El Cortez Hotel And Casino Rating: 2.0 Pearls
Downtown/Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Pros

Cons

  • No pool or Jacuzzi
  • Fee for Wi-Fi
  • Computer access fee, plus per minute cost.
  • Not all rooms have coffeemakers.
  • Outdated standard rooms with tube TVs

Bottom Line

With cheap rates and a quiet, one-block distance from the Freemont Street Experience, El Cortez is a great pick if you can snag one of the funky new Cabana Suites for about as much as a standard room elsewhere. But like most downtown hotels, there's no pool, and the small standard rooms are outdated and bare-bones.

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 Location

Only one block from the pedestrian-only, casino-saturated heart of "Old Vegas" on Fremont Street

On Fremont Street, in Las Vegas' older downtown section, El Cortez Hotel and Casino is just east of the densely arranged, small-scale hotel-casinos. Guests are minutes by foot from the Golden Nugget, Binion's Horseshoe, and the Fremont Casino. With the exception of the Nugget, which has spent years undergoing renovations, El Cortez's neighbors generally look like the weather-beaten 20th-century relics they are. In the hotel's most immediate environs lie a nightclub, Mexican restaurant, market, and Super 8 Motel.

Known as "Glitter Gulch" or "Old Vegas" -- where the city first started to develop its hotel-casinos back in 1906 -- downtown Vegas consists of about 15 smaller-scale hotels and casinos on the westernmost four blocks (about a half-mile) of Freemont Street, an area closed to vehicular traffic and lined with mobile stands selling T-shirts, caricatures, jewelry, and other touristy gewgaws.

Though typically cheaper, the hotel-casinos here -- save the famed Golden Nugget -- are a bit less wild and exciting than the dazzling stretch of newer giants along the Strip (about two-and-a-half miles south of downtown). The area is quieter, the average visitor tends to be closer to retiree-age than clubber-age, and the main draws tend to be low-minimum tables, nickel slots, and cheap eats like Golden Gate's 99-cent shrimp cocktail.

But there is a kitschy charm to these brightly lit streets -- a slice of the Las Vegas of yesteryear. You can spot the neon cowboy, Vegas Vic, waving howdy from over a gift shop. And anyone visiting Vegas shouldn't miss downtown's nightly music, light, and video show cast over the evening skyline, the Fremont Street Experience.

  • One block from the nightly musical lightshow, the Freemont Street Experience
  • 15-minute drive (or $25 taxi) to McCarran International Airport
  • 10-minute drive to the casinos, performances, incredible restaurants, nightclubs, and designer shopping on the Strip
  • 10-minute drive to the Las Vegas Convention Center
  • 30-minute drive to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
  • Free on-site parking

 Rooms

Older, fairly basic standard rooms; retro, well-equipped suites

Junior Cabana room
Junior Cabana room

 Bottom Line

With cheap rates and a quiet, one-block distance from the Freemont Street Experience, El Cortez is a great pick if you can snag one of the funky new Cabana Suites for about as much as a standard room elsewhere. But like most downtown hotels, there's no pool, and the small standard rooms are outdated and bare-bones.

Things You Should Know About El Cortez Hotel And Casino

Address

  • 600 East Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • El Cortez Hotel
  • El Cortez Las Vegas

Room Types

  • Cabana Deluxe Room
  • Cabana Suite
  • Jacuzzi Suite
  • Pavilion Two Queens Room
  • Tower Room
  • Vintage Queen Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 299
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
Casino: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Downtown/Fremont Street, Las Vegas
Address: 600 East Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101
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