This is the first time i've ever written...
Never in my life have i ever felt compelled, for any reason, to write an online review for a gym or any other facility for that matter. However, the Hollywood Bally's has pushed me to new heights; not with exercise or a an enabling of physical fitness, but with a sheer, unadulterated lack of interest in making this a decent gym. It's tough to know where to start, the filthy machines, the boogers that have somehow found themselves on every railing and handle in the entire building. I feel as if the locker room is an appropriate place to begin. I can only speak for the men's locker room and for all i know, the women's side of things could be a fantastically clean area. However, i can tell you that the entire men's locker room smells horribly of feces and urine (i suspect this has something to do with the feces and urine on the floor of the restrooms). Lockers boast abandoned gym attire that has managed to grow an aroma so pungent that it nearly overpowers the smell of human waste in certain corners. The locker units have been placed far too close to one anther, creating a nearly corridor nearly impossible to navigate.
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The locker room notwithstanding, the gym itself only adequately serves as a petri dish for Hollywood's best and brightest communicative diseases. No one wipes off the machines, i have gotten pink eye (seriously, pink eye) twice after trips to the gym. The pool is totally out of the question as it's a green cesspool of bacteria and sadness. If you can somehow manage to get through your gym experience, you are only met with an overly crowded parking garage of which you have to pay for. This is, ultimately, what sent me into this frenzy of blinding anger. Costumers must purchase parking tokens to exit the parking lot. Upon my last trip, no employee would give me change to buy the tokens. I would understand the resistance if i were a weirdo off the street but when you go to the gym juice bar, the gym store and the front desk and they all tell you you're out of luck, something is wrong here.
Despite all of the problems with the gym, Bally's biggest offense comes from it's corporate policy. A membership at Bally's must, at all cost, be avoided. It is extremely important that everyone considering a membership to Bally's understand, unequivocally, what happens when you sign on the dotted line. They will tell you that you can cancel your membership for a fee of $50. This is, in no uncertain terms, false and misleading. The $50 cancellation is only applicable if you move to a location without a Bally's within 25 miles or you procure a doctor's note. So, if you are like me and loath this gym more than the DMV and dentist combined, you're totally out of luck. The only option is to pay for the membership in it's entirety. Which, really, isn't an option at all as you're paying for your membership either way.
Unless you're looking to pay for disappointment, don't make my mistake avoid this gym.