LAS VEGAS -- You can't really talk about the Imperial Palace Hotel
& Casino without mentioning two attractions that are nearly
synonymous with the property: its Hawaiian luau and its antique
The luau was instituted seven years ago after general manager Ed
Crispell and his wife returned from a vacation in Hawaii.
"We were kept up all night [where we were staying] by the sound
of the drums," he said. "When we looked to see what was going on,
we saw all these people gathered around the pool for a luau."
Inspired by what he had seen, Crispell brought the idea back to
the Imperial Palace, which now hosts the seasonal event at the
Shangri-La pool deck every Tuesday and Thursday from April through
Clients interested in attending a luau during their Las Vegas
visit should book it as soon as they know the date.
"Usually by noon on the day of the luau, space is gone," he
Admission price to the luau is $29.95 per person for adults and
$16 for children between the ages of 4 and 12.
Tickets include the seafood dinner buffet with unlimited mai
tais and pina coladas for adults and nonalcoholic fruit punch for
children, followed by the dance revue.
For reservations, call (888) 777-7664 or (702) 794-3261. Tickets
also can be purchased in advance at the Imperial Palace show
One place where space isn't a problem is on the fifth floor of
the property's parking garage, where the Imperial Palace's auto
collection is kept.
Formerly a showcase for Model-T's and sedans dating from the
1930s, 1940s and 1950s, the auto collection has been modified to
appeal to a changing demographic. "We saw the age bracket of the
Las Vegas guest changing to a younger audience that really does not
appreciate the 1930s Studebakers or DeSotos," Crispell said. "All
they understand are muscle cars and T-birds."
In late August or early September, Crispell said, the property
will open a British car collection with 25 different vehicles."We
are going to use this as a marketing tool to bring more people from
England," he said.
The auto collection is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Admission is $6.95 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and
children between the ages of 3 and 12; there is no admission for
children under 3.
For more information, phone (800) 800-2981. --
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