By Steve Beauregard
As the 9th largest hotel in Las Vegas, with 3,626 rooms and suites, the Flamingo Hotel and Casino has plenty of need for parking spaces.
And even though most of the resort’s guests fly in and take a taxi, limo, or shuttle from McCarran International Airport by the Strip, there is a noticeable strain on the hotel’s older seven story parking garage – particularly on weekends and holidays.
In addition, since its parking structure was closed for the building of the Linq promenade shopping area, guests at the Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at Flamingo park at this lot – making a busy parking garage even more crowded.
The Flamingo’s seven story concrete parking garage is situated directly behind the hotel. The first two levels are for valet parking, while the other five are for hotel guests and well, anybody else who wants to park there.
Flamingo Hotel & Casino Parking Fee
In March of 2017, Caesars Entertainment, which owns and operates the Flamingo, began charging customers to park at all of their Las Vegas hotel/casinos, (with the exception of the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino).
This parking fee applies to visitors, as well as to guests staying at the hotel. You will get a ticket when arriving, and pay at a self-pay kisok before leaving. They accept cash and/or debit/credit cards. Rates are as follows:
1 to 4 Hours: $5
4 to 24 Hours: $8
Each additional 24 Hours: $8
(Here’s the Flamingo’s parking map. The red dot marks the entrance to the self-park parking garage. The Yellow dot is the valet parking area, while the black dot shows you the taxi and limos pick-up/drop off area).
Flamingo Parking Tidbits
* Guest staying at the Flamingo Hotel will have parking charged to their hotel room bill. They will also get unlimited in-and-out access to the parking garage each day, just by using their hotel room key (still paying $8 maximum per day). However non-hotel guests will have to pay each time they leave the Flamingo parking garage.
* If you have a Total Rewards Card (the player’s card for the Flamingo and other Caesars Entertainment casinos), and have reached the Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars status, you don’t have to pay for parking.
* Any Nevada resident also parks for free, when scanning their active Nevada driver’s license.
Flamingo Hotel/Casino Valet Parking Fee
4 to 24 Hours: $13
Over 24 Hours: $13 for each additional day.
Parking will be free for anyone who reached Platinum, Diamond, or Seven Stars status on their Total Rewards card.
Some other notes:
* For hotel guests, the valet parking fee will be automatically charged to your room.
* Hotel guests will have in-and-out privileges at the Flamingo, however non-hotel guests will have to pay a new valet parking fee each time.
(The entrance to the Flamingo Parking Garage is on the left)
So if you valet park at the Flamingo as a guest, for example, and stay for a few hours, you’ll pay $8 when you leave. However even if you just drive out for lunch somewhere or run an errand, you’ll still be charged a new valet fee when you come back – assuming you want to come back.
* Flamingo Hotel guests driving to a different Caesars Entertainment property, (say the Paris Las Vegas), will have to pay a new valet parking fee at any resort other than the Flamingo. Even on the same day.
Because the Flamingo is so centrally located on the Strip, close to everything, the parking garage does get a lot of visitor traffic from folks not necessary staying in the hotel. Unfortunately for those of you staying at the Flamingo, there is not a separate parking area reserved for hotel guests. In fact, some hotel guests have been known to have to park at the nearby Cromwell, or Linq parking garages.
Once you’ve navigated up the Flamingo’s smallish parking lanes, you may spend awhile finding a spot, driving up level after level. We ended up parking on the rooftop, which is open air and offers wonderful views of the Flamingo’s pink-tinted exterior, as well as views of Bally’s, the Cromwell, and glimpses of the Bellagio water fountains. But as an inconvenience, the parking garage’s elevator does not go to the rooftop, meaning you may find yourself hauling heavy luggage up and down one flight of stairs to the 6th level.
The walkway to the hotel entrance is on the third level.
Another tip: many parking spots close to the elevator are reserved for rental cars or handicap spaces, so if you see a too-good-to-be-true space up close to the elevator, it is probably reserved.
Being older, the Flamingo parking garage is a little cramped, and you’ll need to make some tight corners. The parking garage isn’t as old as the hotel itself, which opened in 1946, however the smallish spaces and tight corners aren’t really a comfortable fit for today’s SUVs.
Despite not being the nicest casino parking lot in Las Vegas, the Flamingo’s parking garage is fairly convenient for you to either get on the Strip or on the Interstate.
Flamingo Hotel and Casino Las Vegas Parking Garage Directions
When arriving, you access the parking lot by taking Linq Lane, which is just off of Flamingo Road, behind the Flamingo of course.
Linq Lane runs parallel to the Las Vegas Monorail tracks. Once on Linq Lane, you’ll take the first left at an unnamed street. (Don’t worry, you’ll see signs pointing you to the parking area). This street is just past a small strip mall that is home to the Stagedoor liquor store and the famous Battista’s Hole in the Wall Italian Restaurant.
Continue straight on this unnamed access road, following the pink Flamingo signs. After you pass under the monorail tracks, you can either continue forward for valet parking on the right, or you can turn left into the self-parking garage.
Getting out, is pretty quick and easy. At the parking garage exit, three quick right hand turns will get you on Flamingo Road. From there it’s a short drive to either the Strip or the I-15 entrance ramps.
As some people have pointed out, you can access the Flamingo’s parking area directly from the Strip. This is true, but I strongly recommend against it. Making a right hand turn when pedestrians are present can be impossible on the Strip. The crowds of walkers aren’t interested in you getting to your parking spot quickly, and you could be idling there for a while, waiting for a break in the long stream of pedestrians.
Instead, save the time and headache by going on Flamingo Road to use the Linq Lane parking access road.
Flamingo Hotel and Casino Valet Parking
As mentioned, you’ll access this by staying right on the unnamed street, rather than making a left into the parking garage. Some say you only tip the valet when picking up the car, but I always give him at least $3 when dropping off. (Sort of as a cheap insurance policy that he won’t trash my car).
(Second photo courtesy of Steve Cadman via Flickr).