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Flamingo Hotel

 

The Flamingo Hotel, also called the “pink hotel” because of its striking neon pink trimmings, is a hotel casino along the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is owned and operated by Harrah’s Entertainment, and was the third resort hotel, and the first luxury hotel, to open on the Las Vegas strip.

Infamous mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel opened The Pink Flamingo Hotel and Casino on December 26, 1946 at a cost of six million dollars. Back then, it was considered to be the most luxurious hotel in

the world. The building was a William R, Wilkerson project, the architect behind tt was Richard Stadelman, and the prime contractor was Del Webb Construction. Seigel named the hotel after his girlfriend Virginia Hill, who, because of her slim legs, was given the nickname “Flamingo”.

The structure has 77,000 square feet of casino space and 3,626 square feet worth of hotel rooms and suites. The property occupies 15 acres of land, and is designed in the Art Deco and Steamline

Moderne style of architecture, which is typical in Miami and South Beach.

The hotel features an central outdoor area, which houses an exhibit of flamingos in their wildlife habitat. The area used to have a few penguins as well, but they were moved to a zoo in Dallas.

 
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