Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel Casino Review

Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel Casino

Once known as the MGM Grand, Bally’s provides a classic Vegas experience at the very heart of Sin City. This property boasts the best location on the Strip, sitting at the corner of the Flamingo Street and the Las Vegas Boulevard.

However, the central location and the comparatively more affordable resort fees are the hotel’s selling points. Unlike the neighboring Caesars Palace and the sister Paris Las Vegas, Bally’s wasn’t built around a particular theme. That’s not to say that the hotel itself is unappealing. It’s just that, among a myriad of visually impressive, themed Vegas hotels, it looks awfully bland.

However, nobody comes to Vegas to spend time in their suite. The rooms at Bally’s are minimalistic, but also spacious, clean, and free of the smell of cigarette smoke. Consequently, the rooms offer a stunning view of the Strip. This and the centralized location make Bally’s an ideal “headquarters” for your Las Vegas journey.

All the attractions, shows, and events Vegas hosts are within walking distance from the Jubilee Tower. This great location is ideal for tourists, especially if they’re visiting Sin City for the very first time. So let’s take a closer look at what Bally’s has to offer, so you can decide whether it’s a good option for you.

The Hotel

Bally’s numbers a total of 2,814 rooms, ranging from Indigo Tower King & Queen suites to Celebrity and Penthouse Suites. Additionally, Bally’s definitely has the Old Vegas vibe. Still, that doesn’t mean their rooms are outdated. They feature contemporary decor, as well as state-of-the-art flat-screen TVs and other amenities.

Moreover, recent renovations introduced a brand-new Resort Tower. This welcome addition includes new, stylish accommodations, spanning across 450-square-feet of living space — arguably even more important than the ambiance of the rooms is their affordability.

Now, you can book your stay at Bally’s for $40–$80 a night, or $100–$200 during the weekends. Needless to say, Bally’s is where you’ll get the most value for your money, among all the hotels and resorts on the Las Vegas Strip.

Alongside the typical suites, guests can book a stay at the 540-square-foot Studio Suite for little under $100 throughout the week. Aside from the rooms, there is a mandatory resort fee of $39.68 per night. The resort fee is unavoidable, but at least Bally’s does offer various services and amenities that justify the price.

For little under $40, you’ll have access to the pool, free high-speed Internet, as well as spa entry. It’s not common for Strip hotels to include the spa entry into the resort fee. In this regard, Bally’s is more generous than its neighbors.

Aside from the modest room prices and the location, guests often list the check-in kiosk as one of the hotel’s major benefits. Although 15 minutes in line wouldn’t be a deal-breaker, convenience is key here. Let’s face it — you’ll have an absolute blast regardless of which Vegas hotel you stay in. It’s the little perks like the check-in kiosk that make your stay all the more enjoyable.

Bally’s Casino

Another thing Bally’s excels at is the casino experience. With over 1,200 gaming machines in their collection and 70 table games, it’s an excellent option for anyone who’s come to Vegas primarily to indulge in various games of chance.

What’s more, since you won’t have to pay a small fortune to book a room at Bally’s, you’ll have a bigger gambling bankroll. The 66,000-square-feet gaming floor houses a variety of different casino games, from slots and blackjack to more exotic games like Pai Gow Poker and Mississippi Stud.

Additionally, the minimum bet size for slots at the Bally’s casino is $0.01. Equally amicable, the bets for their table games start at $5. Simultaneously, the casino includes a high-limit room where the stakes go up to $100. Although casual players will undoubtedly love the fact they can play virtually any game without a huge bankroll, the bet limitations will likely disappoint high rollers.

A few more words of praise for Bally’s casino pertain to decent smoke control, as well as the location of their table games. Namely, the smoke smell doesn’t permeate the entire casino, so non-smokers don’t have to suffocate if they want to play a few games. However, the table games are located at the very center of the casino. Although this makes the casino extremely easy to navigate, it leaves you slightly more exposed to the smoke.

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Slots

There are over a thousand slot and video poker machines available at Bally’s casino. Both the classic 3-reel slots and new, contemporary titles with exciting bonus features are present. As we’ve mentioned, the minimum bet starts at a penny.

On the other hand, the maximum bet for the vast majority of machines is $1, but there are a few near the high-limit room that allow for $5-spins. The titles residing in the high-limit room itself are slightly more flexible. Here, you’ll find slot limits ranging from $1 to $10 and $25.

For those who want to put big money on the line and get a chance to “strike gold,” the popular Wheel of Fortune and Megabucks games raise the limit to $100 per spin.  

Video Poker

If you’re an avid fan of video poker, you’ll be happy to find that these games aren’t mixed and matched with the slots or scattered around the casino. Quite the contrary, Bally’s casino reserves a separate area for video poker machines.

It is located right next to the Keno lounge, outside the Poker Room. There are plenty of machines to choose from, and a variety of video poker versions. What’s more, the return to player rates go up to 99.54% on Jacks or Better.

Similarly to slots, the bets on video poker machines at Bally’s casino range from a penny to $1, allowing you to play at your own pace.

Table Games

There are a total of 70 tables at this casino, hosting everything from standard Blackjack, Roulette, and Baccarat to Ultimate Texas Hold’em. Bally’s even offers the seldom-seen Blackjack version Double Attack.

Speaking of Blackjack, the table minimums range from $1 on a virtual game to $25 on the high end. All $15 and $25 variants pay 3:2, with a rule that the dealer must hit on all soft 17s.

Additionally, there is a $1-minimum virtual variant for Craps as well. However, the classic $10 and $15 tables offer the standard payout.

All roulette tables have a $15-minimum and are the American variants. Unlike European Roulette, these tables all feature the double zero. As you would expect, the virtual version is more flexible regarding bet limitations and starts at $3 per spin.

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On the other hand, the minimum bets on other table games range from $5 to $25 on Pai Gow Poker that offers a progressive jackpot. Overall, the variety of table games is impressive. Add to that the fact that you can try each of them without “breaking the bank,” and it becomes evident that both veterans and people trying out different table games for the first time will have an equally fun time at Bally’s casino.

Poker Room

Bally’s casino encompasses a decent-sized poker room, offering 14 tables to anyone looking to test their skill. Both amateurs and seasoned poker players are welcome, and it’s fairly easy to find a game that suits your preference and budget.

However, the location of the Poker Room isn’t exactly ideal. It sits right next to the casino floor entrance, leaving it exposed to both the outside noise and the chatter from the rest of the casino. So if you prefer a classic experience where you can truly immerse yourself in a game and enjoy the peace and quiet — you won’t find it here.

There are quite a lot of distractions from the nearby bar and the noise of the other casino games. However, the dealers are professional, friendly, and will politely keep the games moving. On top of that, there is also a no-smoking rule at the tables.

This and the fact that the Poker Room and the casino as a whole cater more to casual players can be interpreted in both ways. If you’re a beginner looking to have a bit of fun at a poker table, you’ll love it. But if you’re a veteran, and a smoker on top of it, you’ll have a much better experience elsewhere.

Sportsbook

If you’re leaning more towards betting on sports events, prepare to be isolated. Unlike most other sportsbooks in Vegas that are typically located near their respective casinos’ poker rooms, Bally’s is way off the beaten path.

It’s an actual journey to get to it from the casino floor. You would have to trek to the far end of the casino. Then, you’d need to take an escalator down and go through a row of shops in a mini-mall to finally reach your destination. In other words, you’re either going to the casino or the sportsbook. That is, unless you’re in a mood for an exercise and don’t mind going back and forth between the two.

But if you’re planning to spend time at the sportsbook exclusively, entering from the Flamingo Road side is a far better option. Remote location aside, the Bally’s sportsbook is actually quite lovely. It’s spacious and offers plenty of comfortable seating. So much so that it appears barren, save for major sports events.

In addition, there is a food court nearby, but the issue is that it’s separate from Bally’s. Therefore, it doesn’t accept comps from the casino. Moreover, to get drink tickets, you’d have to wager $20 on horse races, or $50 on sports. Taking everything into consideration, most guests will find Bally’s sportsbook to be more trouble than it’s worth.

Entertainment & Attractions

As you would expect, due to Bally’s location, there’s a plethora of thrilling activities, mind-blowing shows & events, and exciting venues just minutes from the hotel.

From relaxing spa treatments to hour-long shopping trips at the Grand Bazaar Shops, the options seem endless. So if you’re in a mood for a full-body massage or want to unwind in a jacuzzi, the spa is open daily from 6 AM to 6 PM. It’s also the most affordable one on the Strip, with Bally’s & Paris Convention guests receiving a 15% off on all services.

Among the most notable Bally’s attractions are the championship-level tennis courts, the Real Bodies art installation, and the Twilight Zone by Monster Mini Golf. And for all you night owls that enjoy partying until sunrise, the property even features several renowned clubs that will provide you with the unmistakable Vegas nightlife experience.

We warmly recommend the Indigo Launch — it’s sure to captivate you with its daring, sophisticated decor, moving live performances, and hand-crafted cocktails.

Wine & Dine

Whether you want to grab a quick bite, try out one of the Asian cuisine specialties, or enjoy a masterfully prepared meal where you’ll savor every bite, Bally’s has it all. There are 9 distinct restaurants at Bally’s, most of them leaning more towards casual dining.

Adjacent to your Jubilee room, Nosh is a casual deli that puts a unique twist on your favorite quick eats. Apart from finger-licking bagels, hot dogs, and desserts, Nosh also gives their guests the options to customize the sandwiches and create their own, perfect versions.

LaVazza is another locale you must visit if you’re staying at Bally’s. This coffee house makes fantastic lattes, drips, and decafs that go perfectly with their fresh-baked goods. If you can dedicate the time to sit down for a nice dinner, drop by the BLT Steak. Apart from various meat and seafood specialties, you’ll also love the hospitality of the staff.

If you’re looking for a change of pace, Buca di Beppo serves incredible Italian-American dishes, in a relaxed, vintage setting. For those that enjoy flavourful, spice-rich Asian cuisine, we recommend SEA: The Thai Experience.

In the end, regardless of which dining options you end up going for, you won’t have to worry about overspending. The meals typically range from $30 to $60 per person and are more than worth every last penny.

Customer Service

Customer Service

Bally’s has an average rating of about 4 out of 5 stars on multiple major hotel review sites. Although most guests rate it as “Good,” the guest reviews are quite mixed. However, we believe the difference in opinion comes mainly from different expectations people have from Sin City.

If you’re expecting to be pampered all day, every day and treated like royalty, Bally’s isn’t the place to go. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a decent, budget-friendly option on the Strip, no hotel or resort comes even close.

People choose Bally’s mainly due to affordability and its central location on the Strip. If you approach it expecting world-class accommodations and exemplary service, you’ll likely leave disappointed.

The rooms are clean, spacious, and comfortable. At the same time, they aren’t soundproof. There have even been instances where neon light was shining in the rooms as well. We can only imagine how difficult it must have been for these guests to get a good night’s rest. Multiple people point out that the toiletries are sub-par and that they’ve had trouble with hot water, A/C, TV, and other amenities.

Furthermore, the suites don’t come with coffee makers, and it can take an upwards of 45 minutes to get your morning coffee. Moreover, the concierge isn’t readily available. Some of the staff is genuinely helpful and seem invested in ensuring a comfortable stay for their guests. However, other employees can be unfriendly at times.

Nevertheless, the casino and the dealers are excellent. Casual players will find an abundance of Vegas-style casino games to enjoy. Bally’s is also quite generous when it comes to services included in the resort fee. The sauna, jacuzzi, and the fitness center are all free for the hotel’s guests.

Summary

As you can see, there are plenty of things to both like and dislike about Bally’s.

We’re of the opinion that it’s a great option on the Strip for guests on a budget. However, if you can afford any of the slightly more expensive, luxurious hotels, we wouldn’t exactly recommend picking Bally’s over them.

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