On my most recent trip to Vegas, I was able to procure a Deluxe Poolside Cabana room (part of the Anthology Suites collection by Caesars Entertainment) at the Linq hotel for five days. While the Linq is considered much more of a “party” hotel than the hotels I am accustomed to staying at these days, I was still very excited to be able to stay in a room that opened up right to the resort’s pool area.
Before I begin, I should point out that all of the guest rooms at the Linq were renovated in recent years as the property transitioned from the old Imperial Palace to the Quad (briefly) and finally to what it is now as the Linq. Although still far from what many would consider a “luxury” resort, anything is an improvement over the aging decor and peel wallpaper that used to line the rooms of the Imperial Palace during its final days. Still, for those looking to stay in luxurious accommodations on the Strip, the Wynn/Encore, Venetian/Palazzo, Caesars Palace, Aria, Bellagio, The Cosmopolitan, and a few other properties might be more suited to your needs.
My first impression of the room was that the decor seemed similar to that which you would find in a college dorm. The furniture was still relatively new and everything was clean. However, do not expect Italian marble flooring or expensive molding and fixtures to greet you in any of these (or other) rooms at the Linq. Of course, it makes sense that a property that markets itself to the “younger party crowd on a budget” would design its rooms as such. There are no frills, no unnecessary bells and whistles. I actually like this concept, and my description of the room should not be taken as a critique or sleight.
Each room comes with a mini-fridge but be warned that it is very small compared to the refrigerators located in the King Suites at the Linq (which are full-sized, double-door refrigerators). If you are planning on hauling in cases upon cases of beer to your room, do note that you will only be able to chill about twenty-four of them at a time (less if you are chilling other things like mixers or chasers). The Linq really tries to push its own “personalized cabana wait service” on guests and they highly encourage room occupants to order directly from the pool bar and room service when they get the itch for an adult beverage or the late night munchies.
There are no bathrubs in the Deluxe Poolside Cabana rooms (or any rooms at the Linq except for the highest-end suites), only showers. Desk and work areas are limited as well, with the only desk space available being an extension of the shelving located at the far side of the room opposite the bed. The beds are comfortable, but again do not expect Egyptian cotton bedding or memory foam mattresses. Internet speed was fine, but be prepared to pay extra for speeds capable of streaming music and videos or for playing online games.
Also, one of the most important things to note about the entire Linq building is that cell phone reception is terrible! For whatever reason, no matter how many times the building has been updated or renovated, cell phone reception remains spotty at best inside most of the property. I often had to step outside into my cabana area in order to get enough reception to make phone call or to check my text messages.
The air conditioning worked well enough in my room and it was running nearly 24/7 due to the intense July heat Vegas experienced during my stay. The curtains and sliding glass door blocked out the sun and heat during the times when I needed to nap during the afternoon as well.
In fact, everything about my stay in this room was pleasant. There was only one thing that I felt compelled to note and to use as a word of caution for anyone looking into these rooms:
The noise is loud. Really. Loud. At all hours of the day and night.
Of course, anyone looking to stay in these rooms is probably looking for a lot of action and a lot of noise, so this should not be a problem. However, for those looking for a quiet getaway by the pool, these rooms are probably not for you. Even with the sliding glass door closed and the curtains drawn, the music and the cheering from pool guests can be heard quite clearly at all hours of the day (and the pool does not close until very late during the summer months or when there are special parties going on in the pool area of the property).
My stay in one of these rooms was over July 4th weekend and it was raucous from the time the pool opened in the morning until the last guest departed the pool area in the late evening. This did not personally bother me as I love good music and I was mostly in town for recreational purposes. However, it is something to keep in mind.
All in all, I enjoyed having direct pool access throughout the trip. The outdoor area was nice as well and I did host some friends for a late night adult beverage or two (or ten) a few evenings during my stay. The staff at the Linq is very friendly and housekeeping was great as well.
An insider tip that I would give to those staying in one of these rooms is to use the private entrance located right near the parking garage doors that allows guests to directly access the hallway leading to the Deluxe Poolside Cabana rooms and the pool entrance. This way, you can avoid having to wait for an elevator in busier area of the hotel. This entrance is easily overlooked or mistaken as a service entrance door but is accessible to guests who have a current and active hotel room key. Simply look for this entrance towards the back of the hotel (again, between the parking garage entrances and the escalator leading down to the shops and the larger Nook Café). This entrance also makes it easier for those who are hauling lots of beer, wine, and spirits from their cars to their Deluxe Poolside Cabana room to do so.
If you are looking for five-star luxury or fine dining at an arm’s length away, there are plenty of other properties on the Strip that can fulfill these needs. However, if you are simply looking to stay somewhere fun, loud, and filled with other party-minded people, the Deluxe Poolside Cabana rooms at the Linq are perfect for you.
As for me, after all the fun times and games were over, I needed a vacation from my vacation.
Las Vegas down. San Francisco and other places up next!