Just got back from Vegas. Stayed at Flamingo May 2-6. Let me preface this by saying I was a Vegas regular for the past 10+ years. Was going once, sometimes twice a year. For my past 7-8 stays, we have been staying at Flamingo. Love the location, loved the feel of the casino, and loved their pool. I did not go to Vegas in 2010 or 2011 after being diagnosed with cancer and going through a divorce. Finally, was able to go back just recently First things first. The check in line. I am sorry--holiday weekend(Cinco De Mayo) and you have 2 people working a check in desk? We waited about 45 minutes to get in while others we were with was over an hour. Unacceptable. Also a $25 early check in fee for my friends? When my friend questioned why....the response was "thats our policy". Well your policy sucks. Our room was on the 6th floor and was average at best. This was supposed to be renovated? Really? You consider fake hard wood floors renovated? We had blood in our shower stall from the previous guests(I am assuming). Realllll nice. The next morning we wanted to head to the pool. Grabbed some breakfast to go and walked down around 7:45. I thought they opened at 8. Mind you about 10 people were in line at this point. So its past 8 and we come to find out they dont open until 9. Frustrating but whatever. We will stand in line and wait. FORTUNATELY we ate our food in line. As the line was about to open, some crazy pool lady started screaming at everyone their pool rules. One of those being no outside food or beverages allowed inside other than WATER. Now mind you, the line now is probably 100 people deep. Many people are pissed now because they have coffee they just bought and must either finish it or pitch it. To me this was complete crap. As we get to security, which was like being at the airport---no joke---we are asked for ID!! NOWHERE DOES IT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT ID. I had a friend who was robbed at the Flamingo pool a few years ago so I only bring my key card and a $20. He tells us we cant come in without ID. We just wasted 75 minutes of our time. We have to go all the way back to get our ID's. I was not happy. They would not allow the lady behind me in without ID and she was at least 50-55. So you have been forewarned.........so food, no coffee, and bring your ID and keycard. We got into a discussion with another person about all of this and they said they went to the front desk to complain. She said she told the front desk lady they have been going to Flamingo for 25+ years and didnt understand why food, which was purchased on the property, was not allowed in. And the workers response was: "If you dont like it, there are other hotels to go to" While I appreciate an upgrade in security, their logic is flawed. The best part is on SATURDAY, no ID's were checked and they were allowing food in. But Thursday and Friday they were over cautious. To me the Flamingo seems like its TRYING to be something its not. Its trying to become something like the Hard Rock , Palms, etc. But its failing misearbly. The chicks dancing on tables all over...ridiculous. Especially the ones dancing in the Garden Bar....I mean REALLLLLY? It was a weird crowd in there as well. Mostly a 20-30's crowd which I found very odd. LOTS AND LOTS of overly drunk people. I am sure the fight at MGM Grand and Cinco De Mayo had a lot to do with it but it was just a very very weird scene in there all weekend. I am done with Flamingo. Maybe its because I am getting older but it really soured me. I won alot of $$ too there but if you dont feel comfortable in the hotel in which you are sleeping, then why bother.