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Review of Bally's Hotel in Las Vegas
Classic Las Vegas in the Middle of the Strip
Just to avoid any confusion, Bally's Hotel and Casino is the same complex that was formerly named the MGM Grand. The current MGM Grand is located on the same side of the Las Vegas Strip but further south. The current Bally's resort is owned by Harrah's and was first opened in 1973, making it one of the older hotels on the Strip. It sits on the site of the Bonanza Hotel, so there has been a hotel-casino at the location since the early 1960's. The original builder of what is now Bally's was famous Los Angeles businessman Kirk Kerkorian.
From my experience, Bally's seems to cater to an older crowd of Las Vegas travelers. That's not to say that it's a hotel for senior citizens, but if I were 25 I would probably choose someplace else, like Paris Las Vegas.
Hotel rooms, nightly rates, and overall review
The basic room at Bally's is the Classic Guest Room. They have about 500 square feet and come with either two queen beds or one king. High speed internet (not wifi) is available for a small nightly fee.
The next step up is the Deluxe Guest Room. These rooms actually aren't bigger than the Classic rooms, but they are better appointed.
If you're looking for a real upgrade, go with the Grand Suite. They have a wet bar and a refrigerator, which is nice, but it really doesn't compare to the luxury suites at some of the other nearby hotels. This is reflected in the price, as most rooms at Bally's are under $100 a night and even the Grand Suite can often be had for under $150. You could do worse in Las Vegas, especially considering the prime location.
I wouldn't be surprised to see this hotel razed within the next decade to make room for something a little more luxurious. They are always after the high-rollers and big spenders, and they just can't attract that with this hotel. Bally's is a good hotel for a thrifty middle age couple looking to have a little fun in Las Vegas who don't want to spend half their funds on the hotel room.