Formerly known as the Fabulous Flamingo and Flamingo Hilton, the present Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation. Initially opened in 1946 by Bugsy Siegel, it has seen many changes along the way and is the longest running casino in Las Vegas. Built in Art Deco style the planned luxurious hotel had to be different all the other two that were nearby at the time. At present it has a 72,000 square foot casino, 3626 rooms and is reminiscent of Florida and Miami. There is a contained wildlife and garden area complete with a flock of Flamingos. There is a monorail station at the rear of the property.
In 1947 the name changed to the Fabulous Flamingo and in 1948 it made over $4 million profit. In 1953 the hotel was remodeled at a cost of $1million. Sold for $10.5 million in 1960 to a group reportedly involved in organized crime, it was later sold again and became the Flamingo Hilton in 1974. By 2000 when it was renamed Flamingo Las Vegas it was owned and operated by Caesars.
It has been used for several film and television shows including:
- 1964-Viva Las Vegas filmed here
- 1960 Ocean’s 11 and a flashback scene in the 2001 film
- 1961 Bugsy starring Warren Beatty
- Netflix series Lily hammer with Steven van Zandt has a casino called the Flamingo and referenced the Las Vegas icon.
With its casino, Wildlife Garden, several pools, spa and fitness center it has become the place to stay for those wanting to stay at a hotel steeped in history. It is on the Strip and adjacent to The Linq with its High Roller Observation Wheel. Several rooms at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel look out over the wheel and The Strip.