Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at the Flamingo Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

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  • No restaurant on-site
  • Small pool and cramped fitness center
  • Rooms aren't always available, since time-share owners get priority
  • Confusing location leads to lost guests

Bottom Line

Tucked behind the storied Flamingo, this popular time-share hotel gives guests both the quiet, laid-back feel of apartment living and quick access to the high-energy entertainment of the Las Vegas Strip. The hotel has a casual, family vibe, but nothing in the way of fine dining or entertainment on the grounds.

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 Scene

Apartment-style accommodations in a quiet setting -- yet so close to the Strip that a change of scene is just minutes away.

Flamingo-filled garden
Flamingo-filled garden

Vegas visitors tend to end up at suite hotels like the Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) because they want roomy apartments with kitchens and living rooms, and because they prefer peace and quiet to the frenetic R-rated scene at the typical hotel-casino. Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at the Flamingo fulfills both needs, but then throws in a benefit that most other Vegas time-share hotels can't match. Its location right behind the Flamingo Hotel means that classic Vegas entertainment is never far away -- in fact, it's just a five-minute stroll through the Flamingo's flamingo-filled garden away. The hotel may have a small pool, a cramped fitness center, and no restaurant, but who cares when the Flamingo's tropical-themed pool complex, lively casino, and tons of restaurants are next door?

 Location

Behind the Flamingo, the HGVC is virtually an annex of the classic pink hotel, plus handy to center-Strip bigwigs like the Mirage and Caesars Palace.

This hotel likely didn't become the most popular Hilton Grand Vacations Club in Las Vegas for its pool or its rooms. What travelers justifiably love is the location. The hotel is directly behind the storied Flamingo and near many other Vegas landmarks: Caesars Palace and the Mirage are across the street, the Bellagio and the Venetian are short walks away.

Most Las Vegas visitors want to explore all of the big properties along the densely packed three-and-a-half-mile-long stretch of hotel-casinos known as the Strip. Cabs are easy to find at virtually any time of day or night. A generally less expensive option is the Deuce, a double-decker bus that runs up and down the strip 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and costs $3 to ride. There's also a monorail system, which stops at the Flamingo/Caesars Palace, as well as MGM Grand, Bally's/Paris, Harrah's/Imperial Palace, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Hilton, and the Sahara. A single-ride ticket is $5; a one-day pass is $13. If you're traveling along the Strip with at least one other person, a cab is often the least expensive option.

Virtually every hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is a 10- to 15-minute cab ride from McCarran International Airport; the ride typically costs about $15.

When you're arriving at the HGV, it's important to note that the hotel shares a street address with the Flamingo, even though the entrance is not the same. Unless the cab driver has taken a guest there before, chances are you'll arrive at the main Flamingo and then have to lug your bags on a 10-minute walk to the HGV lobby. Direct your driver to take Audrey Road, which is right off of Flamingo Road. Take note that after the pools close at 10 p.m., guests must take a bridge that connects the Flamingo to the HGV.

 Pool

Guests can take a dip in either the hotel's quiet and relaxing pool or the lively Flamingo Lagoon.

The Flamingo Pool
The Flamingo Pool

The hotel has its own heated outdoor seasonal pool, but guests also have privileges at the Flamingo hotel's Flamingo Lagoon. With both pools right outside the back door, the choice comes down to what scene you're looking for.

The small rectangular main pool is good for short laps. The atmosphere is relaxed, with guests sleeping, reading, or soaking in the hot tub. The five gazebos are free to use on a first-come, first-served basis, as are the nearby barbecue grills. Even with music from the Flamingo Lagoon drifting over, this is a quiet retreat.

The Flamingo Lagoon has a fun party scene, with pop music and dance tunes blasting over the speakers and hot-pink-bikini-clad servers weaving through the clutter of lounge chairs. A waterfall and thick foliage lend the extensive pool area a festive tropical air. A series of small pools connected by waterslides flank the stairway to the enormous Lagoon Pool. Guests can also visit a secluded and seasonal adults-only pool with topless sunbathing.

 Rooms

The large, apartment-style rooms are newly refurnished and still feel brand new.

The Studio Room
The Studio Room

All rooms here are large apartment-style units, with at least a small sitting area with a sleeper sofa, and a wet bar with a coffeemaker and a microwave. Suite feature full kitchens and either one or two bedrooms. It's worth asking for a room facing the pool, which gives guests a view of pink glass facade of the Flamingo at night.

  • 27-inch flat-screen TV with premium cable and DVD players. Movies are available at the front desk
  • Plush king-size beds with a Serta pillow-top mattress, down comforter, and four down pillows
  • Studios (450 square feet) come with a full-size pull-out sofa.
  • One-bedroom suites (a massive 831 square feet) have a queen-size pull-out couch.
  • MP3 player/clock radio
  • Safe big enough for a laptop
  • Work desks
  • Studios have a wet bar with a microwave, mini-fridge, toaster, and coffeemaker with free Starbucks packets.
  • The one-bedroom suite has a fully equipped kitchen, including a dishwasher.
  • Kitchens come with a full set of utensils and plates.
  • Rooms have whirlpools and a shower.
  • Peter Thomas Roth toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Accessible rooms available

 Features

The gym equipment is modern, but the room is cramped; the business center amounts to some lobby computers.

Sauna
Sauna
  • The fitness center is free to access, and has partial pool views.
  • There is a sauna near the fitness center.
  • The lobby business center has free printing, but charges for Internet use.
  • DVDs are available from the front desk.

 Family

Plenty of space for parents and children. The nearby Flamingo provides most of the entertainment -- and the best pool -- but not all of it is suitable for small kids.

Kids enjoying the garden area
Kids enjoying the garden area

Studio rooms come with just a king-size bed and a full-size pullout couch, so families may want to opt for the suites, which have a king bed and a queen-size pullout couch. A studio and adjacent suite can be booked as a two-bedroom suite. Cribs are free, but there are no rollaway beds.

The Hilton Grand pool is relaxed and quiet, and guests also have access to the Flamingo pool, where pop music blasts over the speakers and twentysomethings sun themselves around buckets of beer. But the vibe is low-key enough -- and the pool big enough -- for kids to carve out a comfortable corner.

For kid-friendly food, the Desert Garden Shop & Deli has cereal, chips, fruit bars, and microwavable dishes like mac and cheese. At the Flamingo hotel, kids should like the Paradise Garden buffet and Pink Bean, which serves Nathan's Famous hot dogs.

Rooms at other HGVC properties have almost exactly the same setup, so the difference is the location. If family time is a priority, the Hilton Grand Vacations Club on the Las Vegas Strip is located far north on Las Vegas Boulevard, and the property is much larger and secluded, with a bigger swimming pool and more families.

 Food

No on-site restaurant, just sandwiches at the Desert Garden Shop & Deli. For a real meal, head over to the Flamingo.

Hibachi tables at Hamada of Japan
Hibachi tables at Hamada of Japan

Typical of a time-share hotel, the HGV has no true restaurants. The Desert Garden Shop and Deli sells sandwiches and salads. For a real restaurant eal, cross the gardens to the Flamingo, which has a variety of dining options.

For dining options at the Flamingo, visit the hotel's dining section.

 Bottom Line

Tucked behind the storied Flamingo, this popular time-share hotel gives guests both the quiet, laid-back feel of apartment living and quick access to the high-energy entertainment of the Las Vegas Strip. The hotel has a casual, family vibe, but nothing in the way of fine dining or entertainment on the grounds.

Things You Should Know About Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at the Flamingo

Address

  • 3575 Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, US

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Flamingo Hilton Las Vegas Hotel
  • Hilton Grand Vacations Club Flamingo
  • Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Flamingo - Las Vegas
  • Hilton Hotel Las Vegas
  • Hilton Las Vegas
  • Las Vegas Hilton
  • Las Vegas Hilton Hotel

Room Types

  • Accessible King Suite
  • Hilton Guest Room
  • King Suite
  • Studio Room
  • Two Bedroom Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 301
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: The Strip, Las Vegas
Address: 3575 Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, US
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