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bally's..need info please help

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by bekka, Jan 28, 2014.

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  1. bekka

    bekka Newbie

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    heading to vegas with my bestfriend were both 22..

    what do you all think about ballys and things to do there and the rooms the food etc.

    i was wondering a few things about ballys's have heard mixed reviews about their rooms and such.

    how are their rooms.
    have a classic room booked in the indigo towers.
    been to vegas once and stayed at mirage with a strip view room.
    wondering how much of a chance we will have getting a strip view room at bally's...
    will they upgrade and does the $20 trick work at bally's and how do you properly do it? just nervous haha.

    have looked online and want to get into one of their jubilee rooms without paying a ton..


    thanks!!

    bekka
     
  2. 2VegasNuts

    2VegasNuts High-Roller

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    We have stayed at Bally's many times over the past 12 months. We like it! The classic rooms are very basic. Nothing special for sure, but clean. If the upgrades are not too much, I would get it prior to check in. But, you can also ask (or tip) for an upgrade at check in. The days of the week you are there and month will determine your chance of success. Bally's is under construction right now so it is less popular and an upgrade is more likely. Don't worry about the construction, hardly anyone goes out the front door and down the non working escalator anyway.

    The casino has a very fun vibe. The dealers are all nice. The slot machines are about 2-4 years behind higher end properties like Aria/Planet Hollywood/Venetian, etc. Do you care about the newest slots? If not, no worries. Bally's steakhouse is awesome. The cafe is fine for breakfast with a basic buffet for cheap. The Taco bar is great. Fast food is nearby at the lower level.

    As for things to do...Bally's has limited offerings outside of fun bars. But, it is central strip within easy access to many other hotels...Paris, Planet Hollywood, Flamingo, Bellagio, Caesars, Mirage.

    Get a nicer room and all will be good. You should also check Planet Hollywood rates.
     
  3. dmr

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    The big problem with Bally's now is that the area is a total cluster-{f-bomb} with construction! It's a royal pain getting in and out.

    They have the main moving walkways and escalators (which were usually out of service 1/2 of the time) blocked off and to get in you either have to go around wayyy south or else in the north side entrance.

    As to the rooms, I think they are now remodeling the South Tower, but the North Tower is actually very nice. I've stayed in both within the past few years.

    For dining, they don't have a buffet. The coffee shop is quite good for breakfast but it has limited hours. The Paris Buffet is great and is an easy walk through the passage. They had a food court by the sports book in the east passage but I think it may be under renovation. Last time I was there it had both Sbarro and Nathan's (fries - mmmmmm) and one other I can't remember.

    That whole east side of the intersection is bad now with the Bally's and Bills-was-to-be-Gansevoort and Linq construction. :(
     
  4. captainron62

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    Ballys had been my home base the last two years until all the construction began. I just got tired of staying in that are and dealing with it. We now stay at the Luxor, but I digress. Ballys is a great property, to me its the most underrated on the strip. Its located perfectly, the rooms are very reasonable and cheap and you can walk just about anywhere you want to go.

    We always offer a $20 dolla holla at check in and ask for a jr suite on the diamond floors. This is just a bigger room that has a really great view of the north strip. Its great for couples because there is an extra seating area with a vanity. We enjoy pulling the furniture to face the window and enjoying a nightcap drink watching the lights of the strip.

    There isnt a ton of bars/clubs on property. We usually walk to where we want to party. The casino often has a really fun vibe and dont sleep on the Indigo lounge, that place can get rocking at times.

    We enjoy being able to walk out the back doors and straight to Ellis Island for the $7.99 steak special and cheap beer. We also enjoy stopping by the taco place on the casino floor and getting their $2 taco special to end the night.

    Ballys is a great property, you will have a blast! Anytime I take new people that is where we typically stay, no one has complained yet!
     
  5. DonnyC

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    I tried Bally's based on this guys recommendation last year.

    His review is very fair.

    I was unable to score an upgraded room, but I went over MDW.

    If you are looking for a fun pool scene...don't go to Bally's unless you prefer to read by the pool.

    Flamingo pool is great! More of a party atmosphere and drinks at the Flamingo pool are actually cheaper than those at Bally's pool - though I have heard you can sneak in drinks to Bally's pool...you can't at the Flamingo.
     
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    Great kick in about the pool DonnyC! I am going to steal that!! The Ballys pool is def more suited for reading that crazy partying!!
     
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    We've found Bally's to be one of the easier hotels to obtain a nice upgrade with the $20 trick and the clerks actually try to earn the $$. We like their pool because we go to relax in the sun, listen to the music and have a nice foo-foo drink. I have even had my big cup refilled for cheap at the bar in the walkway to Paris to take with me to the pool. Is it called "Evening Call"? They didn't say anything to me when I got my towels about it either. Now, if we were looking for a party atmosphere, we'd probably choose Flamingo but I have seen many 20-30's having a great time on a Saturday our last trip....so you can make it more festive if you choose...lol.
     
  8. 2VegasNuts

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    I agree, Great point about the pool. If a party pool is important, then Bally's is not the place to be. The buffet at the Café is actually good...just eggs, sausage, bacon, French toast, pancakes, pastries, etc. I found the construction to not be anything but ugly.
     
  9. bekka

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    thanks everyone for all the info!

    as for the construction...will it still be going on in april? we are going at the end of april.

    the trip is already booked for staying at ballys so it cant be changed..

    the casino and tacos sound good!

    is the indigo tower north or south?

    and good to hear that the 20 dollar trick is easy there. just need to know exactly what to say so we dont look like we dont know what were talking about.

    as for the pool..were kinda on the fence dont need a huge party scene but palm trees..tanning and at least some music would be nice?? and drinks.

    if not then maybe it is possible to get into another hotels pool by paying?
     
  10. 2VegasNuts

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    The construction will still be going on in April. We did not mind it at all. Poll has tanning and drink service, maybe a palm tree or two :) Indigo is North Tower. The Jubilee Tower is the refreshed/renovated one.
     
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    I prefer the Venus pool........you can make believe you're reading a mag with your sunglasses on while peeking up at the topless babes frolicking in the pool.
    I like to "read" "What's On, Vegas" as my alibi, it's small yet informative while at the same time being disposable if it should get wet.
     
  12. gradytripp

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    Captain Ron is spot on about all of this. Bally's is my home hotel for "regular" trips. (Bellagio is my home for "swank" trips.) The construction is quite frustrating right now, however. In December, at least, to head north on the strip (toward Flamingo/Quad/etc.) you had to walk on the sidewalk on Flamingo, which is a narrow sidewalk with large buses screaming by, then deal with the characters hanging out by the walkway over Flamingo.

    Even crossing Flamingo to get to Stage Door was tricky, due to lane closures and construction on Flamingo.

    As a result, I'm taking a Bally's hiatus for the next six months or so. (Assuming I get a trip in that time!) But Ellis Island, the Tequila Bar at Bally's, and the Indigo Lounge are all great.

    (The Indigo just re-opened and has been much spiffed up. I don't know if the vibe or bands have changed. The house bands there have been great in the past.)
     
  13. joevegaspremo

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    Stayed at Ballys this past Saturday and in November and one other time two years ago. The $20 trick worked this Saturday and in November I don't remember if we did it two years ago or not. But overall the $20 trick gets you jubilee, just be polite and friendly and they will usually hook you up. The casino at ballys isn't great but Paris is connected which is a little better an Bellagio is across the street which is a great casino area. PH is next to Paris so just walk through Ballys into Paris and out Paris and youre basically at PH which is catered to a younger crowd and across from PH is Cosmo which is even nicer then PH. So Ballys is a good place to stay. The walk from Ballys to PH and Cosmo is prolly 10 minutes through the casino areas.
     
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    Just hand them a $20 and say something like "That $20 is all yours if you can upgrade me to a jubilee tower". Just be really nice and polite about it and 9 times outa 10 they will at least try to hook you up.
     
  15. Roginator

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    I can't complain too much about Bally's as a place to stay (aside from once when I got a room with no heat in freezing temps one winter), but being 22 pretty much excludes you from staying there unless you are Amish.

    Bally's is more for the older crowd.

    Places like Planet Hollywood and the Cosmopolitan (and Hard Rock off the Strip) seem to cater more towards the younger crowd.
     
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    We have stayed at Bally's many times, usually comped, and love the location on the strip. This trip, though, we are trying Aria. The construction was a huge turn off for us.

    One of the things we will miss is the live band they usually have in the evenings just off the casino floor. Every group we saw was typically very good, gave the floor a fun vibe at night. We loved being so close to the great buffets at Paris. Parking is pretty much a breeze.

    The $20 trick usually worked, one time we got a suite, but usually we would just get moved from the South Tower to the North Tower. Higher floors in the North Tower are supposedly haunted if that interests you (from the fire in the 80's when it was still the MGM).

    It was two years ago today we were there last, FWIW, and I know they call the towers different names now. But you will enjoy Bally's, if nothing else for the great location on the strip. Decent cocktail service on the floor as well. Have fun!
     
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    I agree with everything, including the crowd being more in the 35+ range and PH, Cosmo more of a younger vibe. But, it is a really good location to use as a hub. As for $20 thing, I gave her the $20 'sandwich' and asked for any complimentary upgrades. She said, 'I can move u to the other tower?' I said OK. We got to our room, then in 5 minutes she called and asked if I was hapoy with my room and I said 'no, not really'. She told me to come down and get keys to a new room, which ended up being a suite. I think she had someone 'around her' when I first checked in and maybe she didnt want them to see her pocketing the $ while telling me 'sure I can put you in a suite' out loud.
     
  18. Willy

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    Just got back from ballys. $20 trick got us into a jubilee luxury room (South tower) facing north, looking over the construction. Had to switch rooms on Monday due to 8am jack hammering. But they accommodated us very easily and gave us the other side of the hallway overlooking Paris. If you like to stay up late than definitely get away from the construction. I didn't find the access much worse than before. They have a sidewalk setup beside the driveway that is not much different the "not moving" walkway used to be. I still prefer MGM properties due to better attention to the details, but for the price you can't go wrong. And the 2am tacos are great.
     
  19. Nebraska

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    This is a really dumb question but I'm having a hard time picturing it:

    What is the best way to get across the street to Bellagio from Bally's? For some reason, I can't remember if there's a direct bridge over the strip on that corner or if you have to do something kind of elaborate like take the escalators around over by the former Bill's and then basically head on that bridge that links the B to Caesar's and walk through the mall?

    Also, where can you cross the street to the south in between Bally's and MGM?

    Thanks!
     
  20. Willy

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    There is a road crossing in front of Planet Hollywood. It's that or the bridge at Caesars.
     
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