The $230 million dollar makeover include a major upgrade of the dated rooms and suites, a more upscale pool deck with luxury cabanas (unfortunately limited to adults only), and a huge open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment district. This major pedestrian attraction not only houses more than 30 shops and restaurants, but also the High Roller Ferris Wheel,. What a wonderful innovative way for customers of all ages to enjoy a panoramic view of Las Vegas! In fact, children get to ride the High Roller for free!
Children can also use the in-room "Game Is On" feature to play games like Yahtzee, Jenga, and Twister from the comfort of their hotel room. But they will probably also want to spend a good part of the day or evening on the Promenade. While certain areas of the property like the casino and bars are off limits to kids, the LINQ Promenade is a place where the entire family can congregate and have a blast.
Rooms are not as cheaply priced as they used to be. But given the enormous improvement in appearance, comfort, and amenities, including replacing the drab décor of days gone by with a bright and airy, more contemporary feel, the centrally located LINQ is still one of the best bargains in town.
All of this hotel's 2,256 rooms and suites have been renovated and now feature cutting-edge technology, contemporary décor and furnishings, and easy access to the LINQ outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment district. Unfortunately, finding suitable accommodations for a family might still be a problem at this hotel. The majority of the rooms are quite small and far more suited for a couple than for a family with children. For example, the rooms described as "Deluxe Doubles" (with two double beds) are not even 300 square feet. While up to four guests are allowed in a room, the maximum number of rollaway beds or cribs that can be requested for any one room in addition to the existing beds is just one. These limitations mean, in effect, that, in all likelihood, you will need to book two adjoining rooms in order to adequately accommodate all members of your family.
Many of the rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with a close-up view of either the Strip or the 550 feet tall High Roller Observation Wheel. However, for a family, the rooms with a High Roller, even if they cost more, are far better. Visitors on sites like www.yelp.com and www.tripadvisor.com have complained that the Strip view rooms directly face a bar at Harrah's from which loud music is blaring till the wee hours of the morning. On the other hand, young children will thoroughly enjoy being able to look at the High Roller directly from their room.
The following are a few possibilities of accommodations that might work for your family. However, the quoted rates are based on single or double occupancy and do not include the additional 12% daily tax and $32.48 mandatory daily resort fee. These prices are also probably the lowest that can be expected for such accommodations. Rates vary considerably depending on the day of the week and the season. If more than two guests will be staying in the same room, check beforehand to see what the additional charges will be. Also be prepared for the likelihood that two rooms will be needed.
Deluxe Room with 2 Double Beds and High Roller View
- 289 square feet
- Double occupancy rate: from $61
These small but comfortable rooms include the following amenities:
- View of the High Roller Observation Wheel
- 2 pillow top beds
- 47-inch LED flat-screen TV
- Alarm clock
- Iron and ironing board
- Hair dryer
- Gilchrist & Soames bath products
- Vanity and mirror
- Shower (but no bathtub)
- Internet access
- Charging stations with USB ports and an iPod/iPad docking station
Deluxe Room with 2 Queen Beds and High Roller View
- 334 square feet
- Double occupancy rate: from $74
These rooms offer the same features but are slightly larger and have queen size beds instead of double beds.
Luxury Room with 2 Double Beds
- 400 square feet
- Double occupancy rate: from $84
These rooms are similar to the Deluxe rooms but with a little more space.
- 600 square feet
- Double occupancy rate: from $193
The King Suites only have one bed, but there is a separate living room area and plenty of room for a crib or rollaway. The King Suites also include two LED flat-screen TVs (a 55-inch one in the living room in addition to the 47-inch TV in the bedroom. Complimentary microfiber robes and slippers are provided as well.
- 1,067 square feet
- Rate: $700 and up
If money is no object, a Penthouse Suite is another option. Dartboards and in-room board games will keep the kids happily entertained. Other special amenities include Bose speakers, a kitchenette, and a rain shower.
The website does not specifically describe the hotel's accessible rooms, but these kinds of accommodations are available. Be sure to mention all special requests, including accessible rooms, non-smoking rooms, a room near the elevator, a high floor with a High Roller view, extra beds, etc. at the time of booking. Also it doesn't hurt to shop around for a better deal either from Caesars Entertainment directly or elsewhere online. Air/hotel package deals are another money saving possibility.
Of course, if you are a Total Rewards cardholder, and have played at any of the participating properties, not necessarily the LINQ, in the past year you are probably already receiving special offers in the mail or online. Depending on level of play, substantial discounts and even free rooms are possible.
One very nice feature of the rooms at the LINQ is that they come with a refrigerator. Many Las Vegas hotels, even those that are much more expensive than the LINQ, do not offer this amenity, and if you want your own refrigerator you have to order one and may be assessed an extra charge. A refrigerator in the room is extremely handy, not only for snacks and leftovers, but on those brutally hot summer days when your family will be asking for water and other cold beverages all day long.
Unfortunately, it appears that none of the rooms have a bathtub. So if members of your family are accustomed to taking baths, you will have to make do with a shower for a few days.
Check-in time starts at 4 p.m. and check-out time is at 11 a.m. If you would like early check-in or late checkout, see if the hotel can accommodate you. If not, you can always have your luggage stored at the bell desk.
The LINQ has new time-saving check-in kiosks in the lobby that even print out a room key. In fact, you can save even more time by starting your check-in by email and completing it at a kiosk. In order to use one of the kiosks, you need to have all of the following:
- U.S. Divers License or a government-issued passport
- A valid room reservation along with a credit card belonging to the person in whose name the reservation was made
All guests are charged a mandatory daily resort fee of $32.48 (tax included). It covers the following amenities, whether you use them or not:
- Free Internet access for one device
- Free Fitness Center access for two guests daily
- Free local phone calls
Total Rewards Program
The LINQ, like all of the Caesars Entertainment properties in Las Vegas, and there are a lot of them, participates in the Total Rewards program. In case you are not already familiar with how this fantastic program works, all of these hotels and casinos, and many others in other parts of the country, are part of the same player rewards network. The Total Rewards (comp) points earned at any of these casinos can be combined with those earned at any other casino in the network, and then redeemed for comps at any participating casino of your choice. As long as you already hold a Total Rewards card and have sufficient unexpired, unredeemed points on it, you can use those points towards free meals or other purchases at the LINQ. Also be sure to have your Total Rewards card handy when you make your reservation because even if you have done very little gambling lately, simply having the card could get you a cheaper rate than that given to non-cardholders. Of course, if you are a rated player who has been active in any of the Total Rewards casinos, you are undoubtedly already receiving special offers from the hotel. If not, call Card Services anyway and see what the hotel can do for you. If you have a host, you can probably qualify for a free room.
If you don't have a Total Rewards card yet, no problem. You can get one as soon as soon as you check in at the hotel. The card is absolutely free so there is no reason for not having it. During the course of your stay, you can charge meals, shows, and other hotel expenses at the LINQ and other Caesars Entertainment properties. Then when you are ready to check out, if you played enough to earn any comp points, those could be applied towards your expenses. Even if you don't plan to do any gambling, you should still have a Total Rewards card because it allows you to automatically save $1.00 off the cost of your meal at many of the participating hotels' restaurants. Lastly, all of the money you spend at any Caesars property on almost anything helps you earn additional tier points.
Largely thanks to the addition of the LINQ Promenade and enough activities there to keep your whole family, including your kids, happily entertained for hours, a hotel that formerly had little appeal to children is now a place that everyone can enjoy. After you read through the following descriptions of the many different ways children can have fun at this hotel, there will be no doubt in your mind that the LINQ is family-friendly!
High Roller Observation Wheel
Each hotel on the Vegas Strip has at least one attraction that makes it stand out from all the rest, and the LINQ's claim to fame, which is sure to be a big hit with the kids, too, is the High Roller Ferris Wheel. This exciting Las Vegas attraction is the world's tallest observation wheel and the centerpiece of the LINQ's outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment promenade. Standing 550 feet tall, and 520 feet in diameter, the wheel is so big, it takes 30 minutes to complete a full revolution. Each cabin holds up to 40 people.
All cabins are climate controlled, so even if it's 110 degrees outside, no worries. Visitors report the views are best at sunset or at night and from the right side of the cabin.
Tickets are $26.96 during the day and $36.95 at night. However, kids age 12 and under ride anytime for free!
Show and High Roller combo packages are also available for $75 (plus additional fees), which include a ticket to the show Mat Franco Magic Reinvented Nightly, along with a ride anytime ticket for the High Roller. If you want to see the show, we suggest you purchase the package for the adults in your family. For the children, since the ride is free, simply purchase the show ticket separately.
One doesn't have to be old enough to drive to enjoy looking at the unique collection of more than 250 cars on display at the LINQ Auto Collections. Some of these classic or unusual cars from the past from all over the world once belonged to celebrities. The Auto Collections, one of the only holdovers from the old Imperial Palace, has been a popular visitors' attraction at this site since 1981. The complete collection, the largest of its kind in the world, can be viewed on the 5th floor of the property. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The old Imperial Palace used to have a large swimming pool open to guests of all ages, and another enjoyable attraction during the warmer months was a Hawaiian Luau twice a week. Sadly, the Luau has disappeared and, now, at the LINQ, so has family swimming. The pool area, like nearly everything else on the property, is more upscale, but reserved for those 21 years of age or older. You will need to go next door to the Flamingo to take your children swimming.
There are lots of shops in the LINQ Promenade. All are open extended hours until late at night. Here are a few you might like to visit with your children.
12 AM Run
12 AM Run (pronounced Midnight Run) is an upscale sneaker boutique with hard-to-find styles for everyone in the family The rapper Nas is a co-founder. The sneakers are priced at $70-$120. The store stays open till 1 a.m.
Clothes, shoes, and accessories for everyone in the family, including babies and children
Your whole family will flip for this store's flip-flops. Choose from more than 300 styles, priced at $30 or less.
This is where you go to turn all your Las Vegas photos into something truly special, whether it be a custom-made album, a beautifully framed picture, a collage, or an original creation, like a pillow.
There are very few places in Las Vegas where you can take your kids bowling, so if your family enjoys this activity, you will be thrilled to know that you can bowl to our heart's content at the LINQ. This offshoot of the original Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY includes 32 bowling lanes, along with a gigantic music venue.
The Blue Ribbon restaurant is also on the premises, serving up French bread pizza, Sloppy Joes, burgers, fried chicken, and other family-friendly fare. Veggies, fries, mashed potatoes, or corn on the cob can be ordered on the side. A milkshake, malted, float, or root beer will round out the meal. Prices are reasonable, with most entrees under $20.
Brooklyn Bowl sounds like the perfect place for a fun-filled family evening. Hours of operation are 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. (till 2 a.m. Friday). If you are extra lucky, there will be a big name performer or other special entertainer at the time of your visit. Check the LINQ website so you can plan accordingly.
Mat Franco: Magic Reinvented Nightly
Mat Franco, the only magician so far to win on the TV show "America's Got Talent," brings his entertaining magic show to the LINQ. The show times are daily except Wednesday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the LINQ Theater. Ticket prices begin at $40.45 (plus fees).
Child Friendly Activities Nearby
Even though there is more than enough for your family to do at the LINQ without even leaving the property, you can enhance your vacation even more by taking advantage of the many family-friendly activities nearby. In fact, getting anywhere on the Strip is easy from the LINQ, including hotels not in walking distance. In addition to taxis and the Deuce bus, the LINQ shares a stop on the Las Vegas Monorail with Harrah's (one of seven stops on the line). Your kids will find riding the Monorail a lot of fun, and if you want to visit any of the casino-hotels in the southern part of the trip, (like the MGM Grand, the Excalibur, and New York - New York), the Monorail will get you there in minutes. These hotels offer many family-friendly attractions and activities you won't want to miss. Here are some other child-friendly activities that are even closer to the LINQ (within walking distance).
- Grand Bazaar Shops featuring 120+ places to shop and eat.
This timeless extravaganza is as popular today as when it made its debut on the Las Vegas Strip back in 1981. Take your kids to the early show (Sun.-Thurs. at 7 p.m.), because the 10:30 p.m. show has nudity. If you wish, you can take advantage of a special show/dinner package, including dinner at the Village Buffet at the adjoining Paris hotel. Another option to consider is the Jubilee Backstage Tour offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday at 4 p.m. The tour costs $14.75 per person with a Jubilee show ticket.
- Caesars Forum Shops: Even if you only have time for a couple of the 160+ stores and restaurants, be sure to see the Fall of Atlantis show.
- Headliner entertainment at the Colosseum: Celine Dion or Mariah Carey
- Flamingo Wild Life Habitat
- Swimming (free to Imperial Palace guests)
- Headliner entertainment in the Showroom: Donny and Marie or Olivia Newton-John
- Legends in Concert: The celebrities past and present are so much like the originals, it is hard to tell the difference. Legends is one of the few shows in Vegas with special reduced pricing for children.
- Mac King Magic Show - This afternoon delight (Tuesday-Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.) is one of the best family entertainment options on the Strip.
- Big Elvis - How can you go wrong with an hour of FREE entertainment including all of your favorite Elvis songs.
- Million Dollar Quartet - This family-friendly show is filled with classic hits of the 50s.
- More headliner entertainment: Britney Spears on select dates through April, 2016 and Jennifer Lopez, who started her Las Vegas residency in January, 2016.
The staff at the front desk will be happy to assist you with restaurant and show reservations at any of the Caesars properties, as well as arrange sightseeing tours and answer your general questions. However, you may be able to save a lot of money visiting the Tix4Tonight booth at the Bally's Showcase Mall, which sells same day tickets to many long-running shows at greatly reduced prices. Additional money saving coupons are available in the free magazines you can pick up in any hotel lobby.
Even with all your family activities more or less decided, that still leaves the all-important matter of arranging childcare for those times during your vacation when you wish to take a break. The LINQ does not have any childcare facilities on the premises, and the subject is also not mentioned on the website. So, unlike at some hotels where you can turn to the concierge for recommendations and assistance, here you are on your own. Basically, you have two different types of options. The more expensive option is to have a licensed nanny come to the hotel to take care of your children. A much cheaper option is to take your kids to a licensed drop-off center for childcare. See the separate section of this website, which discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each and also gives you the names of a few recommended services.
Child-Friendly Meals and Snacks
There may not be another hotel in Las Vegas that has undergone more of a metamorphosis than the LINQ. Certainly the restaurants are altogether different from the Imperial Palace eateries. Not all of the new restaurants and places to grab a snack or beverage are child-friendly, but many of them are.
Hash House a Go Go
This 24/7 eatery specializes in "twisted farm food." The restaurant has won numerous accolades for its over the top creations, including awards for best breakfast, best brunch, and best sandwich. However, it is not the place to go if eating light and healthy is a priority. In most instances, the portions are so humungous, one dish could probably feed the whole family.
A basic 2-egg breakfast served with potatoes, a choice of bacon, ham, or sausage, and toast, or a biscuit costs $9.50. Other child-friendly items on the breakfast/brunch menu include the HH Famous Flapjacks in a variety of creative flavors (e.g., Brown Sugar Banana, Apple Cinnamon, and even Snickers) for $9.99 and the Bacon Waffle for $10.50. Or your kids can choose one of four cold cereals (Captain Crunch, Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops, or Apple Jacks) for just $3.99.
Other items on the brunch menu and just about everything on the dinner menu come in portions that are more than big enough to share. Whether you order a sandwich like the BBBLT (BLT with tons of extra bacon), one of the Indiana Favorites like fried chicken and waffles, a "Twisted Stuffed Burger" or one of the "Main Meals" like Chicken ‘n Biscuits or Meatball Pasta, the portions are gargantuan. Prices are reasonable. Most dishes (which will definitely serve more than one person) are under $20.
Off the Strip
What a misnomer this 24 hour restaurant is! The LINQ is located on the heart of the Strip! There is no special pricing for kids, but there are plenty of kid-friendly items on the menu, especially if you go for breakfast. For example, your kids can have pancakes, French toast, Belgian waffles, or eggs with bacon or sausage for $10-$14, or a bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins for only $7. Small eaters can order off the sides menu and have a full breakfast of one egg with bacon or ham and an English muffin or toast for only $10.
Lunch and dinner entrees are more expensive and mostly way too much food for young children to finish individually. However, the chicken tenders appetizer for $14 might be a good choice. Late in the day this place takes on a pub atmosphere more suited for adults than for children.
Guy Fieri's Kitchen and Bar
This restaurant is open Sun.-Thurs. from 8 a.m. to midnight and Fri. and Sat. from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Guy Fieri is not only a colorful personality who hosts several popular shows on the Food Network, but a renowned chef and restauranteur who owns restaurants all over the country. He is best known for hearty food with big, bold flavors. Maybe not the best choice for tiny tots, but Guy Fieri's Kitchen and Bar is otherwise a good, reasonably priced, family-friendly option for any meal of the day. The prices quoted below are the special reduced prices for Total Rewards members.
A couple of breakfast items that might appeal to kids are Maple Bacon French Toast ($14) and Chicken Fried Bacon Biscuits and Gravy ($16). On the all-day menu, the Big Bite Burgers and the Turkey Picnic Sandwich, both served with fries ($16-$19), sound okay for kids, too, but are almost certainly big enough to share. However, read the menu carefully. Many of the items may be too spicy for children's tastes.
The word "healthy" in conjunction with a Las Vegas restaurant may seem like an oxymoron, but at last we can tell you about a casual eatery at the LINQ where you can take your family for an affordable but healthy meal at any hour of the day. Hours are Mon.-Thurs. from 6 a.m. to midnight and weekends 24 hours. Breakfast items include most traditional fare, but also a "build your own" Greek yogurt parfait and steel cut oatmeal bar. If you stop by later in the day, your kids can have pizza, or choose from a variety of sandwiches, or build their own salad.
Flour and Barley
In case you are wondering, Flour and Barley is first and foremost, a pizzeria, but it is much more than that. It is conveniently located in the LINQ Central Plaza in front of the Brooklyn Bowl. It is also very close to the LINQ Entertainment District, including the High Roller. Your family can either eat inside, where you can enjoy the retro décor and view all kinds of sports memorabilia, or outdoors on the patio overlooking the LINQ Entertainment District.
Flour and Barley is open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. With 16 varieties of pizza, any of which can be customized as you wish, along with a choice of appetizers, salads, other entrees, and desserts, there is something for everyone. Pizzas can be ordered either by the slice or as a whole pie for the family to share. Whole pizzas cost between $13.50 and $17.50. Desserts (panna cotta, cannoli, tiramisu, gelato, or spumoni) cost $7.95.
If your kids are more in the mood for a hot dog than pizza, no problem, especially because at Haute Doggery, you don't have to settle for just the same old hot dog with mustard or ketchup. Their hot dogs can be fixed up as fancy as you like them, with toppings like smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, tomato confit, and more. Prices are not what you would pay for hot dogs from your local pushcart. Even an undressed dog or the hot dog called Plain Jane (with relish, onion, and mustard) will set you back $4.49. Fancier hot dogs cost from $5.99 to $7.99. Many of them have playful names like Gold Standard, Big Fat Greek, Empire State, and Windy City. A side order of fries costs $3.99. Haute Doggery is open Sun.-Thurs. from 10 a.m. to midnight and Fri. and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sometimes all you and your kids want is something sweet. Two places at the LINQ will satisfy those cravings nicely.
As the not-to-be-believed lines to this place testify, people get a craving for cupcakes at all hours. Therefore, to accommodate the crowds, Sprinkles is open Sun.-Wed. from 10 a.m. to midnight and Thurs.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
This place is the only spot in town to get Sprinkles' high-end signature cupcakes, which can be ordered either to eat on site outdoors or to go. Sprinkles cupcakes come in about 30 rotating flavors. Many customers order the Sprinkles Sundae, which includes a scoop of ice cream sandwiched in between the top and bottom of the cupcake.
The only drawback is that the place is so popular, the lines are horrendous. However, a cupcake ATM is available where the cupcakes of your choice from the day's selection can be dispensed to you instantly with no waiting. Sprinkles is conveniently located in the LINQ Central Plaza next to the Brooklyn Bowl.
Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop
Ghirardelli Chocolate has been a must stop for visitors to San Francisco since the early 1900s. Equally popular with Las Vegas visitors, this world famous headquarters for everything an ice cream and chocolate lover can possibly want recently relocated from its original Las Vegas location at Harrah's to its present location at the LINQ. While its specialty is the Hot Fudge Sundae, that is only one of many delicious items on the menu, which includes a wide variety of ice cream treats, milkshakes, floats, and other chocolate creations. Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop won the Best of Las Vegas 2015 award for Best Ice Cream. Chocolate candy is also available for purchase. Ghirardelli is open Sun.-Thurs. from 10 a.m. to midnight and Fri. and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Summing Up: Is the LINQ Child-Friendly?
If we were asked that question 10 years ago of the Imperial Palace, the answer would have been not particularly. But clearly, now, in its new incarnation as the LINQ, the property is not only very family-friendly in its own right; its supremely convenient center Strip location within easy walking distance of many other child-friendly activities, adds to its appeal. After riding the High Roller, looking at antique cars, seeing a magic show, and going bowling, and in between, overindulging on everything from pizza and hot dogs to cupcakes and ice cream, how could a child not love this place?
Of course, as with any hotel, certain aspects of the LINQ could be better, and for some families, the LINQ may not be the best choice. Keep in mind that the LINQ is not a 5-star hotel. While it is clearly more upscale than the hotel used to be, it is still basically a no frills hotel. It is not like staying at the Bellagio or Caesars Palace. On the other hand, it is a lot more affordable for families on a budget. In fact, given the outstanding location of this resort, the LINQ offers exceptional value. Below we will summarize the various pros and cons, and then the decision is up to you.
What Is Not So Great about the LINQ
- Very small rooms. Families with children, and particularly with more than one child, will almost certainly need two rooms.
- Some of the rooms are not good choices for families due to loud music blasting from nearby clubs until the wee hours of the morning.
- The hotel pools are for adults only. Children have to go to the Flamingo next door.
- Complaints on www.yelp.com about the quality of the Wi-Fi connection and lack of decent cell phone reception.
- Enormous portions served in the restaurants within the hotel and Junk food city in the Promenade. Three or four days of this food should not be a big deal for most kids, but anyone with diabetes, a serious weight problem, or a heart condition needs to be very careful.
- The hotel does not offer any assistance with regard to arranging childcare, so you are on your own.
Features that Make the LINQ a Great Choice for Families
- Reasonably priced rooms
- Wide choice of reasonably priced, family-friendly restaurants, attractions, activities, and entertainment
- Convenient mid-Strip location, very close to other family-friendly attractions, activities, and entertainment
- Unpretentious and casual; children don't have to be on their best behavior. In other words, the whole family can relax and have fun.
Are kids allowed in the The LINQ Hotel and Casino?
Yes, children are indeed allowed in The LINQ, however, Nevada State Law prohibits minors (those under 21 years of age) to loiter in the casino. Specifically, children cannot hang around gaming areas--even if accompanied by a parent or guardian over 21 years old. They may, however, walk through the casino en route to another part of the hotel, but again, while accompanied by a parent or guardian over 21 years of age. Parents and/or guardians may not gamble with minors (children) sitting or standing next to them at any time. This includes quickly dropping a coin or two in a machine while walking with a child. Lastly, children may not touch the gaming devices including slot machines and table games.
Do kids stay free at the The LINQ Hotel and Casino?
Is there childcare or baby sitting at the The LINQ Hotel and Casino?
What's the best thing to do for kids at The LINQ Hotel and Casino?
The Auto Collections features antique, classic and special-interest vehicles. There are more than 25
Are pets allowed at The LINQ Hotel and Casino?
Yes, but only in specific rooms.
Does The LINQ Hotel and Casino have a good swimming pool for Kids?
The pool is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hours may vary by season.