Appreciating IP before it's gone - a filthy photo show
Last edit: fudgewapner on Thursday, 17th July 2014 11:53 am
Last response by ACTORDAVIDTRAN 22nd July 7:22pm
Before the rooms are renovated at IP/Quad/Linq, I perused the Yelp photos section for the famed resort.
The first one is of course a pic of three used condom wrappers in the "Bible drawer". Photo #4 is perhaps the runaway winner. Enjoy the dirt before it's washed away. I stayed here many times between 99 and 2004, and will miss the cheap rooms, bad elevators, and lingering smell.
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DrVegas responded on Thursday, 17th July 2014
Oh man, I'm going to miss the old IP too. I stayed there on my second (third?) trip to Vegas in 2006 and it was still pretty decent at that point - or maybe I just didn't know any better. I remember that my friend who was there with me talked to an employee who said they'd probably be knocking the whole joint down "sometime in the next year or so."
By the next time I stayed there (in 2011) it had gone so far downhill that I described the experience as "like being on an episode of Law and Order SVU." I've kept a wide berth since then, but I'll check it out once the reno is complete. I like the new casino a lot, and you can't beat the location. But will it still come with complementary condom wrappers and discarded sex toys? Only time will tell, I guess.
fudgewapner replied on Thursday, 17th July 2014
It did make a great home base. I talk to a lot of Vegas first-timers who have no idea about the benefits of a mid-strip location and of course the distances involved in walking.
I was in town in June and walked through the renovated IP/LINQ - while it's certainly much "nicer" than before, I got too much of a mall/airport vibe. Likely due to the flooring/lack of carpet, but something just seemed off to me. My abysmal craps session might be an influence..
motoman responded on Thursday, 17th July 2014
Photo #10. Never rape anything over the balcony railing. Too dangerous....
Deadlikeme responded on Thursday, 17th July 2014
Yep mid strip location is critical when you are putting in quality degen time.
Stayed there 2-3 times the first one back in 2003 when I went with a bunch of friends. Stayed in the rooms where you had to take a elevator up on floor go to another set to get to the lower level rooms.
There had to be only 8 rooms in the whole section that was in. Rooms was ok but odd way to get to the room
blissfulignoramus replied on Friday, 18th July 2014
Those were the Capri Rooms (there were more than eight), the old motel rooms that were consumed into IP through endocytosis. With all of the concrete overhead, that wing felt like you were sleeping under a freeway overpass.
donnymac66 replied on Saturday, 19th July 2014
\During a heavy rain storm those were the waterfront suites
8splitter responded on Friday, 18th July 2014
I made it to photo #40 and had to stop before I hurled. No amount of spackle, paint, carpet, new furniture would entice me to stay there. That ground in skankiness can't be erased.
andybflo responded on Friday, 18th July 2014
Is it sad that I miss it?
I was there (unintentionally) for the re-opening of the first half of the Quad casino, and (again, unintentionally) the closing of the final piece of the old IP. I actually asked if I could steal a plaster/wood dragon from the ceiling, it was so cheezy, it was awesome. I'm thinking it would have been unbelievable in the basement over the bar... :)
The IP is where it all started for me. Starting a nasty divorce. Bad year professionally. A few friends said... Let's get out of town for a week. Last minute, booked us for two rooms, seven nights, for... $260. Total, in 2008. It was functional, and nowhere near as bad as it is now. Still smelled. Still threadbare. But not horrible.
I credit the IP (And Vegas in general) with putting my life in perspective again, at one of my lowest points. Even though I've never stayed again (though friends have, and I've seen her slide), I *always* played there. A lot. And got to know the pit-bosses, dealers, and drink waitresses. Including a night where after a little bribing, we pulled off about four hours of comp'd Sake service at a $15 BJ table (high rollin'! Yeah!); the pitchers barely touched felt from the first glass before a new pitcher arrived.
I couldn't even begin to bring up all the memories made in that casino....
I'll be back again in six weeks, staying across the street, at CP for my 11th time. 15th trip in general to Vegas. I wouldn't stay there in it's current state, and I'd bet CZR will overprice the rooms for their size, ala Barbary Coast. But, I still miss the filth, flavor, attitude, and generally great time I had there.
It was like that scary family member or friend everybody has. A little off. A little creepy. Not well kept. But you love 'em just the same.
I miss it already... Is that weird?
motoman replied on Friday, 18th July 2014
No, not weird.
Each of us has a personal story as to how we became Vegas-addicted, and yours was rather poignant. Thanks for sharing!
blissfulignoramus responded on Friday, 18th July 2014
My memories of IP go back to when my parents were semi-regulars there in the 1980s. The only thing that changed between then (when it was kind of cool) and two years ago is a patina of cigarette tar and filth about half a millimeter thick on every indoor surface. That, and CET's dealertainers and shitty 6:5 dickjerk.
I had some great times there. I never had a truly horrible experience, but the rooms and clientele were, well… not exactly top shelf. The sports book and adjacent bar were always a lot of fun. Saw some interesting things from that balcony.
And the Capri Rooms. My God, the Capri Rooms.
fudgewapner responded on Friday, 18th July 2014
I watched the Patriots win their first Super Bowl in a "Luv Tub" IP room. Was in town because my friend was getting hitched. Took a great plastic ice bucket which has been a spare change collector and a hat for my kids when they were toddlers. Good times at the Dirty Pagoda.
levans responded on Monday, 21st July 2014
My only regret about IP was that i never sang at the karaoke bar in the front of the hotel. I only went into IP to get to Hash House a Go Go and that was to go in and come right out. I played the slots there once and on a shuttle trip back to McCarran I remember we had to drive thru to the back of the place to pick up some desperate souls who decided to stay there. Last time in I went thru and was amazed at how clean the place was which made me want to hang out there for a while.
ACTORDAVIDTRAN responded on Tuesday, 22nd July 2014
As I was checking for my favorite place to hang my hat when in town, I was sad to see..
Important Message Please Note: The Quad Resort & Casino will close its doors October 29th, 2014. Rooms are on sale now but please choose arrival dates before October 29th, 2014. If you desire a hotel room after October 30th, 2014 please select another Caesars Entertainment property for your stay.
So, there's still a chance to sing.. if it makes it. I guess the old Asian lady manning the concessions where the water massager and weird banks of elevators are was right.. They really are gonna try to make it into a four star hotel.. smh. I will miss affordable stays on strip.. But the resort fees.. slowly crept up.. 15, 18, 20.. out of control. Only off strip or far far north or south LVB for me now.. they/ll lose my business stay wise with those shenanigans going on..
Who to complain to now so they'll listen....