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Ballys Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
With its signature neon lighting wrapped around the sidewalk, Bally’s Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, continues to be one of the best in the strip. Talk of haunting is among the many things which continues to draw visitors to the hotel.
Bally’s opened in 1985 and since then several guests have reported disturbing events, not just in the hotel but in the casino floors, as well. One of the most common things guests have complained about is the acrid smell of smoke on the upper guest room floors, even if there is no one smoking. Other people have also heard people screaming coming from the direction of the stairwell. People believe that those are the screams of the people who perished in the fire when the hotel was still called MGM Grand.
There is also a certain bank of slot machines in the casino which is said to be haunted by an old woman. People who have seen the ghost thought that there was smoke coming from the cigarette she is holding but upon closer inspection, they saw that her dress was aflame. She can be seen playing two slot machines at once. If anybody tried to approach her, she will vanish instantly.
There are also reports of the voice of a small boy on the 17th floor corridor, who is crying out desperately for his mother. The cries then fade into coughing and then end in silence. People believe that the boy got separated from his mother during the fire which killed 85 people.
Bally’s Hotel stands on 43 acres of land which was originally occupied by the Three Coins Motel. Three Coins Motel opened in 1963. It was replaced by The Bonanza Hotel and Casino in 1967. It was renamed as the New Bonanza Hotel and Casino before becoming the MGM Grand.
MGM Grand, owned by Kirk Kerkorian, opened in 1973 with more than 2,000 rooms. It was the largest hotel in the world that time and cost $106 million. MGM Grand was one of the grandest hotels in the strip. It had two large theatres which had regular productions of the famous choreographer Donn Arden. Jubilee is one of the hotel’s major shows and it has been running for a good number of years. However, on November 21, 1980, a fire at the MGM Grand killed 85 people, both guests and employees.
The hotel was rebuilt after eight months and a new tower was also added in 1981. There was a huge controversy because of what happened and new hotel safety law was implemented which improved fire safety not only in the United States, but worldwide. The hotel was sold to Bally Entertainment Corporation in 1985 for more than half a billion dollars. In 1995, Bally was purchased by Hilton Hotels Corporation.
Bally’s Hotel remains one of the top hotels in Las Vegas, despite the emergence of new names in the industry. Guests can choose from a wide variety of accommodations. The Classic Guest room has more than 450 sq ft. of area and are among the most spacious accommodations in the Strip. There are smoking, as well as non-smoking rooms. Guests can choose from one king bed or two queen beds. The Deluxe Guest room comes with plush upholstery and art-deco style. Deluxe rooms measure more than 450 square feet and have all the modern amenities to make life a lot easier.
Dining in Bally’s Hotel is never dull with all the choice of restaurants available. Bally’s Steakhouse greets with a tuxedo-clad Maitre D’. The steakhouse is designed to resemble a New England-style hunt club and serves the best slow-roasted aged prime rib in town. Sbarro serves classic and favourite Italian dishes. They serve fast food without sacrificing the taste. Sea-The Thai Experience serves unique Thai cuisine which should not be missed.
- Iron and ironing board
- Clock radios
- Cable television
- High speed internet access
- In-room movies
Things to Do
Las Vegas, aside from being the casino capital of the United States, also has a lot of other things to offer. There are other attractions in Las Vegas which includes theme parks, museums, roller coasters, national parks and more. Vegas indoor skydiving is open daily from 10am to 8pm and it is located just off the Vegas strip. If you have always wanted to experience the thrill of skydiving, this is something which you should not miss at all.
How about going on an ATV tour of the desert? All ATV Tours offers tourists, as well as locals, a chance to breeze through open trails with professional guides. There is a wide variety of locations to choose from and tours include 2 to 3 hours of actual ATV time.
The Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage is right on the Strip. Guests will see panthers, lions, leopards, tigers and dolphins enjoying the Vegas sun. The facility opened in 1990 and is the dream of legendary magicians Siegfried & Roy.
- Classic south tower room starts at $69
- North tower deluxe rooms start at $99