The obvious reason to stay at Bally’s: its prime, center-Strip location. The less obvious reason? Some of its suites are darn nice (something that few visitors know).
What was originally the MGM Grand when it opened in 1973, Bally’s has pretty much stayed the same, as the rest of the Strip grew bigger and more opulent. It’s only in the past couple of years that we’ve been seeing more grand changes throughout the property, first inside, then out.
The Jubilee Tower rooms were the first to be completely renovated and are worth spending an extra $20 above the price of the standard rooms. If Bally’s feels a little dated on the outside, these spaces say otherwise, with polished wood furnishings, tufted headboards, pillow top beds, and lots of marble in the bathrooms. The colors are a little tame, but everything feels new and clean and swanky. Should you decide to go a little bigger—and you should—a suite here will run at least $100 less per night than you’ll find at Bellagio right across the street. The Jubilee Grand Suites will surprise you; they’re twice the size of the regular rooms, with amenities, and why, yes, that IS a whirlpool right in the middle of your room. The other non-Jubilee Tower rooms and suites are serviceable, but if you can afford to stay somewhere prettier, why not?
Most visitors who aren’t bedding down here stop by for the famed Sterling Brunch which runs nearly $100 a pop. It can be found at BLT Steak, which replaced the classic Bally’s Steakhouse, but retained the brunch in the transition, so now you get to eat your endless caviar and lobster tails in a much more contemporary setting. It’s only a quick walk through the corridor connecting Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas next door to get to more dining options.
Finally, the front of Bally’s is now the Grand Bazaar Shops, an outdoor retail and dining experience with lots of tiny boutiques you won’t find elsewhere in Las Vegas.