We wanted to spend most of our time on this layover in Paris-Las Vegas, but thought the sister resort Bally’s might be a better value. I always considered Bally’s the plain Jane sister of the two. I was very wrong, about the price. Bally’s has the largest hotel rooms I have ever stayed in that didn’t have a kitchen and dining area. They also had a pretty high price ($225/night). Lets be frank about it. Most of the time you are in Las Vegas you are not in your room so there was no need for us to have that much space. Our view was of a construction site. Our friend had a view of the Eiffel Tower and the strip lights. Not fair! I doubt if I stay there again as they also were short on breakfast places.
One good thing Bally’s had was a helpful business center. They were able to print off a form from an on-line site for me. After I filled it out they sold me the supplies to mail it in. They do have a large casino floor with a wide variety of games. I also snagged some souvenirs in Bally’s Avenue of Shoppes. More shops can be found on a lower level.
Next door, or connected by the Avenue of Shoppes, is Paris-Las Vegas. This one is the glamorous sister. We love to stroll the Streets of Paris and the casino, too. Loaded with atmosphere. We shop the shops especially the bakeries.
We ate three meals here. First stop was at La Creperie. This basically is French fast food. You wait in line to place your order at a window. For our group of three, we each ordered a savory crepe (cheeses, meats, an occasional vegetable and sauce folded in a crepe) and then a dessert crepe of caramel apple gooey stickiness. The trick is to have one person wait at the pick-up window while the others find a table in the Alley Courtyard. This can get very crowded because it also serves as seating for JJ’s. There is nothing like eating crepes at a sidewalk café to enhance the illusion that you are in Paris. Be sure to visit the restrooms off the Alley Courtyard. They have some of the most beautiful sinks and tiled walls. And besides, you should wash your hands often!
To reinforce that illusion that we were in France, we ate our second meal at La Café Ile St. Louis. We were seated "outdoors" at a fenced-in dining area overlooking the casino floor. With the dim lighting and fake cobblestone flooring we did feel very Parisian. In fact my friend and I ordered Boef Bourguignon to mimic what we had eaten on our meal on Ile Ste Louis.in Paris, France. Bill tried Croque Monsieur and was delighted that it was grilled ham and cheese. And just like in the real Paris, we lingered at our table talking until we were ready to leave.
The third meal we ate here was at JJ Boulangerie. We wanted a light meal so we wouldn’t be late for a performance we booked. We also didn’t want to be so full we were sleepy. A slice of pizza and a small side salad was all one needed, although the dessert counter was very tempting. We took our trays out to the Alley Courtyard, but there is some seating inside if you prefer.
Each restaurant we tried met our needs at the time. We have also eaten at Le Provencal on another trip and the singing waiters are a surprising treat along with the excellent food.
Both Bally’s and Paris-Las Vegas (3645 and 3655 South Las Vegas Blvd) are located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip across from the fabulous Bellagio fountains.