Our first trip to Sin City and we stayed 4 nights at the Flamingo on the Strip. Got to the Airport about 10:30 PM, the flight was about 45 minutes late arriving. Jumped on to a shuttle bus for $5.00 each, gave the drive $12 for the 2 of us. We were the second stop so we were at the Hotel in no time, the airport shuttle driver was a bit of a speedster to say the least and the trip was real short, maybe 10 minutes for us to get to the Flamingo. Our first impressions of Hotel were nice place, very clean, friendly staff, but obviously an older facility, and in hindsight fantastically located. From our room on the 11th floor with a view looking directly out to Caesars and Bellagio's (great view) to the street Las Vegas Blvd. Took let than 3 minutes, as from the hotel elevators to the street was like 50 paces. The wife was sick for the first time in 20 years and it started the day before leaving, go figure. She was a real trouper though realizing that we had planned this trip eight weeks in advance and that we had already committed a fair amount of cash to this trip so she plugged along. We did make it to about 24 casinos in that 3 plus days, collecting player cards from about 14 Casinos as some use a common card. We had supper with her 80ish Aunt & Uncle who had traveled there via a bus trip they have been going to Vegas annually since their first trip back in 1963. They use to take their motor-home for many years staying for months at a time and in recent years do to their age and health now they just stay for days at a time, most recently taking bus trips down and back. They took us out for supper a $5.95 12-ounce steak supper at Binions a great meal with drinks of course. The place is located across the street and kiddy corner from the 4 Queens where her Aunt and Uncle were staying. We managed to at least briefly make it over to the Aladdin, Paris, Bally's, Bellagio, Barbary Coast, Flamingo, Ceasars, Imperial Palace, Harrah's, Venetian, Wynn, Stardust, Stratosphere, Riviera, Frontier, Slots-of-Fun, Circus Circus, Mirage, Treasure Island, Casino Royale, Freemont - Binions, Four Queens, Gold Nugget, El Cortez. We walked plenty and used 'the deuce' the local bus system, it was great and cheap at $5 each per day each for a 24-hour day pass. We made it down to the South Strip outlet mall, south of the Airport also via the deuce, with only 1 transfer required at the end of the south run. As my wife really wasn't feeling well we walked the whole mall but she didn't look around to seriously and we didn't buy a thing, yeah. Put on a lot of miles, seen lots, enjoyed ourselves, and would definitely go back, but 3 full days and a bit were plenty as towards the end we couldn't wait to get home to get some rest, yet once home we realized we already wanted to be back on the strip.
Recommendations; Flamingo Hotel when considering all things, room cost, service in the Casino, location, location, location, layout, and buffets meals a definite 8 of 10 overall, and we would definitely chose Flamingo again. We did use 1 cab to get back to the Airport $10, we gave $12, but the Airport shuttle was good as we had a short trip to our hotel on arrival and travel by the deuce although during the later week days became highly congested and used was very economical and quite frankly a good and cheap way to travel.