To understand (and appreciate) the LINQ Hotel in Las Vegas you have to have a fundamental grasp of what it is and, maybe more importantly, what it isn’t. There is no grand entry or huge water feature welcoming you as you approach LINQ. In fact, you enter from a maintenance roadway through the bottom level of a parking structure that floods when it rains, but eventually you will find the front door and hotel valet. Once you exit your taxi, a bellman is right there to help you, but he’s not pushy or demanding. Likewise, once inside, there is no over-the-top reception area. The VIP check in is enclosed on your right, and the “regular folks” check in desk is tucked to your left on one wall of the casino. It accommodates about 6 or so front desk personnel, though you will be lucky to find more than 3 on duty because there is a self service kiosk system available that guests are really encouraged to use.
One of the first vibes you get at LINQ , which will stay with you through the visit, is that this property caters and markets to a younger crowd, customers with priorities that are different from the typical Las Vegas tourist/gambler. The casino itself is small by Las Vegas standards and is not quite as smoke-filled as you would expect from such an old, albeit remodeled, facility. For shopping, there are no Tiffany or Harry Winston shops here, but never fear. If you want a tattoo or something on your body pierced, LINQ aims to please. Similarly, because the hotel’s target customers don’t gravitate to all-you-can-eat feast-fests like their parents and grandparents do, there is no traditional Las Vegas buffet offered at LINQ. (If you really feel the need to over-indulge, check out the senior discount on the buffet just a few steps away next door at Harrah’s). There are also no statues, pompous art exhibits, or abstract sculptures (exception: purple striped zebra by the tattoo shop) but there is an awesome antique/muscle car collection on the 5th floor, the only noticeable carry-over from this property’s nasty Imperial Palace days. Similarly, again because of the age demographic, you probably won’t get injured by a disabled gambler speeding through the casino on a motorized scooter. You might as I did, however, suffer hearing loss from a screaming bridal party squad.
Security at the LINQ property is apparent everywhere. Unlike Caesars where the security staff wear discrete dark suits and blend in to the scene in somewhat of a secret service agent kind of way, the guys at LINQ look like full on Junior Rambos ready to rumble. Their tactical belts, combat boots, faces of peach fuzz, and yellow high profile law enforcement polo shirts make them easy to mistake for real Las Vegas cops in summer uniforms. These hotel first responders take themselves quite seriously, so you should too. Oh, and did I mention, security is quite visible here?
The elevators are seemingly few, rather small, and they are very slow so just plan your journey based on that reality or find the alternatives. For example, I found out by accident the that in Tower (district) 3 there is a second bank of elevators on the backside of the tower that go down near the parking garage. You never have to wait for a lift and the casino is just a few more steps away (just past that tattoo shop and the purple zebra) once you get to the ground level. The pool area is great and actually appears more modern that the hotel itself, although it was too cold in January to enjoy. The spa and gym were equally adequate and occupied with more of a Planet Fitness type of crowd than what you would expect from the Curves-type clientele elsewhere in the strip.
Once in your room, you will notice it is modern, clean and simple. It reminds me of a very well done dormitory, minus a coffee maker. It’s not large at all, but yet it’s large enough. There is a small, un-openable floor to ceiling window that leads to what was originally a real balcony (now decommissioned) and depending on the location, the straight ahead view will range from strip to the High Roller wheel, Bally’s or Harrahs. The view left to right is limited due to the tunnel vision pod construction of the room and the inaccessible balcony, but who cares? You aren’t here to look out the window. The bathroom is modern and clean (except that the glasses had finger prints), the shower is large, and you have a safe and a small fridge. The bed is extra comfortable and there is no shortage of electric and USB device power in the room and bedside. Air conditioning is supplied by the single unit wall variety like you would find in a 2-story Best Western, but that’s not a complaint – it works exceptionally well, isn’t overly loud, and it allows you the leave the fan running even when the AC is nit. This isn’t Caesars, so the room darkening curtains aren’t remote controlled and, I’m sorry, there isn’t a tv built into the bathroom mirror or even a clock on the nightstand, but those are not what this hotel’s target demographic looks for.
I confess that I am a bit of a hotel snob who is quickly approaching a half-century in age, but LINQ made me feel 20 years younger and, while I had an initial bad impression of the place, I opened my mind and it was a fun experience for me after I reminded myself of a simple reality: I’m not their target customer; LINQ and its extra affordable room rates appeal to a younger millennial-type of guest. Indeed, the hotel knows its target quite well. It’s a clean place to land and recharge before you head out again, and most importantly, it’s perfectly situated on the center strip with Las Vegas monorail access at the rear of the property. If you want a 5 star restaurant, no problem. Bellagio and Caesars are just across the strip. But if you want to save that fine dining cash so that you have money for the hotel’s tattoo & piecing studio (I’m still laughing about that place – it was packed!!!!), there are cheap eats available on the promenade between LINQ and Flamingo along with affordable entertainment options such as a high tech bowling alley and, of course, the High Roller observation wheel.
In closing, as long as you know what you want and you understand what the LINQ is, and as long as those two things are in harmony with each other, there is no reason not to rate this newly renovated hotel as excellent in its class. Try to open your mind to a new LINQ experience. If you do, you might even go back some day.
Linq Hotel And Casino
3535 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV
Located in the center of the Las Vegas Strip, this modern resort offers a casino and 3 on-site restaurants. Direct access to the upscale shopping, dining and concert venues at the LINQ promenade is provided.Floor-to-ceiling windows with views of either The Strip or the High Roller observation wheel are featured in many of the upscale guest rooms at The LINQ.