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El Cortez Hotel & Casino
Ranked #90 of 262 Hotels in Las Vegas
rimini
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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“Avoid the pavillion rooms”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Let's start from the only positive thing: price is very low and if you search a budget option in L.V downtown it could be fine to stand one or two,maximum,nights.
I booked a vintage room and got a pavillion one,which is said to be slightly nicer.
They are located at the 5th floor of the hotel parking and they are large enough but terribly dirty.
This is what i couldn't stand. I found several hair in the rooms,stains and even some disgusting traces left ,probably by somebody who drank too much the previous night.
Complained at the reception and instead of geniune apologizes ,i got a total indifference.
The hotel stand in a dodgy area and the casino also gather some of these people so it's not worth staying even for the free bet and the free drink provided at the check in desk.
Overall i wouldn't recommend if just travelling on a tight budget. I definetely made a mistake in choosing el cortez.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

While visiting Freemont went into this casino to find a restroom- had to be smelliest one I visited while in Vegas. I don't know how the rooms are, saw a lounge area with an Elvis impersonator that was singing his heart out. It was an interesting visit, nothing extraordinary, don't go out of your way to go visit.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Vancouver,BC
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Been coming here for years. Always stay here when I come alone, as I'm not a big one for the strip. Rooms are usually very cheap, if not free. The accommodation itself isn't too bad for the price. Yes, the furnishings are old, but they are comfortable. This time around I was there for one night in a Pavilion room. The main attraction in my opinion here, is the price and the gaming. Dealers are friendly, you still have that Old Vegas charm and feel. I wouldn't recommend this place for families or for big corporate types. But if you're not too picky about the rooms, definitley stay here.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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omaha
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We stayed at the El Cortez at the end of September and found it to be very clean, comfortable, and in a great location!! Our room was HUGE and the air conditioning worked VERY well. The water was hot in the bathroom immediately and we found the beds really comfortable. All in all, very impressed and the price was GREAT!! We would definitely recommend staying there and will plan on staying there again!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Saint Paul
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

We read where they spent milliions of dollars upgrading all their rooms. Obviously our room wasn't included in the upgrade. They wanted to upgrade us to one of the new rooms, but because we smoke, we had to stay in one of the old rooms. It was an average room and clean, but the bed was rock hard, which was good for me, but my wife really suffered because of it. The bathtub was so stained and the caulking around the tub so bad, that it looked filthy and moldy. The worse part was the smell in the casino. It has a sickening sweet smell that made us both nauseous. Don't know what they are pumping into the air, but we could not even gamble there after two hours, and did not return the three days we were in Vegas, except to sleep. You could even smell it on the street as you approached the casino.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cheney, Washington
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We stayed in the vintage rooms 9/28 and 9/29. Rooms were very comfortable and clean. The hotel cafe was priced right and very good. Why pay a ton of money to stay on the strip where you can pay a little and have all the entertainment you need right outside the hotel door, for free? Right on Freemont Street. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: El Cortez Hotel & Casino
Address: 600 East Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101-5614
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Location: United States > Nevada > Las Vegas
Amenities:
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:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Las Vegas
#46 Casino Hotel in Las Vegas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — El Cortez Hotel & Casino 3*
Number of rooms: 362
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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