The Linq Hotel Las Vegas

If you’re looking for an all-out Vegas adventure, the Linq Hotel should be at the very top of your list when choosing a place to stay. A part of the Caesars Entertainment empire, the Linq provides a top-notch and incredibly diverse, but still affordable, Sin City experience. Having gone through a makeover in 2014, the hotel now features comfortable accommodation, world-class service, several dining options, a casino, sportsbook, pool, adjacent open-air shopping and entertainment promenade, and even a zip line and the world’s tallest observation wheel for those feeling a bit more adventurous.

A Brief History of the Linq Hotel

The Linq, as we know it today, has gone through several different incarnations over the last 60 or so years. The story started in 1959 when the Flamingo Casino employee Bill Capri decided to start building the casino just down the street from the famous Bugsy Siegel establishment. Soon, 180-room Flamingo Capri Motel was born, and most of the business came from the people gambling in the nearby casino.

Things haven’t changed much until 1971 when Ralph Engelstad purchased the motel and surrounding property. During the next year, Engelstad expanded the number of rooms and added a casino. After significantly increasing the capacity, the hotel was rebranded in 1979 and reopened as the Asien-themed Imperial Palace. It continued to grow throughout the eighties reaching the current 2640-room capacity in 1989. the casino was also expanded, becoming a serious competition to the nearby Flamingo. The new-look hotel also included a shopping arcade with over 60 stores, a pool, a theatre showroom, and a museum of classic vehicles. The development continued into the nineties and, at one point, the Imperial Palace was the largest privately-owned hotel in the world.

After Engelstad’s death in 2002, his family assumed the ownership of the hotel eventually selling it to the current owner, the Ceasars Entertainment (known as Harrah’s Entertainment at the time). New owners have invested millions of dollars into refurbishing the rooms, casino, and the rest of the hotel and announced their plan to create a massive entertainment and shopping complex next to the Imperial Palace. In 2012, the hotel was rebranded as the Quad resort and Casino. Two years later the property was renamed again, this time to its present moniker, The Linq Hotel and Casino, and joined with the adjacent Linq Promenade.

Throughout the years the hotel was prominently featured in several movies and video games, most notably in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Grand theft Auto: San Andreas, and Midnight Run.

Location

The Linq Hotel is located at the prime location on the busiest stretch of the Strip, across the street from the Caesars and nestled between Harrah’s and Flamingo which is where the city monorail stops. Cabs are available day and night, and guests also can use the Deuce, double-decker bus cruising the Strip 24/7. Still, you can get to most of the hotels and other attractions on the Strip on foot. Adjacent to the hotel is the Linq promenade leading to the High Roller observation wheel. . McCarran International Airport is just 4 km away.

Rooms

A big part of the multi-million investments from a couple of years ago went into refurbishing the rooms at the Linq. The five towers of the hotel feature a total of 2640 rooms which are most reasonably priced. Rooms now have a modern, simple look with predominant white tones, and colorful murals on the walls, and round hanging mirrors. Standard deluxe rooms are mostly 300-400 square feet, while the King Suite is a bit larger at 680 square feet. At the top, there’s 1.067 square feet penthouse. there’s also an option of staying at the poolside cabanas. Rooms feature all of the standard amenities you would expect at a hotel of this level including mini-fridges, 47-inch flat-screen TVs, USB chargers, plenty of conveniently placed electrical outlets, and safes.

Casino

As a part of the overall hotel facelift, the casino went through the renovation too. Now it stretches over 118.000 square feet of space and features various slots and table games. 830 slots include video, reel, and poker slot machines with some of the Vegas’ favorites such as Megabucks and Wheel of Fortune. You’ll also find 55 table games including most of the popular classics such as blackjack, roulette, craps, big six, texas hold’em, and pai gow poker. Gambling here you can get a free membership to the Caesars Entertainment Total Rewards program which enables you to redeem and earn rewards on any Caesars owned property.

If you prefer betting on sports, the Linq also has a sportsbook in its offer. the Book features an LED video wall and 50 additional TV’s making sure you don’t miss a second of the sporting event you’ve put some money on. The Linq has done everything in its power to make your betting experience as comfortable as possible. Once inside, you’ll be headed a tablet that you will use to place bets through the Caesars Sports app, play fantasy and augmented reality games, or order food and drinks from the menu. To make the big game day feel special, the hotel offers food and beverages specifically crafted for a given event. The book also has live leader boards pitting you against your fellow bettors. If you’re interested in a premium sports viewing experience you and your friends can rent Fan Caves, “rentable living rooms”, with 98-inch TVs and food and drinks from the Guy Fiery menu brought to your table.

If you prefer an old-timey gambling experience, you can try your luck at the O’Sheas Pub set at the Linq promenade at the place of the famous old casino. Here you can enjoy table games combined with the raucous Irish pub atmosphere.

Dining

No matter if you’re more for traditional tastes or the exotic cuisine one thing in the Linq is certain – you’ll be able to get a damn fine meal. Seven restaurants at the hotel and many more down at the promenade is a guarantee you’ll have a memorable gourmet experience while staying at the Linq. We’ll go through the list of places to eat that features some of the greatest names of the US and international cooking.

  • Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen and Bar – here you can taste some of the famous Fieri’s dishes including unique takes on burgers, wings, and tacos. The 6.500 square feet restaurant also offers 16 craft beers and an excellent wine collection. Outside is the large patio where you can enjoy your dinner with the view of the Strip.
  • Sticky Chicken – a true heaven for all chicken lovers, Sticky Chicken brings you wings prepared in every way imaginable.
  • Hash House A Go Go – winner of several awards and a favorite place of celebrities such as Marta Stewart or Rachel Ray, Hash House A Go Go features a menu of the American farm food with a special twist. Monster-size portions feature flapjacks, hashes, farm benedicts, stuffed burgers, and Kokomo sandwiches among other delicacies
  • Off the Strip – top-notch comfort and bistro food earned Off the Strip a loyal following among the Vegas locals. With three bars and both indoor and outdoor dining areas, this place is a perfect stop for charging up before moving on to gambling or shopping.
  • Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar – a dash of Mexico on the Strip, Chayo is more than just a restaurant. The resident DJ often turns this place into a regular fiesta.
  • Nook Express – a small restaurant offering quick and fresh bites for refreshing yourself during your long Vegas days or nights. Nook Express offers a selection of coffees, teas, and pastries.
  • Corner Kitchen and Donuts – another place for a quick and casual meal, Corner Kitchen and Donuts’ menu includes sandwiches, pizzas, croissants, and several sweet treats. A perfect place to start your day with a nutritious breakfast or recover from the previous night with one of the patented hangover remedies.
  • Gordon Ramsey Fish & Chips – the name of this restaurant tells you everything you need to know. Traditional British food with special sauces developed by Mr. Ramsey, another famous chef lending his knowledge and reputation to the Linq’s restaurant lineup.
  • Maxie’s – plenty of photogenic and visually dazzling breakfast options make Maxie’s a favorite of all Instagram foodies. Of course, the meals including Oreo Cookie Waffle Stack or Coco Pebble French Toast are not just easy on the eye but also exceptionally delicious.
  • Flour & Barley – Brick Oven Pizza – one of the best pizza places on the Strip, Flour & Barley also serves pasta, sandwiches, and salads. Additionally, they are known for their signature cocktails and craft beers.
  • Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery – a Celtic-themed bar that is not just a great place to grab a bite and have a few drinks, but to also immerse yourself in authentic Irish and Scottish experience. Besides, it’s a great spot to catch a game or just hang out with your friends.
  • Virgil’s Real Barbecue – widely recognized as the best barbecue in Vegas, Virgil’s brings the cooking of Mephis, Carolina, and Texas to the gambling capital of the world. The great choice of side dishes and affordable prices are just more reasons to stop here have your self a proper grilled meat feast.
  • Jaburritos – if you have ever wondered what Japanese – Mexican fusion tastes like, this is the place for you. Jaburritos offers a bunch of creative dishes with sushi burrito being the most popular
  • Starbucks – of course, the Linq’s offer wouldn’t be complete without the world’s most popular coffee place. A wide range of coffee-based beverages and teas are sure to get you going in the morning.
  • Yard House – a traditional American experience, Yard House has over 160taps of different, mostly craft and imported beers in addition to tasty snacks including burgers, lettuce wraps, and street tacos. All that while listening to the sounds of classic rock.

Attractions

In addition to gambling, Vegas is, of course, all about dazzling their guests and creating memorable experiences. The Linq has several attractions that can go toe-to-toe with anything you may see down the Strip.

High Roller Observation Wheel

With a height of 550 feet, the High Roller is the highest observation wheel in the world. during the 30 minutes ride, you’ll be able to enjoy unparalleled 360-degree of Vegas and have the Strip in the palm of your hand. The High Roller is not just a plain wheel you may see in any amusement park across the US, it features 28 luxurious and spacious cabins providing different experiences during the day. You may have lunch, enjoy an open bar with premium cocktails, or join a half-hour yoga class 500 feet above the ground. There are also special programs organized for families and you even have a chance to organize a wedding in this unique setting.

Fly Linq Zipline

Another one in the list of one of the kind experiences the Linq hotel has to offer, Fly Linq is the only zipline in all of Vegas. If the ride on High roller isn’t exciting enough for yous, just stroll over to the other end of the Linq Promenade, and add some adrenaline to your vacation. While flying at 1.080 feet above the ground, you may choose to do it in a comfortable seating position or go full Superman and assume the free-flying position and have a taste of what it’s like to be able to fly. It does last only 30 seconds, but it will be probably the most exciting half a minute in your life.

VR Adventures

Keeping up with the times, the Linq is offering a virtual reality experience supported by the latest tech in the field. Virtual life-like adventures will require you to use your hands, legs, move around, jump, or sidestep. There are several virtual reality games to choose from including free-falling fro the death threatening heights, flying over Vegas while searching for hidden prizes, commanding your own flying machine and fighting enemy aircrafts, and for those who are a bit more courageous, House of Horrors with zombies and ghosts waiting around every corner.

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