El Cortez Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Reviews - El Cortez Hotel and Casino
- Age Group: 41 - 50
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Business Traveller
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Historical Traveller Reviews of El Cortez Hotel and Casino
Super deal!from A TripAdvisor Member
The Best Casino/Hotel in Vegasfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Was just finefrom A TripAdvisor Member
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 servicefrom A TripAdvisor Member
the Lowdown on the El cortezfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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
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 stayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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 Capitolfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Bargainfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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- Address: 600 East Fremont Street - Las Vegas - Nevada - 89101 - United States
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