El Cortez Hotel & Casino

Address: 600 Fremont St, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89101, United States | 2 star hotel
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This 2 star hotel, located in the Downtown/Fremont Street area of Las Vegas, is near Love - Cirque du Soleil, Cowboy Trail Rides, Inc., Desert Pines Golf Club, and Toys of Yesteryear.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews El Cortez Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

    Gotta Love It


    What else can be said about the El Cortez? This place is great. Budget priced rooms, great special in Kitty's nice staff. Every time I have stayed there on the eve of my checkout I have found a coupon from management offering my an extra night free of charge. Very nice little bonus. In recent years I have always booked my stay one night short (after losing out on their generosity) and like clockwork when i return to the room in the evening low and behold there is the coupon for the extra night on the house. The casino is lows stakes as is the sportsbook. An employee of the sportsbook had to get a supers ok to proceed with a $500 wager. I suppose on the Strip a bet like that would not flinch anyone BUT this is the El and you gotta love it



    We checked into a dirty room(bed made but a used condom on the floor) we asked for another room and they give us one after alot of yelling.

    Went to eat in the cafe and ordered a B.L.T. it took along time to get and after I got it a ROACH came running off the plate.

    We got all our money back(AFTER A LOT OF YELLING) and found another hotel.

    The old Las Vegas


    Downtown Las Vegas is the way Las Vegas used to be. With low stakes gambling available, incredibly cheap and delicious food, free/cheap drinks, and extremely low room rates. El Cortez has all of this with clean comfortable rooms. Yes downtown has its share of unsavory characters but I never felt unsave inside or outside the hotel. If you are offended by smoke you will have an issue at El Cortez Casino. But they do have non smoking rooms. You can walk to other Casinos downtown that are a little less smoky. Breakfast of 2 eggs, 2 sausage (large) or bacon, hashbrowns, toast and coffee was $1.49 every day. New York Steak and Crab legs special was $5.75. Staff are curteous and efficient. This is not the glitz of the strip! If you don't like to gamble Spend 4 times the amount and stay somewhere else

    El Cortez smells horrible and is equipped with it's own bum's and wino's


    We were in Vegas July 25 and stayed on Freemont Street. Since we were at "Old Vegas" we decided to venture off Freemont Street a bit to see what we could find. We ventured into the El Cortez and should have known better when we saw the dark purple tint on the windows. ***The El Cortez is definitely not somewhere you would want to be at after dark because of safety or during the day because it is filthy and stinks!***** The smoke in there is horrible...it gave me a tremendous headache. It is a run down hotel and yes, it does have cheap games....trying to attract business. When leaving the El Cortez, just after dark, I was assaulted by someone that looked like Bob Marley asking for money. I have nothing against Bob Marley, but I do have a problem with wino's & bums coming up behind me wanting money.

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    i have stayed at el cortez four times and have always enjoyed my stay .

    rooms are average but great for the price.blackjack is single deck and very good. so is craps. food is good for the price.comps arealso great.

    Uncomfortable hotel!!!


    I stayed in El Cortez last July 30,2003. I was so glad I had to stay in that hotel for 1 night only. It would have probably ruined my trip if I stayed in the hotel longer. You have to use the stairs if you stay in the 2nd or 3rd flood. I don't mind using the stairs but if you have to carry several luggages, then I think there's a problem. Also, they have signs around the casino that can really freak you out. The signs says "We will escort you to your room" What does that mean??? Has something happened in this hotel before??? The room where we stayed was smelly, the faucet in the bathroom was broken. I preferred to stay out the whole day/night than go to my room.

    Enjoyed Stay at El Cortez


    We have stayed at the El Cortez and have always enjojed our stay. Food is excellent and staff is great. Don't know what the person that stayed here on April 8, 2003 is talking about. The hotel has elevators that take you to your floor. Anyway, our experience has always been a good one. The machines are fun to play and the atmosphere is great. Keep up the good work!! :)

    Hated El Cortez


    I booked a room at El Cortez for 2 nights and only stayed for one. The hotel is dirty and smelly. The minute you walk into the hotel, you are consumed by cigarrette smoke. You are forced to lug your baggage up the stairs as there are no elevators. I booked a nonsmoking room, and the whole night no one in my group could sleep because we were all suffering from stuffy noses, itchy red eyes, and difficulty breathing. I will never stay at this hotel again. I guess you should be wary when there are signs in the elevator that says "Our staff would be happy to accompany you the the parking garage"

    Pleasant vacationing? NOT!


    Looking for a pleasant place to stay? If you're looking for a pleasant spot to stay in Vegas, this ain't it! Not a pleasant vacation spot, unless you like lugging your luggage up a couple flight of stairs through dark, filthy hallways with peeling wallpaper and the thickest most intense tobacco smell ever! This is probably a favorite among the local (bums, that is). The word surly does not begin to do justice to the place's employees. The El Cortez in a word: nasty. When I'm vacationing, I'm not looking for grim. How about you? Stay away- many other nicer places in Vegas than this!

    Great stay at El Cortez


    I've stayed here 3 times and had a great experience each time. Can't beat the breakfast for $1.75 (2 eggs, 2toast, 3 slices of crisp bacon, coffee, and potatoes). Security is by the elevator and you must show room key to use elevator. I think I had 3 different rooms and they were all worn but very clean. The view is nothing to talk about. I've stayed at Las Vegas Club, and Plaza and Gold Spike. These properties are all run by the same mgt. The rooms have all been clean. My stays at the El Cortez were free.

    TripAdvisor Reviews El Cortez Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

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