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Flamingo vs Monte Carlo?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by hattrick225, Feb 23, 2014.

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  1. hattrick225

    hattrick225 Low-Roller

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    I’m starting to plan my annual summer trip. I’ve stayed at Flamingo the last 3 yrs and always enjoyed it, but always end up spending some time at Monte Carlo. I'm considering changing it up, but facing the dilemma of whether to just stick with what works for me, or stay someplace new. I only make it to Vegas once per year, so I don’t want to “waste” a trip by staying somewhere I won’t enjoy.

    Interested in any input from the board, particularly on the rooms or the pool…..

    Rooms: I’ve read some mixed reviews about the rooms at MC being in rough shape, and numerous comments about the “walls being thin”. Also, most of the room pics I’ve seen show an adjoining door (which I’m sure contributes to the noise factor). I’ve never had any of these issues with the GO rooms at Flamingo. Any experiences, pro or con? What’s comparable to the GO rooms at MC?

    Pool: How does the pool at MC compare to the Flamingo? I spend a couple of hours at the pool most days. Not overly concerned about being able to get a lounger, as I usually just hang out in the water (or at the edge), get some sun, have a few beers and soak in the music & atmosphere. I’ve read some comments about the lifeguards at MC not allowing drinks near (or in) the water? The Go pool at Flamingo is adult only, but the MC is all ages. Are there normally a lot of kids running around (July)?


    Thanks for any input…….
     
  2. Motorcat

    Motorcat Low-Roller

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    With out being long winded ...........

    Monte Carlo > Flamigo by a wide margin in every aspect.

    Anyone who tells you different has not been to the Monte Carlo with the last 12 months.

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  3. captainron62

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    I have stayed at Flamingo and used their pool daily. It is an adult pool and about anything goes. Always a good time if you don't mind hip hop blasting and a wild crowd tossing balls around and lots of games. I have not stayed at MC, but stayed at NYNY and we used the MC pool before the NYNY renovations were done.

    I found the MC pool a bit annoying. Firstly, there are kids running around. The other major annoyance was their rule of drinking in or around the water. We were hanging with another adult couple and just having some beers. One life guard wouldn't say a word and then another would start blowing their whistle and yelling "no drinks in the water". The next would allow it, but say don't hold the beer over the water, lean over the edge when you drink. It got way annoying. They also do the super shakedown upon entry, you are not even allowed to bring water in.
     
  4. vegasvic

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    Flamingo pool > MC but otherwise I'd take MC over Flamingo in all other ways.
     
  5. Auggie

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    To a lot of people Flamingo has the better location, though there are quite a few who like the south end of The Strip as well.

    Other than that The Flamingo is a dump, the casino is very aged looking, the hotel's hallways are narrow with rickety floors that creak, their best rooms that the average person will stay in (the Go Rooms) have nice bathrooms but are dumpy and aged otherwise, the elevators feel like a death trap.

    But then again, all that adds up to the big advantage of The Flamingo: its usually very cheap to stay there and even with modest play on your Total Rewards card you can get free rooms there.
     
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    I think Flamingo has the pool and location over MC (although the location preference can certainly change based on where you want to play/go).

    While MC is one of the smaller strip properties, it's also easier to get around in Flamingo (IMO) since it's smaller overall - e.g. getting from the casino to my room feels like an "under 2 minute" walk, whereas in MC it can be more like 5-10. (Nit picking I know.)

    Both have seen better days, the rooms at F have been recently renovated now, so I'd tend to think the rooms are a little nicer (although the bathrooms seem to get mediocre reviews). MC rooms are definitely a bit worn, but seem a little larger, and the bathrooms were pretty nice from what I recall of staying there.

    What's the cost difference between the two for you?
     
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    I stayed only once at Flamingo...the pool is nice but everything else about the Flamingo is a dump. I fully expected to find a dead hooker in the hallway one morning. The carpet in the hallways was beyond dirty..down right disgusting. The carpets on the casino floor is so dirty (I know they get allot of traffic but clean it already). The place just looks dirty.

    MC is where I stay now...has been my home casino for 5 years. The place is not the Four Seasons but it is clean and the people are nice. They have some of the best BJ rules on the strip. An now they are getting more dining options with is another plus.
     
  8. hattrick225

    hattrick225 Low-Roller

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    Cost-wise, relatively similar (for 6 nights Sat-Fri in mid July):

    Go Deluxe $65
    High Floor - $75
    Strip View -$83

    The Go View (what I normally book) is showing at $120, which seems high (I've paid as little as $65/night in the past for the same week in July). Some of the issues others pointed out with the Flamingo, have been easier for me to tolerate at $65 a night than they would be at $120 a night.

    For those who've stayed at MC, any suggestions on the room type? Are there differences between the High Floor room over the basic Deluxe rooms? (other than being up higher) . Is the Monaco Suite worth the extra cost (~$110)?
     
  9. heatherlovesvegas

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    The rooms at MC are tired, but the rooms are Flamingo are hit or miss... I don't think I'd risk Flamingo anymore. It has too many issues, it's borderline a dump. No good dining, no shopping, it's dirty... even if the room was remodeled 4 years ago.. it's not that great. Last time I stayed my nice, new room and the halls smelled of BO.

    MC is boring, but I think at least I would know what I'm getting there. Also I like the hotels near MC much more than near Flamingo.
     
  10. hornhiyo

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    Another vote for MC. For me, it's the Holiday Inn of the Strip. Nothing special, but you know what you're getting. I like the casino a lot and the monorail makes the Aria and Bellagio minutes away.

    Flamingo is in the stretch of the Strip i'd rather avoid. Sorry Caesar's but you can't put lipstick on that pig. Older, dingier and more apt to be filled with Vegas down and outs.
     
  11. DonnyC

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    With the pool, the Quad and Link being done by summer, along with the Cromwell...Flamingo for me all the way around.

    These are all places I want to spend some time around.
     
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