By Steve Beauregard
In the past, one of most pleasant parts of staying at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino was enjoying the resort’s lush, tropical-ish grounds and swimming pool area tucked away behind the casino.
The 15 acres of trees, ponds, grass, fish, birds, and pools is a 360 degree difference 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
Flamingo Go Pool
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).
The lines to get in can be long, as security (whose interpersonal relationship skills leave much to be desired), will thoroughly check every bag and/or purse.
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.
Flamingo Go Pool Drink Prices
A bucket of 6 Coronas at the Go Pool’s little bar area go for $50, while regular drinks are $17. For one drink. To put that in perspective, for the same price, you could go down the street to Casino Royale and get 17 draft beers.
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.
(Another quiet relaxing day at the Flamingo Go Pool)
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. The suits at Caesars Entertainment should thank you for being a good customer, but instead they punish you by making you discard your drink so that you’ll be forced to buy one of their over-priced cocktails inside the pool area.
Also be warned, you cannot even bring in water to the Go Pool. Even that water bottle you brought down with you while waiting in a long entrace line in 110 degree weather. But once inside, you can purchase a bucket of 6 bottled water bottles for $30.
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 & Prices
The Go Pool hours of operation are from 9 AM to 5 PM, seven days a week during season.
Use of the pool is free for registered guests of the Flamingo. Guests staying at other Caesars Entertainment properties can get into the Go Pool by showing their hotel room key and paying $15 per person.
Everyone else can get in by paying $20 at the gate.
Flamingo Cabanas and Daybead Prices
The Flamingo Go Pool has 38 cabanas and daybeds for rent. Weekday daybed prices start at $50 which comes out to $67 after fees and service charges are added in. A recent Friday daybed for 6 ran for $260 after fees but before tips. It does not include the minimum spend. Cabanas start at $250 for weekdays. Weekend rates jump up higher of course.
Rates vary depending on whether it’s a cabana or covered day bed. Some cabana packages 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.
For you “ballas” out there, the Daybeats Package allows you to rent a cabana for up to 12 guests. You’ll be given a 3 liter bottle of champagne, a one liter bottle of vodka, and 2 buckets of Coors Light. Prices start at $2,700 before added fees and gratuities. If that sounds expensive, keep in mind that you also get 4 souvenir hats.
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.
The grounds near the pools at the Flamingo Las Vegas
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 AM to 6 PM. It’s only open the guests staying at the Flamingo.
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).