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Bally's Jubilee Room January 11-14

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by jpatter471, Jan 26, 2014.

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  1. jpatter471

    jpatter471 Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    My father-in-law and I flew out of Dayton, Ohio on Southwest with a layover in Denver. No problems with the flight. We hopped on the shuttle to the car rental station as I had a car rented through Thrifty (who I have never used before). Thank goodness I signed up for Blue Chip as the line was long so we headed straight out to the garage. I had booked their "wildcard" which was a guaranteed compact or higher. The first car they gave us, I think it was a Mitsubishi Diamante looked pretty beat up but we loaded our luggage and got in the car and started it. The mileage was 49K and I had never had a rental car with that many miles before, but I'm not picky as long as it runs so I try to put it in gear and the shifter comes off in my hand. So, I put the shifter back on and put it back in park and told the attendant I would need another car. He pointed me to a white Dodge Avenger that was next to it. It was pretty rough looking too and the entire back bumper has black scrapes all the way across it like it had been swiped in an accident. I put in reverse and then hit the brake to put it in drive and the brakes squeaked so loud that we just looked at each other and laughed. I looked at the odometer and this baby had 49K miles on it too. Oh well, too tired to switch cars again so we headed out. I told the lady at the check out booth about noting the damage to the bumper and she said, "They already know. This car is in and out of here all the time." Great.
    Got the contract and headed to Bally's. Went to Diamond check-in and it was locked. It was about 6 PM. So we went to Platinum check-in and got our room in the remodeled Jubilee Tower. It was nice and large. I liked the big shower stall instead of a tub. The only complaint about the room was the noise. Every 45 seconds or so, it sounded like an elevator passing overhead. It was a constant back and forth scraping noise. But that noise was nothing when compared to the construction noise coming from the front of Bally's and the Cromwell. This is no lie, I woke up one morning at 1:30 AM to the sounds of jackhammers. I looked out the window and could see construction workers jackhammering at the Cromwell. WTF? Who jackhammers in the middle of the night?
    I tried to fit some touristy things in this visit that I haven't done before. I went to the Mob Museum. If I really wanted to take my time and read everything and watch all the videos, I could have easily spent over 4 hours here. I bought the combo Mob Museum/Neon Boneyard ticket and did the Neon Boneyard after the Mob. It was a good way to spend and afternoon.
    I used my 3 MyVegas comps for a breakfast for 2 at MGM buffet, dinner buffet for 2 at MGM and lunch for 2 at Bellagio's buffet. MGM was standard stuff, nothing bad, nothing really exciting. I was fairly disappointed with my lunch as Bellagio. Staff was not very attentive or professional and food was mediocre at best.
    One morning, I went for a run. I always have the best time running here. I headed out around 6 AM when the only people out on the strip were other runners and those emptying out Drai's and other late night clubs. After the run, I booked a massage at the Spa at Bally's. Facilities were good. I went in the steam room and the eucalyptus really cleared my breathing. The massage was not so hot. I swear that woman had brass knuckles for fingers.
    I also went to the Rio for the Penn & Teller show. It was a really good show for the free tickets we had. I don't know if it would have been worth almost $100 a person.
    Kind of bummed out none of the new attractions I am excited to try weren't open yet. I walked around the Linq and they only had a few shops open. I could watch them testing the lights on the wheel, but it never moved. I also went downtown to see SlotZilla but it didn't look close to opening. The sales building was under construction and didn't look like it would be ready soon. She was lit up though and looked good. Only hung out downtown for a few hours one night but saw plenty of arrests and homeless people being escorted out. We walked down to the container park and looked around. It is a cool concept and look forward to checking it out on my next visit.
    Gambling was probably the worst this trip than any I have taken. No luck on slots, blackjack, 3 card poker. I had my best luck at Rio and Bellagio on slots. Lion's Share at MGM just ate through a couple hundred like nothing. Played Sigma Derby at the D and MGM and nothing.
    Was a little sad to see the demolition going on at the TI. Both ships were still there but they were tearing the background apart. I am not a big fan of all of this retail growth going on along the strip.
    After visiting my brother and sister-in-law who live right off the strip, we headed back home. No issues returning the car or at the airport. I am excited to come back when things are a bit more finished.
    Thanks for taking the time to read and feel free to ask me any questions!
     
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    jpatter471 Low-Roller

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    Picture of Bally's construction from my room.
     

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    Cromwell construction that kept me up at night.
     
  4. cmoney787

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    Will be staying at Ballys mid-March. Would you recommend the Indigo tower or Jubilee suites to avoid the noise? Or should I just drink heavily and pass-out?
     
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    Curious if you remember your room #? We have a strip view Jubilee room reserved for March.... would like to have the view but avoid noise if it that bad.... :)
     
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    It was room 5708 facing the Cromwell, Caesars on the left, and the Linq wheel on the right. I would suggest the Jubilee tower since it is the most recently renovated.
     
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    Both towers have rooms facing the construction. I would think the best bet would to get a Jubilee room closest to Paris/ Planet Hollywood side to avoid the noise.
     
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    Both towers have rooms facing the construction. I would think the best bet would to get a Jubilee room closest to Paris/ Planet Hollywood side to avoid the noise.
     
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    WOW!!! My wife and I stayed in the Jubilee tower at the end of November, and the whole front area was intact. It's crazy how fast it all disappeared. We're booked there again for mid-May, but now I'm thinking that we should move over to Paris or PH.
     
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    At first I thought this was some construction in the back but it took a moment to realize that was the front. Heading there in a few weeks and that is going to look weird without it.
     
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    This is what it looked like from the Strip.
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    Did they happen to say what will be constructed there?
    Restaurants, bars, parking or are they extending the casino?
     
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    What is happening there?? Why have I not heard anything about this? I LOVED that entrance of Ballys! This makes me sad.
     
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    There's another thread somewhere around here that started a few months ago about the Bally's construction. Apparently they're going to turn the front into some kind of outdoor bazaar with a bunch of kiosks and such.

    If I'm not mistaking, when Bally's was first built, the front of the building was the parking lot. But the lot quickly became too small and they were forced to build a parking garage. That's why the building is set so far off the strip. But then people didn't want to walk all that distance from the strip to the casino entrance, so Bally's built the people mover.
     
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