Flamingo Hotel & Casino is a popular choice amongst travelers in Las Vegas (NV), whether exploring or just passing through. The hotel offers a wide range of amenities and perks to ensure you have a great time. To be found at the hotel are casino, concierge, 24-hour room service, executive floor, restaurant. Internet access – wireless (charges apply), hair dryer, seating area, daily newspaper, coffee/tea maker can be found in each guestroom. Take a break from a long day and make use of hot tub, tennis courts, fitness center, sauna, garden. Convenience and comfort makes Flamingo Hotel & Casino the perfect choice for your stay in Las Vegas (NV).
Flamingo Hotel History
The Flamingo Las Vegas is a hotel casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada and is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corp.. The property offers a 77,000 sq ft casino along with 3,626 hotel rooms. The 15 acres site's architectural theme is reminiscent of the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne style of Miami and South Beach, with the central outdoor area housing an exhibit of flamingos as part of a wildlife habitat. It was the home of penguins, but they have since been moved to the Dallas Zoo. It was the third resort to open on the Strip. It is the oldest resort on the Strip still in operation today.
The Flamingo has a Las Vegas Monorail station at the rear of the property.
The Flamingo site occupies 40 acres originally owned by one of Las Vegas' first settlers, Charles ""Pops"" Squires. Mr. Squires paid $8.75 an acre for the land. In 1944, Margaret Folsom bought the tract for $7,500 from Squires, and she then later sold it to Billy Wilkerson. Billy Wilkerson was the owner of the Hollywood Reporter as well as some very popular nightclubs in the Sunset Strip: Cafe Trocadero, Ciro's and La Rue's.
In 1945, Wilkerson purchased 33 acres on the west side of U.S. Route 91, about one mile south of the Hotel Last Frontier in preparation for his vision. Wilkerson then hired George Vernon Russell to design a hotel that was more in the European style and something other than the sawdust joints"" on Fremont Street. He planned a hotel with luxurious rooms, a spa, health club, showroom, golf course, nightclub and an upscale restaurant. Due to high wartime materials costs, Wilkerson ran into financial problems almost at once, finding himself $400,000 short and hunting for new financing."
In late 1945, mobster Benjamin Bugsy"" Siegel and his ""partners"" came to Las Vegas, after the fledgling resort city piqued Siegel's interest due to its legalized gambling and its off-track betting. Siegel at the time held a large interest in Trans America Wire, a racing publication."
Siegel began when he purchased The El Cortez on Fremont Street for $600,000 and later sold it for a $166,000 profit. At the same time, Siegel and his organized crime associates learned Wilkerson had run out of money on his project. They used the profits from the El Cortez sale to influence Wilkerson to accept new partners. Siegel and such partners as Moe Sedway, Gus Greenbaum and Meyer Lansky invested $1 million in the new property, allowing Wilkerson to keep a one-third ownership stake and operational control.
Siegel took over the final phases of construction and convinced more of his underworld associates to invest in the project. The problem was, Siegel had no experience in construction or design, causing costs to mount from constant changes and gouging from construction firms and suppliers including, it was reputed, workers who delivered by day, stole by night, and resold the next day. Siegel may actually have bought some of the same materials twice thanks to this kind of scheming.
Siegel lost patience with the rising costs, and his notorious outbursts unnerved his construction foreman. Reputedly, Siegel told him, ""Don't worry we only kill each other.""
Siegel finally opened The Flamingo Hotel & Casino at a total cost of $6 million on December 26, 1946. Billed as the world's most luxurious hotel, the 105-room property and first luxury hotel on the Strip, was built seven miles from Downtown Las Vegas, with a large sign built in front of the construction site announcing it was a William R. Wilkerson project, with Del Webb Construction as the prime contractor and Richard Stadelman the architect.
Siegel named the resort after his girlfriend Virginia Hill, who loved to gamble and whose nickname was Flamingoa nickname Siegel gave her due to her long, skinny legs. Organized crime king Lucky Luciano wrote in his memoir that Siegel once owned an interest in the Hialeah Park race track and viewed the flamingos who populated nearby as an omen.
Siegel's trouble with the Flamingo began, according to CrimeLibrary.com, when, a year after the official groundbreaking, the resort had produced no revenue and drained the resources of his mob investors. Then Meyer Lansky charged at a major mob meeting in Cuba that either Siegel or Hill was skimming from the resort's building budget, a charge amplified when Hill was revealed to have taken $2.5 million and gone to Switzerland, where the skimmed money was believed going.
""There was no doubt in Meyers mind,"" Luciano recalled in his memoir, ""that Bugsy had skimmed this dough from his building budget, and he was sure that Siegel was preparing to skip as well as skim, in case the roof was gonna fall in on him."" Luciano and the other mob leaders in Cuba asked Lansky what to do. Torn because of long ties to Siegel, whom he considered like a brother, Lansky nevertheless agreed that someone stealing from his friends had to go at first. Lansky persuaded the others to wait for the Flamingo's casino opening: if it was a success, Siegel could be persuaded in other ways to repay. Luciano persuaded the others to agree.
The splashy opening stars present included Cuban band leader Xavier Cugat , George Jessel, George Raft, Rose Marie, and Jimmy Durante as entertainment, with guests including Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Cesar Romero, Joan Crawford, and others was a flop. Lansky managed to persuade the mob chiefs to reprieve Siegel once more and allow the Flamingo more time. But by January 1947 Siegel had to order the resort closed until the hotel could be finished.
The Flamingo re-opened in March despite the hotel not being complete, and this time, the results proved different. By May, the resort reported a $250,000 profit, allowing Lansky to point out that Siegel was right about Las Vegas after all. But it wasn't quite enough to save Siegel. On 20 June 1947, relaxing in the Hollywood bungalow he shared with Hill, who was away at the time, Siegel was shot to death.
A memorial plaque exists on the Flamingo site near the outdoor wedding chapel.
Casino management changed the hotel name to The Fabulous Flamingo on March 1, 1947, and in time the Flamingo presented lavish shows and accommodations for its time, becoming well known for comfortable, air conditioned rooms, gardens, and swimming pools. Often credited for popularizing the complete experience"" as opposed to merely gambling, the Flamingo staff became known for wearing tuxedos on the job, and in 1950 the resort's Champagne Tower opened."
Kirk Kerkorian acquired the property in 1967, making it part of Kerkorian's International Leisure Company, but the Hilton Corporation bought the resort in 1972, renaming it the Flamingo Hilton in 1974. The last of the original Flamingo Hotel structure was torn down on December 14, 1993 and the hotel's garden was built on the site.
The Flamingo's four hotel towers were built in 1967, 1975, 1977, 1982, 1990, and 1995.
In the 1998 spin off of Hilton's gaming operations, ownership was changed to Park Place Entertainment which was renamed to Caesars Entertainment Inc in 2004.
In September 1999 the Flamingo Hilton and its sister properties in Laughlin and Reno ended their long standing relationship with Hilton Hotels. The Hilton name was removed and the property was renamed Flamingo Las Vegas.
To enhance the hotel's Caribbean theme, a Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville restaurant was opened in 2004.
In 2005 Harrah's Entertainment purchased Caesars Entertainment Inc and the property became part of Harrah's Entertainment company, which changed it's name to Caesars Entertainment Corp in 2010.
Toni Braxton replaced Gladys Knight as the Flamingos new headlining act on August 3, 2006. The show, Toni Braxton: Revealed, ran through April 7, 2008. Although scheduled to run until August 2008, the show closed early due to Braxton's health problems.
On September 9, 2008, Donny and Marie Osmond began a six month run as the new headlining act at the Flamingo. On October 27, 2008, the Flamingo announced that Donny and Marie's contract had been extended until October 2012.
The 1960 version of Ocean's Eleven was filmed here. A flashback sequence from the 2001 version of Ocean's Eleven was filmed at Flamingo. The 1964 film Viva Las Vegas was filmed here.
The 1991 film Bugsy starring Warren Beatty is about Bugsy Siegel's involvement in the construction of the Flamingo, though many of the details are altered to improve the cinematic qualities of the movie. For instance, in the film, the idea of the Flamingo is Bugsy Siegel's, instead of him buying ownership from Billy Wilkerson, and Siegel is killed after the second opening of the Flamingo in 1947, not the first opening on Dec. 26, 1946 as depicted in the film.
Hunter S. Thompson and Oscar Zeta Acosta stayed at the Flamingo while attending a seminar by the National Conference of District Attorneys on Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs held at the Dunes Hotel across the street. Several of their experiences in their room are depicted in Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream.
The original Flamingo hotel and casino figures prominently in the Tim Powers novel Last Call. In the novel, the famed myth of Siegel's creation of the Flamingo was utilized as a basis for the overall supernatural plot of the novel . The Flamingo is supposedly founded on Siegel's mythical/mystical paranoia of being pursued and killed for his Archetypal position as the King of the West,"" known mythologically as ""Fisher King."" Supposedly the Flamingo itself was meant to be a real-life personification of ""The Tower"" card amongst the Major Arcana of the Tarot deck, literally ""the King's Castle in the Wasteland."" It is believed Siegel kept his copy of a deck of the Lombardy Zeroth Tarot deck. Siegel's penthouse and office floor did, as referenced in the novel, in fact have a secret escape-hatch complete with ladder down to a service floor where supposedly a car was always in ready to effect his getaway in the event of his being attacked in his chambers. All other references to the Flamingo in any supernatural context in the novel are not based on any known or recorded facts/events.
|Aliante Station Distance from Flamingo to Aliante Station is 12.2 miles (19.6 km)|
Aria Distance from Flamingo to Aria is 0.6 miles (1 km)
Arizona Charlie's Decatur Distance from Flamingo to Arizona Charlie's Decatur is 3.8 miles (6.1 km)
Bally's Distance from Flamingo to Bally's is 0.2 miles (0.4 km)
Bellagio Distance from Flamingo to Bellagio is 0.4 miles (0.7 km)
Bill's Gamblin' Hall Distance from Flamingo to Bill's Gamblin' Hall is 0.1 miles (0.2 km)
Boulder Station Distance from Flamingo to Boulder Station is 4.9 miles (7.9 km)
Caesars Palace Distance from Flamingo to Caesars Palace is 0.2 miles (0.4 km)
California Distance from Flamingo to California is 4.1 miles (6.7 km)
Casino Royale Distance from Flamingo to Casino Royale is 0.4 miles (0.6 km)
Circus Circus Distance from Flamingo to Circus Circus is 1.5 miles (2.3 km)
Cosmopolitan Distance from Flamingo to Cosmopolitan is 0.5 miles (0.8 km)
El Cortez Distance from Flamingo to El Cortez is 4 miles (6.5 km)
Encore Distance from Flamingo to Encore is 0.9 miles (1.5 km)
Excalibur Distance from Flamingo to Excalibur is 1.3 miles (2 km)
Fiesta Rancho Distance from Flamingo to Fiesta Rancho is 6 miles (9.7 km)
Fitzgerald's Distance from Flamingo to Fitzgerald's is 4 miles (6.4 km)
Four Queens Distance from Flamingo to Four Queens is 4 miles (6.5 km)
Four Seasons Distance from Flamingo to Four Seasons is 1.9 miles (3 km)
Fremont Distance from Flamingo to Fremont is 4.1 miles (6.5 km)
Gold Coast Distance from Flamingo to Gold Coast is 1.2 miles (2 km)
Gold Spike Distance from Flamingo to Gold Spike is 4.1 miles (6.6 km)
Golden Gate Distance from Flamingo to Golden Gate is 4 miles (6.5 km)
|Golden Nugget Distance from Flamingo to Golden Nugget is 4 miles (6.4 km)|
Hard Rock Distance from Flamingo to Hard Rock is 1.1 miles (1.8 km)
Harrah's Distance from Flamingo to Harrah's is 0.2 miles (0.3 km)
Hilton Distance from Flamingo to Hilton is 1.7 miles (2.7 km)
Hooters Distance from Flamingo to Hooters is 1.2 miles (1.9 km)
Imperial Palace Distance from Flamingo to Imperial Palace is 0.1 miles (0.2 km)
J W Marriott Distance from Flamingo to J W Marriott is 7.8 miles (12.5 km)
Luxor Distance from Flamingo to Luxor is 1.5 miles (2.4 km)
M Resort Distance from Flamingo to M Resort is 10.5 miles (16.9 km)
Main Street Station Distance from Flamingo to Main Street Station is 4.2 miles (6.8 km)
Mandalay Bay Distance from Flamingo to Mandalay Bay is 1.7 miles (2.8 km)
Mandarin Oriental Distance from Flamingo to Mandarin Oriental is 0.8 miles (1.2 km)
Marriott's Grand Chateau Distance from Flamingo to Marriott's Grand Chateau is 0.7 miles (1.1 km)
MGM Grand Distance from Flamingo to MGM Grand is 1 miles (1.6 km)
Mirage Distance from Flamingo to Mirage is 0.4 miles (0.6 km)
Monte Carlo Distance from Flamingo to Monte Carlo is 0.9 miles (1.4 km)
New York New York Distance from Flamingo to New York New York is 1 miles (1.6 km)
Orleans Distance from Flamingo to Orleans is 2 miles (3.3 km)
Palace Station Distance from Flamingo to Palace Station is 1.8 miles (2.9 km)
Palazzo Distance from Flamingo to Palazzo is 0.6 miles (0.9 km)
Palms Distance from Flamingo to Palms is 1.4 miles (2.2 km)
Paris Distance from Flamingo to Paris is 0.3 miles (0.5 km)
Planet Hollywood Distance from Flamingo to Planet Hollywood is 0.5 miles (0.9 km)
|Plaza Distance from Flamingo to Plaza is 4 miles (6.5 km)|
Red Rock Resort Distance from Flamingo to Red Rock Resort is 9.5 miles (15.3 km)
Renaissance Distance from Flamingo to Renaissance is 1.1 miles (1.9 km)
Rio Distance from Flamingo to Rio is 0.9 miles (1.4 km)
Riviera Distance from Flamingo to Riviera is 1.4 miles (2.2 km)
Sam's Town Distance from Flamingo to Sam's Town is 6 miles (9.7 km)
Santa Fe Station Distance from Flamingo to Santa Fe Station is 10 miles (16.1 km)
Silverton Distance from Flamingo to Silverton is 5.2 miles (8.4 km)
South Point Distance from Flamingo to South Point is 7.2 miles (11.7 km)
Stratosphere Distance from Flamingo to Stratosphere is 2.3 miles (3.7 km)
Suncoast Distance from Flamingo to Suncoast is 7.7 miles (12.4 km)
Sunset Station Distance from Flamingo to Sunset Station is 8.3 miles (13.3 km)
Terrible's Distance from Flamingo to Terrible's is 1.1 miles (1.8 km)
Texas Station Distance from Flamingo to Texas Station is 5.7 miles (9.1 km)
THEHotel Distance from Flamingo to THEHotel is 1.7 miles (2.7 km)
Treasure Island (TI) Distance from Flamingo to Treasure Island (TI) is 0.5 miles (0.8 km)
Tropicana Distance from Flamingo to Tropicana is 1.2 miles (1.9 km)
Trump Las Vegas Distance from Flamingo to Trump Las Vegas is 0.9 miles (1.4 km)
Vdara Distance from Flamingo to Vdara is 0.7 miles (1 km)
Venetian Distance from Flamingo to Venetian is 0.3 miles (0.5 km)
Westin Casuarina Distance from Flamingo to Westin Casuarina is 0.3 miles (0.5 km)
Wild Wild West Distance from Flamingo to Wild Wild West is 1.3 miles (2.1 km)
Wynn Distance from Flamingo to Wynn is 0.7 miles (1.1 km)