Bally's Hotel Casino, Robinsonville (Tunica)

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Bally's Casino in Tunica, MS

Bally's Casino Hotel Room, Tunica, MS

This was our first time to stay at Bally's Hotel Casino in Robinsonville (Tunica). Bally's is another casino part of the Caesar's Entertainment Group (Caesar's, Flamingo, Grand, Hilton Casino/Hotel, Paris, Sheraton Casino/Hotel).

What I didn't realize when I made the reservation was that the hotel is separate from the casino, meaning that to get to the casino, one must take a shuttle. Re-reading the Bally's website now, I don't see any mention of that - but if I had read the reviews of Bally's on Tripadvisor.com like I almost always do, I would have seen that some of the reviewers mentioned that. BTW, Tripadvisor also notes that among the hotels in Tunica, Bally's is rated #13 out of 16. Not good.

For the date we wanted, there were really two options available there: Harrah's at $110 and Bally's at $65. For the extra savings, I thought...."why not just try it? It's just one night even if it isn't great."

The room was small, furniture very cheap-looking (weird color, too, but I guess that was to make the room appear larger?) , and bedspread/drapes especially tacky (worthy of mention in one of my favorite books, Cheap Hotels by Daisann McLane, the Frugal Traveler columnist for the NYTimes). There was a mini-refrigerator but no iron and ironing board(!). To check out of the hotel, we had to go downstairs to the desk....it may have been possible using their version of Lodgenet (it wasn't Lodgenet but something else) but we hadn't called to get it activated (esp. gagg-y was that the first option on the screen was adult material. ick.).

For a hotel owned by Caesar's Entertainment (even at the low room rate), I was really disappointed.

Lobby: The Bally's lobby was segmented. The check-in desk was spartan, but there was a small separate seating area, and another area with table and chairs - although I don't *think* they served a breakfast of any sort.

Service: Check-in was fast. They also asked us if we were paying with "cash or credit", which is not a good sign.....

Food: There was a room service menu (maybe the food is shuttled from the casino? unsure.) but we didn't try it *or* the food at the casino.

Extra: We wouldn't stay here again.

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