We spent three days in June at Bally’s Las Vegas. We checked in on Sunday, around nine in the morning, and left the bags with the bell captain. We decided to head down to the Peppermill for a leisurely breakfast and then head back to the Venetian for kick-off-of-vacation Bellini. Now here’s my question…it’s nine in the morning on the strip. Deserted. Yet, two cars manage to impact. No traffic…no inclement weather…but we still can’t navigate straight roads without attempting to breed our automobiles. How do you do that? So, we get back to Bally’s and head up to the room. Having never stayed at Bally’s (the Indigo Tower), we did not really give the rooms much thought. The room is big…considerably larger than other rooms we have had on the strip, exception being the suite at Palazzo. Now, being honest, there is some wear and tear on the carpet and wallpaper. The bathroom is standard combo shower/tub and …haven’t seen this before … shower curtain! I s ‘pose I’ve gotten used to the glass walled shower – x – tub separation. The floor and countertops were granite, so that was nice. Being brutally honest, I would say that this was on par with one of the better Best Western rooms I have had. I cannot – in good conscience – use the term “resort caliber” to describe the room. We spend the rest of the day lounging by the pool. Now the pool…that is great. It’s sufficiently large enough for people to spread out and not feel like they’re piled on top of one another. I think the demographic for those at Bally’s are probably in the range of being maybe mid-thirties to mid-sixties, so there’s no ‘pool party’ atmosphere. It was so relaxing to just sit there sipping cocktails…baking in the sun. The first night there we dined at Tequila Taqueria. Now that’s some tasty cuisine. I had the Carne Asada platter and Cindy had the Green Enchiladas. Gotta be honest, these are some of the best we have had. The second night we opted for BLT Steakhouse. Again, truly great cuisine. The wait staff was attentive without being helicopters, the food was wonderful, and the atmosphere relaxed and reserved – a welcome break from the regular Vegas overkill. As far as highlights go, we ambled down to watch the Riviera implosion at two in the morning. Lots of tailgating waiting for the show, and we were entertained by the local folk (just leave it there). As for gaming, we went out with $4.4K, came back with $4.3K, so I think that’s pretty dang successful. BOTTOM LINE: OK, the room was comp’d and I had sufficient points to cover all of our meals. Gaming was fun and we only lost $100 over the course of three days. It was a great low-budget vacation. I think Bally’s is strategically located on the strip and depending on what you want to spend your money on, it is a good economy-minded solution for a Vegas vacay. That being said, if I were springing for the room, I’d probably stay in some place with more of a ‘resort’ vibe or upgraded room. I’d still be doing my gaming at Bally’s, being partial to their tables.