Affordable accommodations. Check. Great location. Check. Showgirl revue. Check. Open-air shops. Check. Bally’s offers a balance of something old and something new in Vegas.
Classic, bedazzled, inexpensive, right smack in the middle of everything
Oh, those beautiful showgirls. They're an iconic part of Vegas and Bally's is the only place in town you're guaranteed to see them thanks to "Jubilee." In the longest running show on the Strip (though some incarnations have been better than others), these ladies have always epitomized glamour and gorgeousness...and we're not just saying that because we've seen their boobies.
The Sterling Brunch is an absolute must and we'll tell you why: You'll be served by waiters wearing tuxedos and white gloves. Offered on weekends in BLT Steak, it's been a staple at Bally's for more decades than we can remember. This is a chance to indulge in things you'd almost never eat -- Sturgeon caviar, oysters and lobster tail as well as plenty of stuff dipped in chocolate -- and you get to wash it down with Perrier-Jouët Champagne.
If you want to be in the heart of the Strip, Bally's is an affordable option. In some ways it's a bare bones kind of place -- you know, nothing fancy. But the rates are among the most reasonable considering the competitors on the other three corners (Bellagio, Caesars Palace and The Cromwell). Midweek rates are especially low and weekend rates are still reasonable. Plus, the square footage of the rooms starts in the mid 400s, which is large considering the age of the property. Then factor in the connection to Paris Las Vegas, which opens up a whole host of dining, entertainment and partying options, and you've scored yourself a deal.
Even though the base-level rooms in the Indigo Tower are spacious and fairly modern (renovated in 2004), without a doubt you'll want to stay in the Jubilee Tower, which was remodeled in 2014. Named after the resort's headlining show, everything is contemporary from the headboards and décor to the bathrooms, which have rain showerheads. The only drawback of staying in the Jubilee Tower is that it's far from the pool. You'll have to walk through the entire joint -- the casino as well as past the shops, food court, sports book and spa -- to get to it.
Not all views are created equally. If you splurge on the Jubilee Tower, you should also splurge on the view. The north side of this tower faces The Cromwell and Flamingo, which isn't a bad thing, however over on the south side you'll have awesome views of the Fountains of Bellagio and Eiffel Tower.
Bally's opened in 1973. Parts of the casino haven't been remodeled in some time and do feel outdated. But if you're into classic Vegas, you'll come across touches of old elegance -- like the curved staircase that leads from the restaurants into Bally's Avenue Shops. Set off by mirrors at the top and water features on each side, stepping down these stairs feels like going back in time.
Self-parking at Bally's is nearly impossible. Of course, you can always valet park at the front of the resort. Otherwise there's a surface lot at the back where it's hard to find spots and necessitates a long walk through the property to get to check-in and the room towers. Use the self-parking garage at Paris Las Vegas to save all this hassle. The two resorts are connected through the Le Boulevard shops, so you'll enter right in the center of Bally's casino.
Speaking of showgirls, if you can't get enough of them on stage, take a backstage tour where you can see their costumes (those beautiful, blinged-out, Bob Mackie-designed outfits are heavier than they look, weighing up to 35 pounds) up close. The Jubilee All Access Backstage Walking Tour is offered on select afternoons and led by one of the show's cast members.
Come out to the Grand Bazaar Shops each night before the clock strikes 9 p.m. and midnight. You can party like its new year's eve at the Swarovski Celebration. Watch the 4,000-pound, crystal-laden Swarovski Starburst fall in a spectacular three-minute light and sound show. This is the perfect chance to drink, cheer and kiss total strangers.
Interested in the day's big games? The race and sports book at Bally's is no slouch -- but it's still perfect for couch potatoes. Located at the far end of Bally's Avenue Shops, it's less crowded than those at other resorts but still has a cool stadium-style setup with big-screen TVs wherever the eye can see.