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Going to Vegas first week in June. Total rewards will give me a free room at the Flamingo for four nights. If I want to stay at Caesar's across the street, I have to pay $90 per night.

Is it worth the difference? It'll just be me in the room.
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Flamingo is actually nice. We stayed there last year and loved it. But we love the non-stuffy places that have a fun vibe, so if you are looking for quite posh relaxation, stay at Paris.

Protip: book the standard free room, then when you check in, slip the desk clerk $20 and ask if there are any complimentary upgrades. We were hoping for a GO room, but ended up with a very nice suite facing the back of the property (views cost extra in vegas). The best part was our floor was very quiet and we were steps from the elevators which dropped us right in the middle of all the action. Flamingo also has the easiest poker room on the strip. It is my room of choice.

Caesar's, OTOH, is nicer, but the property is HUGE. I've heard a lot of complaints about the impersonal nature of the hotel operations. They have better restaurants for sure. Mesa Grill is an favorite of ours. It's also a bit closer to Bellagio if you plan to spend much time over there. Honestly though, Caesar's felt more dooshy to me than Flamingo did, mostly because of the club kid crowd that arrived around 10pm each night. It was like the 6am crowd at Drai's times 100.

All comps, games, drinks, etc are the same between the 2 properties so no worries there. Flamingo has a much better pool. Caesar's will have much better eye candy, except for the party pit strippers at Flamingo.
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Also how did this offer arrive? Mailer? Email?

I ask because I haven't received my Q2 mailer yet and I am itching for a poker trip.
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Came in my email on the 1st, at the same time I got a mail piece offering some freebies at the Harrah's in Joliet.

I really enjoy the Flamingo. Will probably stay there. The only reason I'm even thinking about it is a couple guys in my group play more than I do and will be comped at Caesars. Caesars is a huge property. For almost $400 I can eat out really well every night.

Last year at the Flamingo they were doing a morning-long photo shoot for the Miss USA pageant. That was enough eye candy to last me the whole trip.

I've found I really enjoy playing pai gow poker at the Flamingo. Spent most of two days there last year. Slow, social, low stakes, not hard to win a few bucks. I think I finished about $200 ahead, got moderately oiled, watched the people walk by, because the table is open to the air, right by the strip.

I did have good luck at Caesar's last year. Won my biggest pot ever when I filled a straight on the turn at the same time the very aggressive player across from me turned his pocket queens into a set. First to act bet $20, he raised to $60, I made it $300. I half expected him to fold and he went all-in. I called, he turned his set over and all I could say on the river was "don't pair the board" because he had outs and my hand was made.

Go to Vegas first week in June. We'll play some poker.
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don't pair the board

That would make a great name for a stage play. I can see the plot arc unfolding before me.

Wally
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We had a bad check-in experience at Flamingo. Badly understaffed and excruciatingly slow. Room was fine, and I liked the casino.
Not as frantic and crazy as Mirage and TI.

isewquilts
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Use the express check in line. Anyone with a players card can do it.
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Just got back from 10 nights at Flamingo. The new Fab rooms are decent. The carpet has been replaced with wood-look vinyl. The furniture is relatively new. The bathrooms were not redone. Bed is comfortable, air conditioning works. The coffee shop is overpriced but decent with good service at the counter. Carlos & Charlies is terrible. The bar at the steakhouse has good wine. The food court is mediocre. Margaritaville is good.

Since it's a comp, make sure to check in as close to 4:00 as you can as the best rooms fill up fast (TR can check in earlier, so use that perk). The later you get in, the more likely you are to get one of the rooms next to the Linq construction. My first night the flight got in after midnight and I ended up in one of the noisy rooms and couldn't move until the morning.

Rooms off the habitat elevators ending in 14x will be noisy. Ask if the room is near the Quad (the former IP) before you take it. If it is, you won't want it, as the construction goes 24/7 with front loaders carrying debris to dumpsters all night.

I would take a free room at the Flamingo as long as it's not one of the rooms near the Linq construction. Hell, I'd even pay for one, but only if it was quiet.
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We had a bad check-in experience at Flamingo. Badly understaffed and excruciatingly slow.

Pro tip: use the kiosks. They're almost always empty, even when the line is long for a clerk.
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That's very helpful. Thanks.

Our flight gets into Vegas around 9 am, so we should easily be at the hotel by 10-11 o'clock. Early check in isn't worth $28, but I bet at least one of us can get that comped. Should be no problem getting a well-located room.

I like margaritaville. That's where they have the pai gow poker tables that are right next to the street. Pretty pleasant on a warm day.

Thanks a lot.
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