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Flamingo vs Cosmopolitan?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels' started by MattyVegas, Jun 4, 2020.

  1. MattyVegas

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    So I’m planning on visiting around the end of August and I’m trying to decide where to stay. It’s been a few years since I was there, specifically for a conference (once at the Cosmo and once at Aria). I’ve been a few times over the years dating back as far as the early 90s but I haven’t stayed there for non-work since 2003. I’ve gained a renewed interest in Vegas over the past few months while watching lots of YouTube vlogs and reading the message boards. So I really want to explore as much as possible and sign up for all the players cards, etc.

    I definitely want to stay mid-Strip so I can access everything by walking. My debate is whether I stay at a higher tier vs mid tier property. The difference is basically double or triple the cost. Flamingo is $428 for 5 nights vs $1146 for the Cosmopolitan. I have no comp offers since I haven’t been in years. My thoughts are to stay at a mid to lower tier place this time and play at the higher tier properties to get some offers for my next trip a few months later. I like to stay in nice hotels but I think I can lower my standards since I want to boost my bankroll. I’m also traveling alone and don’t plan on going to any shows unless they are cheap.

    So where should I stay? Thanks in advance for the advice.
     
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    Based on that criteria, I would opt for Flamingo or Ballys. They tend to be the cheapest mid-Strip properties. Plus, from there, you are relatively close to Bellagio, CP, and Cosmo, where you can concentrate your play to generate future offers from the top tier in the future. You are also not terribly far from Aria, Venetian, and Wynn, which are also top tier
     
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    I've seen many people here say Bally's has the nicest room for a cheap price so I would also recommend there since it's in the location you want to be in. Easy walk to a bunch of other casinos. If you play a decent amount at Cosmo you should be able to get a comp there for next time. Save the $500+ you would have spent if staying at Cosmo and put that money in your bankroll for playing there.
     
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    Since this seems like a gambling focused trip, I would definitely go with Flamingo (or Bally's) so you have more ammunition for the tables/slots. Be sure to visit the Cosmo though, it is definitely one of the best places on the strip and a decent amount of play there will get you a nice offer for a future visit
     
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  5. MattyVegas

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    Yeah I didn’t consider Bally’s. Thanks.

    I have stayed at the Cosmo before and really liked it but double or triple the cost of other places just doesn’t do it for me. I will hang out there though. Love the atmosphere/vibe.
     
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    I would go with Flamingo or any other CET property (price considered).

    Cosmo is awesome, but the dollar difference is serious. If classy and higher end is important, then of course Cosmo is the choice. Flamingo and other CET hotels all do a great business and folks are happy. It all depends on you.
     
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    Another vote for Ballys, and gamble at Cosmo to get on their radar.
     
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    If the $1,146 gets you a room with terrace and view of the fountains, I would think the dollar difference is justified, if this is one of their city rooms clearly not. If I travel solo, I consider how much I'll spend in the room, pool and how much walking I am willing to do. You'll be there in August, so assume it is around 110F and that walking can be straining unless your are fit.
     
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    Yes the $1146 is for the City Room. Studio Terrace is $1500! The terrace and views are amazing but not worth it to me for triple the price. But I will play there for future offers. I’ve stayed there before and enjoyed it. I don’t plan on staying in my room much. Yeah I’ll have to be careful with the walking and heat.
     
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    Definitely do Ballys and seed Cosmo, imo.

    I got a Bellagio match at Cosmo in December, which was 3 comped and 2 casino rate nights, which I upgraded to a Terrace Suite for $85 p/n, and averaging ~$2.5k per day on slots I now have 4 comp nights off the back of that.
     
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    I'd do Flamingo simply because any good amount of play there will get you offers for all the CET Vegas properties, it's not difficult to get a fountain view at Caesar's next trip with 2 days of play. I like Cosmo but unless they are giving me a terrace or corner suite, I'd take the Augustus rooms at Caesar's 10 times out of 10. Another advantage of Flamingo is it opens up all the CET properties for you to play at, it's nice to be able to switch casinos if you are getting killed. And remember the Caesar's tier bonuses for daily play, if you should happen to reach diamond status during your stay point it out at checkout and those ridiculous resort fees get waived. Even if you intend to do all your play as Cosmo, I'd still stay at a CET property this trip if for no other reason than to save money. On a gambling trip who cares about the room? Back in the days before I got comped I remember taking a free room at the Westward Ho, perhaps the most boring casino ever to exist. It was free and clean, which was all I needed. I used to love staying in the Plaza, but my wife threatened to Bobbit me if she ever had to stay downtown anywhere except the Nugget. When by yourself go cheap.
     
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    My bankroll is probably $500/day for slots. I might play some roulette. Too low for high end properties?
     
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    Thanks @dms1964 good advice. Since I’m low rolling it, I might have better future comps with CET.
     
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    Staying and Flamingo now for free and not sure it is worth what I paid. Very basic room
     
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    Since you are staying alone, my personal leanings would be toward location so that would leave out the Cosmo. Also try looking into Harrah's since they are also recently renovated and still fairly cheap. The cost you pay in upgrades to a Harrah's room would be worth it.
     
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    $500 a day budget will get you room offers from CET. We took a friend last trip and she brought $800 with her to last 4 days so she's looking at $200 a day. She played 50 cents and a dollar, maybe $1.50 a spin, played 4-5 hours a day splitting it between Caesars, Flamingo and the Linq, (we went downtown, to Red Rock and a couple other places on the strip so they ate some of her daily budget too) and she now gets offers for 2-3 days for the lower end CET properties. $500 a day budget with normal luck would probably at least get you mid level CET if not Caesars offers. I doubt your roulette play gets you much of anything, comps are a lot harder to come by for table play unless you are talking about $25 a bet and up which you are not at with a $500 a day budget.
    It will be close but I don't think $500 a day gets you Cosmo offers and I know you won't get anything beyond the city rooms midweek at that level. Cosmo is great with comps for the high limit players but CET is much better a your level.
     
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    Stay at the Flamingo in a "Flamingo Room". Or at very least a "Go Room". I'd pay the Como prices before I'd stay in a "Fab Room" at Flamingo. I'm a big fan of the new Flamingo Rooms. They are newly remolded and very nice. Not high end nice but nice enough. I'd rather spend my money on other things.
     
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    Obviously this is a small sample size but I disagree with that.. went there in March and had $5500 coin in over 4 days (so $1,375 per day, which is definitely attainable with $500 bankroll per day). In the offer I got last week I got 2 comped nights from now through the beginning of September, $50 free play plus another $50 if I earn x amount of points. July 4th was the only day blacked out. Every other weekday and weekend is available to me with a City Room or Terrace Studio. Not a high roller at all.

    Not sure if OP played at all at Cosmo on his business trip, but having little/no history should make it even easier to get a teaser comp.
     
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    I only play slots 75c-$2 a spin, so I'd say you'd be ok with that if you're putting in some time.

    I'm there for weeks rather than days, so don't have a daily bankroll per se, but I can't see how $500 per day wouldn't be enough to seed some offers.
     
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    I discount the current offers as it seems if you ever played at the Cosmo you are getting offers right now as they are desperate to bring people back.
    Using myself as an example. I don't play much there since i'm tied to CET, but last trip spent about 2 hours there playing pennies at max bet, probably 4 bucks or so a spin. Hitchcock and Vacation were brutal and i must have lost $1000-1500 in 2 hours. Now every 3 months or so i'll get a 2 night midweek offer from them that's good maybe 4 days of the month. Last week I got the same offer you got, and it's good practically any day except July 4 now through September. It's the only weekend usable offer I've gotten from them in 2 years, which tells me they are just trying whatever they can to fill up right now. When/if things return to normal, I expect their comps to also.
     
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