For this trip to Vegas, we wanted a no-frills hotel and were prepared to stay off the Strip. But when we saw that Bally's --at the heart of the Strip-- was offering rooms for an average nightly rate of $35, we went for it!
Upon arrival, we were offered an upgrade for $20/night, but turned it down and got a room on the 9th floor in the south tower. We had a view of the Paris hotel, which was cool (we stayed there the last time we were here). The front desk staff had warned us about the loud booms from the Bellagio fountains, but they ended around midnight, so they were never an issue for us. I still needed earplugs to sleep, though, because the walls are thin and when other guests let their doors slam shut, you'll hear it (as a bonus, your room will shudder).
Besides the great location, the other thing we really appreciated was that it was pretty painless to get to the Strip from the south tower. In other words, you don't have to walk through a never-ending casino to get there, you just skirt around the edge of it and voila! Once you're outside, a "moving sidewalk" takes you to the Strip and within five minutes you could be at Caesar's, the Bellagio or Planet Hollywood. Of course, if you want to get to the Paris, it's connected to Bally's, so you don't even have to go outside.
Getting back to the rooms, the furniture is circa 1980s and quite sparse. The carpet and bedskirts may be just as old, if the stains are any indication. (Wear slippers or shoes and you'll be fine.) The bedding was clean, but don't expect 600-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. And the pillows were lumpy and puny, but they didn't really bother us. The mattress was a little springy, but probably OK for most people.
The bathroom was fine, but our tub was so clogged with hair that it didn't drain well. We made a call to maintenance and they cleared it up in no time.
For the money, we can't really complain about anything and we'd stay again, but wouldn't spend more than $50-$60 for a room in the south tower.
Restaurant tip: Bally's Thai restaurant Sea is an oasis in an otherwise underwhelming hotel. It offers delicious food, great service, reasonable prices, and a relaxing ambience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- True classics never go out of style, making Bally's Las Vegas the only choice for classic Vegas at the heart of the Las Vegas strip. And what could be more timeless than Mr. Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton? In his original production, "Wayne Newton: Up Close and Personal," Newton sings crowd favorites as well as engages with the audience by answering questions, making for a truly extraordinary experience. Before the show, dining options at Bally's Las Vegas include BLT Steak, an interpretation of an American steakhouse with traditional fare and a bistro ambiance. BLT Steak is also the stage for the Sterling Brunch offered every Sunday where diners can enjoy the endless pours of Perrier-Jouët Champagne and unlimited American Sturgeon Caviar - the two pinnacles of the Las Vegas Strip's most famously indulgent brunch. If you're looking for a menu that's a little less traditional, SEA: The Thai Experience at Bally's Las Vegas offers delicious cuisine from southeast Asia. Buca di Beppo serves up classic Italian cuisine family-style, perfect for sharing and passing around the table. At Tequila Taqueria you'll experience the soul of Mexico while enjoying delightfully authentic Mexican dishes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bally`s Las Vegas Hotel Las Vegas
- Ballys Hotel Las Vegas
- Ballys Hotel In Las Vegas Nevada
- Bally's Hotel Las Vegas