Okay, this is the first time I've posted a trip report although I visit the board regularly! We visit the city 2 or 3 times a year for trade shows. I always want to try a new hotel, just because I like change. This time it was the Flamingo. We probably won't stay there again... but here's the story ..it's long. BTW...we usually stay at the Orleans and love it. Even though it's off the strip, it still smells like a rose compared to this place. I'd frankly rather wait on the shuttles. And we like the bathrooms at the Orleans...why do women love the bathrooms so much? Probably, because there's room to move around in them. We had a very busy week prior to leaving because I had a bridal fair to do (including 2 fashion shows ) right before we left. Hubby and I left as soon as our models were off the runway to race to the airport. Flight was 1 hour late leaving, but we made it to SFO in plenty of time for our 2 hour layover. Sat down for dinner at the Crab Pot (wasted $45 on dinner). We could have had the same meal at Denny's for 1/3 of the price. Yes, it was that bad. But, having not eaten all day, we had to do something. Okay, so I chalk it up to experience and figure I would have gambled that on one roll at the craps table anyway. On to the gate where we find out the 6:20 flight still hasn't left (it's now almost 9 p.m.) We are supposed to be on the 10:10. We sit in the airport till 12:30 a.m. Flight finally takes off shortly after. (There were supposed to have been thunderstorms in Vegas all day that day, although every cab driver we talked to didn't see anything but rain....go figure.) When the flight landed we got in line for a taxi. There must have been at least 500 people in line. It was the worst I've ever seen and the shuttle loading area was like a herd of cattle locked in a pen. It was miserable. 35 minutes later, we hop into a cab to the Flamingo. I had booked the Flamingo because I didn't want to waste time getting the shuttles from the Orleans and back. (we only had 2 days for 3 trade shows). Okay, here comes the one good part of the trip. When we get to the Flamingo, we wait in line for about 20 mins to check in. When I finally get up to the window, I'm told that we're going to have to change rooms tomorrow, because they are overbooked. But, for tonight, we'll have a luxury suite. I didn't even have to try to ask for an upgrade. Here's a link to the photo on the website. http://www.caesars.com/Flamingo/LasVegas/Hotel/Accommodations/LuxurySuites.htm By the time we got into the room and went to bed, it was 3:45 a.m. I was too tired to even try the tub. By this time, I had been up for almost 24 hrs straight. Woke up at 7:30 and fell into the tub. I didn't move for an hour. It was WONDERFUL. The jacuzzi tub is big enough for 3 people. If only the store could afford to keep me like this in every hotel I visit! The room was wonderful(decor wasn't really my color scheme, but it was tasteful). I was very tempted to stay there and rest till the noon checkout time. The suite would be absolutely wonderful if you had a group of people to entertain. I checked the couch, it's not a hide a bed, but I guess they have 2 room suites as well. Something surprised us though, no laundry bag in the rooms for dry cleaning/dirty laundry to take home and nothing in the fridge at all. There were bottles of water on the counter...that's it. Off to the show for a whirlwhind 2 days in Vegas. We spent most of the time at the convention center and at the Rio for shows. We changed to a "deluxe" room. #21080. Room was clean, somewhat dated, but had a nice view of the Bellagio fountains at night and the Caesars construction. The beds ARE comfortable there. This is an issue because both of us have bad backs. The ice machine on our floor didn't work. It really annoyed me. After all the smoke in the casinos, I really need ice water at night. I gambled at the Flamingo most of the time. Came home with only $45 on my comp card. Pretty pathetic for comps. We always get free buffets while we are at the Orleans. I never pay for food there unless we eat in the other restaurants. I'm going back in a couple of weeks and will use the comps to eat at the Paris for breakfast, yum! We didn't make it there this time. Came home way in the hole. There were several monster rolls at the craps tables while I was on the casino floor. ** The table was about 5 people deep-not a snowball's chance of getting anywhere near it of course. ** It was very painful to watch!*** Couldn't win a darn thing when I was at the tables! I lost, and lost, and lost. It was a pretty spendy trip. I should have just saved my money and kept the luxury suite! The entire time I played dollar slots, roulette and craps. The most I won was $100 in any session. Tried to checkout with the tv in the room so we wouldn't have to wait in line. Discovered that they billed us almost triple what they were supposed to. We had booked the "Fun and Fit package". Spent over 30 mins at the front desk trying to straighten out my cc bill. They had already authorized the full amt plus on my cc, so it tied up all my availalable funds....I was really mad! I purposely paid off my cc before we left to use while we were there. The flight back to SFO was uneventful. The flight home was really scary. It was the worst I've ever had. We flew in one of those prop planes and it was stormy. Forget the roller coasters! This was twice as bad. I don't get motion sickness and I was 2 bumps away from tossing my cookies on the way home. In a nutshell, we really love the Orleans and will continue to stay there as long as we can. The Flamingo is okay if you want to be in the middle of the strip, but I wouldn't gamble there again. We never did look at the pool except for the birds eye view we had from the suite. It looked beautiful. The buffet was okay, but I like the Paris a lot better. They did have tiramisu there though. I had a couple of those! The dealers didn't seem real friendly there but I guess that's what we can expect from strip hotels. The casino was a bit overwhelming because it's so big. I guess I just really like the Orleans, Gold Coast, Barbary, Casino Royale (especially for the craps!) * Haven't made it downtown yet, but would really like to get down there next time. We're going back on March 16th for a couple of days. I'm taking my new employee to a show. Hubby is staying home this time. He's not a gambler and he's not too keen on flying. (especially after our trip home.) Hopefully, I can recoup what I lost and then some! If not, at least I'll have a good time while I'm there! BTW...he just read this and said I still painted a rosy picture...it was much worse. I just don't want everyone to think I'm real negative. It WAS my worst trip ever.