrah’s Entertainment, added Flamingo to its portfolio.

The resort has a different look to it now after some renovations, but we will get into that shortly.

9. The performers
Las Vegas has seen anyone and everyone perform over the years, but Flamingo has had some notable names grace their presence on the stage from the get-go.

In the 1960s,some major concerts took place at the resort, including Ray Charles, James Brown, Little Richard, Tom Jones and Wayne Newton, to just name a few.

Fast forward to the late 1990s and early 2000s and you had groups like The Beach Boys and Kenny Rogers making their way to Flamingo.

The entertainment has never stopped at this resort. In 2018, when Ja Rule, Jesse McCartney and Bow Wow hit the stage.

8. Wildlife habitat
It may not be lions, tigers and bears, but the wildlife habitat at Flamingo is something you shouldn’t miss.

The area allows guests to get up close and personal to many different types of birds.

The Flamingo website states, “The variety of wildlife that guests can experience is wonderful. The habitat is home to a flock of Chilean Flamingos, multiple species of exotic waterfowl, and Brown Pelicans. You’ll also find impressive Sturgeon, Koi, Albino Catfish, turtles as well as some of our local songbirds. Native hummingbirds dazzle our guests with up close encounters at our feeders, as they are year-round residents of the Southwest.”

Until 2 January, the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat will transport guests to a winter wonderland with spectacular pink and white lights and other whimsical ornamentation.

7. The location
One of the best things about this great resort is where it sits on The Strip. I have been to Las Vegas twice now in the last three years and I must say, it is tough to beat the location of the Flamingo.

No matter where I was going, I found myself either passing or entering the property because it is in the dead center of The Strip.

You see it in movies, in fact the 1960 version of Ocean’s 11 was filmed here, and when you see it in person and see the famous sign on the front of the resort, you find yourself almost needing to go in and check it out.

6. The hotel
When you do walk in, you find yourself in the lobby of an iconic hotel that is home to over 3,500 rooms and suites.

This hotel underwent a renovation in 2018 with two phases. In April 2018, Flamingo redesigned the first 1,270 rooms and suites with an initial $90 million investment. The following December, another 976-room renovation was completed and two-thirds of the room product at Flamingo Las Vegas were new or were remodeled in two years.

During this change, the hotel revealed the new Bunk Bed Suite. The upscale Bunk Bed Suite at Flamingo Las Vegas consists of a 430-square-foot bedroom with two queen beds, each equipped with its own overhead full-size bunk, connected to a 550-square-foot parlor that includes a living area with oversized lounge furniture and a full kitchenette with a refrigerator.

The 515-square-foot Bunk Bed Room can accommodate a group of friends or the whole family with two queen beds, each equipped with its own overhead full-size bunk. The upgraded room also features modern décor paired with sleek furnishings in a spacious living area, 55-inch HDTV, a separate wet vanity area, bedside USB ports and a rain shower in a stylish bathroom.

5. 75th anniversary promotions
To honor when Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel and business partner Meyer Lansky famously opened the Flamingo Hotel intending to bring Hollywood glam to the desert, the resort started the 75th anniversary promotions.

Through the end of the year, guests can enjoy anniversary-themed offers at the resort, from a social media sweepstakes to hotel, spa and wedding packages.

During the 75 Days of Appreciation, all active Flamingo Team Members will be entered into a daily raffle for fun prizes. Outstanding Team Members will also be entered into a drawing to win a grand prize package of a fabulous staycation at the Flamingo.

The hotel also has special offers for the anniversary:
  • Flamingo 75th Anniversary View Room Offer (Promo Code: FL75V) – Enjoy fabulous views in a renovated room. Stay two nights for $75 in a Flamingo Garden View, City View, or High Roller View Room.
  • Flamingo 75th Anniversary Premium Room Offer (Promo Code: FL75P) – Celebrate "75 Years of Fab" in a GO Mini Suite or Renovated Flamingo Premium Room for $75 per night.

4. The casino
We can’t forget that inside this historic resort is plenty of space and seating for table games and slots. The casino offers 130 table games and more than 1,600 slot machines.

Table games include the major interests such as blackjack, roulette and baccarat.

Aside from the 72.000 square-feet of gaming space, you also have the Caesars Race & Sportsbook where guests can enjoy plenty of individual lounge chairs and screens to watch their bets hopefully cash.

3. Garden Bar
If you are looking for a place to maybe start off your night out in Sin City, then Garden Bar may be the perfect fit.

This bar is a very relaxed, “chill” vibe where guests can enjoy a few drinks with friends and take in the views of the waterfalls and Flamingo lagoon.

The casual bar is open until 11 p.m. during Monday, Thursday and Friday, and 1 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

It would be a great place to stop in and open a bar tab for a few rounds with friends before extending your night to a nightclub on The Strip to the later hours.

2. The pools
Similar to Garden Bar, the Beach Club Pool at Flamingo isn’t a wild scene but a great spot for families to enjoy the pool and see the waterfalls and lagoon. There is also a waterslide at this pool and no matter how old I get, the kid in me will always love a good waterslide.

If you are looking for something more intense, and dare I say “lit”, there is also the GO Pool where cabanas, daybeds and the party vibe lives.

There are DJs and entertainment taking place at GO Pool where guests can keep the buzz going with some cocktails as well.

1. Bugsy and Meyers Steakhouse
Last summer, the resort officially opened Bugsy & Meyers Steakhouse. The restaurant's name is a nod to Flamingo Las Vegas founders, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel and business partner Meyer Lansky, who famously created the first resort-style hotel on the Strip back in 1946 and forever changed Las Vegas.

On the evening of Thursday, 2 July 2020, Lansky's grandson, Meyer Lansky II, stopped in to experience the all-new steakhouse. He noted that one of the last things Siegel said to his grandfather was, "don't give up on Las Vegas.”

The Bugsy & Meyer's menu features steakhouse classics and throwbacks with modern enhancements. Bugsy & Meyer's in-house dry aged program is showcased in the restaurant in a glass encased show cooler. Hand selected cuts include domestic prime, wet aged, dry aged prime, imported wagyu and more.

Joining the steakhouse's talented culinary team is the winner of the Food Network competition series, "Vegas Chef Prizefight," Lamar Moore.
Dan Ippolito

As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports. Email him at daniel@casinocity.com, or follow him at @casinocity_dan on Twitter.
Dan Ippolito
As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports. Email him at daniel@casinocity.com, or follow him at @casinocity_dan on Twitter.