Just recently renamed The Linq Hotel & Casino in October of 2014, this resort has undergone a massive $223 million dollar renovation, which includes an adjacent shopping center and easy access to the High Roller – the Strip’s newest tourist attraction.
Here is a current layout map of The Linq Casino, which is nestled between the Flamingo and Harrah’s.
Linq/Quad/Imperial Palace/Flamingo Capri History
The Linq has come a long way from its original beginning. Sitting on land that once occupied the 180-room Flamingo Capri motel (located north of the original Flamingo Hotel), which was built in 1959. At various times it went by other names before finally being bought by the Best Western hotel chain. With renovations, the hotel had 650 rooms and reopened as the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in 1979. One year later, the Imperial Theatre showroom opened followed by three more hotel towers that were built throughout the 1980’s allowing for a grand total of 2,637 hotel rooms.
With hotels continually trying to out build each other, The Imperial Palace continued with a major expansion that included a nightclub, health and fitness center, office complex, and swimming pool that featured a two story waterfall and poolside bar.
The hotel was sold to Harrah’s (which later because known as Caesars Entertainment Corp) in 2005. Original plans called for the hotel to be significantly remodeled yet again, or completely torn down. However, it was later decided to reinvest in the current property and Harrah’s has since spent millions restoring the rooms as well as the casino.
Updates, Renovate & Re-Brand
In 2011, a sprawling entertainment area just adjacent to the Imperial Palace was announced, called Project Linq. At that time the hotel was renamed The Quad Resort and Casino. In 2014, after a $223 million dollar renovation, the hotel was renamed the Linq.
The resort is built around a swank lobby bar, shops and spa, which appeals to its target customer: the younger guest. The casino area includes other bars such as the Geisha Bar, and Sake Bar located next to the security desk on the south side. Elevators to Floors 6 – 19 are located on the north side, next to valet parking. The second floor of the hotel features a 21-and-over swimming pool, access to the monorail station on the north side as well as self-parking.
The rooms feature modern design with murals that connect to the city’s famous history and glamour. Be aware that some elevators throughout the hotel are specifically designated for certain floors. When booking your hotel room, it’s wise to ask how far you are from the parking facility, if walking is a concern.
The Linq Promenade
The shopping promenade contains elevators to the 18th Floor (next to the Mai-Tai Bar) and leads to the arcade and self-parking facility. Here, you can take the elevators to the 5th floor Auto Collections display, which features 250 vintage cars including those owned by Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Carson and used by President John Kennedy.
Located between the LINQ hotel and the Flamingo is the 300,000 square foot LINQ open-air upscale entertainment district with access to the city’s newest attraction, the High Roller. Here you will find plenty of bars, restaurants, and shops.