The Imperial Palace

3535 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Between Sands Ave and E Flamingo Road
Las Vegas
NV 89109
+1 (702 ) 731 3311

Location The Imperial Palace is right in the middle of the Strip nestling between the Flamingo and Harrah's, dead opposite Caesars. It is a great location; you are maybe 5 minutes to Mirage and Ballys and 10 at most to Aladdin, Bellagio and only slightly longer to the Venetian. This is a very happening part of the strip with the casinos right up to the pavement it's crowded and buzzing; this is Vegas baby.  
Theme The hotel has an Oriental theme that starts with the Pagoda facing the Strip and an entrance of Bamboo and Jade. The theme continues with most of the female staff, many of whom appear to be oriental, dressed in a sort of Chinese style mini dress.  
Attractions I did not see an amusement arcade or anything similar here but they have the Imperial Palace Auto collection. The collection is housed on a whole enclosed and separated floor of the garage car park. It is very good though not really aimed at car enthusiasts (there is enough to keep them occupied) but rather houses many cars owned by the famous. It includes one from Elvis and another by Liberace complete with candles on the wings.  
Shopping The Imperial Palace has the obligatory over priced off licence and hotel merchandise store as well as a newsagents and that's it!  
Dining I have only had coffee at the Imperial Palace and that was bad. I can not give fair comment on the buffet but rumour has it I was better off for avoiding it. If you do wish to risk it the costs are B$9.99, L$11.99 D $14.99 and Sunday Brunch is $12.99 but sadly no champagne.  
Gaming 75000 sq. ft About 1800 slot machines and about 35 tables and 3 roulette wheels. Minimum bet $5 per hand with $3 Craps. The Casino is noisy, crowded and cramped although cocktails get served to you very regularly. The staff are great, friendly and more than happy to help the inexperienced gambler particularly at Craps without making you feel stupid. There is a very good range of slots, many of the nickel machines variety. This casino is aimed at low to mid rollers.  
Drinks Service Drinks service here is good wherever you sit, IP is still independently owned and you get looked after non stop.  
Best Thing Best value on the Strip.  
Worst Thing Check in is crowded and you have to walk through a busy casino to get to your room. Valet parking fills up at weekends.  
Overall This is the Strip's secret; best value resort on the strip. The Casino is loud and cramped; the rooms are large but a little tired. No complaints, as over all you are paying the same as you would at a Motel 6 but getting a full service resort in the heart of the Strip.

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