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Worth little extra to stay at Bally's over Harrah's?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Phaleproof, Feb 26, 2013.

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  1. Phaleproof

    Phaleproof Tourist

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    Hello,

    I currently have a reservation at a different hotel and will be changing it today to something more central to the strip.

    My debate is this: It is a mere $22 to change my reservation to Harrah's while it's $153 to change it to Bally's. It's my understanding from similar threads that Bally's rooms are perceived as a bit nicer and larger, but the rooms at Harrah's are generally newer (barring the North tower with no view at Bally's).

    In your seasoned veteran opinions, which do you think is a better deal? I know given it's the cheapest room at either it's probably going to be a back room with no view of the strip. It would seem it would all come down to how likely the $20 trick will work if I were to get any view at all. And can you even see the Bellagio fountains from either one?

    That difference could cover most of a Cirque show or a couple nights of dinner, so I wasn't sure if I should go for Harrah's or Bally's.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks!

    Ryan
     
  2. sybgal

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    While we prefer Bally's - location, room size, restaurants in the area....I don't think I would choose to spend the extra $ if it means missing a show...JMHO....
     
  3. Candy Apple

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    I haven't stayed at either, but I'd rather have the larger room and more mid strip location (past the construction). Also, the A/c in Harrah's rooms goes off unless you play games with it.
     
  4. stackinchips

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    Rooms at Harrah's are nicer than the South Tower Rooms at Ballys, although they are smaller. The only rooms with much of a view at either property are the South Tower rooms at Ballys (which are also the worst rooms at either property). So it comes down to view or quality of the room and which you prefer.

    As to the location of both, the construction isn't an issue if you cross the street to the Caesars side, which as any veteran Vegas goer should know, is the less congested and therefore quicker side to move up and down the strip regardless of construction. It's simple to cross as you can quickly walk across the strip to Mirage right outside of Harrah's front door. Also keep in mind that no matter what tower you're in at Harrah's you're about a 2 minute walk to being on the strip where Bally's you can end up a bit of a ways away. Also have the monorail at both locations, although the Bally's location is a bit pointless as it's the midpoint of the monorail, meaning that travelling in either direction isn't going to really save you a lot of walking.

    So to summarize, if you want the nicest/biggest room, you want Bally's North Tower, best view Bally's South, and if you want the best overall combination of room/view/location (and lowest price) I would stick with Harrah's.
     
  5. beckers

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    If it were me I would not switch. We stay a lot at Harrahs and love it. We don't care for Ballys or Paris's casinos and hate the walk in and out to Ballys. Either should provide you a good experience but imo you should stay put and take advantage of the extra money.
     
  6. Phaleproof

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    Would either one provide a decent view of the Bellagio fountains assuming the $20 trick worked?

    Good to know about Harrah's being a closer walk to the strip. Hard to interpret that from the maps!
     
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    The south tower rooms (no $20) at Bally's will get you the nice Bellagio fountain view. Harrah's is too far north to see them.
     
  8. ButterflyMtn

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    I like Harrah's better. Location and access to the hotel.
     
  9. Phaleproof

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    Oh man, I was hoping this would crystallize the decision I would make, but hearing all the comparisons makes it that much harder. At the end of the day, each has their own bonuses and (small) disadvantages.

    I guess I will turn the vote over to my girlfriend!
     
  10. leo21

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    Ordinarily, I would highly suggest switching to Ballys. However, it's not that much of an upgrade to justify that large of a price difference. Save the money and take Harrah's.
     
  11. Iu25

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    I believe some of the rooms at Harrahs have balconys if that makes much of a difference! I always enjoy playing in the casino at Harrahs, its never too packed and usually win a little. Drinks arent too hard to come by either!
     
  12. Phaleproof

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    SWMBO ultimately decided she wanted to be able to walk out and see the Bellagio fountains. I figure I only get to go once a year so might as well splurge a little since it's a little more centrally located, the room is a little larger, and we might even be able to get a fountain view if we're lucky. :)

    If it turns out not being as nice as we hoped, I know we can do Harrah's next year!

    Thank you all so much for your input!
     
  13. Paulie_D

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    Unless you are going to sit in your room for hours on end, why is this even a factor? Once you've seen it...that's it. One and done.

    Wherever you pick, walk over the road & down a bit....watch from the sidewalk and boom...back to your nice cheap room...at Harrahs. :evillaugh
     
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