Bally's Las Vegas

Bally's Las Vegas

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Bally's Las Vegas

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Overall rating 
 
7.7
Overall Experience 
 
7.0
Recommend to others? 
 
8.0
Value 
 
8.0
Check-in 
 
5.0
Room 
 
8.0
Beds and bedding 
 
10.0
Cleanliness 
 
10.0
Parking 
 
8.0
Security 
 
6.0
Dining options 
 
4.0
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N/A
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10.0
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7.0
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10.0
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7.0

Your Stay

Date of stay.
November 15, 2018
Pre or Post Cruise stay?
Not Applicable.
Fly or drive to the hotel?
Flew
Overall.
November 2018 I had the pleasure to travel to Las Vegas for a video game convention. I choose the Bally's Las Vegas after looking into brand name hotel locations including the nearby LINQ. Price wise I found Bally's to have a solid mix of value and location. While the hotel is older it is in a perfect location for walking to the majority of the modern Las Vegas strip. Indeed, the location and price overcame the lack of internal eating and entertainment options. Likewise it is the location that really is the defining quality that makes this a gem of a hotel in the middle of larger and newer options.

Outside of the hotel are the Bazaar at Bally's, a balanced collection of stores and places to eat which run from high-end fashion watches to Wahlburgers and Starbucks. From most any tower at Bally's you can walk downstairs, across an access bridge and get food or coffee 24/7. On site security keeps the access points and stores safe and clear of pan handlers and leaflet pushers. Next to the shops is a very large CVS which is open 24/7 and supplies you with virtually anything you might have forgotten. This type of CVS maybe far more than you would anticipate, it has a full range of groceries and goods which is handy for long-term stays. The drinks are also far cheaper than those sold in the hotels.

Surrounding Bally's are the Bellagio, Ceasars' Palace, Flamingo, Paris, and slightly beyond LINQ and the Cosmopolitan. All can be reached on foot within five minutes. The famed fountains of Bellagio can be seen from many rooms though booking those can be a craps shoot depending on if a travel agent or discount deal is being used. The Paris is actually connected to the Bally's but an underground tunnel and gives you ready access to all of the excellent stores and eateries.

Check-in was a dicey affair for this stay. Arriving at 10 p.m. on a Wednesday the desk staff seemed either off-duty or uninterested in asking essentially the only people there if they needed help. The check-in desk itself is virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding space and has little signage adding to confusion for new guests. Finally and after conversing with another staff member, a nice fella named Gerry turned back to the desk and asked us if we needed help. We'd been five feet away for five minutes having been unable to get the automated check-in to locate our reservation. Gerry aided in soothing some of my agitation at the painful absence of customer service by locking us into a choice room on the seventh floor.

Navigating to the hotel elevators was not intuitive and we saw at least two homeless people either sleeping in staff hallways new the entrance. They were gone by the time we came back down half an hour later. The room itself was roomy and clean. The bedding was new and highly comfortable. The furniture was very well kept but dated. The bathroom featured a walk-in shower, something that is surprisingly not as common as it should be among Las Vegas hotels. As the location made this hotel option a great value, the view out of this room made it a legitimate steal. The room looked out over the courtyard and pool of Paris, and had unobstructed views of most of the Bellagio fountains. The view down the strip extended to The Rio. Room service was unseen and effective, having the room remade within an hour of any morning departure. The toiletries were high quality and replenished daily.

Worth noting about the tower rooms facing the Bellagio fountains and the Paris courtyard is the nightlife. The Paris hosts late-night parties Thursday through Sunday and the music can be heard in the Bally's rooms until nearly 3 a.m. The Bellagio fountains look pretty but the high-pressure fountains can trigger sounds that are like canon fire in nearby rooms. Likewise the fountain show uses music played loud enough to be heard until the last show of each night at 12 a.m. The location of Bally's makes most of the strip a modest walk away. However if you use Lyft or Urber you will find the pick-up lanes apart from those used for taxis. This is true of all hotels in Vegas given the hostility towards ride-sharing services from the taxi services and drivers. The age and design of the casino also has a quark whereby the fumes from smokers are sucked up the walkway to the second story exit. So coming or going from the Bazaar shops causes you to be blasted in the face by the aroma of secondhand smoke.

Overall the Bally's is a great location for those with the means and will to walk about the Las Vegas strip. The price is low compared to most major hotels in the city and most all of those on the strip. You can base yourself out of Bally's at a low cost and roll that savings into the endless shopping and eating opportunities surrounding it. The shortcomings of Bally's due to age, design, surrounding noise, are easily overlooked due to the value and location.

The top alternative I would recommend would be the LINQ which I offer only on the basis of overall price and comparative location. That will be a target for a future stay however.
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