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It may not look like it from The Strip just yet, but The Linq Hotel is already starting to make a splash in Las Vegas. An on-going metamorphosis of the soon-to-be renamed Quad (which was Imperial Palace before that) is refocusing on the hotel-casino's exterior.
After receiving a tip from VegasChatter friend @paperposter, VC photographer Greg Clarke visited the center Strip property to capture photos of the changes now underway. Greg reports all the balcony walls have been removed from the rear of the hotel and that work is now taking place on the center portion of the building that faces the pool. Here's a rendering of the finished project:
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As much as we love to scoff about The Quad's remodel (we kid because we love.. or something like that), it's been
pretty fairly serious about bringing the new. (Although, we'd all love to see that happen with its rooms more than anything else right now.)
Once known as the Imperial Palace, a renovation has brought many changes to the aging hotel-casino including a new name, a (mostly) new facade (seen above), a remodeled and expanded casino floor, a new valet entrance, and a coming soon(ish) restaurant by Guy Fieri. More recently, a new wave of unannounced change brought the closure of the Quad's buffet earlier this month. But, we've now found that it's not the only closure to report.
We labeled it as the worst hotel in Vegas three years ago (and haven't been inclined to bestow anyone else with that honor since) so we're never surprised when we receive a reader email bemoaning their stay at the
Imperial Palace Quad.
Our own @sammasseur labeled his stay there as a CSI meets Goretorium and, now, two other VegasChatter members have shared their experiences. So, zap some popcorn, turn down the
lights brightness of your screen, and get ready to be horrified. We start with this frightful tale from Tony:
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Most folks remark about how much Vegas has changed based on weeks, months or even years of elapsed time. Lately, it's happening within days. Right now, we'll focus on the transformation underway between The Quad (formerly Imperial Palace) and Bill's (soon to be Gansevoort Las Vegas).
As shown above, the demolition continues at Bill's. This photo was taken Thursday afternoon by Greg C. It shows the removal of almost the entire circular parking ramp. (Click here for what the "before" looked like.) But, while the teardown is still in progress, new paint is now going up on the property's south side. This picture was captured by YourstarlaGwen on Twitter:
Over at The Quad, changes to its Strip-facing facade seem to be coming to an end. At least enough so that scaffolding is down and a covered pedestrian walkway has been dismantled.
Meanwhile, the High Roller observation wheel rising above it in the background is also nearing a milestone. It's just a few pieces away from a complete outer rim. The next step will be the addition of supporting cables. The pods will be put into place last. The wheel won't debut until the second quarter of 2014. Gansevoort will debut in "early" 2014 as well.
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Every week, we get a new glimpse at what a finished Quad, Linq and High Roller will look like. What was once O'Sheas now bears a growing glass-and-silver exterior. Next door, The Quad continues to lose a bit more of its Imperial-ness while adding an orange facade in places. Recently, the renamed property also gained a new exterior logo. Unfortunately, it's atop a building that still screams IP. Meantime, the High Roller observation wheel climbs ever skyward.
VegasChatter fan and all-around awesome guy @John_Nissan on Twitter recently (and happily) took on the huge task of chronically the latest visible changes for us. His fantastic images, all taken during the afternoon of February 19, can be found below.
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By year's end, The Linq will finally be (kinda) open. And,
Imperial Palace The Quad will be as quad-y as it's going to get. Between then and now, there's still much to do. But, it looks like we're on the verge of seeing some big changes.
Piece by piece, a sandstone-sque exterior is going up over the framework that once was O'Sheas. There were just a few panels when we walked by last week. Today, as seen above, the work is much more visible. Looking down the alleyway between The Quad and the Flamingo which will become The Linq (and ignoring the construction worker giving us the side eye), steel frames and concrete walls that will become restaurants, shops and bars look to be almost ready for their exteriors as well.
A press release issued earlier today reminds us all that the name Imperial Palace will officially slip into Vegas past this Friday, December 21 and encourages us to "utilize the property's new name going forward." Meaning, it's The Quad now, b*tch.
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?
While Caesars Entertainment has designated December 21 as the official day Imperial Palace ceases to exist and we all begin
streaking through calling it The Quad, the change has already happened on the hotel-casino's social media accounts. Now, the next step is underway.
On Tuesday afternoon, the IP began losing its identity as, letter by letter, its name slowly began coming down from atop the property. As of 8:30 p.m. PST, a semi-darkened 'rial Palace remained.
Looks like we'll get that chance to see Human Nature in Vegas, after all.
Less than a week after they closed their show at
Imperial Palace The Quad, we can confirm that Human Nature will return to the Strip this January. And, to a huge step up -- The Venetian. A resort who just so happens to be missing a quartet of great looking and singing guys to plug. (Yes, we know they were technically at Palazzo, but go with us here.)
Most press from the changeover has focused on the casino part of The Quad and not the hotel. For a while, there was speculation and rumors that the rooms would be renovated along with the rest of the casino. Why not assume that an entire hotel and casino remodel would include the rooms? When the news was released the Las Vegas Review Journal pointed out that rooms were not scheduled as part of the renovation.
Hotel rooms have been discussed as part of the renovation but, coyly, have never been said to be renovated. Note how rooms are mentioned in between actual renovations in this article in Vegas Inc.
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It was a show we always talked about wanting to see
if it weren't at the IP, but now we've lost our chance when it comes to Human Nature.
The Aussie singing group held their final performance Sunday at Imperial Palace (soon to be The Quad). It had been their home since 2009. Caesars Entertainment says the group will now tour Florida before returning to the outback. No word on whether this was a mutual decision or more of a 'well, it's been nice having ya.'
Earlier this month, Vegas entertainment columnist John Katsilometes foretold HN's departure, and pegged Recycled Percussion (formerly of the Tropicana) as their replacement. It's not official just yet but, according to Kats, it is a certainty. Here's what else is making headlines about Vegas: