great old historic hotel
I like the good odds the blackjack has...about the best % chance of winning in Vegas. Lots of video poker with full pay. Rooms are clean and inexpensive. I always enjoy the easy comps for meals and the cafe has really good food. No hassle check in and out. Nice free valet. Close to Fremont street experience and lots of other casinos. Not full of douchbags and snotty young californians like the strip. I don't like the gameslowing sidebet in BJ and there are too many crazy locals here, but there is still plenty of fun to be had. They freak out if you bet more than red chips, be advised.
jim in tucson
USA - Friday, June 05, 2009 at 05:24:10 (CDT)
Don't get a Pavillion Room
We went on a Vegas.com deal and the check in guy stuck us in a Pavillion Room. It's a converted parking garage. At 3am a drunk guy started banging on our door which opens to the outside(no hallway). I went the next day and complained as to the total lack of security.
They then moved us to a second floor tower room just facing the construction of the new suites tower. Could they have stuck us an a worse room? It was better than the Cell Block we had.
The saving grace was I won a slot tournament and the slot host gave us a coupon for two free nights whuich we are using in December.
The gambling there is good but it's very smokey. Also sirens going off at all hours of the night. Stay on the Strip!
Ben jammin <email@example.com>
Santa Susana , CA, USA - Wednesday, December 03, 2008 at 11:59:19 (CST)
hello yes i have been to vegas plenty of times, and the cortez, was the only place i made money with slots...i hit 2 jackpots in one day...go try that in the strip, not gonna happen---going back in july
joe santone <firstname.lastname@example.org>
stratford, ct, USA - Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 20:06:53 (CDT)
The El Cortez is the B.O.M.B!!!
I loved this hotel...cheap, close to the best sandwich place in the world, friendly staff,and the BEST "Wheel of Fortune" game in the planet...LOL!! LOve this place and will stay here again and again....never even went to the strip because all the action was at the hotel...wonderful...just wonderful!!!! Will be coming back for sure in April since you gave me "two free nights" on my first stay with you guys!!! No other hotel is gonna do that when you stay with them on your first time...This hotel is a keeper!!!
LaTausha Jones <email@example.com>
Lomita, CA, USA - Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 15:57:31 (CST)
Enjoyed my recent stay very much and the rooms can`t be beat by any of the other downtown hotels. Love the improved sportsbook and the hotel has made other improvements as well.Love dining @ Roberta`s and looking forward to my JAN 07 visit
West allis, Wi, USA - Sunday, November 26, 2006 at 11:09:13 (CST)
I do not understand the negative reviews of the El Cortez Hotel. I have just returned from a great weekend stay at the El Cortez, and I consider it a five star hotel. You can keep any high end hotel on the Strip. The only minor drawback against the El Cortez is its location on the far eastern end of downtown. It is a good walk to get to the other casinos. But the El Cortez is fairly self contained and offers many fine amenities, like the 24 hour ice cream bar. The El Cortez management must like my golfing buddy Silent Jon, who was comped on the room thanks to his slot club card. Turns out they gave him a penthouse suite, with two separate sleeping quarters and a Jacuzzi built in the master suite. The Jacuzzi got a real workout from me after a round of golf in very hot weather. The suite also included television sets in both sleeping quarters.
We got very lucky on the low level crap table. Silent Jon and I have a tag team arrangement at the crap table, in which we each kick in 20 bucks, we each take a roll, and divide the proceeds afterwards. I stunk, but Silent Jon reinforced his reputation as a Midas at the table. He held the dice for at least 50 minutes, hitting every conceivable gimmick including a parlayed hard eight. There was a real sense of excitement at the table, much of it coming from a guy who was a dead ringer for Laurence Fishburne, and a young girl who could pass for Christina Ricci. She was emotionally overcome when the hard eights came up. She benefited greatly. Laurence Fishburne walked with at least $3,000. "I LOVE YOU, MIDAS!" he said over and over again. The El Cortez cannot be beat for low level escitement. By the time Silent Jon rolled his seven out, we walked with almost 900 bucks. Thanks to the El Cortez, we had 450 each the first night. I made certain that I did not gamble away all of the profits.
The food is very good, the suite was the most comfortable I have ever experienced downtown, and I truly enjoyed the experience at the El Cortez crap table. Obviously there are some people who hate this place, but some others who love it. I have nothing to complain about.
Russell Kishi <Russellkishi@aol.com>
Glendale, CA, USA - Monday, July 26, 2004 at 22:30:38 (PDT)
I and my family when to las vegas on march 16th.Stay for six night's we had never stay in this hotel before,But I might say we enjoy ourself very much.The hotel personal where very friendly,But i won't lie there was a couple of then who need lesson on bieng friendly.But like i said we enjoy ourself so much that in july,Me and my parent's and a niece's came back for six day's.And we enjoy ourself very much.It's was my niece's frist time in las vegas and love it.Oh by the way me and my mother been here about ten time's on bus tour's and stay in other hotel.And the reason we stay at your hotel is that we are season winner's for hitting a jackpot. My promotion is over but my mother just begin.SO i hope to see you in March of 2003.And like i said you dont have to spend hundreds in a hotel to have fun.
morales yolanda <SteveParkerHome@sbcglobal.net>
San Antonio , TX, USA - Sunday, January 05, 2003 at 14:54:49 (PST)
We make yearly visit to Las Vegas my wife and I, and we really enjoy staying at your hotel. Service is great, no complaints here... We usually travel with a tour, this has been our 5th year, and so far we stayed at you hotel 3 times. I would like to see if you have any information or promotions you can send me. My trip will be in July 02. Happy customer!!!Ruben
Ruben Esquivel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
San Antonio, TX, USA - Monday, June 10, 2002 at 18:27:07 (PDT)
They are in the the right locate and they have a wonderful hotel and great rates.
the machines do pay off. what more could anyone say. The hotel and casino is a nice
place to stay. You can go to the main strip or you can just and enjoy the El Cortez
and the other casino around the El Cortez.
Glenda Ivey <email@example.com>
Green Cove Springs, fl, USA - Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 09:21:45 (PDT)
I would sooner get food poisoning and a migraine headache at the same time then ever stay downtown again! The whole area is depressing. If you are so poor or have so little pride that you do end up staying downtown, don't bring a camera because your friends and family won't want to see the pictures. What a cess pool. The whole area stunk like a construction site porta potty in the hot Vegas sun
USA - Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 01:27:24 (PDT)
Yes this hotel is Family friendly, they do have an Arcade, and provide transportation to family places for free. The Casino is the best, friendliest I have seen on my many visits to Las Vegas. It is true about the Graveyard Cocktail service, dont expect a drink often, Other then that I give 2 thumbs up!!!
Nathan Walls <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ft Riley, KS, USA - Sunday, April 22, 2001 at 20:26:25 (PDT)
THE HOTEL ROOMS THEMSELVES ARE ONLY FAIR AT THE MOST HAVING JUST BUDGET ACCOMADATIONS. THE ROOMS HAVE TELEVISIONS WITH BASIC CABLE PROVIDED. ALL THOUGH NO OTHER SPECIAL AMMENITIES ARE PROVIDED, THE ROOMS ARE CLEAN AND RATES ARE VERY RESONABLE. THE CASINO IS VERY LARGE WITH A VARIETY OF ALL THE FAVORITE VEGAS GAMES. THE CASINO SERVICE IS HIT AND MISS, SOME OF THE STAFF ARE VERY HELPFUL INDEED AND OTHERS ACTED AS THOUGH THE CUSTOMERS ARE A HENDERENCE. COCKTAIL SERVICE AT MOST TIMES IS VERY GOOD EXCEPT THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT DON'T PLAN ON GETTING MANY DRINKS VERY OFTEN. I NOTICED A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF JACKPOTS WON AND EVEN ON SMALL JACKPOTS THE STAFF MAKES YOU FEEL AS THOUGH YOU ARE A WINNER BY TAKING YOUR PICTURE TO PUT ON THEIR JACKPOT WINNERS WALL WHICH I NOTICED TO BE QUITE FILLED UP WITH PICTURES. THE CASINO IS VERY OLD BUT IS KEPT CLEAN TO THE BEST OF THE STAFFS ABILITY ALTHOUGH THE CASINO DOES NOT HAVE A CLEAN APPPEARANCE. THE ODDS OF WINNING YOU HAVE AT THIS CASINO I BELIEVE FAR OUTWEIGH THE APPEARANCE OF THE CASINO. THIS CASINO IS A LOCALS PLACE TO PLAY AND FROM THE CUSTOMERS I SPOKE WITH VERY LOCALS OUTWEIGH THE TOURISTS IN ATTENDANCE. AS ANY HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE FOR CHILDREN AS THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WONDER THE CASINO AND THEIR IS NOT AN ARCADE. IF YOU PLAN TO GAMBLE ON THE STRIP BUT WANT TO STAY DOWNTOWN FOR BECAUSE OF THE PRICE OF ROOMS I RECOMMEND THE OGDEN HOUSE DIRECTLY LOCATED ON OGDEN STREET BEHIND THE EL CORTEZ AS THEY HAVE NO CASINO AND IT IS JUST A PLACE TO SLEEP. THE OVERALL DINING EXPERIANCE WAS FAIR. THE FOOD AND SERICE O.K. BUT IS NO PLACE TO ENJOY A GOURMET DINING EXPERIANCE. I RECOMMEND THIS HOTEL BECAUSE OF IT'S VALUE.
SAN BERNARDINO, CA, USA - Saturday, March 24, 2001 at 21:28:24 (PST)
I stayed here about 3 months ago when I went to Las Vegas. What a mistake- you want to be on the strip. I guess a lot of people know that, but I hadn't been there before and I thought 'downtown' sounded like the place to be. Its not. Go directly to the strip, do not stop downtown!!
New Orleans, USA - Sunday, July 30, 2000 at 13:06:18 (PDT)