Best chocolate bar ever!!! Mejor chocobar en las Americas!! We came from Texas to PR to get this tasty treat. We recommend coming for snack, lunch and coffee, not to mention that everything comes with chocolate.
Gambled at the old style slots with actual quarters. It was a lot of fun. Enjoyed a fantastic dinner at Siegels 1941. Staff was Excellent especially "Linda" our waitress! Great food and a real classy restaurant.
The (relatively) new owner (Kenny Epstein) has invested TENS of MILLIONS into this property over the last few years, renovating rooms, the casino, and restaurants. As a result of this (and the explosion of the new & hip Fremont East District scene), young Vegas locals now rub shoulders at the gaming tables with the veteran travelers to Sin City that have always recognized the value here. This about-face has transformed the El Cortez from a place where undesirables USED to hang out (they are no longer welcome) into a fun and "swingin'" kind of scene where limits are low, rules are gambler-friendly, and free cold beer is only about 15 seconds away. In the middle of the blackjack pit, they have a tub or two of cold beers on ice staffed by referee-shirted waitresses right IN the pit who can deliver a cold beer to your hand just seconds after catching their eye and nodding your head. Of course, make sure you tip them a dollar or two a bottle. For mixed drinks, traditional cocktail waitresses patrol the outside of the tables, if you're in the mood for a highball, martini, shot, Irish Coffee, or whatever. All blackjack games pay 3-2 rather than the ripoff 6-5 that many other casinos pay. You'll also find lots of single and double-deck blackjack here at LOW limits (something else you WON'T find at other casinos). For those who enjoy the slots, all the modern games are here plus LOTS of old-fashioned "coin-droppers" if you prefer to lug around your bucket of quarters (or nickels). The Tower Rooms and Vintage Rooms have recently been renovated and are a wonderful Vegas secret. The Cabana Suites are still in fine shape. Personally, I would stay away from the Pavilion Rooms, as I'm about 99% sure that they have gone the longest without renovations. Your first visit to the El Cortez should only be to eat, drink, gamble, or check out the scene. After you've seen it firsthand, you can then make an informed decision on staying at their hotel in the future. That's how I became a regular customer. Come see the advantage a hotel-casino owned by a REAL person (who you can see around the property) has over the two soulless mega-corporations that own most of the properties in Vegas. You'll get MUCH better service and MUCH better value at the El Cortez.…
Cute hotel with charming decor. Terrible smell of cleaner throughout the hall and rooms, No hot water in shower any time we showered. Hard to get extra coffee from front desk. Just ok for the $ Wouldn’t stay there again.
Wasn't bad till I returned to the room at midnight. A night Club at the north western corner was so loud things were vibrating in the room. Management had to know that rooms on that side would be unsuitable for sleeping.
The workers and security there are great and have great hospitality. But one person who really went beyond their job duties was the women at the front desk for check in I believe her name is Sarah she was Hispanic and was at the short disability desk. Really appreciated her service.
The room they put us in was next to a nightclub. The music shook the walls and not sure how anyone could function with the noise. It was still going at 330 in the morning. I would not recommend this place to anyone.
My husband and stayed here for the first time in mid September, in the Tower Premium rooms. We really enjoyed our stay and the property. The room is nicely decorated, the shower is spacious, and we had a view of The Neon Graveyard in the far distance. It's minutes from Fremont Street with all of its fun, but perfect for having a quiet place to sleep. There are many restaurants within walking distance, as well as the bus which will take you to The Strip (FYI it can get very crowded). It's also nice not to have to walk thru a giant hotel lobby to get to the elevators to get to your room. We enjoyed having the extra security of a security guard checking your wristbands before getting on elevator, we stayed at another Vegas property on this trip and had to show our room key to access elevator, it was easier to flash a wristband then dig out room key. We found all of the employees interacted with to be friendly. We have stayed at many different Downtown Vegas properties over the years and we both agree this is our favorite by far and we would 100% stay here again. thank you El Cortez ! Pro Tip : book your stay directly with the property, not via Traveloicty etc. We originally booked on Travelocity and ended up over paying for the cheapest room. Luckily were were able to cancel and the reservation staff at El Cortez got us a better room for a better price. They were very nice and helpful about it. …
Off the bat, I already was getting a bad first impression. It took so long to check in despite there only being one other person in front of me. The room itself is not bad but I did find a couple of what looked like pubic hairs on my bed sheets. The worst part about it is it’s SO LOUD. You can literally hear everything from the street and I was on the 5th floor!! The amount of noise is absolutely ridiculous. People blasting music late into the night like seriously. The pillows and bed were also as hard as a rock which made my back and my neck hurt. If you actually want to have a decent nights sleep DO NOT STAY HERE. The only good part about it is the price is good and it’s a great location.
My wife and I have been to Vegas numerous times over the years and normally stay on Freemont Street but this was our first time staying at the El Cortez. I have to say that it is one of the most pleasant places to stay downtown. Just 2 block away from the Freemont Experience but far enough to block out the late night noise. The room was clean and fitted our needs. The beds were firm and comfortable. Friendly people at every stop from the check in to the coffee stand lady. We will definitely consider staying here on our next trip.