A Whirlwind of Security Breaches, Newness and Unqualified WTF at The Quad

As far as we know, The Quad Resort & Casino is still The Quad Resort & Casino, although it will become Linq Hotel & Casino on October 30, 2014. Read more.

Many things have changed since the hotel was the Imperial Palace, and the hotel and casino are still in flux. We made a recent visit, peering into private spaces and generally digging up everything new at The Quad. Let’s explore.

First, the exterior of The Quad is getting an overhaul. And by “overhaul” we mean “Sweet mother of god, what are they thinking?”

Quad exterior

It’s a little like a color wheel ingested too much Fireball whiskey then went on a roller coaster.

It’s almost as if The Quad is trying to use up all the leftover paint from every other hotel renovation in Las Vegas, ever.

Quad Las Vegas exterior

It’s entirely possible they’re not using these colors ironically.

The new exterior is just one part of a $223 million renovation which includes a much-needed retooling of the hotel’s rooms and an extensive renovation of the casino. We haven’t been able to sneak a look at the room renovations, but we’ve seen just about everything else, so let’s get on with it.

As we reported back in May 2014, the hotel’s shopping promenade, including Betty’s Diner, has been shuttered to make way for, wait for it, a fancier shopping promenade.

Quad Las Vegas

The people who put up construction walls are making a killing at The Quad.

All the doors have been kept locked along the promenade, making security breaches difficult.

Happily, there are holes at strategic points in the construction walls, as you can see in the photo above. If the holes were caused by a vandal, we want to make it clear we don’t condone their actions. Of course, the fact we condemn vandalism doesn’t mean we’re not going to poke our camera in the openings. It’s Las Vegas. You can condemn and poke at the same time.

The Quad shopping

There’s a whole lot of not much going on in the shopping promenade at The Quad.

It’s weird so little has been accomplished at these new shops, as people are clamoring for more shopping in Las Vegas. The same way people in Las Vegas clamor for more heat in August.

Quad shopping

Even more not much.

Check out our photo gallery for more photos of empty rooms that will some day pretty much have the same stuff they did before the shopping promenade renovation.

Moving toward the casino, we note the hotel’s Fat Tuesday daiquiri bar has closed. Which, in Las Vegas, is akin to taking a stake to the heart.

Fat Tuesday Quad

We trust there are one or two other places to get slushy drinks on The Strip.

Across from The Quad’s snazzy Catalyst Bar is another walled-off area (see below).

We recently learned this will be the location of the hotel’s new Diamond Lounge, for qualifying members of the Total Rewards casino loyalty club.

Quad Diamond Lounge

Future Diamond Lounge, and currently the home of a sad, lonely Big Six wheel.

Just across from this area is a construction area in the heart of the casino.

Quad center bar

It’s the thingy on the right.

We’ve been watching this center section for awhile now, and there are finally some signs of life! Hello, unlocked door.

Quad center bar

Stuff!

We even fired up our drone and got a shot over the construction wall (and that’s the story we’re sticking to). How excited were we to see a bar taking shape, especially given the shape is roughly that of the Millennium Falcon?

Quad bar

It might not look like much, but there have been many months of much less, trust us.

From what we’ve heard, this new lobby bar will be called the Living Room. There is likely to be gambling, but much like at the hotel’s new Tag Bar, the table games will be automated (no human dealers).

The Living Room will cost a hefty $2.7 million, much of which hasn’t been spent yet, obviously.

Living Room The Quad

This sort of looks like our own living room, only neater.

The Living Room’s hook? According to the hotel, “The upcoming lobby bar will be one of the hotel’s signature elements. Unlike your typical lobby bar, it will offer a board game menu that allows you to reserve your favorite board games. You can play here, or even bring it up to your room.” Translation: “We have no idea where we’re going with this fancy new bar, other than wanting to attract younger, more affluent customers, so for the time being, we’re just going to wing it.” Read more.

What else is going on at The Quad?

The casino continues to be rejiggered. As we mentioned recently, the hotel’s popular dealertainers are no more.

The games in the casino are being moved around, and the craps tables have been uprooted, as shown below. (This is the area where the quirky Rapid Craps once lived, too. We don’t think that will be back.)

Quad casino

The casino shuffle continues.

But wait, there’s more! There’s something happening in this area. We’d be more specific, but that would involve “research” or “asking someone.”

Quad construction

We have no idea what this is, and we don’t care who knows it.

One of the more fascinating juxtapositions at The Quad involves the new elevator wraps. They tout the hotel becoming the Linq Hotel & Casino, but the accents above the elevators are remnants of the former, Asian-themed Imperial Palace.

Quad elevators

Told you there would be some WTF.

More new (at least it’s new to us) WTF is found at the nearby cashier cage.

Apparently, you can purchase a “commemorative Frank Marino’s Divas $25 chip to celebrate Frank Marino’s 25,000th performance on the Las Vegas Strip.” So, you buy a $25 chip. And you take it home. And The Quad keeps your $25. Just so we’re clear.

Divas Las Vegas chip

We asked someone at the cage if anyone’s ever purchased these chips, and the answer was a resounding “yes.” Shows how much we know.

Before we end our tour of The Quad, we can’t leave without a mention of an unfortunate victim of the hotel’s renovations. Specifically, the hotel’s “Pet Relief” area.

As with other Caesars Entertainment resorts on The Strip, The Quad is marketed to pet owners as being pet-friendly. There was a small “Pet Relief” area not too far from the hotel, but the location had to be changed because it was beneath work is being done on the rooms.

To get there, you need a GPS device, hiking boots and exceptional endurance. On the bright side, the walk (shown below) will allow you and your pet some quality bonding time.

Quad pet relief area

We wouldn’t exactly call this the scenic route.

Once you arrive at the relief area, well, just adjust your expectations.

Quad pet friendly

Honestly, your pet will be most relieved if you never drag it to The Quad again.

To the hotel’s credit, it isn’t pushing its pet-friendliness much anymore.

All-in-all, it appears more surprises are afoot at The Quad hotel, soon to be The Linq hotel, formerly the Imperial Palace hotel. To-date, there have been hits (O’Sheas, Tag Lounge and Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar), some misses (Chayo Mexican Kitchen, the poker “room,” the untimely end of the dealertainers) and lots of stuff where the jury’s still out.

We can’t wait to see what’s next! Especially if what’s next is behind a door somebody at The Quad forgot to lock.

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  • Wally Marshall

    Now we can visually understand one of the reasons why Caesars Entertainment is all but bankrupt. They dont get it, it seems that their business model is to charge as much as they can, for everything they can for as long as they can and when the public squeals, raise the price, lower the quality and service.

  • JasonGhiselin

    I kind of like the multicolored exterior. I also kind of think there’s a chance your comment about using up paint may be at least partially true!!!

  • Don McDonald

    Maybe the dealertainers pit will be replaced with a Frank Marino Drag Pit!

  • Vice

    I like the quirkiness of the colors. I’m sick of all the hotels looking the same!

    • One vote “for,” then. We’re hoping it’s not done yet. “)

  • And here I was thinking that they came up with the color scheme by having a few hundred of those paint color chips from the hardware store laid out haphazardly on the table to brainstorm the best color to represent Linq, when some random higher-up poked his head in the room, looked at the mess, and said “I like it! Let’s go with that!”

    • Even in that scenario, you might be giving them too much credit for giving this the consideration the exterior of a building deserves.

  • FYMYAWF

    It seems pretty clear Caesars has no clue whatsoever what they are doing with this property. We all welcome the remodel after the hell that was IP/Quad, but the 70’s paint scheme and forced “funky” look have been done to death lately. Funky does not equal destination. Due to the golden location they’ll obviously keep sinking money into this thing until something sticks or Caesars goes belly up, but if they’re naming a resort after a retail alley it’s a poor start.

    • They just needed something else, because anything else would be better than The Quad. (And they’d already jumped all the legal hurdles with The Linq.)

  • Troy Swezey

    “The games in the casino are being moved around…” Any idea where the nickle video pokers are gonna be ’cause…
    What does one do if the pet has to pee and there is rain in the valley ’cause that area floods, uh, still, even after all the renovations.

  • Carla Inman
    • Yeah, there are so many changes going on, it’s hard to say what the place will ultimately be like. It’s clear they’d prefer it not have any traces of the IP, though.

  • disqus_NBto6oZpKl

    We stayed here a few months back and it was disgusting. They may be trying to renovate the public exterior, but the rooms, hallways, and elevators were awful enough that we forfeited our reservation and checked in elsewhere. Holes in the walls, all elevators in our tower broken except one, room had a heavy layer of grime. Future isn’t looking too bright for them.

    • They’re presumably working on the rooms, too. The elevators have been an ongoing problem. Hopefully, it’ll all be whipped into shape by the time it becomes The Linq Hotel & Casino. Thanks for your thoughts.