How was the name The Quad chosen? Basically, the concept of a “quad” brings to mind good times for many. A quad is a gathering place, a place to meet and make new friends.
The Quad will bring a renovated casino, check-in desk, dining and retail outlets to the aging hotel so, basically, expect an entirely new resort. Except for its dealertainers and car collection. Pulse of Vegas says those will stay around. And, side note, we feel much more comfortable using the "r" word in conjunction with that stretch of Strip real estate now.
Update: Caesars Entertainment says we'll start to see the changeover as early as November with "the official conversion" finished by December 21. Renovations will stretch into late 2013 before those are complete. Here are more details:
The casino floor will expand an additional 15,000 square feet engulfing the former Imperial Palace porte cochere and a nightclub and gift shop. The first phase of casino renovations will include 35,000 square feet, including the expansion, and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2013. The second phase will include an additional 30,000 square feet of gaming space with a centralized promenade bar featuring state-of-the-art integrated audio-visual technology. This phase is scheduled for completion in late 2013.
While the original resort’s main entrance was Strip-facing, the main entrance and porte cochere to The Quad will be located on the north side of the building with access via Koval Road or the Harrah’s tunnel off Las Vegas Blvd. A pedestrian walkway, offering a safe pathway for guests on foot, will make its way from the adjacent Harrah’s Carnaval Court through to the south side of The Quad into The LINQ, Caesars’ $550 million retail, dining and entertainment district slated for opening late next year. Plans also include a dual-sided lobby bar, Starbucks, a retail promenade and a series of restaurants and eateries.
Caesars says the resort will stay open during this transition as will Divas Las Vegas and Hash House A Go Go.
The Quad will also take over the building that was formerly O'Sheas. Company reps have said that an O'Sheas-like experience will be found at The Linq, the huge outdoor mall under construction now between The Quad (that's going to take some getting used to) and the Flamingo.