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With its brilliant pink and orange façade, the Flamingo is as colorful as the history behind it.

It seems appropriate that the Flamingo is a direct descendant of the hotel where modern Las Vegas began. Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel’s original Flamingo is gone (torn down in 1993), but the hotel that bears the name continues to live up to its name.

The lush gardens behind the room towers seem removed from Las Vegas entirely, with live pink Chilean flamingos, ducks, swans, turtles and koi fish frolicking in ponds and under three-story waterfalls. A number of swimming pools — including the stunning main pool with its seasonal water slide and the party-like Go Pool — make the Flamingo seem less of a casino and more of a full-fledged resort.

But the animals and water attractions aren’t the only entertainment at the Flamingo — plenty of humans worth checking out call the resort their home too. The women of “X Burlesque” offer some adult fun in the late evenings. Jeff Civillico is featured in a wacky comedy/juggling show in the afternoon. There are shows to suit all ages as well, including the song stylings of brother and sister duo Donny and Marie and the celebrity tribute show “Legends in Concert.”

Restaurants at the resort cater to tastes ranging from American and Italian to Japanese cuisines. The Paradise Garden Buffet serves up delicious food in an idyllic setting, looking right out at the picturesque wildlife habitat. Favorites at the Center Cut Steakhouse include the 20-ounce ribeye and 24-ounce porterhouse. And you can always grab a quick bite in the Tropical Breeze Cafe or the food court.

To keep the party going, while your night away at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, a crazy Caribbean-themed entertainment complex with a menu of island favorites and a cast of strolling entertainers. There’s even a Margaritaville Casino for Parrotheads to enjoy, complete with 22 tables, 220 slot machines and the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar. Pick up a cocktail at Bugsy’s Bar or the lobby bar. Other dining choices include Center Cut Steakhouse and the rollicking Mexican restaurant and bar chain Carlos’n Charlie’s.

It goes without saying that the casino is enormous, with more than 1,600 slot machines, countless table games, a poker room and a giant race and sports book to reward the fortunate. Those looking to be pampered or get in a good workout will be impressed with the facilities at The Spa at the Flamingo. Charming weddings can be held in the Garden Chapel.

The north entrance of the Flamingo is also connected to The Linq, an outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment district that’s home to the High Roller observation wheel.

The resort has also transformed its standard rooms into more contemporary accommodations — FAB rooms. Modern décor elements include splashes of signature Flamingo pink and warm, wood-toned furnishings. Guests will enjoy upgraded beds with ultra-soft pillow-top mattresses, plush linens and faux fur throws. FAB rooms even come equipped with 32-inch flat-screen plasma televisions.

There is valet and self-parking. Guests will be charged $8 per day for self-parking and $13 per day for valet parking. Hourly self-parking and valet rates vary.

True to its lineage, the Flamingo is — and always will be — a quintessential Las Vegas experience.

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