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It Hasn't Even Made Its Official Debut Yet, But Will The Quad Be Unlucky?

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
December 7, 2012 at 2:51 PM | by | ()

A few months ago when news broke that the long-suffering Imperial Palace would be replaced with a new "edgier" resort to be called The Quad, Vegas-loving folk around the world breathed a collective sigh of relief. Especially here at VegasChatter, where this room at the IP caused it to win our worst hotel award for 2010.

While it's true that plans for The Quad don't include room renovations yet (or, maybe never), the removal of the battered Imperial Palace sign and all that it conveys (essentially an old and neglected casino) got us excited about what's to come.

But, given that superstition and luck are rather important in Vegas, should we be slowing our roll when it comes to The Quad?

In the Chinese culture, four is a very unlucky number. Namely because the Chinese word for four sounds very similar to the word for death. (We've toured hotels in China that don't have a fourth floor for this reason, much like our aversion to the number 13). So, naming the IP The Quad is pretty much a big shout-out to the number four.

Well, this ain't China, you might be saying, this is the good old U.S.A. Sure, but Las Vegas casinos have been bending over backwards to appease Chinese tourists and their hefty bank accounts for quite some time. According to this Las Vegas Sun article from 2011, Chinese leisure tourists who stay a week week have huge budgets to spend, sometimes up to $100,000.

Ok, ok, so the wealthy Chinese are probably dropping their dollars at Caesars and Bellagio across the street and not at the dingy IP/Quad. But, low-rollers are known to be superstitious, too, perhaps even more so since their gambling funds are limited. Will they take their hard-earned money elsewhere just to avoid any bad luck that comes from the number four?

We'll need to wait and see to find out just how lucky or unlucky the new spot might be. But, if we were Caesars, at the first sign of bad luck, we'd turn this into a fitness-oriented hotel and casino where your quads are always getting a good stretch. Har har, we couldn't resist.

Are you superstitious about the number four? Will you stay away from The Quad because of it or will you hit it up for the cheap rooms in January? (Under $30!) Let us know in comments below!

(PHOTOS: Caesars Entertainment)

Archived Comments:

The Quad

I'm here right now. Definitely not superstitious. A lot of construction going on for Linq project so maybe another reason rates are so low. I basically paid more for my Wi-Fi access than my room.

Just China?

A few of the taller hotels in Vegas completely skip floors 40 through 49 because of the four superstition. I imagine that the cachet of staying on the 55th floor sounds better, even though you're only 44 stories up.

As for Chinese gamblers with The Quad, I doubt they would have been interested in it even back when it was Imperial Palace.