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El Cortez Hotel & Casino
Ranked #86 of 263 Hotels in Las Vegas
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St. Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed December 30, 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
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allentown, penna. 18103
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Reviewed December 20, 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
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Reviewed December 8, 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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Reviewed November 25, 2004

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Tullahoma Tennessee
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Reviewed October 17, 2004

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Reviewed October 15, 2004

  • Stayed: January 2005
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Huntsville, Alabama
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Reviewed August 30, 2004

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Additional Information about 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:
#7 Best Value Hotel in Las Vegas
#42 Casino Hotel in Las Vegas
Price Range: $46 - $225 (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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