El Cortez Hotel and Casino

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El Cortez Hotel and Casino

, Las Vegas
2 star

Rooms: 300

600 East Fremont Street - Las Vegas - Nevada - 89101 - United States Hotel Website | | 702 385 5200
507 Traveller

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#1 service and staff
Submitted by: Melissa in 26/02/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
Attn: Managment and Staff.
Melissa Carter and Margaret Outlaw with Cotton's Trucking would like to thank the entire staff of the El Cortez for our 11 day stay in Jan.2007. It was glorious! We have been coming to Las Vegas from OK. for 12 years on business, and for the last 4 years we have stayed at the El Cortez.There is no comparison to the El Cortez, it is tops!! The gracious service of all the staff at the El Cortez far surpasses any we've found at any of the other local hotel and casinos. The atmosphere is so layed back, the food is top notch, the hotesses are never without a smile and service as a whole is the best I've ever had.
We at Cotton's Trucking look forward to our trip each year in Vegas now- much of that reason is because of the kindness and downhome friendly treatment of all at the El Cortez. We have a 18 wheeler that takes up much room and has lots of equipment that we don't have to worry about because of the El Cortez, they allow us to keep it in a secure fenced facility.Thankyou again..El Cortez for everything, we appreciate all you do .

Historical Traveller Reviews of El Cortez Hotel and Casino

Super deal!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the El Cortez during the NASCAR race week 2004. Did not know what to expect because of the mixed reviews. If you are looking for a clean hotel, with a great restaurant, good casino , which is one block from Fremont St. casinos then stay here. The rates are super, phones optional, but this was a comfortable hotel. If you are looking for the glitz trip stay on the strip and spend all your money. I will stay here again!

The Best Casino/Hotel in Vegas

from A TripAdvisor Member
The El Cortez is the only hotel/casino my friend and I ever stay. we spent many trips with the 4 Seasons Club. The gambling machines are almost always loose and we won our share of jackpots and shirts and jackets. The rooms have always been clean and kept that way as long as we stayed. ( I had one bad experience where I was haveing a winning streak and had $2,500 in a case in my purse and it was stolen and never found out if it was recorded on tape or not) but in the around 20 years that we were going thats pretty good. The cafe has great food at great prices and Roberta's Cafe has the best prime rib!! I have been in bad health so haven't been able to go in the last few years but when I can afford to go again you better believe the El Cortez is where we will head for our food and hotel and gambling. N. J. Thomson Long Beach, Ca.

Was just fine

from A TripAdvisor Member
We enjoyed our stay. room was comfortable, food was fine, staff was great. Will stay there again.


from contactme99
Stayed at the El Cortez over the weekend and surprisingly found the facility to be okay.

The El Cortez has five categories of rooms, ranging from expensive to cheap: the mini-suite (usually $99 regardless of day), the double-double tower room ($35 - $99, the latter price on weekends and holidays), the king tower room ($35-$99, the latter price on weekends and holidays), the double-double main building room ($20 and up), and the queen vintage building room ($16 and up). We got one of the uper floor double-double tower rooms. High and overlooking the strip, the view was nice. The room and bathroom were spacious and clean, water was fine, numerous clean towels were provided, and the beds and pillows were comfortable. The TV even had cable. Accommodations were definitely comparable to the large hotels on the Strip.

Hotel staff was okay; housekeeping people were particulalry friendly.

Our casino experience was good - saw a number of winners; one could play on the tables for a minimum bet of $2. There was also a relatively big number of 5-cent machines for those not into big-time gambling.

The hotel has garage parking, so vehicles aren't directly exposed to the elements (sun and dust).

We found the Immediate vicinity to be scary, but Las Vegas Blvd. and the Fremont Street Experience are only a block away, so if you're able to survive that one-block walk, you should be fine (within that one-block walk, you will find stores that sell nice souvenir shirts for 3 for $6.99, shirts that sell for $10 each on the Strip).

Two things did bother me: (1) the smoke situation, which was really bad (my nose bled from the assault of smoke), though I've experienced pretty much the same thing in ALL other Las Vegas hotels (they really should have no-smoking casinos in this supposed tourist-friendly paradise), and (2) the lunch buffet at the hotel's Careful Kitty's restaurant, which at $9.95 on a Monday, was very expensive by downtown standards. (Tip: Try the food at Golden Gate Hotel's City by the Bay Diner - you can get a good and heavy meal for $3.99!)

We'll definitely come back to this hotel if we can get the $35 rate for one of the tower rooms on a weekend.

Poor customer service

from A TripAdvisor Member
Hotel desk persons not very helpful, very young and inexperienced, reminded me of a fast food restuerant. Failed to inform me that I needed to leave a $20.00 deposit or open credit card for phone calls. Informing me of this policy at checkin would have saved me a trip to the front dest when I tried to make a local call. Desk clerk didn't even tell me how to get to room from parking garage! Too many good deals to be had in Las Vegas to be wasting your time on this place!

the Lowdown on the El cortez

from A TripAdvisor Member
The El Cortez is the best deal in Vegas. It's not the Bellagio. Heck, it's not even a Motel 6! But for 25.00 bucks what do you expect? The $25.00 rooms are worn, but clean. The carpets have stains but not gross. The bathrooms however are very nice snd modern. I fly in and always stay here my first night. I usually get in around midnght and I don't want to pay big bucks for a place that I am barely going to use.
It's a 3 minute straight shot walk to Downtown. The next night I usually migrate up the strip where I can enjoy my room.

Overall, the El Cortez is just a cheap place to crash. If you are looking for frills or to be pampered then it's not for you.

--Big Rob in Portland

Worst Hotel ever!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
You get what you pay for. I wanted to stay here because of the history behind the hotel. Got a good deal on the room also. From the minute I walked into the hotel, it was terrible! There was not a single security person anywhere, the desk clerk was rude and couldn't even tell us how to get to our room! Had to ask several employees where our room was.
Not a single person had a clue. The room was big, but the beds were box springs. The hotel was very unsafe. again. NO SECURITY seen anywhere!!!
Had to call 3 seperate cab companies to pick us up to take us to the airport. Not a single one would come becuase of the neighborhood etc.
Got lucky and had a cab drop some one off, had to beg them to take us to the airport. Would not reccomend to anyone to stay. Spend the extra money and stay on the srip!

always a great stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
i have stayed at the el cortez quite a few times and it's always great.
they have vintage rooms that are only accessible by stairs and they are refurbished snd lovely (they are original rooms from the 1940's) i've also stayed in a huge suite they have on the other side of the hotel.
all rooms except for the vintage rooms come with a couch and coffee table . i always find my room to be very clean and housekeeping has no problem keeping you well stocked. it's definitely 1 of the best downtown. you can't hold them responsible for the area downtown las vegas is like any other downtown

Cancer Capitol

from A TripAdvisor Member
From the time I walked into El Cortez I thought I was going to get lung cancer because of all the smoke. I was in there for about 2 minutes to check in and I came out smelling like an ash tray. The room was nice, but the cigarette smoke was a major problem. If you have any kind of respiratory problems or care about about your health, stay away from EL CORTEZ aka THE SMOKE OUT!!


from A TripAdvisor Member
I have stayed at the El Cortez several times. The Tower rooms are roomy and comfortable. For the price, it is a bargain. However, don't go for the really cheap rooms in the "old" section of the hotel. I hear that they are not very nice.The staff was always courteous.

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  • Address: 600 East Fremont Street - Las Vegas - Nevada - 89101 - United States
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