When Caesars Entertainment conceived of the High Roller as the anchor attraction for its new, open-air LINQ Promenade, it came as no surprise that the observation wheel – featuring twenty-eight, 40-passenger, spherical cabins – was designed to be the world’s tallest. And by looking at the colossal structure, it became fairly obvious that the wheel was supported using bridge-building technology. But the Happy Half Hour promotion is an only-in-Vegas twist I never saw coming. For a price starting at $37, guests enjoy a scenic, 30-minute ride and an in-cabin, all-you-can-drink open bar that combine to create what is arguably the most unique Happy Hour experience to-date.
Finished in 2010, just after the Great Recession had ravaged Las Vegas, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas had its work cut out for it. Wedged between MGM’s CityCenter and Bellagio, the independently-owned property represented yet another would-be condo project that almost went bust – and then was converted into a hotel. But ultimately, that was to our advantage. Almost 5 years after opening, The Cosmo has now hit its stride, with the popular Marquee Nightclub and Dayclub and hip supper club Rose.Rabbit.Lie leading the way. And the larger-than-normal, would-be condo accommodations are certainly a treat, featuring the Strip’s only private terraces with unbelievable views – just like the one above.
Only in Las Vegas would an 1,117-suite hotel tower be considered a “boutique” hotel, but, alas, Las Vegas operates on its own, very large, scale. As the reincarnation of Thehotel at Mandalay Bay, Delano offers a quiet respite in a town better known for noise, excessive stimulation and 24/7 activity. And Della’s Kitchen, the ground floor, farm-to-table restaurant serving breakfast and lunch in a comfortable room, is a hidden gem. Top quality ingredients, expert preparation and exacting service combine to offer diners an experience that goes far beyond what they would expect from this unassuming eatery. It’s one of my new favorite restaurants in Las Vegas; one that I’m sure won’t remain unheralded for long. Oh, and did I mention that the homemade cookies are killer?
If a hotel-casino could have an identity crisis, The LINQ would qualify for at least a few sessions of group therapy. After all, the name changes – from the Imperial Palace to the Quad to the LINQ – occurred in rapid order over the course of two years, prompting some to ask: “Where am I again?” But the transition, and the associated pain, were ultimately worth the cost. The open, modern lobby/casino, with its clean lines and generous spaces, is the polar opposite of the old Imperial Palace’s cramped, dingy, smoky casino. And the rooms – about half of which have been completely revamped so far – are comfortably furnished and even a little edgy. Overall, the LINQ provides a good value for the budget traveler, especially considering its prime, center-Strip location.