One of most pleasant parts of staying at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino is the use of the lush, tropical-ish grounds and swimming pool area tucked away behind the casino.
The 15 acres of trees, ponds, grass, fish, birds, and pools offers a nice respite from the loud and scorching busy Las Vegas Strip just steps away. A part of this tropical oasis at the Flamingo includes two different swimming pools, the Go Pool, and the Beach Club Pool.
Go Pool at the Flamingo
The Flamingo’s Go Pool is the large, main, adult pool, in which you have to be 21 or over to use. Some of you may know by its other name, the Lagoon Pool.
It was called that because of the faux-rock design, overhangs, and cozy, grotto-type escape behind a waterfall wall of water pouring down into the pool.
Now called the Go Pool, this formerly laid-back pool area is now party central, as the Flamingo has turned this into one of the many trendy beach day clubs found along the Strip.
The music is loud and pulsating, with hip and attractive twenty and thirty-
somethings crowding the pool, drinks in hand, and occupying nearly every empty lounge chair within sight. The Go Pool vibe resembles that of a nightclub in the water, albeit one without a cover charge (so long as you’re staying at the Flamingo).
At the Go Pool, the hip-hop beats blast out of large speakers, the tatted-up twenty-something dues – red bull and vodka in hand – wade into the pool to flirt with the bikini clad vixens holding their Coors Lights, and the party vibe is in full force.
If that’s your thing, great – it’s just that boring middle-aged married tourists (like myself) should be warned that if you’re looking for some nice, quiet and relaxing poolside nap or lounge time, the Flamingo’s Go Pool is not for you.
Then there’s the matter of drinks.
While the bucket of beers at the Go Pool’s little bar area offers not unreasonable deal, at $35, the regular drinks are highway robbery at $16. For one. Drink.
Please keep in mind that you cannot bring in your own drinks to the Go Pool. Oddly, and in a gesture that brings no good will to the Flamingo or its Caesars Entertainment overlords, to the Flamingo “outside drinks” include drinks you purchased at…the Flamingo.
In other words, that happy-hour two-for-one margarita special you purchased at Carlos N’ Charlie’s just steps away from the Go Pool, or that beer you got while losing money at the blackjack table inside, cannot be taken into the pool area. These greedy SOBs are practically forcing you to buy one of their $16 drinks. Thank you for the nice touch, Caesars Entertainment.
In case you have any money left over, there are also some table games a few feet away from the bar area. Whether or not they are open is hit and miss, but I’ve seen both craps and blackjack games operating there, which is sort of fun to play when you’re wet.
Flamingo Go Pool Hours
The Go Pool hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
And unlike what you may think happens on an early Las Vegas morning, there are always people up and at the pool at 8 a.m., if nothing more than to reserve the very limited lounge chairs for the day. Of course, the Flamingo has 38 cabanas and daybeds for rent. Weekday prices are in the $250 to $300 range with weekend rates jumping up higher.
Rates vary depending on whether it’s a cabana or covered day bed. Some include cabanas include one bottle of liquor, three mixers, iced towels, a fruit platter, and amenities such as a 42 inch TV, mini-refrigerator, bottled water, and more.
The Flamingo Go Pool is free to hotel guests, of course, and open to guests staying at other Caesars Entertainment properties for a $15 cover charge. Guests not staying at any Caesars property can still get in for $25 per person.
Beach Club Pool
In addition to the 21 and over adult Go Pool, the Flamingo has the Beach Club Pool for you quieter, lamer types (like me), and/or those of you with kids.
What used to be the topless pool (with a $20 entry fee for male guests – even those staying at the hotel), is now a family-friend pool area called the Beach Club.
The pool here is pretty basic, without the more interesting character of the Go Pool down below. The pool does, however, have a cafe just steps away, and is surrounded by palm trees and lush vegetation and even nice views of the High Roller Observation Wheel next door.
Overall, it’s a nice atmosphere if you’re looking just to relax or splash around with the kids.
Speaking of which, there’s a long, waterslide here that is free to use. You lie on your back or bottom, as the water ride swooshes you along the faux-rock slide down into a wading pool below. The pool at the bottom actually connects with the Go pool, however the area between the two pools has been awkwardly fenced off so as to prevent junior from accidently wandering off to the hedonistic party a few feet over.
The Flamingo’s Beach Club Pool hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
So whether you’re looking for a party, or just to cool off and relax, the Flamingo has a couple of different pools that should satisfy either taste. (Photos courtesy of Perry Quan and Loren Sztajer via Flickr).