The mystique of the Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas dates back to 1946 when Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel opened his "real class joint" seven miles south of downtown Las Vegas on Highway 91 (now known as the Strip). The Flamingo Hotel flourished, even though Bugsy was never around to see it (he met his demise at girlfriend Virginia Hill's Beverly Hills home, six months after the opening). Las Vegas' famed Strip resort would eventually sit on the renowned "Four Corners," along with Caesars Palace, Bellagio and Bally's. While the trap-doors and underground tunnels Bugsy built for a quick escape are gone (they were filled in during the resort's expansion) what remains are more than 3,500 guest rooms, including luxury and mini suites overlooking lush Caribbean landscaping that surround Olympic-size pools, whirlpool spas and a zigzag waterslide, part of 15 acres of tropical gardens. Inside this outdoor habitat, you'll see a menagerie of wildlife, including Chilean flamingos, black-necked swans, Gambel's quail, Japanese koi fish, grass carp, albino channel catfish, macaws and cockatoos that live on the islands and streams. Seasonal visitors include Grebter grackle birds, house sparrows and mallard ducks. (The Flamingo Hotel belongs to the Species Survival Program.) The Garden Chapel, The Spa at the Flamingo Las Vegas and The Flamingo Las Vegas Tennis Club also overlook this tropical landscape. Indoors, life is just as wild. Comedian George Wallace performs in the Flamingo Showroom. The Second City Comedy Troupe offers impromptu sketch comedy in the Second City Theater. Musical star Toni Braxton brings her spectacular show to the Flamingo Showroom. Gaming options include everything from slot machines to million-dollar keno. And there's nothing wilder than Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, where Parrotheads still searching for that lost shaker of salt comfort themselves with margaritas and the signature Cheeseburger in Paradise. Pets welcome with certain conditions applying.