Big thanks to everyone who replied to my first post back in April http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/showthread.php?t=43964 All the advice was valuable and accurate. Good flight over from UK with a 3 hour stopover in Philadelphia.....went with US airways and the flight was comfortable, stress less....if not a little boring! Arrived at the Flamingo at around 7pm and the check-in lines were long. Surprisingly we were at the desk in 20 minutes. Check-in easy and we were given a de-luxe room on the 25th floor with a strip view. Heard lots of negative comments about rooms and the hotel in general but I cannot say a bad word about the Flamingo at all. Yes the room was a bit "old" looking but apart from that it was fine (wasn't expecting 5 star for the price we paid!). The view was breathtaking....especially at night. All the staff seemed to be polite and cheerful. Flamingo Pool: Loved it!! Great pool with waterfalls and islands etc. Impressed that they made you show your room cards to get in as it was crowded enough without guests from other hotels trying to get in. They also checked bags to make sure that you weren't bringing in any food or drinks.....so that you had to use the shop and bars around the pool....cheeky! We got there at 9am most mornings which ensured that we got a sun lounger each....by about 9.30-10.00 they were full. The Gym: As I am trying to keep fit I used the Gym 4 times while we were there.....great place with modern up to date equipment. On our final day I went down there at about 10am only the find the legend who is Donny Osmond down there as well with his Personal Trainer. I thought I worked hard in the gym but the trainer was REALLY putting Donny thru' it big time.....rather him than me! The Heat: Wow! as everyone said in that thread, it was always gonna be hot....we loved it. Loved the misters around the strip and always had bottles of cold water on us as advised. When we got really hot or tired it was easy to step inside a casino and sit down for a short while. Stores: Found all 3 Wallgreens on the strip to be handy and fairly cheap for water, snacks etc. Also the same can be said of ABC stores in the Miracle Mile and at the Riviera. Also, Stagedoor Casino behind the Flamingo (advised on the thread) proved to be excellent! 1 litre of chilled water only 79 cents and 24oz cans of Bud Lite for $1.39. I don't know if that's good value in the US, but against UK prices it's an absolute bargain! Casinos: Went to most on the strip...all seem to have a specialised clientele and character's of their own. Liked the Riviera, which I always seemed to be lucky at. They have a big screen blackjack game for $2 or more a hand which people sit around and try and beat the virtual dealer....doubled my money on that on more than one occaision. Enjoyed playing VP....chasing the elusive royal.....best I got was 4 of a kind on a couple of occaisions. When we went to Sams Town, a lady sitting 3 machines down hit a royal....must have been a real hardened gambler as she kept very calm and showed no emotion at all....think I may have started jumping up and down at least! The wife loved the Monopoly slots and many others. The features of the games have changed a lot since last time we came and some are real fun. Played some real roulette and blackjack as well .....never had any luck at all on the roullete but slightly up on the blackjack. Best break came when we we on our way home. Sat in departure lounge at McCarron and we decide to have $10 each as a final farewell to Vegas. Put $5 in on of those really old looking slots (can't remember the name....might have been white diamonds or something!) It was only 5 cents a spin...so max coins made it 15 cents a spin. After 4 or five spins I hit 2 "five times" and a bar......yipee!! Balance now $110. Can't complain!! Transport: Used the Duece bus a few times.....easy if not a little crowded at times...but very cheap. Also used the monorail just to see what it was like. Trips: Last time we were here we did the helicopter trip to the Grand Canyon, so this time we went by coach to the Hoover Dam. Enjoyable and informative.....very hot though....we were told 130 degrees! Shows: Only 1. Nathan Burton at the Flamingo......BRILLIANT and very funny. Tlickets cost about $56 for the both of us which was great value because they threw in 2 Free Buffet meals as well. Eating: Didn't do any fine dining and ate mostly at the Flamingo in the Ocean Breeze cafe which was very good and efficient. Also ate at Ellis Island....BIG meals at small prices! Had the world famous shrimp coctails at the Golden Gate.....had to be done! Overall: Loved the hustle and the noisy busy atmosphere of the center strip.....pity you can't bottle it and take it home!