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El Cortez Hotel & Casino
Ranked #87 of 263 Hotels in Las Vegas
Reviewed December 28, 2012

i,ve been there several times, large clean rooms, nice environment.
coffee shop is great and reasonably priced.
employees across the board are very friendly and helpful. manager
john a very nice man, he and el cortez employess are all great people.
great location, only 2 blocks away from fremont experience and across
the street from nice coffee shop, the beat.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

What made Vegas great is a fair gamble, good food and plenty of cheap booze. In a town full of bargains the el cortez might be the best value. The odds for slots and video poker here are better than any place on the Strip. I like Fremont Street and feel safer there than many places (esp. pedestrian bridges) on the Strip. The El Cortez Coffe Shop is a classic, no celebraty chefs, just really good comfort food and fine service. I like staying here in the winter but in summer I miss the complete lack of a pool or hot tub. My upper tower room had a nice view and rooms on the 15th floor have an outside balcony.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

I stayed at the El Cortez in October in the vintage rooms. Price was awesome, the El Cortez has some of the best rates downtown, especially when using the various search engines (such as kayak). I have stayed here many times in the various types of rooms. There are basically 4 types of rooms at the El Cortez: Vintage, Pavillion, Tower and Cabana suites.

The Vintage rooms are the old rooms (renovated) located above the casino and generally have the lowest hotel rates of the lot. There are 2 floors of Vintage rooms. The first floor contains the standard rooms. They contain what you normally expect in general rooms, bed, dresser (many drawers though) with old style tv on it, end tables by the bed with a lamp on each, plush chair and table to eat and watch tv, clothes closet and standard bathroom with tub. Towels are thin and scratchy though. Not that roomy but acceptable for 1 person, maybe 2 people. The second floor of the Vintage rooms are much larger than the standard Vintage rooms. Access to the Vintage rooms are by stairs so you have to lug your suitcases to the rooms. Here's a hint, go through the parking structure to get to your room. There is a 2nd floor entrance (stairway exit) by the south elevator in the parking structure. It is only a short walk down a few stairs (8 steps or so) to get to that entrance. The other entrance is in the casino, by the craps tables. It is a wide stairway to get to your floor. I wouldn't recommend carrying your bags up those stairs to your rooms, especially if they are heavy as the stairs are rather steep. Either use the parking lot entrance or get a bellman to carry your stuff to your room. The Vintage rooms are non smoking but cig smoke wafted up from the casino.

The Pavillion rooms are located on the top of the parking structure. They are accessible through the south parking structure elevator, you will need to insert your room card key in the elevator to get to the pavillion rooms. Smoking is permitted in the pavillion rooms. Rooms are slightly larger than the Vintage rooms but there have been a few negative reviews on the quality and condition of the Pavillion rooms.

The Tower rooms are very spacious, one of the larger rooms downtown. In addition to the standard furniture the Tower rooms also contain a sofa and coffee table and an old style writing desk (not all rooms have the desk though). The bathroom vanity is separated from the area with the shower and tub but many consider the shower and tub area to be small. Smoking is not allowed in the tower. Access to the tower rooms is by elevator, you need to insert your room key in the elevator to press a floor number.

The newest of the rooms are at the Cabana Suites. The Cabana Suites were redone a year or two ago and done in the deco type of style. The bathrooms are fantastic, very roomy with a nice shower and new type of sink you find at the boutique resorts. In addition to a separate entrance to the place there is also an exercise room (free only to cb suite guests) complete with treadmills and a TV. A guard is usually at the entrance to the building, entry to the building is only allowed by inserting your room card in the slot. There are a few different types of rooms available. Beware! The standard deluxe suite I consider substandard, the room is generally smaller than the Vintage rooms. There is a bed and a small dresser against the wall (with a flat screen tv hanging on the wall). There is a small pullout 1 1/2 foot "kiddie" chair (no chair back) if you want to sit on something other than the bed. Other than the bed or floor there really isn't any place else you can sit on comfortably. If you stay at the Cabana Suites I would highly recommend asking for an upgrade if you are getting the standard deluxe suites. Other than the standard deluxe suites, the other upgraded suites are nicely done and get high marks from everyone. These suites are roomy, contain small loveseats and coffee tables in addition to the awesome bathrooms. Most guests say that those suites are one of the best downtown.

The casino offers good gaming, craps, blackjack, even a poker table and a sports book. The games are great, usually there is a $3 minimum bj and craps table. Ventillation needs to be upgraded as you are innundated with cig smoke in the casino area. A number of eateries, the flame is praised as one of the better restaurants downtown. The Cafe Cortez is your standard cafe. Unfortunately IMHO the service is a little slow (especially for breakfast) so bring a paper along to read while you wait for your food. Food is decent, nothing extraordinary. There is also a subway and ice cream place on the north side of the casino.

Security is good, there usually is a guard standing on the corner of Fremont to ensure that you are safe walking from the Fremont Street Experience to the El Cortez. Security also patrols around the grounds and parking structure. Parking is excellent, generally the parking lot isn't full but for special events there is sister parking structure across the street to handle overflow parking. There are a few eateries outside, one mexican eatery and a number of (younger type) night clubs along the street. There is also an airport shuttle available during regular hours every day except saturday.

The hotel is away from the Fremont Street Experience so some people shy away from the El Cortez but I find the EC to be one of the hidden gems downtown as room rates are usually some of the best downtown.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

l am a regular and I love the atmosphere here. I always book a Vintage room which is a 15 second walk from the
casino-I always feel safe coming and going. The cafe is great-try the daily special. The overnight breakfast-until 7y a.m- is unbeatable for price. If you have money to burn, there's always the Golden Gate diner, where ham and eggs and a coffee will set you back $15! I play at the tables and I appreciate the low limits-and I was really pleased to see an automated craps game where up to 8 people sit around a large octagon and take turns sending real dice up a cylinder - you can play for a dollar and get true odds-you can get 7 to 6 odds on an 8 coming before a 7 with only a dollar wagered! One other attractive feature of the hotel is the free shuttle to the airport every day except Saturday.



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Reviewed December 25, 2012

The location to Freemont street is good, just a short walk and nice to be away from the direct noise. The staff was friendly and bartender great, slots were fun and not tight. The Cafe, okay but not special. It looks like the Zombie apocalypse outside every morning around 6:00 with all the hobos shuffling down the streets aimlessly. Glad that there is a security on the corner outside. Took a car to go two blocks by myself but felt safe in a group. WARNING-If you are sensitive to smells this is NOT the place for you. There is thick cigarette smoke everywhere inside and the casino is not ventilated well, the smoke is also topped with a distinctive incense type smell. You cannot walk through the casino without your hair stinking strongly, I recommend a ponytail so you cannot smell yourself. The smells made me gag and I am an ex smoker. Stayed in an upper tower room. The room size was good with two queens. The bathtub is not for bathing- standing shower okay. Everything was outdated and a bit run down in the room but though it smelled horrible, was clean enough. I would pay more for something better.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

Let me start out by saying my sat-thursday stay cost me all of $150. I went to Vegas for some alone time and didn't want to stay on the noisy overrated strip-been there done that. The Hotel is two very short blocks from the Fremont experience and never once did I feel threatened. The lobby staff was great and there is a security presence on Fremont Street. To be honest, I was bothered by panhandlers more when I was on the strip and the absence of the "escort flyer" fellows was nice.
My room was one of the ones above the parking garage on the 5th floor. It was kind of like staying in an elevated motor lodge. Clean room with older bathroom but free room safe. No Hookers staying here conducting business which was also very nice.
The 5th floor required a room key to gain entrance and the elevator accessed the garage and the casino-very convenient. I would stay here again if traveling with a friend but would pay the few bucks more for a tower room if I was with the wife or family.
As an added note- the casinos at Fremont have really stepped up their game-I think I like them more than the strip, especially with all the free entertainment of the experience.

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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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4  Thank Gman1185
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

Who needs the obnoxious strip people? Stay in the cabana suites super suite and Dig the vibe. Cool decor, great bathroom, good maid service, courteous front desk, security outside. If you want to complain about walking the 20 second walk into the main casino then stay home. My sister and our husbands enjoyed a great week mid December and have already planned the next trip. I have stayed in 15 different casinos in Vegas and see no reason to stay anyplace other than the cabana suites again. So the casino is vintage and smokey. Plenty of people have said that before so if you can't stand it stay out. Yes the clientele is older-we were waaaay younger than everybody else, but if you don't find it fun to watch a great Elvis impersonator getting the old broads all juiced up then again.....stay at home. The tables are great-the dealers taught my sissy how to play BJ and taught me craps. The food is just fine and when you want something cooler you hit hash house or The M buffet. The valet is quick and the self serve parking right beside the cabanas is really simple. Plenty of cheap gambling, quick walk to Fremont, very simple car ride to the strip to brighten up your week with the cosmopolitan, aria and such, then back downtown away from the crowds and crappy music. The cabana suites are fun, the el Cortez is cool vintage and comfortable. Try it at least once, play enough to earn a free room the next time and it will grow on you and put a smile on your face.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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5  Thank Jilly714
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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:
#11 Best Value Hotel in Las Vegas
#42 Casino Hotel in Las Vegas
Price Range: $61 - $218 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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