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January 28, 2010

Say Goodbye to the Imperial Palace

Filed under: Hotel SWAG,Lodging,Nevada,Places To Visit — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

While we covered the Consumer Electronics Show for The Gadgets Page earlier this month, Mike and I stayed at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Imperial Palace

Because it was so close to the Sands Expo Center, it was a convenient hotel for us. Unfortunately, that’s where the love for the hotel died. Geography and location are important for any real estate property, but CONDITION trumps it in this case.

The Imperial Palace looked like it was waiting for the implosion. From the stained carpets to the inattentive staff, the hotel had an air of resigned finality to it. I took the obligatory pictures of the Hotel SWAG and the room.

We stayed in room 17112.

Imperial Palace Room 17112

Here is the Hotel SWAG:

Imperial Palace Hotel SWAG

You don’t need to pack a hair dryer:

Imperial Palace: You don't need to pack a hairdryer

Each room also has an iron and board so you can smooth out the wrinkles on your suitcase-squashed clothes.

Imperial Palace: You can iron your clothes

I really hate it when a hotel assumes that I’ll steal from them. I know this sign has more to do with the kind of clientele that frequent an establishment than the establishment itself, but I HATE being treated like a criminal for no reason.

Imperial Palace assumes you'll steal

Worst of all, the toilet struggled to flush every time. It was so bad that Mike and I actually bought a plunger just in case. Considering how bad the maintenance was on the property, we had no hope that they would be able to provide us with a plunger if there was an incident. Here is a video of the toilet trying its best to flush.

To be fair, the toilet never plugged up and we didn’t have to use the plunger. However, the toilet wasn’t the only thing having trouble draining. The tub and sink had slow drains as well.

The whole hotel felt like it was just waiting to die. According to Wikipedia, it is:

During a conference call with investors on November 20, 2005, the Chairman for Harrah’s, Gary Loveman, noted that both the Imperial Palace and neighboring O’Sheas “are going to require very substantial modifications or complete tear-downs and rebuilds” in order to make room for a Harrah’s and/or Flamingo expansion on the Strip.[1] However, since then, Harrah’s has invested millions of dollars into refurbishing both the hotel rooms and the casino itself.

In July 2009, Harrah’s announced new plans for the area around the Imperial Palace, O’Shea’s, and Flamingo casinos, confirming that the Imperial Palace will not be demolished at this time.

Since the economy tanked, Harrah’s just seems to be waiting to do ANYTHING to the hotel, even clean the carpets. I liked how close it was to the Expo Center, but considering its tenuous grasp on life, I think I might have to say goodbye to the Imperial Palace.

Update 06-15-11: In July 2009, Harrah’s announced new plans for the area around the Imperial Palace, O’Shea’s, and Flamingo casinos, confirming that the Imperial Palace will not be demolished at this time.

Update 01-03-12: According to Wikipedia, The Imperial Palace has been renamed The Quad Resort and Casino:

On September 17, 2012, Caesars Entertainment Corporation announced that Imperial Palace will be renamed “The Quad Resort and Casino.” The official conversion was completed on December 21, 2012.

Here is a picture of what the new casino should look like:

The Quad Hotel and Casio Las Vegas Nevada Transformation

January 27, 2010

Postcard of the Week: Seattle’s World Fair 1962

Filed under: Places To Visit,Postcards,Washington — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

This week’s postcard was sent to Mrs. E. P. Bejot in Ainsworth, Nebraska on July 11, 1962.

Postcard of the Week: Seattle's World's Fair 1962

The postcard reads:

Seattle World’s Fair from Queen Ann

Color photo by Mike Roberts

Postcard of the Week: Seattle's World Fair 1962

The letter to Mrs. Bejot reads:

Dear Grace,

I hope all is well with you but I know it’s a big worry with Gene sick. I went to the fair one day and want to go again. Was clear up on top of the tall Space Needle. Wonderful views up there. Nearly 4 million folks have been there all ready. Is not expensive as was rumored. I’ll write soon.

Love, Calla L.

The Space Needle has become Seattle’s most recognizable landmark, but it was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. You can find out more here:

The Century 21 Exposition (also known as the Seattle World’s Fair) was a World’s Fair held April 21, 1962, to October 21, 1962 in Seattle, Washington, USA.[1][2] Nearly ten million people attended the fair.[3] Unlike some other World’s Fairs of its era, Century 21 ran a profit.[3]

As planned, the exposition left behind a fairground and numerous public buildings and public works; some credit it with revitalizing Seattle’s economic and cultural life (see History of Seattle since 1940).[4] The fair saw the construction of the Space Needle and Alweg monorail, as well as several sports venues and performing arts buildings (most of which have since been replaced or heavily remodeled). The site, slightly expanded since the fair, is now called Seattle Center; the United States Science Pavilion is now the Pacific Science Center. Another notable Seattle Center building, the Experience Music Project, was deliberately designed to fit in with the fairground atmosphere, but was built nearly 40 years later.

You can still visit the Space Needle today and go “clear up on top.”

From the top of the Needle, one can see not only the Downtown Seattle skyline, but also the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay and surrounding islands. Photographs of the Seattle skyline often show the Space Needle in a prominent position, even appearing to tower above the rest of the city’s skyscrapers, as well as Mount Rainier in the background. This occurs because the tower, which is equivalent in height to a 60-story building, stands roughly four-fifths of a mile (1.3 km) northwest of most downtown skyscrapers.

Where: Space Needle‎
400 Broad St, Seattle, WA‎ Google Map
Phone: (206) 905-2100‎

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January 23, 2010

Twitter Updates for 2010-01-23

Filed under: Site News — Laura Moncur @ 4:00 pm
  • Dear Expedia and Travelocity: Your websites have become completely unusable. I might just have to hire a travel agent. What is this?! 1992?! #

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January 5, 2010

PostSecret: Privacy Please

Filed under: Site News — Laura Moncur @ 1:26 pm

This postcard from PostSecret made my blood boil with anger.

PostSecret: Privacy Please

PostSecret: Privacy Please

It reads:

I take these signs off of the doors in all the hotels I stay in.

I find the thought of awkward encounters for cleaning ladies truley amusing!

I wanted to slap that dork back into the seventh grade where he/she belongs.

Hey, give me some freakin’ PRIVACY PLEASE! I put those signs on my door because I don’t want the hotel staff in my room while I’m not there. I don’t lock up my laptop, camera or journal because I trust that they won’t come into the room.

When morons like you steal my sign, the hotel staff come into my room when I don’t want them there!!!

While I’ve never had trouble with hotel staff stealing my stuff, I don’t want to worry about the fact that I didn’t pick up my underwear off the floor or that I DIDN’T TIP THEM!!!

Keep your sophomoric paws off my Privacy Please sign!

PostSecret‘s beneficiary is the National Hopeline Network. It is a 24-hour hotline (1 (800) SUICIDE) for anyone who is thinking about suicide or knows someone who is considering it.


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