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El Cortez Hotel Review - Old School Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

El Cortez Hotel and Casino, Downtown Las Vegas'One of the best gambling houses in Las Vegas' as stated by USA Today (although this could have been MANY years ago), El Cortez is one block away (well, across the street) from the Fremont Street Experience, and is one of the oldest casino-resort properties in Las Vegas.

The hotel is within close proximity to the Fremont Hotel, Mob Museum, Container Park and the Super 8 Motel.

El Cortez Hotel Review, Las Vegas, Nevada

Popularly known as 'where locals come to play' (although I've never heard anyone say that in the times I've been there), El Cortez has its own casino where you can choose from a wide range of table games, slots, a full race and sportsbook (like every other casino/hotel hasn't, eh?). The hotel was previously owned and operated by crime figures Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, Moe Sedway and Gus Greenbaum, giving it a unique appeal. Even after undergoing several renovations, this is the absolute place to stay for the old-school downtown Vegas feel.

El Cortez Hotel Reviews, Las Vegas.
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If you like the idea of El Cortez, then you would like The D, Fremont Hotel and Golden Gate, we suspect

This 361-room hotel portrays Spanish Colonial architecture offering rooms for every most tastes. Away from the glitter and chaos of the Las Vegas strip, the rates of this hotel are quite low, considering the huge side-order of history you get with staying there. El Cortez provides well-appointed rooms, each having its own distinctive aura. You can book a vintage room for as low as $20 but if you are interested in a more contemporary state of art, the Cabana Suites (where we stayed) are what you may opt for as these are still affordable and have a South Beach theme with retro furniture. For a more leisurely stay, the El Cortez Designer Suites are very smart and you can choose from 10 themes that were made after the 2011 Design-A-Suite downtown contest.

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History is everywhere at El Cortez - even in the prices. And there were plenty of patrons wearing double denim, if that helps make up your mind?

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We enjoyed the ribs at Siegel's 1941 (good dining experience) which was open around the clock (I think) or if you've got yourself a hot slot (we didn't) and still want a something to eat, the Siegel's Gameside guys will bring them over. We didn't spend much time in the Parlour Bar because, despite what it said in their brochure upon arrival, the bartender did not know either my wifes or my own name - drinks were ok though. Pizza Lotto was good - tasted great after 6 buds anyway! El Cortez is kinda cool, kinda nice in an old-style kinda way.

Incidentally, El Cortez features in the National Register of Historic Places and is in the music video of Ellie Goulding's "On My Mind" we noticed - Ellie ain't no strip snob. It's amazing what reading a brochure on the toilet will do for your Vegas knowledge.

So, if you fancy an authentic gambling and a traditional Vegas stay - where in your head, Elvis is still in his 20s and Charlton Heston ruled the world - then El Cortez will give you the nostalgia you're looking for. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

El Cortez Casino and Hotel is a 3 star hotel situated in Downtown. Open for business in 1941, it's seventy-five years old. Having approx. three hundred and fifty hotel rooms it's not one of the largest in Vegas

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Rating ★★★☆☆

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