Las Vegas, NV

The Haunted Bally's Hotel & Casino

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Opened originally as the first MGM Grand in 1973 on the site of the former Bonanza Hotel. It was the largest hotel in the world at the time. On November 21, 1980, one of the worst building fires in U.S. history broke out in the casino. At the time of the buildings construction, areas of hotels and casinos in Nevada that were in operation 24 hours a day were not required to have smoke detectors installed. The assumption was that an employee would spot the fire and be able to take care of it quickly.

Five years after the fire the reconstruction started. After reconstruction, the hotel was sold to Bally's in 1985 and renamed. While the MGM Grand name was transfered to a new building on the south end of "the Strip." The new MGM is a place that is home to many entertainment options offered to those living in Vegas or spending a few days as a tourist.

With the death of 87 people a dark cloud hangs over Bally’s. There have been past guests that have recounted some stories that left them feeling weirded out during their stay. One of the most common reports were the sounds of coughing and weeping coming from random parts of the hotel hallways and rooms. One couple complained about the smoke detectors going off when nobody in the room smoked.

The stairwells and hallways of the hotel are said to be haunted by the ghosts of those that died in the MGM Grand fire. Apparitions have been seen wandering the halls of the higher floors of the north tower and in the stairwells and elevators. Also there have been reports of specters gambling in the casinos or wandering around the stairwells and elevator shafts where some of the deceased were found after the fire.

Some of the spirits are rumored to be angered by their untimely and preventable deaths. This is a sign that they may be in search of some closure and finally accepting their destination to the other side.

If you have been staying in this hotel, we would be more than happy to hear about your experience!

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