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Flamingo or Paris for a Solo 25 Year old Male?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by stuntin909, Apr 21, 2013.

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  1. stuntin909

    stuntin909 Low-Roller

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    I decided I'm going to Vegas solo next weekend (first time ever solo). I couldn't score a free room at Caesars or Planet Hollywood with the 7 star "comp" guarantee for whatever reason :rolleyes2: but Flamingo, Paris and every other CET hotel are an option. None excite me as much as PH would've (would've been perfect for me IMO) but a free room is a free room I guess.

    Assuming I get the basic rooms at both properties, which would you recommend and why? I'm interested in everyone's responses.

    I plan on playing some poker, spending some time in the Sportsbook and would like cheap eats overall. I will also gamble the regular slots and tables a bit. I wouldn't mind trying out a Spa since I'll be solo.

    I'm worried Paris will depress me since it's more laid-back and "romantic". Flamingo seems like it has a hipper vibe overall. How is Margaritaville Casino?

    Any tips for a person traveling solo? I'm nervous and excited at the same time.

    Lets hear your ideas and recommendations!
     
  2. heatherlovesvegas

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    Paris is much nicer, and I like that location better, it's a 2 minute walk to PH. It's also an easier in and out than PH. It's not that "romantic" (LOL just don't go eat alone in the Eiffel Tower Resturaunt). They have some great food options there, and PH does too (Earl of Sandwich!). Their rooms are boring, and not real updated, but still nice enough.

    Flamingo is a dump, really no way around it. The GO rooms are somewhat nice since they were remodeled, I did a solo trip there last year, but the hotel is old, it smells, I wouldn't eat anything in the hotel, no savory food options. Margaritaville Casino is cool, but it's just basically a small extension of the Flamingo casino, nothing to write home about. Also all the LINQ construction around there is kind of a pain. 100% do not stay there if you can't get a GO room which is the upgraded room.

    You are definitely going to be better off at Paris. I'd only stay at Flamingo if it was the only option, or it was so much cheaper than everything else I couldn't pass it up.
     
  3. grosx2

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    If you are 7-stars and couldn't get a free room at Caesars or PH, you should get on the phone with your host ASAP. That's ridiculous.
     
  4. waverunner

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    I have free rooms at Caesars this summer and i'm Gold. Someone needs to be put in their place right away. Having said that, i would stay at Paris because of the close proximity to Planet Hollywood. The Margaritaville Casino is a place you can also hang out in, lots of eye candy. There are numerous dining options at Paris, Planet Hollywood, and Bally's as well.
    I would choose Paris as your home base.
     
  5. Check-Raise

    Check-Raise Low-Roller

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    I'm sometimes a proponent of the Flamingo and since you are looking to play some poker, they have a real soft poker room which is normally pretty active, BUT if your only option is a regular room then forget it, take the cleaner/nicer rooms at Paris for free. You'll be closer to PHo and can walk to other poker rooms without any hassle (you're 25, you can walk the whole friggin strip for a good poker game! :p). The Flamingo casino is pretty smelly and dingy, margaritaville, like mentioned by an earlier poster, is just an added section to the flamingo casino, I walked through there twice on my last stay looking for a game I wanted to play and found nothing, it's pretty bland/uninteresting.

    Take Paris as a good homebase and casino to play slots and table games, then walk to Bally's, PHo, Flamingo or Ceasar's for some good poker action (Bally's and Flamingo being the slower, easier tables, PHo being a faster paced but still relatively easy at night and Ceasar's for some competition)

    Have fun! I want to take a solo trip, I'm afraid I wouldn't ever sleep though.. When I went with my fiance I played poker until 4-5AM normally and woke up with her at 9AM. If it were just me.. I'm not sure I'd ever go to bed... lol

    :beer:
     
  6. engicedave

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    I agree with this

    If you are talking about the weekend of May 4th, that's the Kentucky Derby weekend, PLUS there are three different motorcycle races that weekend, on Fri/Sat/Sun night....Saturday night is the Monster Energy Supercross Final at Sam Boyd Stadium, and there's races the other nights at Orleans.

    That makes for a very busy weekend

    But as a 7-Star, you should be getting comps at any CET property, I would think. Do you have a host? If not, and you are 7-Stars, PM me and I will give you contact info for my host at Paris/Bally's

    BTW, I like Paris, usually stay there, it's my "home" hotel. This trip (next weekend for those races), I got set up at Nobu at Caesars, I wanted to check it out.
     
  7. vegasqc

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    Flamingo go room is better than basic Paris room unless you like staying at your grandmas place (check the pictures online for the paris basic room)
     
  8. leo21

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    The Flamingo may be better for you. But I agree that you should speak to a live host before you settle on it. Unless you are a Vegas first timer, I can't imagine that they can't find anything at CP or PH for you. My recomendation of Flamingo is contingent on these not being suites. In that case, I would take the best room at whichever hotel they can give you.
     
  9. stuntin909

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    Wow so I just got a confirmation email from a Caesars host that he set me up at Planet Hollywood this weekend! It's the basic "HIP King" room but I don't care at this point. It'll save me time and I'll be very comfortable staying there overall. Maybe I can score an upgrade at checkin. I'm very nervous but excited at the same time about this solo trip. I don't know what to expect.

    To answer some of your concerns...I hate hosts lol. Not personally but the concept of them. They inadvertently give you a sense of pressure to play more and on this trip I don't plan on playing too much. Just want to hang out, have some fun and do what I please.

    Now I'd like to hear some solo Vegas stories and trip reports!
     
  10. engicedave

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    Most of my trips are solo and I prefer it that way...no hassle, no negotiating, no changes....my way or no way
    Play when I want, go where I want, do what I want, when I want to do it.

    If you're a social person, you'll enjoy it, on your own terms
     
  11. demadog

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    Vegas solo is definitely a different experience that I have really enjoyed a few times. It seems when I go solo that I am able to relax far more. With no roommate you can easily roll over and grab an extra hour or two of sleep. Also, I tend to worry about the other person having a good time too, especially if they are losing and that pressure is off solo. Vegas is a great place to eat solo, at almost any restaurant you can walk in any time, find a seat at the bar, and order dinner without feeling out of place.

    However, since there is no one there to hold you down, there is also no one there to slow you down. You can easily blow through your bankroll seemingly without even noticing. Also, remember many of the poker rooms are open 24 hours. I've put in 12 hour, 20 hour, and more sessions with no one there to tap me out. When the dealer recognizes you from their shift on the previous day, its probably time to hit the room, you are likely not playing right.

    Moreover, be careful with drinking on your own. I've always taken a little misplaced pride in my ability to drink my friends under the table, but when you are up against yourself in that contest, well, you always win. Drunk and alone is no place to be, but that seems especially true in Vegas as there many types just waiting to take advantage of that situation. To that affect, one tip I found handy on these boards, is take a pic of your room number and key card for the hotel name and then make that the background of your cell phone.

    Hope that helps.
     
  12. fabriano

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    Be sure to visit Paris' & Caesars' diamond clubs---they each have a bar & good atmospheres. The PH's diamond club is good for a quick bite & drink.
     
  13. vegasnut

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    I guess it also depends how long you stay
    I have been told i could stay also for free( im diamond btw) but than i had to swap hotels evry 5 days( as i get first 5 nights free) and than i rather pay somewhat to stay in same hotel
     
  14. vegasnut

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    Diamond club in ceasars is the nicest
    But cause its so nice its always busy
    I rather go to the flamingo(small but nice too) as u got the best and quickest service there

    At ph its not that good( the internet pc were even broken or not functioning)
    Harrahs is also ok( also big)
     
  15. user3657

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    Paris and flamingo are two different things.....Paris is a lot nicer, tends to be an older crowd. During the daytime you see nothing but suits walking around, I guess they host meetings/conventions. Pool is more quite.

    Compared to paris flamingo is a little more wore down, much younger louder crowd, pool is packed with mostly drunk younger people.

    Depends on what you want. I like both:thumbsup:
     
  16. user3657

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    haha, Im the worst at remembering numbers and always carry the room number with me for the first few times. the picture thing is a good idea, cant believe I never thought of that :)
     
  17. aperez1988

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    Wasn't the flamingo bought out by Hilton? Didn't know CET can comp you at the flaming any longer...
     
  18. crapsguy5000

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    100% true. This is why solo trips you need to be a little more responsible as no one is looking out for you. I like the idea of taking a picture of your room number. I've never been so inebriated that I can't remember what hotel I'm in, but I have on several occasions forgot what room I was in. Nothing so messed up then slurring so bad the front desk clerk can't understand you. I usually take the piece of paper they give you at the front desk with your room number on it and place it in my wallet.
     
  19. blissfulignoramus

    blissfulignoramus Low-Roller

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    Flamingo was "Flamingo Hilton" a long time ago, then it with most of that stretch of the strip went to CET.

    I believe you're thinking of the Tropicana, which is now a DoubleTree, which means it's a Hilton.

    Why these big hotel chains feel the need to maintain all of these completely indistinguishable brand concepts is beyond me.
     
  20. Paulie_D

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    Because they aren't !indistinguishable".

    Take the IHG group for instance.

    Intercontinental is better quality than Crowne Plaza
    Crowne Plaza is better than Holiday Inn
    Holiday Inn is better than Holiday Inn Express

    Hotel Indigo is suite / long term based etc. etc.

    Hilton / Marriott etc are the same...and that's without any restrictions that may or may not have been required when they bought the chain.
     
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