El Cortez Las Vegas Review: Vintage Downtown Vegas Experience

El Cortez Las Vegas

El Cortez Las Vegas is a Downtown Las Vegas hotel and casino in the Fremont East District. A room at El Cortez costs $33/night plus taxes and fees–check current rates here.

El Cortez Las Vegas offers a vintage Vegas experience with great gambling but limited amenities. El Cortez is close to fantastic restaurants in the Fremont East District and a short walk from the Fremont Street Experience.

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Pros & Cons

We Like
  • Vintage Vegas
  • Great Gambling
  • Affordable Cocktails & Drinks
We Don’t Like
  • Limited Restaurants & Amenities
  • Outdated Rooms
  • Bad Location

El Cortez Las Vegas Guide

El Cortez was built in 1941 and is one of the few places left in Las Vegas where you can walk the same halls as Sinatra and the Rat Pack or mobsters like Bugsy and Lansky. The hotel is close to great restaurants and bars and offers a vintage Vegas experience unlike any other hotel in town.

Where is El Cortez?
The hotel is located in the East Fremont District in Downtown Las Vegas at 600 E E Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101.

How much is the resort fee at El Cortez?
The resort fee is $20/night plus tax.

How much does parking cost at El Cortez?
Hotel guests receive free parking. For visitors, valet parking costs $0-$10 and self-parking is $0-$10.

What are food prices like?
El Cortez has limited dining options. You should expect to spend at least $10-$20 per meal (without alcoholic drinks).

What are drink prices like?
You should expect to spend at least $5 per cocktail and $3 per beer at El Cortez.

What is the casino vibe like?
The vibe at El Cortez is similar to a locals joint. It can get rowdy, it can get quiet, but the sweet magic of Las Vegas is alive and well. The lowest table minimum is $5.

El Cortez Rooms & Suites

One of the most iconic hotels in Las Vegas history, El Cortez Hotel & Casino was built in the 1940s and once owned by notorious mobster Bugsy Siegel.

The El Cortez hotel offers a variety of room types to meet different needs and budgets. If you’re looking for an old-school experience, the El Cortez has vintage or pavilion rooms available. Tower Premium Rooms are perfect for those that want a contemporary experience.

For those who want to indulge in a more modern boutique experience, El Cortez has Cabana Suites. These rooms are located just across Ogden Avenue from the hotel and feature custom retro furniture and chic design.

The hotel offers guests great amenities like a coupon book with complimentary wine and beer. The rooms have free coffee, wifi, and water bottles. You’ll find a fitness center and receive complimentary self-parking as well.

El Cortez Restaurants & Bars

The hotel offers a couple of restaurants and bars inside the hotel, along with two great options across the street.

Siegel’s 1941 takes you back to that moment in time when going out was classy and the evening never ended. With a menu filled with skillfully prepared classic dishes, indulge yourself with wine or cocktails. The restaurant is open 24 hours and offers up an old-school cool and sophisticated style.

The Parlour Bar & Lounge is a cozy spot to enjoy drinks with friends. It’s the type of place where you are always welcome. You can enjoy a great liquor selection while being served by knowledgeable, friendly staff in an atmosphere that will make even your worst days seem better for a bit. The lounge features live music on the weekends.

Ike’s Bar is the spot to catch all of your favorite games and enjoy some drinks with friends. If you don’t know where else to go, visit Ike’s for a sports-viewing area with 10 TVs, lounge seating, and food from Siegel Gameside!

If you’re looking for a quick lunch, there’s Subway in the hotel. Across from El Cortez is Eureka! and Sushi Ichiban if you want something more than just subs.

Things To Do at El Cortez

El Cortez is a hotspot for live entertainment, beauty services, and more. Check out The Parlour Bar on the weekends to see some live music or head over to the Speakeasy Barbershop or Terry Rae Beauty Salon for hair-care needs. Pamper yourself at NV Spa, located conveniently in the casino with massages from qualified therapists–you deserve it!

El Cortez Casino

The casino offers a wide selection of slots, table games, and a full race and sports book – all with the best value in town. El Cortez brags about slots that are 40% looser than The Strip. You’ll find penny and nickel slot machines, video poker, and coin-operated machines. You’ll find 3-2 Blackjack, low-minimum Roulette, 3-Card Poker, 10x Craps, and Ultimate Texas Hold’em. The casino also features a handful of electronic table games.

The sportsbook is operated by Station Casinos, owner of Red Rock Casino, Green Valley Ranch, and others. Club Cortez is the casino players club that offers points, complimentary hotel offers, tournaments, and more.

El Cortez FAQ

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