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“Surprised?? No, Shocked!!!” 4 of 5 stars
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El Cortez Hotel & Casino
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   600 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101   |  
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“Surprised?? No, Shocked!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2005

My wife and I have gambled at the EC for many years. The casino is old and smokey but very friendly. We never really considered staying there because we thought the rooms would also be very old and smokey. Well we got an offer in the mail for three free night in December and decided to check it out. I assured my wife that if the room was a dump we would leave immediately. We specifically asked for a Tower room and were assured that we would get one (not one of the "old" rooms). When we checked in we were given room 603 in the Tower. We went up to the room a bit apprehensive. We got off on the 6th floor to find new carpeting in the hallway and everything very clean. We opened the door to our room and were shocked. The room was clean as a whistle with new carpeting, drapes and furnishings. It was much nicer than we thought it would be. The bathroom is a bit small but the room was good size. We were very pleased with our room. I cannot attest to the old rooms, but the tower rooms, while not the Bellagio, are better than the rooms at the Plaza, the Vegas Club and the Lady Luck. We would definately stay at the EC again.
The only problem we found with the room is that the hot water is VERY hot. Be careful in turning it on.

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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2004

If you love cramped quarters, filthy bathrooms, cold showers, and non-functioning basics like the ice machine and room thermostat, then the El Cortez will thrill you like no other hotel I've ever seen! After my recent stay there, I'm convinced "El Cortez" is Spanish for rathole. While I expect the casino to be smokey, the smell of smoke is pervasive throughout the building - even in the non-smoking rooms. The casino itself is the smokiest, and most poorly-lit I've ever seen, as well. The bottom line - if you're a smoker who plans on spending only enough time in the hotel room to wash your face and crash, then this might be the place for you. Otherwise, sleeping in your car and taking spongebaths in the local 7-11 will be more comfortable.

  • Stayed January 2005
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2004

spent last 5yrs. at this resort . we go theretwice a year. Great food great prices, but most of all great machines . great tower rooms. fiendly a homelike atmosphere. when we go to vegas we go to play and they give you nice comp. if you want to sightsee then you go to the strip,but if you want good machines, fiendly local atmospere, and a good time gambling ..go to the el cortez we love it.

  • Stayed October 2004
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2004

If you're looking for vintage Las Vegas with a side-order of seedy, you'll LOVE the El Cortez! It is neither a resort or a theme park like its Las Vegas Strip and Freemont Steet counterparts... it's an old hotel with an old casino where people go to gamble, drink and best of all, avoid children! It's a little stinky and a lot smokey, but that just adds to its retro charm. The room rates are fantastic, the slots are loose and the tables have low limits. It's like stepping back in time. While there have been complaints about the neighborhood, a recent effort by the city to clean up the downtown area has proven positive. You might still run into a pesky bum or two on the street, but they seem harmless enough. Again, its part of the experience. And there is plenty of security at the hotel and on bicycle around the premises. Perhaps the El Cortez isn't the right choice for Mr. & Mrs. Middle-America who are looking for Las Vegas as portrayed on the Travel Channel. Those of you would be better off to STAY on The Strip and, frankly, avoid downtown all together. But those of you who are looking for a taste of vintage Vegas; those of you who are looking for an attraction that "just is" and not developed by some marketing team; those of you who like it a bit on the sleazy side, the El Cortez is possibly the last great piece of Old Vegas.

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Address: 600 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
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Location: United States > Nevada > Las Vegas
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#16 Best Value Hotel in Las Vegas
#54 Casino Hotel in Las Vegas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — El Cortez Hotel & Casino 2.5*
Number of rooms: 300
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Constructed in 1941, the El Cortez Hotel and Casino is the oldest consistently running gaming property in Las Vegas. It is located in the Fremont East Entertainment District in historic downtown Las Vegas.With 362 hotel rooms including the Cabana Suites, El Cortez features full-pay single deck 21, 10x odds on craps, state of the art roulette and over 1000 slot machines. El Cortez is proudly affiliated with Michael Gaughan's South Point Sports Book.Dining options at El Cortez include: Cafe Cortez, The Flame Steakhouse, and Subway. The property also includes a gift shop and full-service beauty and barber shop. ... more   less 
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