Iconic Flamingo Casino Paying Homage To Past With $90 Million Remodel

Posted on May 19, 2017

[toc]One of the original Las Vegas Strip resort casinos is getting a face lift.

Caesars Entertainment Corporation announced on Thursday it will begin a $90 million renovation of 1,270 rooms at the iconic Flamingo Las Vegas this coming August.

Caesars Entertainment claims the renovation plan is a part of its “continued commitment to providing guests with the best possible experience.”

Flamingo plans to unveil the new rooms in November 2017, while the renovation project is scheduled to completely finish by the second quarter of 2018.

Bugsy Siegel’s Flamingo Hotel & Casino

The Flamingo Las Vegas was originally The Flamingo Hotel & Casino, opened in 1946 by mobster Bugsy Siegel. He built the property about four miles from Downtown Las Vegas. In fact, the Flamingo was one of the first casino and hotel properties on what would become the Las Vegas Strip.

The property underwent a number of different renovations, owners, and remodels. The Hilton Corporation bought the resort in 1972. It became the Flamingo Hilton in 1974.

The last remaining structure related to the original Flamingo Hotel & Casino property was demolished in 1993. In 1998 the property became part of a Hilton’s new Park Place Entertainment company. However, the company later became Caesars Entertainment. It officially became the Flamingo Las Vegas in 2000.

In 2005, Harrah’s Entertainment bought Caesars Entertainment. However, it changed its name to Caesars Entertainment Corporation in 2010.

The oldest resort on the Las Vegas Strip

The Flamingo Las Vegas now features more than 70,000 square feet of gaming space. There are four hotel towers with more than 3,600 rooms on the property. The Flamingo features a wide array of resort amenities and an Art Deco design style. Amenities include a 15-acre pool and wildlife habitat with waterfalls, vegetation, tropical wildlife, three pool areas and outdoor gardens.

It is the oldest resort on the Las Vegas Strip still operating. In fact, the Flamingo Las Vegas celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2016.

According to a press release announcing the latest renovation plans, the newly renovated rooms will feature retro-chic designs with accents celebrating the Flamingo’s rich history. Forrest Perkins is designing the remodel. The plan is to stay true to the property’s existing character and charisma.

Staying true to the property’s past

“Flamingo Las Vegas is an iconic resort filled with 70 years of rich history and unforgettable experiences,” Caesars Entertainment President of Hospitality Bob Morse said in the release. “The renovated rooms pay homage to the property’s past, while also giving it a fresh and modern new look.”

Caesars Entertainment also renovated more than 4,800 rooms at four of its Nevada casinos in 2016. This included Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paris Las Vegas, and Harrah’s Las Vegas.

Once the year ends, the company will have upgraded more than 50 percent of its Las Vegas property hotel rooms since 2014.

The Margaritaville Casino at the Flamingo

The Flamingo has its own poker room, sports book and wide variety of table games and slots. It is also home to the Margaritaville Casino. This 15,000 square-foot casino and bar opened in 2011.

The Margaritaville Casino is part of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant company. It shares the island vibe of a Margaritaville restaurant. The area includes 22 table games, 220 slot machines, and the 5 O’clock Somewhere Bar.

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