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Construction / The Quad / The Linq / The Vortex / → All Tags
We knew they had to do it eventually. If you are walking on The Strip and arrive at the old Imperial Palace, now The Quad, you'll be directed into the casino while construction on the building front is finished. According to an inside sourced tweet from @dribbleglass, "Starting 4/29, sidewalk outside Quad will be closed for three weeks." We can't find any other information online. But, like us, you may just forget and have to experience the detour yourself.
Once inside, you'll stroll through the still-in-flux Quad and pop out the other end at Harrah's. Then you can choose to walk outside on Las Vegas Boulevard. (The traffic flow is more natural when you approach from the Harrah's and Carnaval Court side and doesn't feel as dramatic a detour.)
Yeah. Stewie pretty much has our first reaction down pat.
As part of Caesars Entertainment's first quarter report, it dropped this line like it weren't no thang, "We also continued with room upgrades at The Quad Resort & Casino and Bally's Las Vegas." Um, ex-squeeze me? Baking powder?
We're fanatical about Vegas to the point that we read popular travel message boards just to find out what folks are reporting, or wondering. Oftentimes, we see posts inquiring if
Imperial Palace The Quad is really as awful as everyone jokes, says or implies. Responses vary, naturally, from those who say run to others who say it ain't so bad for the money you save.
Recently, VegasChatter friend @sammasseur checked into The Quad and sent us photos from his stay. We asked him if he could write about his experience so that we could share it with other readers, and this is his story:
I'm a Downtown Vegas kind of guy, but like to take in The Strip a little from time to time. On my previous visit this past January, I spent one night on Fremont and the next three at The Quad. It was a disastrous experience, and the "classic" room they assigned me was so far in the dark depths of the property that cellular service didn't work. Sunlight barely streamed in the windows through a small gap between my balcony and the parking garage. Too bad that some of the light bulbs actually worked, otherwise I wouldn't have seen the years of caked-on filth that adorned the walls, ceilings, light fixtures, and carpeting.
But, I chalked it up to their transitional growing pains and let things slide, vowing to revisit further down the road. And, last week, I did just that. Being already booked at the El Cortez Cabana Suites for four nights, I checked the CET website for a one-night deal to do another "Strip night." And, this time, they offered me a "deluxe" room at The Quad for only $11.99 plus tax (no resort fee as this was prior to the because-you-demanded-it announcement.) Well, a DEE-LUXE room would have to be better maintained than that dungeon from January, right? That depends on your perspective, it would seem.
Having stayed here before, I knew my way around the labyrinth from parking lot to reservation desk. It was three hours before check-in time, but since there was no line, it wouldn't hurt to ask. Ben the desk agent said the early hour wasn't a problem as I was a Total Rewards member, and even suggested that I use the TR counter on future visits to avoid long lines. I requested a room overlooking Carnaval Court, which they apparently don't like to assign due to frequent noise complaints. But, I wanted an actual view this time, and Ben was most accomodating to my request. In fact, all of the staff I encountered during my stay were chipper, pleasant, and efficient.
National Humor Month / Caesars Entertainment / Harrah's / Paris Las Vegas / Flamingo / The Quad / Bally's / → All Tags
With April Fool's Day being so anticipated and expected these days, it's hard to play a proper prank -- something that was obvious to anyone who followed along with the mainstream news last week.
Companies made their best attempts at corporate humor. Google pretended they were introducing a few new products, such as Google Nose -- a joke that fell flat on its face. We also saw other phony products and services such as pizza-flavored Tic-Tacs, glass-bottom planes, and promises of good-looking delivery boys. Um? Then we have juvenile stuff like this floating around YouTube which had us scratching our head. Is this really the best we've got?
The saving grace is that Vegas, in particular Caesars Entertainment, is celebrating humor (or the lack thereof) all month long in the form of discounts to comedy shows and performances. Here's a roundup of the deals so you can see which tickle your funny bone most:
The Linq, Quad and High Roller we showed you six weeks ago is, today, different yet the same. Exterior facades are slowly evolving while a spate of interior projects are now online and ready to explore.
We've bestowed VegasChatter fan @John_Nissan on Twitter the position of Executive Director of our Department of Visual Inspection when it comes to this stretch of the Strip. After an initial visit on February 19, we asked if he could return to the scene this week to capture some of the same sight lines he did previously for a side-by-side comparison. (Or, in this case one after the other.)
Here are the views from here, as they were seen back then, this week and what Caesars Entertainment execs hope to present to us upon completion. Check the photo gallery below for the changes now found inside The Quad, including a newly expanded casino; new bar, Catalyst; new spirits shop; and a new casino entry point.
Vegas Rumors / The Quad / Sportsbooks / Hotel Renovations / Renovations / Construction / Nightclubs / → All Tags
Things are a'changing fast at The Quad. Pulse of Vegas, the blog of Caesars Entertainment, recently chronicled the opening of a new bar (Catalyst), a new section of casino floor, a new wine and spirits shop, and two new entrances as well. While work continues on other sections of the hotel-casino, no mention has ever been made about improvements to its sportsbook. But, is that about to change?
VegasChatter Facebook fan Mike P. messaged us today with this news:
Jeff Civillico / Reality TV / The Quad / Entertainment / Shows / → All Tags
Jeff Civillico is going back to his Hollywood roots. But, unlike his previous gig at Planet Hollywood (the Vegas restaurant in Caesars Palace, not the Vegas casino that isn't in Caesars Palace) his next gig will be showing up on TV. The
Imperial Palace Quad headliner has filmed a pilot for the Travel Channel titled, Vegas Strip Search.
There's no nudity (that we know of), but Civillico does get around. The performer travels North America seeking out the most talented street artists, venue artists, or any platform an artist can be found showing off their craft. The episode will showcase four of his picks who attempt to teach him their craft before he chooses one to return to Vegas with him to open his Comedy in Action show.
Vegas Snapshots / Construction / Openings / Hotel Renovations / The Linq / The Quad / The High Roller / Imperial Palace / O'Sheas / → All Tags
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.
Closings / Renovations / Carnaval Court / Harrah's / The Linq / The Quad / → All Tags
When a VegasChatter reader asked us back in back in November if Carnaval Court was in any danger of closing due to construction on the Quad and/or The Linq, Caesars Entertainment told us no. Fast forward two months later and guess what?
Construction / The Linq / The Quad / The Vortex / → All Tags
What would you get if you cross the Fremont Street Experience with the Downtown Shipping Container Park's Vortex Immersion Dome? Looks like you might get "The Vortex." And, it will sit on the top of The Linq.
When we first learned the very early details of this 6,800-square-foot, Strip-facing, color-changing roof attraction, we wondered what it would look like? And, why call it The Vortex? Thoughtfully, The Linq has been showing it to us all along. Their artistic rendering of the retail, dining and entertainment corridor leading to the High Roller big wheel, clearly shows where and what it will look like. And the vortex tunnel design and name makes a lot more sense. Here's what the Vortex looked like from street level last week:
Construction / The Linq / The Quad / Imperial Palace / O'Sheas / Openings / Hotel Renovations / → All Tags
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.
Openings / Vegas Moves / Recycled Percussion / Music / Shows / Entertainment / The Quad / → All Tags
Despite trying to mindfreak us, Recycled Percussion really will head to The Quad as one of newly renamed, erm, resort's headliners. Rumors of the move have made headlines since November. While no official announcement has been made, The Quad sent out an email earlier today announcing presale tickets and also added the group to its website.
Best known from their almost winning run on America's Got Talent which showcased their unique 'junk' rock (basically, turning anything into an instrument), Recycled Percussion will make their Quad debut on January 26. Presale tix are available here (use code TRRP) now through January 11 at 10 p.m. PST. General public tickets will go on sale the next day, January 12. Seats will start at an eyebrow-raising $65.98.