The LINQ Hotel & Casino Deluxe
The VegasTripping Review 2015
I'll be blunt. Of all the Vegas hotel rooms I've stayed in recently (see reviews of The Cromwell and SLS Las Vegas Story Tower), The LINQ Hotel & Casino was the best of the bunch in value, simplicity, location and ease of use.
I've stayed in a lot of Las Vegas hotel rooms. For a large portion of my early Vegas life, the Imperial Palace was my go-to joint. The price was right, the location was great, the rooms were clean, the original O'Sheas was steps away and the funky 70s vibe jibed with me. Just thinking about that porte cochere with light bulbs flashing and vintage neon signage gives me goosebumps. Other than always busted elevators and paucity of dining options, I had few complaints - I was a smoker.
Then Harrah's bought the joint, maintenance stopped and the funk got dirty. I moved on.
I summarized my final review of Imperial Palace (2011) in one word: gratitude. I was thankful that there is an economical mid-Strip option that wasn't hell on earth.
Since that time, the hotel has gone through a massive rolling renovation and reinvention - including two name changes - before the dust finally settled as on the brand new LINQ Hotel & Casino in 2014. With sweeping changes came a new restaurant line up, new attractions, new casino, a bar every 30 feet and brand new hotel room designs. With all those changes, my summary review of the LINQ Hotel & Casino hasn't changed.
Faults? Yeah, there are a lot of them, primarily a dearth of intimate micro-climates, uniformity of spaces and no sensation of comfort and relaxation in all of the public spaces. Linq exudes the feeling of being a thoroughfare, not a destination. Perhaps this is calculated on behalf of the architects to not retain guests within the walls but inspire them to explore the totality of Caesars Strip - Carnival Court and Harrah's to the north, the LINQ promenade, Flamingo, Cromwell, Ballys, Paris, Planet Hollywood to the south or Caesars Palace across the street.
If this is the case, it worked. Shortly after arriving and surveying my digs (which you will see in the following pages) I did a loop of the LINQ then went out exploring. It was only after returning from long trudge in 100 degree plus weather that I did any gaming at LINQ - $5 worth of a breather at a KISS penny slot machine. I won $10.
Good night casino!" - Paul Stanley