Imperial Palace

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Address: 3535 Las Vegas Blvd S, , Las Vegas, 89109, United States

Star rating:

3.7

Some of the cheapest rooms in Vegas in a plum position.

IP has a perfect location – in the centre of the Strip, directly opposite Caesars Palace – and is nearly always among the cheapest options in town (only Circus Circus equals its rates on the Strip, and that's in a crummy location). I’m a fan of the casino rather than the rooms, but for the location, you can't get a better price than this.

Location
5
90%
Eating/drinking
3.5
90%
Leisure facilities
3.7
90%
Service
3.7
90%
Value for money
4.7
90%
Bedrooms
3.4
90%
Public areas
3.8
90%

Location

Exactly where you want to be – in the middle of the Strip, directly opposite Caesars and in between Harrah’s and Bally’s. You can walk to most other casinos from here.

Bedrooms

Along with Circus Circus, they’re the cheapest in Vegas (with no pesky resort fees, either) and, of course, the location is unbeatable. So what's the catch? Well, the rooms are tired and could do with a refurb, and you'll have to choose between a quiet room overlooking the carpark or a fantastic Strip view that's noisy until the wee hours.

Having said that, they're clean, so bring earplugs or give up the view and you'll get a bargain. Where in Europe could you get an ensuite room in the best position in town on a serious shoestring budget?

Just one word of warning - because the rooms aren't great, don't bother upgrading here. The suites come with hot tubs in the bedroom and mirrors on the ceiling. Best keep it as cheap as possible.

Public areas

Far better than the rooms. The casino’s pretty basic and attracts a cheap crowd, but it’s fun – there’s a whole area of table games, for instance, manned by “Dealtainers” – celebrity look-alikes, who take turns in belting out hits in between games. I didn't expect to like it the first time I went in, but I'm actually pretty fond of it  now.

Eating and drinking

The buffet is cheap but you get what you pay for. On the other hand, restaurant Hash House A Go Go has an excellent reputation for good food and enormous portion sizes. Order wisely, or prepare to ask for a doggy bag.

Leisure facilities

Apart from the Dealtainers? IP is also surprisingly good on shows, with Australian crooners Human Nature and a hilarious drag queen show, Divas Las Vegas, in residence.  And although the pool's pretty dull, since it's a Harrah's property, you're allowed to pool hop to any of the other properties. If it were me, I'd nip over the road to Caesars Palace and enjoy the Garden of the Gods pool area for free.

Service

Not great. When I had (valid) issues with my room, it took a lot of arguing to get moved to another. But then, you're paying very, very little for a room, so you'll probably get over it.

Who stays there

Families and people on a tight budget – there’s a lot of young people and middle aged Americans who've been coming for donkeys years.

Price advice

There's no resort fee.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Singles
  • Nightlife
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent location
  • Cheap
  • Tired rooms
  • Noise issues
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