Here’s How to Spend Day Two of Your Weekend Getaway at the All Inclusive LINQ Hotel & Casino.
Written By: Alexa Erickson, Jessie Dax-Setkus & Michelle Slieff Settling Into a Fabulous Weekend Getaway in Las Vegas
When you hear “Giada” your mouth instantly starts salivating. Known for her feel-good Italian classics, breakfast wouldn’t necessarily strike you as the most opportune time to visit Food Network superstar Giada De Laurentiis’ well-known restaurant, which is also named GIADA, at The Cromwell. However, with menu items like the Strawberry Polenta Waffle or the Italian Hash that features seasonal vegetables, finocchiona salumi, bacon lardons and scrambled eggs, you will definitely be glad you took the chance on Ms. De Laurentiis.
Freshly baked pastries, chia seed parfaits and a team of chefs whipping up dishes from the open kitchen create an aromatic atmosphere that quite frankly feels like an experience straight out of Rome. Warm colors, a beautiful view of the Bellagio’s famous water feature and, comfortable furniture will make you feel right at home—and sad to leave when your meal is over. As we savored the final bites on our plates, we knew we needed more. We needed gelato. Although we were practically bursting at the seams from our enormous breakfast, we were certainly glad we found room to fit some of that creamy goodness in our stomachs. Just as we were about to leave and thought nothing could possibly make that meal any better, we got an extra treat — we got a glimpse of the Food Network star herself. In our eyes, GIADA definitely left its mark as a breakfast hot spot on The Strip.
The Pool at The LINQ Las Vegas
Although the food helped suppress the hangover from the night before, relaxing by the pool really did the trick—rounds of life-size Jenga, refreshing mist from the pool deck’s misting system and a cabana to retreat into when we thought one more drop of sunshine would be too much. The cabana included our very own team of cabana hosts and servers that were ready with an endless supply of ice and numerous rounds of bottle service. We realized that in Vegas, there is no such thing as too much. The 21-and-over LINQ pool provides many Instaworthy photo ops with the gorgeous view of the High Roller and the LINQ promenade. The main pool features a wet deck with four lily pad daybed rentals. Expect to see plenty of tan bodies dancing to the beat of the music and playing larger than life games like pool beer pong. If you feel like drying off for a bit, enjoy a cocktail at the pool’s main bar, featuring three flat-screen TVs, frozen beverages, and frosty cocktails. Already need a break to muster up second wind? Head to the pool’s recover zone. Regroup in the shade with a round of pool, catch a sports game on TV, or check out some of the other games they have to offer.
LINQ Spa Tour
As we were sitting at our VIP-style hosted cabana, we were approached with an opportunity to leave this sunny paradise. As we reluctantly listen to the alternative plan that would require us to abandon all of the fun in the sun, our ears instantly perk up when a spa is mentioned. “Well, we guess we could break away for a quick massage or facial if we must, ” we replied with glee. When walking through the contemporary hallway of the Spa at The LINQ, you notice that this spa is upbeat and trendy. Sure it’s relaxing, but it brought us a sense of youthfulness that we haven’t experienced before. Customizable music during treatments, complimentary macrobars, a sauna, hot tub and a Himalayan Salt Cave instantly make the Spa at The LINQ a stand-out location that you must try.
Lying down on a heated massage bed is a dream in itself, but having the controls on the stereo system along with a massage? Dream come true. Everything from the scent you choose to the intensity of the massage are controlled by you. Is the massage bed too hot? Turn it down, you’re in the driver’s seat. This experience truly adds the extra relaxing “ah” in spa.
Beer Flight Tasting at TAG Sports Bar
After a long day of relaxation, we were ready to get our hops on. Craft beers have exploded on the bar scene and we were lucky enough to get a taste of some delicious flavors at TAG by The LINQ pool. We started our journey by tasting a couple brews from a local brewery, Tenaya Creek, then moved on to San Diego favorite, Ballast Point. We took sips from brews that varied from a brown ale, IPAs, a lager and even a Baltic porter—talk about range. As each flavorful beverage touched our lips we were given a quick pairing recommendation or fun fact about the beer as well as an overview on its IBUs (International Bittering Units), ABV (alcohol by volume), specialty malts, hops and flavoring additions. Some noteworthy brews were Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea (flavored imperial porter) and their Grapefruit Sculpin (IPA) as well as Tenaya Creek’s Greek God of Thunder (Baltic porter) and Creek Hop Ride (American IPA).
Walking Tour of Promenade
We went back to our rooms for yet another outfit change. We had successfully managed to wear a month’s worth of outfits in three days. At this point we were ready for a change of pace with a booze crawl along the LINQ Promenade, an outdoor retail, dining and entertainment plaza. There are plenty of restaurants and nightlife to keep your whistle wet as your hop from one place to the next. Pick your path, there are plenty of options: O’Shea’s Casino, Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar, Haute Doggery, Off the Strip Bistro, Purple Zebra, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Starbucks, Ghirardelli, The Yard House, Tilted Kilt or Flour & Barley. After the crawl end up at the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel. Or if heights aren’t your thing, the Brooklyn Bowl is a music venue and bowling alley that features 32 bowling lanes and nightly performances.
High Roller Happy Hour
After a wonderful day of touring The LINQ and all of its offerings, it is only fitting to get a bird’s-eye view from the world’s tallest observation wheel. The High Roller is a 550-foot tall, 520-foot diameter behemoth that towers above The Las Vegas Strip and takes a half hour to complete one full revolution. I know what you’re thinking, “A whole half hour without a drink in Vegas? What will I do?” Well you’re in luck because this giant wheel allows you to actually rent a bar and bartender to bring into your cabin. Each of the 28 spherical cabins can hold up to 40 people, and are available for you to either rent a solo spot or the entire cabin.
As you ascend over The Strip, breathtaking views surround you from all angles and you’re free to walk and find the perfect shot for Instagram. If you are looking for a unique addition to a bachelor party, a new elevation to get your drink on, or just a picturesque view of The Strip, the High Roller is a must-see attraction during your next Vegas vacation.
Rounding out our Saturday night, a large group of us made our way through Drai’s Nightclub and to the pool deck to wait for alternative R&B superstar The Weeknd to perform. Making ourselves comfortable on the deep red lounge seating, we were greeted with bottle service consisting of Champagne and vodka. With the stimulating city lights behind us and the dark pool lit up by changing deep purple and blue hues in front of us, we took in the surrounding scene of excited and enigmatic party-goers waiting for the musician to take stage. In typical Las Vegas fashion, The Weeknd didn’t come on until 2 a.m. But once he did, he performed for hours, the outside venue gaining more of a crowd as the night turned into morning.
The LINQ Hotel & Casino
3535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
800.634.6441 | www.caesars.com/linq