The LINQ Hotel and Casino Review
The LINQ (formerly The Quad, Imperial Palace, and Flamingo Capri) is a Caesars’ property in Las Vegas that was completely renovated from top to bottom in 2014. Fifteen years ago, the property would have been imploded to give way to a high rise, state of the art casino and hotel. But in the aftermath of the recession, Caesars poured $230 million to transform the neglected property. This seems to be the trend of Las Vegas of the 2010s (see also Cromwell and Park MGM).
The 2,640 room property is sprawling more than tall. The hotel is divided into “districts” to help guests find their way to their room. Expect to walk a ways to your room.
The LINQ is located on the Las Vegas Strip between the Flamingo and Harrahs and across from Caesars Palace. The location is easy to spot anywhere in Vegas as the LINQ is at the base of the High Roller Wheel. A monorail station is at the back of the property.
I arrived on a Friday night at 11pm. The ride share drop off/pick up location is located in a very strange spot that feels like a dark alley under the hotel. From there it is a maze of up and down stairs and escalators to get to the lobby. If you can figure out a way to get dropped off at the main entrance I would highly recommend it.
The line was about 75 people long when I arrived and there were two staff at the front desk. Fortunately, I was able to jump the line as a Total Rewards Diamond elite (which I got through a status match). If you don’t have status, there are self check-in kiosks in the lobby.
Judging by the layout of the building, some rooms have views of other rooms. I imagine these rooms would fee claustrophobic.
I was assigned room 31205. The first digit signifies I was in District 3, the farthest back from the Strip. The next two digits signify that I was on the 12th floor. I made my way to the District 2 & 3 elevators and took them to my floor.
The rooms at the LINQ are on the smaller size for Vegas, but they don’t feel claustrophobic. As you enter, the bathroom is on the right. The bed is against an accent wall that is lit from behind the headboard.
I found the bed to be quite comfortable. There are a ton of outlets throughout the room including on each side of the bed. There is no alarm clock (which is a positive in my book).
A TV is mounted on the wall. I was pleasantly surprised that there is actually a large floor to ceiling window. I believe it used to be a sliding door to a small balcony that has since been removed. My view was of the pool and LINQ Promenade (including In-N-Out Burger). One huge disappointment was the fact that the curtains don’t keep out much light. As soon as the sun comes up, the room fills with light.
Next to the bed is an open closet space with curtain. Safe and (empty) mini fridge are provided. There is no coffee or mini bar. However two samples of Pedialyte powder are provided (I assume they are complimentary).
The air conditioner is one of those noisy built in kinds (no central air). I kept it on full blast to cool down the room even in December. I like white noise but others might find it bothersome.
The bathroom is small. A single vanity is on one side of the toilet while the shower is on the other.
They did a great job of working with a small space. A piece of glass walls off the shower with a curtain to pull across to keep water from spilling out in to the rest of the bathroom.
Opposite the shower head are wall mounted bath products.
One small bar of soap (for the sink) is the only disposable product. No body lotion is available. Three sets of towels are provided.
The spa is located on the 6th floor between District 2 & 3. Day passes are available for $25 (or $12.50 for Diamond elites), though I believe the price fluctuates depending on the day. After Caesars Palace, the Spa at LINQ is the most expensive spa of any Caesars property in Vegas. I purchased a day pass and was impressed by the facility.
The spa is not large by Vegas standards, but it is better maintained than any other spa I have visited. The size is likely a benefit in this manner. Throughout my 90 minute visit, there were only about 4-5 other guests using the male spa area. Even with only one attendant, the staff kept the area extremely clean. Unlike most other spas, there were no towels or empty water bottles left around.
The day pass gets you access to the gender divided areas that includes lockers, showers, relaxation lounge, hot tub and steam room. For an additional fee you can access the salt relaxation room for a 45-minute session. There is no sauna or cold pool. What the facility lacks in size it makes up for in quality.
Also on the 6th floor is a standard hotel gym. The pool is located on the 2nd floor and looked pretty small by Vegas standards. It was closed during my visit so I was unable to visit.
For me, the price of The LINQ could not be beat… as a Diamond I paid $0 for two weekend nights. Paid nights, even with the $35 added Resort Fee, tend to be on the lower side of Vegas rooms. Considering they are some of the most modern rooms on the strip in a decent location, if you don’t need luxury, The LINQ could be a good option for you.
Have you stayed at The LINQ? What did you think of the property?