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Old 04-16-2013, 08:14 PM   #16
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Most of what you've heard is inaccurate. It's safe, it's low key, it's center strip, it's inexpensive, it's clean. Right now it's a bit chaotic because of all the remodeling but right now it's even cheaper than ever.

No luxury hotel if that's what one needs - but clean, safe, convenient and cheap for those who just need a place to sleep while enjoying the Strip.
Imperial Palace (now the Quad) is my sister's favourite Vegas hotel for all the reasons you mentioned. She misses the Mai Tai bar though.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:25 PM   #17
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Most of what you've heard is inaccurate. It's safe, it's low key, it's center strip, it's inexpensive, it's clean. Right now it's a bit chaotic because of all the remodeling but right now it's even cheaper than ever.

No luxury hotel if that's what one needs - but clean, safe, convenient and cheap for those who just need a place to sleep while enjoying the Strip.
I've been by, and the place always struck me as being odd. Sort of the black sheep of the Harrah's family. Reviews of the buffet are almost universally to avoid.

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This place isn't just disgusting, it's dangerously unsafe.

Dont stay here!!! This is to anyone who thinks they might be getting a deal for their money. This is the worst hotel I've ever stayed in. I dont care if their rates are low, they should still have a safe, clean hotel. The wall had a big hole in it. The bathroom was dirty with someone's hair still in the tub and the drains were clogged up. Smelled horrible. Carpet was dirty, had stains, walls had small spots/splatters of who knows what. Sliding glass door wouldn't open properly. Dirty glass, remote didn't work. Need I say more?!?

Upon opening the door, we were greeted by more dilapidated furniture, stale air and heavily stained carpet. Either someone had a crazy orgy in here before us- or there was a homicide. Needless to say- I waited until I got home to shower and I refused to take off my shoes.

p.s. The lobby on our floor (where the elevators are) looked like something out of a 70's horror movie. The wall paper was literally torn and held up by duck tape!! I wish I would of taken a picture of this.

It was free. That's what I kept telling myself.. the room was free for the weekend, plus its only for sleeping whenever you can fit that in.

I was looking for a good deal for my birthday stay-cation and I knew that we wouldn't really be in the room the whole stay we were going out to eat and also to nightclubs so the room wasn't really going to be that important. But I was so no expecting the room to be a complete dump...

DO NOT STAY AT THIS HOTEL. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED.

Ugly: Its midwest tourists run amok in Vegas. When I went to the Aria that weekend walking around I couldn't help but think "people here are MUCH MUCH more attractive than at the Imperial Palace".

So, are there any positives about IP? It's conveniently located near major Strip hotels and casinos and attractions. Also, the show Human Nature is fantastic and worth a watch, especially for fans of Motown. Other than those features, if you're only looking for a basic hotel room to crash in, and you don't mind the questionable atmosphere, then IP might be a good choice.

This place is an absolute nightmare. Harrahs sent us free room nights and, unfortunately, by the time we called to book, the only place with openings was the Imperial Palace. I would never stay here again - I would much rather pay the $10 or $20 more and not feel like I was getting infected with who knows what...

I hate this hotel. I was forced to stay here for a bachelor party. This hotel is ugly, smells and really shows its age. I didn't like a single thing about this place. I have stayed at most of the strip hotels over the years and this is easily the worst. It is one of the cheaper hotels if price is your only criteria. Location is good - in the middle of the strip.

If you're looking for a "Vegas Strip Hotel" experience, this simply isn't the place to go. If you're looking just for a roof and clean bed, there are cheaper options just a block or two off the strip, and otherwise just as centrally-located. Hopefully, the construction will lead to them making it more Vegas glamour and less Indian res casino meets Motel 6.

The only reason anyone should ever visit the Imperial Palace is because their baby was kidnapped and being held for ransom in one of the rooms. And even then I would say to think twice.

So that's my honest assessment of Imperial Palace. If you're the type of person who won't go to a Motel 6, then don't stay here. If you are looking for a good deal and you're not picky, you'll be fine.

If you're looking for a hotel on the strip with all the looks of a murder-infested motel, Imperial Palace is for you.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:43 PM   #18
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I've been by, and the place always struck me as being odd. Sort of the black sheep of the Harrah's family. Reviews of the buffet are almost universally to avoid.
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Of course people always post their horror stories. Guests that have adequate stays rarely/never post. StageTech is not calling the Imperial a luxury hotel. It's far from it. But as he said it's cheap and centrally located. If you just need a place to crash for the night and you are on a budget, it's perfect. Guests that are only spending $20-$30 per night for a room crack me up with their complaints.
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Of course people always post their horror stories. Guests that have adequate stays rarely/never post. StageTech is not calling the Imperial a luxury hotel. It's far from it. But as he said it's cheap and centrally located. If you just need a place to crash for the night and you are on a budget, it's perfect. Guests that are only spending $20-$30 per night for a room crack me up with their complaints.
We stayed at Paris for $25 a night around Christmas. IP would have been free. My wife plays a bit and got some offers. I wanted Rio (chesper actually) but my wife wanted to try them out.

The fact is that there are numerous reviews on various travel websites warning about how sketchy the place is. I took a quick peek from outside and walked past as fast as I could.
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I have never stayed downtown, but I was there twice last weekend. Once to watch Beauty and the Beast at the Smith Center, which is lovely. The other was to have Pop Up Pizza and go to the Discovery Children's Museum with my kids and nieces. It is a lot nicer than it used to be, and they are adding more quality restaurants and venues. I am just bummed that we will be at Disneyland and DisneyWorld during the 1st annual Life is Beautiful Festival that will take place downtown. With all of the expansions and additions to downtown, I think it will be a real player in the next few years.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:21 AM   #21
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I have to admit that it's been probably 10, maybe 15 years since we stayed at Imperial Palace. Only stayed one night, thank god. It was the most disgusting dump I've ever stayed in. Wouldn't go back if you paid me, even after the remodel and the name change - it was that bad.

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OTOH, I agree entirely with the Golden Nugget. My favorite place downtown. And the pool and slide are cool. Staying there again this August.

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I wouldn't step into the Imperial Palace if somebody paid me let alone stay the night there. The owner is incredibly sketchy. Loves Hitler, the Nazis, all sorts of strange stuff. And the hotel is not well taken care of. Also, if you knew everything locals did about the Stratosphere, you would never, ever, ever, go on any of those rides.
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I wouldn't step into the Imperial Palace if somebody paid me let alone stay the night there. The owner is incredibly sketchy. Loves Hitler, the Nazis, all sorts of strange stuff. And the hotel is not well taken care of. Also, if you knew everything locals did about the Stratosphere, you would never, ever, ever, go on any of those rides.
The original owner died in 2002 and his heirs sold to Harrah's in 2005.

It was always the unwanted stepchild with Harrah's (now Caeser's). It was typically free if you had a player's card, even if you barely gambled. They only recently tried to do anything to improve it.

Rio is much nicer, although some people don't like the location well off the Strip.
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The Four Queens downtown has very low ceilings in the gaming area and it makes me very claustrophobic.
Golden Nugget is very nice in the Rush town. Very large rooms. I wish the room in WDW were that large.
We like to take a day and go downtown for fun.
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