Bally’s & Paris Las Vegas

My husband and I went to Las Vegas the first weekend in January for 3 reasons:

  1. There was a Monet exhibit at the Bellagio that I wanted to see,
  2. I wanted to take a trip to the Grand Canyon because I hadn’t been there since I was 16, and
  3. When I said I could go with a friend my husband decided that we should be together on our anniversary (which was that Sunday).

So technically, we did not go to Las Vegas for our anniversary.

Check-in at Bally’s was as smooth as could be. The front desk personnel were a delight to deal with (every time) – although our view wasn’t exactly as it was described to us. We were told we had a view of the fountains at the Bellagio – yeah if you stuck the side of your face up against the window.  But we didn’t spend much time in our room looking out the window – only at first when we were getting ready to go out and we heard this loud noise – like a huge crashing wave – and ran to the windows to see what was the matter. It’s just the fountains –Whew! but they were loud and were about 500 meters away.


The room at Bally’s itself was huge! When I walked into the room at Bally’s, I was astounded by how big it was with his and her closets, his and her sinks, a bidet, and a sunken bathtub.The room itself was a bit dated.But it seems you have two kinds of rooms in Vegas:

  • reasonably priced older rooms such as Bally’s and NYNY, where we had stayed previously, which had rooms that were small and had old, dark wardrobes on both sides of the TV or
  • more expensive totally modern rooms with switches by the door to open a wall of curtains with a touch (such as at the Aria).

We unpacked and headed down to the casino to find food and drink. 

On the way to the bar we stopped at this shop at the Bally’s-Paris Promenade – it had very unusual items – there was a statue of John Wayne, little oriental figures in various “couple poses,” a huge bear… but we didn’t wander around in there too long.

The items were very expensive and we were afraid we’d break something.

We found Le Burger Brasserie Sports Grille – yes, that’s french for a sports bar. But it was nicer than a bar – with tables in a nice looking restaurant area. (There is a decent pic here: )  We got there too late for food so we just had beers at the bar. Sitting at the bar ensures you meet people – and we did. There were three guys there that wanted us to take their picture together. When we got to talking, it turned out they were all musicians that played for Selene Dion. They were fun to talk to, especially since our son is a musician.

Friday I had to work and Dan was trying to sleep-in, but the sunken tub had safety motion light – I guess Bally’s got tired of being sued by drunk people falling into the tub in the dark. I opened the curtains so it quit going off and on as I moved around, so it was ok during the day, but annoying at night. Later, when Dan got up, he went and worked out. They charge a fee to use the workout facilities; however, that’s because they don’t have a daily resort fee.  We didn’t use the Spa, but one of the musicians we met said it was fabulous. ( ) Then Dan went to the Bellagio to pick up the tickets for the Monet exhibit and find out what the hours were so we could plan our evening. 

At about 5, we headed over to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art ( )to see the Monet exhibit. We walked by the Buffet at the Bellagio – what an outrageous queue! I’ve never seen so many people in line for food. We talked to someone later who said they were in line for 2 hours! We did stop for a snack at Café Gelato, where I got a Baily’s gelato (made with real Baily’s Irish Cream – yum).But I have to say, I was disappointed with the Monet exhibit. Having been recently to the “Becoming Van Gogh” exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, the Bellagio exhibit was about ¼ of the size. It took us longer to walk there then it did to view the paintings on display. I love Monet’s work, and it was interesting to see it displayed along side of some of his contemporaries’ paintings.

Afterward, we wandered out to the strip to find someplace to eat dinner, stopping for the fountain show in front of the Bellagio first.

They played the music from the Pink Panther and had the fountains timed with the music. Definitely worth making a point to see the display, although it was a bit chilly the first weekend in January.

We chose Café Ile St. Louis for dinner – I fell in love with the blue checkered table clothes and the look of a sidewalk Paris café right in the Paris casino.

It got a bit noisy at times, but the food was french-delicious (Dan had the salmon and I had a filet mignon). Afterward, our musician friend told us Mon Ami Gabi has “the best” chef in Vegas. We will have to try that next time.