AAA Editor Notes
LINQ Hotel & Casino is at 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. (just n. of Flamingo Rd.). In 2015 the former Far East-themed Imperial Palace hotel fully morphed into the slick, hip LINQ following a $230-million, nearly 3-year renovation. Now the porte cochere and casino entrances are all sleek, shiny steel, reminiscent of CityCenter's mall down the street. At night, the exterior is illuminated by a rotating palette of colored lights. Inside, under mod chandeliers, the latest video slots surround an average-sized pit with spiffy tables. There's also a small yet comfy sports book.
Among the casino's drinking spots are the Catalyst bar and the beer-centric Tag Sports Bar; they offer a boozy respite from walking the Strip. Near the hotel check-in desk, mushrooming above the “3535” cocktail lounge is an eye-catching, color-changing LED light fixture named “The Baby Vortex.” Do all those selfies and tweets have your smartphone running low on juice? The sports bar and “3535” are outfitted with USB charging stations.
At the rear of the casino you'll find more slots and an entrance to the small, reincarnated O'Shea's Casino, which once did business on the Strip before closing to make way for the LINQ complex. Formerly a grungy dive, the Irish-themed casino has sanitized its act, yet gambling remains fairly cheap and frat boy-types can still get blitzed playing beer pong.
Upstairs in the LINQ Theater, female impersonators take the stage in the fabulous drag revue “Divas Las Vegas”. For classic car buffs there's The Auto Collections, and for anyone seeking a sky view of Las Vegas, there's the 550-foot-tall observation wheel High Roller.
Food is available.