Nareed
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January 7th, 2010 at 8:16:50 AM permalink
I'm planning a trip to Vegas for late April. Looking specifically at the Flamingo and Imperial Palace, I can get rates of $240 and $150 respectively for 5 nights. I've stayed at IP and it's acceptable though not particularly enjoyable.

Here's the question: is it worth paying an extra $90 for the Flamingo?

Location is not an issue as they are next to each other. The pool is not an issue, either. I know the Flamingo has a very nice pool, while the IP's is more like a rectangle more or less suitable for swimming. I don't usually take time to swim or lie by the pool anyway.

Pretty much that leaves the rooms. Everything else is equally accessible at both locations (buffets, restaurants, shops, casinos, etc.) They're both Harrah's properties, so there's no problem about player cards.

Any advice will be most appreciated.

Thanks
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kristim55
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January 7th, 2010 at 9:02:13 AM permalink
Though I haven't stayed in either, I know people who have. To a man, they would choose the Flamingo over the IP.
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January 7th, 2010 at 9:02:39 AM permalink
I'm surprised that either are that expensive. Are you going during Spring Break?

I stayed at Flamingo about 4 years ago. I was very unimpressed with the casino, hotel, entertainment AND pool.

The MOST dissapointing thing was the Bugsy Seagal Monument. They have (or had?) a thing about it on the website. Made it sound like a Don't Miss attraction. The dang thing is tucked away behind some trees in the pool area. And it's really nothing to brag about. Just a bust of Bugsy with a plaque detailing some of his history.


And don't get too excited about Strip Poker next door at O'Sheas (another Harrahs property). O'Sheas is the only casino to have a poker table adjacent to the sidewalk on the LV Strip. 'Strip' Poker. Get it?


This past September I stayed at Sahara. Although I gave that rotten marks too, it was only $26 per night.
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January 7th, 2010 at 9:03:48 AM permalink
I assume this is the rate for 5 total days, and not a nightly rate? Both of these hotels are pretty much budget conscious, and if that is your goal, I would suggest keeping the lower rate and saving the remaining $90 for the tables. Maybe place one big $90 bet at one point and pay for half your stay with what would have been a sure loss on the room price anyway.

If this IS a nightly rate, then I can suggest much nicer places for those rates.
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DJTeddyBear
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January 7th, 2010 at 9:35:57 AM permalink
Quote: MrPapagiorgio

I assume this is the rate for 5 total days, and not a nightly rate?

Oh, oops. My bad:
Quote: Nareed

I can get rates of $240 and $150 respectively for 5 nights.

Then it's not so bad.
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January 7th, 2010 at 12:53:32 PM permalink
For what its worth,

If you stay at Imperial Palace, you can use the Flamingo's pool when you bring your room key. The regular rooms at the IP aren't bad, but if that price difference is for a capri room, I would go for Flamingo.
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January 7th, 2010 at 12:54:01 PM permalink
I've stayed at the Flamingo 2-3 times. Rooms are clean though not cutting-edge modern. Speed of check-in was decent both times. First time something was messed up and they accomadated us with a better room the forst 1-2 nights. The casino is nothing special and the buffet is barely average. In fact, for breakfast skip it and go down to Harrah's, it is better and about the same price.

I stay at Flamingo because it is a good value, good location, and I like the "right on the strip" entrance to the casino. I don't play there, though, as the rules are only fair.

Verdict: take the cheaper place and with the $90 go to the buffet at Bellagio.
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MrPapagiorgio
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January 7th, 2010 at 12:59:45 PM permalink
Quote: AZDuffman



Verdict: take the cheaper place and with the $90 go to Tony Roma's three times.



I've corrected the above sentence for you.
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Nareed
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January 7th, 2010 at 2:53:55 PM permalink
Quote: MrPapagiorgio

I assume this is the rate for 5 total days, and not a nightly rate?



Sorry about that. Yes, that's the rate for 5 nights, tax included (I'm sure it doesn't include all sorts of other fees). The IP rate is for a regular tower room. Capri's a bit more than that.

Quote: MrPapagiorgio

If this IS a nightly rate, then I can suggest much nicer places for those rates.



If I'd quoted nightly rates for those places, I'd expect to be recommended to a nice, large building with padded walls ;)

Thanks for all the replies.

I know O'Shea's from previous visits (Bill's Gambling hall, too). There are way better places even in other Harrah's properties. Speaking of which, I do visit the Flamingo every time, but I dond't think I've ever gambled there.

I found the Bugsy memorial entirely by accident while wandering about the bird and fish exhibit at the back of the hotel. the exhibit is rather good. The memorial is nice, but I uderstand how you'd be disappointed if you expected more.
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January 7th, 2010 at 4:33:48 PM permalink
I have stayed at Flamingo, and I would consider Flamingo, Harrah's or Golden Nugget before booking IP. Don't stay at IP!!!

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