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Bally’s LV

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Address: 3645 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: (702) 967-4111 Toll-Free: 800-722-5597 Reservations: 888-215-1078
Website: BallysLV.com

Built on the location of the original MGM Grand which was destroyed by fire in 1980, this hotel is a Caesars property now. Bally — originally the pinball game maker — had bought the hotel in 1986 and changed the name; a decade later Hilton Hotels purchased it, and a portion of Hilton was broken off the resorts part of the corporation, and this became Caesars, which remained the parent of Ballys.

One of the longest-running Las Vegas shows ever was here: This was Jubilee, an adult revue featuring a large cast of beautiful showgirls wearing old-style chorus line outfits complete with tall, ostrich feather and bejeweled headresses and other wild constructions, Bob Mackie costumes, and a lot of topless dances. It ran for 35 years, dropping the final curtain in 2016.

The hotel tower still bears the name Jubilee. Now that that megashow is gone, the hotel is a bit lost amongst the other Strip locations; the casino doesn’t really stand out. Its shows do help drawing crowds, and its latest comedy act has gotten good reviews.

The Paris shares an indoor walkway or promenade with them, and they are considered sister casinos. Watch for joint games and events at times. Also close by is Caesars Palace.

Casino

High ceilings and flashy decor, the casino covers 67,000 square feet but is definitely not the biggest in town; but you’ll find some low bet tables, and four kinds of blackjack. Table Games include the usual blackjack, baccarat, Let It Ride, Three Card Poker, roulette, craps, Pai Gow Tiles and Pai Gow Poker, plus some more like Spanish 21, Sic Bo, and Caribbean Stud Poker.

The 14-table poker room is rather an institution, as this is connected with the World Series of Poker. But perhaps not the easiest place for a beginner player. Caesars casinos offer online games if you’re there: You can compete for a real WSOP bracelet online at WSOP.com, a site operated by Caesars, but you may play only if you are in Nevada. At their live casino tables, you can play Limit Holdem, No Limit Holdem, Seven Card Stud, or enter one of the multiple tournaments that are offered daily and weekly. Check the tournament schedule here: https://www.caesars.com/content/dam/blv/Gaming/Poker%20Room/poker_promotions&daily_tournaments.pdf

Over 1,000 slots cover the casino floor. Slots tournaments are held jointly with the Paris Hotel, and can draw hundreds of competitors. Nickel denomination machines populate the floor, and go all the way up. There are high stakes machines in one section that go all the way up to $1,000.

The casino contains a race book, sports book, and keno lounge. Keno tickets can be for 1, 2, 2.5, 5 or 10 dollars per game. The sportsbook area has a VIP section, which can accommodate up to 100 sports and racing fans. Here, sports figures and celebrity guests sometimes appear so you never know who you might meet. It’s nicely decorated with sports memorabilia so it sets the mood for wagering.

If you like betting the horses, they make it easy. Even the first-time bettor can place bets in this sports book without difficulty. The staff is adept at explaining the how-tos of horse racing.

The main races, no matter where they are, will be broadcast each day on the big screen TVs throughout the sports book along with the games.

Night Life

Options include the Indigo Lounge. Here you can enjoy live piano music and signature cocktails in a sophisticated atmosphere. There is also Sully’s, with a full service bar and videogaming machines. This is a good, social place to go if you’re interested in meeting people.

Dining

Upscale —
Sterling Brunch Las Vegas — the big upscale weekend brunch buffet, very nice. $89.99 per person (or $85 with players card).
BLT Steak Las Vegas — steakhouse offerings in a bistro type of setting.

Casual —
The Thai Experience — Thai & Vietnamese foods.
Burger Brasserie — French style burgers.
Buca Di Beppo — Italian, family style serving.
Tequila Taqueria — party place, with authentic Mexican dishes made in vintage tortilla presses.

Quick —
Nosh Deli — bagels & croissants; sandwiches, hot dogs, desserts.
SBarro — pizza, other quick bites.
Lavazza — hot and cold coffees, juices, smoothies; baked goods.

Hotel Rooms & Amenities

Rooms have marble bathrooms and light-colored wood furnishings. They provide 24-hour room service for all guests. You have four different options to choose from when selecting your room: Classic or Deluxe Guest Rooms, the Grand Suite, or a room designed specifically for a pet owner.

All of the rooms offer certain amenities that include clock radio, iron and ironing board, dual-line speakerphone, cable TV, and hair dryer. The Classic Guest rooms are spacious at more than 450 sq. ft, so you should have plenty of room to relax and be comfortable. Choose between either a king-sized bed or two queens.

The Deluxe Guest rooms feature the same as the Classic rooms but they offer granite-topped desks and satellite TV. The Grand Suite rooms feature a King size bed and an amazing rejuvenating whirlpool tub. The shower is separate from the tub in Grand Suite rooms. These rooms are beautiful but if you want to upgrade even more, opt for the added living room that seats eight and features a wet bar, refrigerator, and queen-sized Murphy bed. Of course, there is an added fee for these extras but if you plan to spend a little more time in your room or entertain guests, it’ll be worth it.

PetStay Las Vegas

The PetStay program gives guests the opportunity to bring their dogs along with them on their trips. Bally’s is one of the hotels. Designated rooms are available for visitors with dogs but there are rules that you have to abide by to participate in this program. For example, you are only allowed to bring two dogs to the hotel and they must weigh less than 50 pounds.

You will have to remove your pet from the room during housecleaning and any time they are left unattended, they must be in a crate. If your pet barks excessively or too loudly, you will have to take him to a kennel for the duration of your stay or cut your visit short. Therefore, it’s a good idea to consider the dog’s temperament and how he reacts in strange environments before bringing them along.

There are designated areas where you will need to go when walking your pet and they should be on a leash any time they are out of your room. The hotels that take part in this program provide special provisions for your pet. For example, your room will have a mat, food, and water bowls so you don’t have to worry about bringing these along. They even provide treats for your pet.

Hotel Pool

The Blu Pool, which is the outdoor pool at Bally’s, is expansive and attractive, surrounded by palms. It offers private cabanas for guests; there is an extra fee for these.

Each cabana has a phone, TV, ceiling fan, and a refrigerator. If you reserve a cabana and decide not to take advantage of it, you will have to cancel within a 24-hour period or you will be charged a no-show fee.

While it’s serene during the day, for poolside entertainment, there are DJs, music, and frozen cocktails to enjoy later on. They host a morning Early Bird Happy Hour at 10am if you like to imbibe luxuriously then; also an evening Happy Hour from 4pm to 6pm every day, when you can get 2-for-1 frozen cocktails or a $35 beer bucket.

The pool is 12 feet at the deepest end. If you have kids this is vital to note for their safety (but of course lifeguards are on duty). The pool is heated and there is also a Whirlpool spa located within the pool area. You can get sandwiches or snacks nearby at the Cafe and beverages at the On the Rocks Bar — or you can request the personal service where your drinks will be brought to you. During regular operating hours, you can rent rafts, toys, and towels.

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