Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel Review
Bally’s Las Vegas was the first megaresort on the Las Vegas Strip. It opened on December 5, 1973 as the MGM Grand and with 2,084 rooms it was the largest hotel in the world at the time. I recently stayed at this historic hotel for the first time and have a full review for you today.
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One of the most interesting parts of the history of Bally’s is the infamous fire in 1980. That fire started in a casino restaurant and spread up to the hotel. In total 87 people died that day in a horrific tragedy. Following that incident fire safety regulations and procedures for hotels were changed dramatically.
After rebuilding MGM Grand was eventually sold to Bally Manufacturing in 1986 and the rest is history. The MGM Grand name would of course live on with a new casino on Tropicana and Las Vegas Blvd, but Bally’s never went away either. Today it is owned by Caesars Entertainment and its rooms just underwent a $125 million renovation.
In this video you’ll see how Bally’s is unique compared to other Vegas Strip hotels, what the renovated rooms look like, how the casino is and most importantly how great the location is right on the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Flamingo! It’s also attached to Paris adding tons of restaurants and shops that are not far away.
Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel Review – Bottom Line
Bally’s lives up to its history with decent rooms, a modern casino and many quirks that I learned to appreciate. The layout is a bit strange and it isn’t quite as nice as some newer resorts, but the old MGM Grand is worth a visit. Have you ever stayed at Bally’s? Share your experiences with this hotel/casino below!