Yes, when built as the MGM, this was a great hotel. But on my last stay here, when I told a friend that I was staying at Bally's, he said "why?" A very good question. The place is perfectly fine, and has a great location. It has a casino floor that you can see all at once from the somewhat raised area around check-in, which is perfect for those of you who easily get lost in a casino (think the current MGM). It is now connected to the Paris hotel. But there is nothing here that otherwise sets this place apart from other perfectly fine, but nothing special hotels and casinos. And whatever you do, don't go downstairs to the "shopping mall"...20 years ago, this was a fine shopping area, but now has the same types of kiosks and stuff that you find in the stores at the stratosphere...so depressing that you want to get back up that escalator and retreat.
Anything Harrah's touches turns stale and Bally's is no exception. It's not so much that anything is "wrong" but much is just plain mediocre.
There's little pop or sizzle in this steak - merely mundane. It's a safe bet but no jackpot. I prefer a place with a little charm, a little touch of old Vegas character, something infinitely more interesting.
It is in a good location with decent rooms and amenities with a respectful staff and reasonable rates, but it just lacks the charisma and style that still remains available both on the Strip and Downtown. It's as warm and inviting as stainless steel.