A Review of the View: Is the Linq all It’s Cracked up to Be?

There is no place in the world where you can make your own daiquiri, bowl like a rock star and soar 550 feet into the sky inside of a glass enclosed bowl all in one promenade. Except of course when that promenade is in Vegas. Just when you thought Sin City had reached its limits, along came The Linq.

To check out if all the hype was really worth all the fuss, I spent a weekend exploring the Linq and my first conclusion is, I needed more than a weekend.

Starting with where to sleep, gamble and party, the Quad Hotel was given its walking papers to make space for the Linq Resort. This is an impressive hotel and casino where my home base was filled with all the perks needed for a budget minded wallet. The room was spacious, the bed was extravagant and I got to watch TV from the bathtub. What more do you really need from a hotel room in Vegas?

At first the casino is typical, lots of slots and plenty of high energy at the table games. Then you think poker, and come across a unique game of Three Card Poker where if you line up all diamonds from the 9 to the Ace, you just got a million dollars richer. Of course that didn’t happen to me, (or I’d be sipping on mai tais in Maui instead of writing this) but the thrill of the possibility draws a lot of activity to those tables.

Okay, so far so good. The room is nice and the casino interesting. And then I step outside into the promenade and everything ordinary is suddenly extraordinary.

The promenade that is just outside the hotel doors is a 200,000 square foot extravaganza. There are shops and restaurants and bars galore, including that exclusive Purple Zebra where you can build your own Daiquiri. The whole theme of this shopping and eating arena seems to center around one overall concept: Be unique. Which it does by highlighting an eclectic mix of stores and eateries to satisfy any desire. 

There is also a very healthy nightlife atmosphere that could rival Fremont street in variety, the focal point being Brooklyn Bowl. A bowling alley seems very un-Vegas like until you put in a stage, host live music nightly and add a nightclub for kicks. Brooklyn Bowl is a steal from New York that can hold up to 2,000 people busy bowling, eating and dancing.

And then you have the High Roller. The much talked about Ferris wheel that at 550 feet tall, is the largest of its kind in the world. Each glass enclosed cabin holds up to 40 people, and can be rented for privacy if you are hosting a large party or trying to impress a girl you just met at the bar. A full trip around takes about 20 minutes and offers views of the city like you have never seen before.

The energy and excitement of the unique Linq experience is indescribable. Just don’t make the same mistake as me and try to pack it all into 2 days, this is the vacation va-cay that may need a full week of exploring.

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