The mid-Strip location is fantastic, and their affordable rooms are great for a cheap Las Vegas vacation.
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Room Quality: The rooms are clean, but small and spartanly equipped. The decor in the non-renovated rooms is not overly tacky or disturbing (like the casino). The decor in the renovated rooms is newer. You want to ask for a room in the first tower since it has the best elevator service. (Apparently, the first tower is only for heavy sleepers, though, since loud noise from the outdoor stage at Harrah's next door can go on until late into the night.) The Luv Tub rooms have big hot tubs for romantic flings, or for people with a few extra bucks to spend. The hotel has expanded many times and so its towers are scattered about. The location is hard to beat, since it's right in the heart of the Center Strip, so if you just want a place to lay your head, the IP just might be for you. They have wireless high-speed Internet throughout the property (for a fee).
Service Quality: This is a place for people with moderate tastes, so don't wander in here if you're expecting Bellagio-quality stuff. Check-in can be a two-hour experience if you choose the wrong day and time.
What You Get Bottles of in the Bathroom: Shampoo, conditioner and a shower cap.
Clientele: Middle-aged to elderly. It's a low-roller casino and it draws a low-roller clientele. Expect to see lots of polyester.
How's the Pool? Average. The pool is rectangular and unthemed.
Table Games: They deal all your favorites. Some people always play here and believe the tables are more generous. Beware the "Dealertainers" who will attempt to do more than just deal the games. Nah, just kidding. Have at it.
Bet Minimums: $5 which puts it on the lower end for the Strip on weekend nights, Craps is $5 most of the time with 3x4x5x odds. So is roulette. Let It Ride, Three Card Poker and Pai Gow are all $5 to $10.
Machines: From pennies up to at least $5. It's a low-roller joint and they'll give you points on your slot card even for lowly nickel play. There are few if any full-pay video poker machines.
Who Gets Comps? They are now part of the Harrah's outfit, with the Total Rewards slot card.
Betty's Diner: Get your morning joe, ice cream, shakes and stuff like hot dogs and nachos at this low-maintenance snack bar. Oh, and you can get virtual nachos via their Internet access.
Burger Palace: On the second floor, this fast food joint done up in pink and green serves up large burgers. They also have pizzas, and for breakfast hotcakes. It's right next door to the sports book.
Embers: This is the fanciest restaurant the Imperial Palace has. It serves cuts of meat starting around $30.
Ginseng 3: A wide range of Asian food, with an emphasis on Korean, are served here is a very casual atmosphere. The best news? It's open 24/7, so your 3 a.m. cravings for kimchee.
Hash House a Go Go: If you like huge, tasty, filling breakfasts, Hash House is the way to go. It's not cheap per meal, but it's cheap per pound. More important, though, is that it's dang tasty any time of day. They know their comfort foods, eggs, hash browns and sides. This place is a delight and a welcome sight at the Imperial Palace.
Pizza Palace: A tiny little room with pizza and pasta for low prices. Nothing will set you back more than $10 per person. Dinner only.
Quesadilla: So, now food from south of the border has its own subgenre: Mexican comfort food. If you're in the mood for the fast food chain variety of Mexican, this will hit the spot. Expect a very brief menu with enchiladas, fajitas, tacos and margaritas. Open in the evenings only.
Auto Collections: Even if you don't like cars, you'll probably enjoy this display. There are always hundreds of classic cars on display. The selection rotates since all cars are for sale, but there are American Motors, Mercedes Gullwings, race cars, celebrity cars and some oddities. Plus, it's free with the coupon you can get in any tourist magazine or from one of the people giving them away in front.
Frank Marinos Divas Las Vegas: Frank Marino is a Las Vegas fixture having been in the Riviera's cross-dressing show La Cage for ages. Now he has this similar show, which has sixteen cross-dressing impersonators doing Cher, Beyonce and other pop stars. Most people can't get enough of this stuff.
Human Nature: An Australian vocal quartet tackles Motown's greatest hits most nights in a musical show. They dress pretty nice, and it's interesting watching four white guys belting out some soul. The show is for fans of 60s Motown or strong vocals backed by live music, because that's pretty much what you get.
Karaoke Club: If you love karaoke, head on up to the third floor, next to the sports book in the evening to either watch some amateur warbling, or to participate. Look for us; we'll be the guys singing Ebony and Ivory as often as they'll let us.
Rockhouse: Sorry, we didn't mistype rockhound. We know how you would all love a place to talk about your agates. This place is actually a good idea: a nightclub with DJs and dance floor that is sort of hip, and doesn't try to rip you off on cocktails. Plus, it's right on the Strip at the front of the hotel.
Number of TVs: They have 12 TVs in the race book that everyone can watch, and they have 15 in the sports bar. All are medium-sized or smaller.
Number of Seats: There are over 200 seats in the massive and decent book. Seats have their own little TVs, but they only show sporting events. Well, anyway, we couldn't find "Green Acres."
How Many Betting Windows? There are ten boards. The boards are plain old white slate, just like Mom used to write odds on.
Free Drinks? No, you're pretty much on your own for drinks.
Snack Bar? No, but the Burger Palace is right next door and it has good burgers.
Minimum Wager: $5 sports, $2 for racing
Number of Tables: Six tables with three or more working at busy times.
Comfort of Chairs: Hey, come on. You're worried about the damn chairs? Maybe you should be more worried about that guy down at the end who's slow playing you with pocket queens. Then you'll stop fretting over the chairs.
Closed Room or Open to Casino? The room is fairly open to the rest of the casino, and close to the main entrance.
Game Spreads and Limits: Hold 'Em, Texas Hold 'Em. It's exclusively low limit, with the games starting at a totally reasonable $2-$4. They will deal no limit as well at $1-$2.
Beginner Games or Classes? No classes. You're going to have to buy a book.
How Crowded is the Room? Medium, not too bad, but they have a huge hotel to suck from the fill seats. So, I guess what we're saying is there is always a game, and there is rarely a wait.
Comps? You can use your slot card to get rated and receive pretty good comps, at $2 an hour.
How Good Are the Players? Lots of bad tourists, so if you know how to play tight-aggressive or have solid fundamentals you can probably grind out a profit. Of course, if you have solid skills, you'll probably find a better place where more money's at stake.
What Else Do I Need to Know? Prizes for high hands. They've got low-cost No-Limit tournaments going on most days.