I stayed in the most expensive room at a budget hotel in Vegas – that’s how it went

Las Vegas is full of luxurious, even extravagant, hotel rooms and suites. However, most of these accommodations come with hefty price tags, sometimes running into the tens of thousands of dollars.

What do you do when you want to live like a high roller but don’t have a stack of cash to spare? When I saw the price for the Linq Hotel’s most expensive suite, I thought I might have found a great solution.

On the city’s famous Strip, the Linq Hotel is a budget option, with suites available at a much lower rate than nearby hotels.

I recently stayed at the property for a few nights to see if staying in The Linq’s most expensive room was comparable to hanging up my hat in a much more expensive suite at another Vegas resort. While I didn’t have the luxury experience of some other hotels, what I got was great value for the space.

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The price was ok but what about the experience?

The Linq has a great location just off Las Vegas Boulevard near Flamingo Road, making it central to most activities on the Strip. The nearest neighbors are the Flamingo Hotel on one side and Harrah’s Las Vegas on the other, with the grand Ceasars Palace and the Mirage across the street. However, unlike these adjacent properties, The Linq is much more reasonably priced.

Average room rates at The Linq start at $33 per night, while a similar room at Caesars Palace costs at least $85 per night. Likewise, a room at the Flamingo Hotel starts at $33 per night, while the Mirage offers rooms for $59 and up per night. All of these rates, including The Linq, vary wildly by day and time of year, but even so, rates at The Linq remain significantly lower than most of its neighbors.

Suite prices vary even more. My 700-square-foot suite at The Linq starts at just $77 per night, less than the starting rates of a standard room at Caesars.

I have to admit that the dramatic difference in cost made me a bit suspicious. I couldn’t help but wonder if important things like customer care and amenities like room service were left out to reduce the overall cost. If so, how about really staying here? Although a little online research seemed to show mostly good reviews of the property and no glaring omissions regarding amenities, I still wondered if the deal seemed too good to be true when I arrived for my stay.

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Impressive but not luxurious

My first thought upon entering the King Suite at The Linq was that it is huge. The layout of the room emphasized the size and made it feel more like a one bedroom apartment than a hotel suite.

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When you first enter the suite, you step straight from the short entryway into an open plan space with its own living, dining and kitchenette areas. The first bathroom, two in total, is next to the kitchenette behind a door on your right, while a door on your left opens to the equally large bedroom with a second bathroom directly in front of you.

The overall vibe of the suite is modern, with sleek lines and colorful art, including a cool wall-style piece that takes up most of the wall behind the bed.

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There is a spacious living area with a couch, coffee table, flat screen TV and high table and chairs that serve as a dining area, providing a separation between the living area and the small kitchenette area. This kitchenette features a sink, mini-fridge, and Keurig coffeemaker with everything you need to make coffee every morning. There is even a half-bath in the living area in case you have guests but don’t want them in your sleeping area.

Although the layout initially seemed ideal for receiving visitors, other details made it clear that it would be difficult to entertain here for any length of time. There was no minibar for storing drinks, and the corner sofa didn’t seem to pull out. The latter was large enough to allow additional guests to sleep on it in an emergency, but it didn’t seem like a comfortable place for a group to sleep several nights.

Like the main room, the sleeping area was spacious. There was plenty of room to walk around even with the king bed set up in the middle of the room. In addition to a full bath, there was a closet, a safe, a desk and an additional flat screen TV. There were plenty of outlets both near the bed and on the desk.

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While I appreciated the generous amount of space, one detail immediately caught my eye: there was very little natural light due to the lack of windows. There were only two windows in the entire suite (one in the bedroom and another in the living room). Both were long but not quite floor to ceiling, and they seemed a bit narrow.

Given the gorgeous views from my suite — the windows overlooked the pool area and the High Roller observation wheel, a 550-foot-tall Ferris wheel that glows in a kaleidoscope of color at night — I was a bit disappointed that I could get more of it due to the thinness Don’t enjoy designs of windows. Not to mention the lack of soundproofing because the last thing I wanted to hear in the morning was a hotel pool party, which sounded like it was going to be in my living area. Still, it was a surprisingly comfortable place to catch some Zs on a budget.

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The spacious bathroom with rain shower was also well equipped. It was well lit with additional lights around the vanity mirror as well as a wall mounted magnifying mirror which made applying makeup a breeze. However, all toiletries — including shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion — were generic and stored in huge dispensers against the wall that looked like they hadn’t been cleaned in a while. The water in the suite’s sinks also splashed and appeared cloudy and white when turned on, which wasn’t exactly the high-end experience I was hoping for here.

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Liberation from the suite

One of the coolest things about my stay at The Linq was Ivy, a virtual concierge service available at several Caesars Entertainment hotels, including The Linq.

A few days after booking my room, I received a text message from Ivy explaining the virtual services and offering extras like room upgrades and special packages to have in my room upon check-in. You can also make reservations for restaurants and spa treatments or even buy tickets for shows at other Vegas hotels through Ivy.

In hindsight, I wish I had taken advantage of Ivy’s offers before coming to Vegas because I found it a bit difficult to book some of these add-ons once I was at the hotel. There didn’t seem to be much availability for spa treatments or poolside cabanas during my stay. However, I was able to use Ivy for room service, which was very convenient despite the restricted hours and limited options. During my visit, guests could only order from Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar or Nook Express, both of which closed at 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 p.m. on weekends. These closing times surprised me as I would have expected nightly room service given Vegas’ reputation as a party destination.

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However, there are a few other on-site restaurants that you can visit in person if you’re unhappy with the room service options. First off, there’s Hash House A Go Go, a breakfast and brunch spot that’s accessed by a flight of stairs from the lobby. You can also dine at Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery or Off the Strip, two walk-in pub-style venues with very different vibes.

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If you fancy an alcoholic drink, you can visit one of the several hotel bars, including O’Shea’s Pub Las Vegas, the 3535 Las Vegas Cocktail Bar in the center of the casino, and a daiquiri bar called Purple Zebra Las Vegas. While some of the bars (like Purple Zebra) seemed to have fairly limited hours, you always have at least one watering hole available as the Catalyst Bar welcomes guests 24 hours a day.

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If you crave even more options, venture onto the outer jetty behind the hotel. There, you’ll discover more bars, shops, and restaurants with much later opening hours, so you can grab a Late N’ Out burger when hunger strikes after a night on the town or a late flight to Vegas. It’s not exactly a high-roller dinner, but it was certainly a treat, especially as a visitor from the east coast.

Vibe check

The general vibe of The Linq is pretty chilled. It wasn’t very crowded during my trip, but it wasn’t deserted either. There always seemed to be a lot of people of different ages and backgrounds in the lobby, although most of the visitors seemed to be passing through. Neither the casino nor the on-site restaurants were overly crowded during my visit, which gave me the impression that most of The Linq’s guests were also traveling further afield.

The suite I booked didn’t have any special high-roller amenities that I was made aware of, so I had access to the same amenities that guests booking any other room get, such as: B. a pool, a fitness center and free Wi-Fi. As such, the suite experience matched the hotel experience, which was nice but pretty mediocre.

Was it worth it? Depends on

All in all, my experience at The Linq was decent but not remarkable. Whether or not you should book a suite at The Linq really depends on the experience you’re looking for.

If you want a truly luxurious Vegas suite experience, The Linq may not be the place for you. However, if you don’t mind sacrificing a few luxe amenities, you’ll probably appreciate having a huge room in a great location at an amazingly low price.

Just remember to pre-purchase any extras you might need, as after check-in it will be more difficult to source late-night snacks and book spa appointments or poolside cabanas at short notice.

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