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Sid's Cafe Opens In Westgate, More To Come In 2015

Where: 3000 Paradise Road [map], 89109
December 18, 2014 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (5)

Among the many reinventions and renovations that have been going down since Westgate bought the off Strip LVH, the hotel's former High Roller room -- likely one of the more underused in town -- has been converted to a 24-hour cafe.

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Erasing The Roof At The LINQ Hotel

Where: 89109
December 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM | by | Comments (5)

After being around for so long it became a fixture for not one but three different hotel concepts, it's still a bit surprising to see the Imperial Palace The Quad The LINQ Hotel without those trademark blue tiles and winged pagodas.

A few VegasChatter members have asked for a visual update on the work being done to erase the dated sight from the Vegas skyline so here it is courtesy fellow reader Jeff C. Blue tiles have been replaced with white panels while the pagodas have been disassembled. The underlying structures have been squared off and are now being given a new, understated facade, too.

So that we can all pause and pour out some of our latte, soda, tea, or Ol' E right now, here are some shots of IP in its glory days, as captured by our Greg C.

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When Hungry At Aria, Consider Its New Bar

Where: 89158
November 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

While the newly opened Alibi Cocktail Lounge at Aria touts itself as the "perfect convergence of premium spirits, imaginative ingredients & highly stylized opulence," there's another reason to drink it all in -- you can grab a bite there, too.

Not mentioned anywhere on its website, VegasChatter friend @paperposter alerted us to the -- dare we say -- secret menu. (Disclaimer: it's not secret as there's a printed menu. Secret menu just sounds so much cooler, tho. Kinda like writing 'tho.')

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Our Thoughts After A Stay At The LINQ Hotel

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
November 17, 2014 at 7:44 PM | by | Comments (21)

It took a transitional brand (The Quad already seems like a distant memory) to get from the heavily themed Imperial Palace to the modern and hip LINQ, but we think Caesars Entertainment has gotten it right this time. Though some construction walls are still up and the pool won't be ready until next spring, The LINQ aims to make its presence known in the budget-friendly hotel market for all the good reasons this time. With the amenities of a luxury property like a snazzy lobby bar, but without the hefty price tag, we are impressed with the remodel and looking forward to the spring openings of the revamped pool and spa.


We got to experience VIP check in which is a separate, posh-looking room apart from the main registration area. Arriving around 5:30 p.m. on a Friday, the main check-in desk was well-staffed and lines were short and seemed to be moving quickly. As room blocks are color-coded, an initial rundown of how to get to our room seemed a little confusing, but a reminder that elevators were marked for which color block they serviced made it clear.

Normally we'd be creeped out if somebody was watching us shower but this makes for fun selfies.

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A Few More Things About The LINQ Hotel's 3535 Bar

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
November 6, 2014 at 8:37 PM | by | Comments (6)

Now that we’ve acquainted you with some of the cocktail offerings at the LINQ's new 3535 infusion bar, let’s bring you up to speed on the venue itself. Located right off of the main registration lobby and near gaming areas (remember, the LINQ is also the name of The Quad now), this bar should breathe some excitement into a renovated space featuring a brightly colored, vortex-shaped light feature in its center. It’s hard to miss as it changes from green to red to blue, beckoning you to come closer and glance at the cocktail menu.

The bar looks very upscale and almost out of place if you still have flashbacks to the Imperial Palace like this writer sometimes does. The property has certainly come a long way and this flashy lobby bar will help bring The LINQ Hotel to the big kid’s table, so to speak, in terms of posh-feeling venues, accessibly placed near hotels’ lobbies. Welcome to 2009 the modern era, LINQ.

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Yes, The Pagodas Are On The Way Out

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
November 5, 2014 at 10:22 PM | by | Comments (6)

The LINQ Hotel is about to put its first week to bed, but while the inside is bringing all kinds of new, the outside still says "IP was here."

The center Strip property -- that once was The Quad and, before that, Imperial Palace -- has been working to shed its reputation as an eyesore, but it's hard to do that when you still have the themed pagodas from three names ago still gracing your roofline.

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What's on The Menu at The LINQ's New 3535 Infusion Bar?

November 5, 2014 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (4)

As if the 3535 Bar at the newly revamped LINQ Hotel (formerly The Quad) wasn't flashy enough, what with the color-changing vortex behind the bar, power outlets and chargers at every seat, gaming tables and no-reservations-required private booths, here comes their crazy, insane in the membrane hand-crafted infusion cocktails.

We've already told you about the playful-sounding Pig Newton, which is made with fig-infused vodka and garnished with a smoked, black salt rim. Now, brace yourself for many more concoctions like the Wat-a-Pear, made with watermelon- and rosemary-infused Tito's Vodka, and the Commodore, made with mint- and apricot-infused Courvoisier VS Cognac.

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A VegasChatter Reader Sleeps On It Then Fills Us In On The LINQ Hotel

Where: 89109
November 3, 2014 at 3:19 PM | by | Comments (13)

The disappearing blue roofline of the Imperial Palace The Quad The LINQ Hotel as captured by Jeff S.

As The Quad it was the stuff of nightmares, but as The LINQ Hotel the aging center Strip property has a brand new vibe and is getting a second look from travelers who swore, "never again."

The LINQ Hotel saw its first official day of business October 30, welcoming its first guests into a first batch of newly remodeled rooms. Among those who checked in were VegasChatter readers Fernando P. and Jeff C. Each received certificates of recognition for being the first guests in their respective accommodations. Photos of Fernando's room can be seen in the photo gallery below while full-size pictures from Jeff have been placed throughout this page. Jeff also was kind enough to review his stay for us. His account is below, in his own words.

On Thursday, I checked my rates and booked it last minute. I am a diamond member but don't gamble too often anymore so my rates were better than having no players card but not free. I paid $99 total plus tax for 30th and 31st. I went to VIP services to register and I was in and out. They actually have bottled water and sodas in there. The sodas come in the glass bottles and the Pepsi is the one from Mexico. It does taste different but it's good. The Mountain Dew is made with real sugar.

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The Last Trace Of The Imperial Palace Is Finally Disappearing From The Vegas Skyline

October 31, 2014 at 3:36 PM | by | Comments (5)

The blue-tiled pagoda roofline that screamed Imperial Palace long beyond the name itself was regulated to Vegas past is finally, finally starting to come down.

VegasChatter reader Jeff C. spent the night at the newly renamed resort overnight -- now, officially, The LINQ Hotel -- and shared this photo of the blue tiles being removed. (He'll share details on his stay with us soon and, yes, we know to ask about the water pressure!)

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At Aria, Something New, Something Moved And A Few Rumors, Too

Where: 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89158
October 30, 2014 at 6:03 PM | by | Comments (20)

From a new bar to a high limit refresh, Aria is working to bring more new.

The resort officially debuts a new lounge today. Alibi Cocktail Lounge replaces what was City Bar originally. If you can't picture it, it's that bar that's just a stone chip's throw from the resort's casino cage.

Open round-the-clock, Alibi isn't keeping its standard upscale lounge concept under wraps, billing itself as the "perfect convergence of premium spirits, imaginative ingredients and highly stylized opulence." Or, as we translate it, trendy craft cocktails in a posh, new setting.

VegasChatter reader @paperposter sent in the photos of Alibi you see in the photo gallery below. He reports that the lounge offers video poker at the bar and also will be used for private, high-end blackjack and baccarat tournaments.

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The Game Sports Bar And Restaurant Opens At Suncoast

October 30, 2014 at 11:14 AM | by | Comments (5)

A few weeks ago, Suncoast closed the TGIFridays near the movie theater that was never really busy to make way for a new restaurant/bar. The new dining spot is called The Game and it opened this week.

Such a quick turnaround time should tell you all you need to know about the transformation. Little was really done to the space besides changing upholstery and adding a few beer taps and televisions. There are about 15-20 large TVs lining the walls of the restaurant with about five more individual TVs at some of the booths. There are approximately 25 beers on tap, but nothing to make a craft beer snob get too excited. The craft beers on tap are the likes of Blue Moon and Magic Hat #9. There's nothing wrong with that, but nothing you can't get at most bars. If you have a soft spot for the old TGIFridays, you can still get a shot of Jagermeister from the tap. Bro.

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At Last, The LINQ Hotel Rooms Are Ready To Be Revealed

October 28, 2014 at 4:54 PM | by | Comments (28)

There’s yet another new hotel in Las Vegas. Or, at the very least, everything old is new again.

The past year in Las Vegas has seen the opening of The Cromwell (formerly Bill’s Gamblin' Hall), SLS Las Vegas and Delano Las Vegas. Now comes The LINQ Hotel & Casino. But, if you know your Vegas, you know it’s not entirely new.

Most recently, The LINQ Hotel & Casino was known as The Quad and, before that, it was Imperial Palace. The IP first opened in 1979 and was consistently built up throughout the 80s. The 90s saw some interesting revelations about the IP’s owner at the time (he apparently had a Nazi memorabilia room on-site.) By 2005, the casino was acquired by Caesars Entertainment (the company went by Harrah’s back then), but was in desperate need of repairs. Then, the recession hit. Once the economy improved and construction began to turn an alley into the now neighboring Linq mall, the Imperial Palace brand was discarded and The Quad was born in late 2012, complete with a shiny, silver exterior. Much of the old Imperial Palace remained, though, including the rooms and the distinctive pagoda rooftops.

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