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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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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 is 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.
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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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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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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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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 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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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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It’s no surprise that this particular VegasChatter'er has something good to say about TAG Bar at The LinQuad. Last weekend, I decided to take in a Sunday morning of football and beer at TAG for the first time.
Since there’s never a lull in the action of 12 football games, it’s surprising that I noticed and took the time to read about a stand-alone pigskin promotion now running at the bar. During Sunday, Mondayand Thursday night games, TAG offers different drink specials based on events that may occur. Check it out:
Breakfast dishes, served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., include Dragon’s Breath Chili Cornbread Benedict, Chicken Fried Bacon Biscuits & Gravy and Maple Bacon French Toast. While those are all interesting options, we recommend the Carne Asada Chilaquiles.
No one will be sad to see the Quad name disappear as it was pretty much universally reviled, but we're not totally in love with The LINQ, either. We understand why, but we're getting a bit tired of explaining ourselves around town. No, not the Signature hotel, the air terminal. No, not the Public House at Luxor, the one in Venetian. No, not Downtown as in Vegas, but as in Summerlin. Let's go to the Linq. No, the mall, not the hotel. Oy.
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TAG Sports Bar & Lounge at The LinQuad Hotel may be the best spot on the Vegas Strip to experiment and enjoy new and different imported and craft beer. But, it's best not to forget it's general purpose as a sports bar and lounge.
Located on the southern side of the casino (the one closest to the Linq mall), there are TVs throughout the bar as well as different gaming options. And now, just in time for football season, a mobile sports betting window that's open Thursday through Sunday. Instead of making the 45-second walk to place your bets at the sportsbook you don't need to leave the bar, at all.