Reservation Number: (800) 634-6703 Click Here to Check For the Best El Cortez Hotel and Casino Room Rates! Rooms: 299 Price Range: $21-$132 Suites: 10 Price Range: $60-$159 Restaurants: 2 (1 open 24 hours) Casino Size: 45,300 Square Feet Games Offered: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Sports Book, Race Book, Mini-Baccarat, Keno Special Features: Video arcade. Gift shop and ice cream parlor. Barber shop. Beauty salon.
stayed here all the time, jackie passed away( resort fee). what a joke, crap game a joke.the feeling is not their any more. shut down the card game. four queens is my new home no (resort fee) nice rooms,good crap game.
Cafe has some decent food, my son liked the hamburger and beer special. The Flame is a nice steakhouse. I miss the single play .25 single play JOB and Very little Bonus left at that level. I also feel the casino is a little greasy, grimy. Most rooms are decent, to very nice.
Some good video poker and slots. Customer service was fast and efficient last time I was there. Players club is good with a fair amount of promotions. Gaming atmosphere is a little dingy. solid cafe, my son enjoyed the cafe burger special. The Flame gives you upscale food.
I like the El Cor a little more every time I go there. Although they are about to start a small resort fee, the hotel is still one of the best values in town all things considered. A truly vintage vegas casino, with some good blackjack game rules and some full pay video poker, but they recently closed the poker room. What will Jackie do now?
We went to the Flame Steak House. It is an real "old fashion high roller room" with soft colors and lighting. The piano man plays softly in the background adding to our pleasure. We had wonderful service while ordering wine, onion soup, really great steaks, shareable sides, excellent coffee and special chocolate cake. Using our American Casino Guide ocupon, we got $25 off a special meal and evening.
I spent a day and night here thanks to the ACG. I had stayed here some years back for my oldest son's 30th BD. My room was terrible that time. this time I had a very nice room. Took advantage of a promotion and a ACG coupon. Played some FPBP and won some. But I am disappointed that they dropped their single line JOB. They had a great burger and beer deal for $5. I did play some DB also. I did not find the CW service consistent.
The El Cortez is Old Vegas at its best. You may even be lucky enough to meet its longtime former owner, Jackie Gaughan, in the poker room.
Good video poker pay tables. Great tables. Roulette with 25 cents and $1 minimum, where else are you going to find that? $3 blackjack and $5 pai gow poker. A nice old style sportsbook (alas the sportsbook is now run by Stations). And head up the stairs to find an old school barber shop (I bet your barber shop doesn't have Playboy in its magazine selections). And the place is small enough that you never wait long for a cocktail waitress as they regularly make the rounds.
Don't forget to use the $25 coupon in the guide for a really special evening!
The Flame Steakhouse offers a wonderful meal in a beautiful "Old Las Vegas" setting. We enjoyed a onion soup, lettuce wedge with Blue Cheese, a porterhouse and a filet with three sides, coffee and desert. Everything was 1st quality.
The service was old school as well, with an attentive and pleasant waitress. Live music was provided by an excellent piano player.
We played slots and dice. They offer favorable odds and lots of fun.
There are still some good video poker games here, but not as much as there were. Blackjack is also good rules here. There are usually some promos going on, and most rooms are average to good, and the price is right.
Both the 2013 LVA and American Casino Guide (ACG) include valuable coupons. The LVA has coupons for a $45 room rate at the adjoining Cabana Suites with the 2nd night free, $10 in free play and a 50% off dinner up to $30 at the Flame. The 2013 ACG has a 2/1 room offer, 50% off the Flame up to $25 and $10 in free play. Both free slot play coupons may be used, but not on the same day. Also, there are reports that the wait staff at the Flame will split the bill
I wish I could be more positive about the EC but my experience there was not the best..The room was cold, in fact it was the least functional of any room I have stayed in Vegas. There was loud cars noises all night. There is no single play 9/6 VP. I have not had the pleasure of the Flame,
but reviews are good. My CW service was not very good the last few times I have played there.
An ongoing promotion is the 5% in free play offered for cashing government, paychecks, or tax return checks. I cashed my IRS refund checks the past 2 years and received the maximum of $50 in free play each time. The process is easy; bring your check to the cashier's booth who will cash the check and give you a certificate for the free play that you bring to the slot club. You can then download the free play in any denomination you desire
The Parlour Bar, located within steps of the Flame Steakhouse, was remodeled in 2011 and offers a sophisticated retreat from the busy casino. In the evenings, a piano player entertains. A wide range of fine liquors and beers are offered including 12 specialty cocktails. We love the happy hour that runs 5-7PM nightly when the specialty cocktails are offered on a 2 for 1 basis. The price for 2 is just $9 with my favorites being the raspberry martini and the bullet.
Though we do not spend much time Downtown, the El Cortez is always worth a visit primarily due to the Flame Steakhouse. The restaurant maintains an old school vibe. Classic steakhouse fare is offered plus some seafood specialties that include Florida stone crab claws (Oct-May) and walleye pike. Though the menu is ala carte, it is reasonably priced and the availability of coupons makes it a bargain play. My favorite side dish is the creamed corn. Those staying at the El Cortez receive a coupon good for a bottle of wine at check-in.
Great casino and hotel, especially with the ACG coupons. We won money on slot play and table games, great food, great service. Large rooms if you opt for tower room, nice that you need room key card to operate the elevator.
This place is not bad if you like the old style vegas feeling. Although there are not many table games, there always seems to be a seat available for us. I used to go the the cafe a lot until they told my dad he couldn't wear his tank top in the summer. I could understand the Flame but not the regular restaurant.
Rooms are O.K. - even after the remodel, don't assume it is awesome. But it is better. Nicest rooms are in the Cabana Suite, but be smart and make sure you are in an upgraded room over in the "Suites" otherwise your room will feel more like the Cabana Closet. Wife refuses to stay here, she hates having to cross the street after dark - especially when the posted security guard is caught up doing things other than his job (flirting with the ladies appears to be a priority). As for the rooms in the hotel, stay away from the vintage rooms unless you truly don't know where the homeless shelter is. Tower rooms are O.K., but their last remodel might as well been decades ago as their room inventory is ridden hard.
Casino is the reason to go. Slots are the best in Vegas, and tables are frequent and popular. Maybe too popular as sometimes you will have to be patient, especially on the lower end .25 cent and .50 banking games. Sports Book has heavy traffic. Keno but no Bingo. Players Club - shockingly - is only So So, fairly stingy with free play and increasingly more stingy with free rooms and food (not sure why given that they are not all that special).
Food is still good and reasonably priced. But it too used to be better.
Cortez is still an above average choice for the Downtown Gambler on a budget.
When we go to Vegas we like to stay downtown, we love the old-style Vegas. On our last trip we decided to try the El Cortez and we were very pleased with every part of our stay. The hotel rooms are adorable and very retro. Their steak house is divine and the slots are pretty loose. The price was the best deal we have ever had in Vegas. Try it, you will be amazed!
Great place to stay for budget minded. Used ACG coupon last year for 2 for 1 vintage room,$30 total. This year upgraded to tower room for $50 total, well worth the extra cost. Large room, sitting room with sofa, comfortable bed. I'm a poker player but I used the $10 free slot play coupon and won $20. Short safe walk from under the canopy at the Fremont Street Experience. Great staff!
El Cortez -- One of the Last Bastions of Old Vegas
I happen to be paralyzed and in a wheelchair, but fly out several times a year to enjoy Downtown Vegas which for me is much more accessible, convenient and safer than getting around the Strip. I often venture into casinos alone as my friends do not share my interest in sportsbook wagering and I can only sit with them at 21 table for a couple of hours before I get restless.
The El Cortez is one of my two preferred Downtown Vegas properties for several reason. It has one of the best sportsbooks managed by a great guy Frankie and a terrific staff who are always friendly and polite. The El Cortez Sportsbook also awards comps on sports wagering which few others do and is always generous with free drink tickets to use at any the hotel bars.
El Cortez also rates high in my books for table games -- and not just because they offer single and double-deck 21 that pay 3:2 on Blackjack. But more important for someone such as myself who is in a wheelchair, they have several low tables that make it much easier to read the cards and manage the chips.
The El Cortez also has nice, large rooms in the Tower and offeres a decent coupon book with some extra perks.
Everyone is always quick to remember me and say hello -- it seems like they have had the same bellman for years and the security guards are visible & helpful.
The selection of food at the El Cortez is also nice from the inexpensive & healthy Subway to a decent coffee shop to a very nice steakhouse that is one of the best dining bargains in Las Vegas.
It is just a short stroll to the rest of the Downtown casinos along Fremont Street and the short stretch has really improved with is selection of bars and restaurants.
Even if I do not always stay at the El Cortez, I definitely so my fair share of gambling and eating there.
If you enjoy the "old Las Vegas" feel or are looking for some value then El Cortez is the place for you. You can find single deck $5 blackjack games with good odds and you don't have to deal with half the tourist on the strip that have just seen the game on tv but never played it. The steakhouse is also a great value for the quality and quantity that you get. Historically it's pretty cool to still see a casino that looks like the pictures from 40 yrs ago in this day and age of bigger and better. I've never left disappointed and always look forward to going back.
hi i'm bob from coal township PA. this is my second home in las vegas, been staying at the el coetez since 1983 .they know how to make you feel at home.food gaming is great if you like to drink this is the place,service is great. rooms are very clean and comfortable. the strip is a jip, we rent a car and park at the hotel it's very easy to get around not like the strip. no need to go to the strip. Fremont st. is where it's at. before you go to vegas make sure you get (THE AMERICAN-CASINO GUIDE) those coupons come in handy. good luck BOB
Always a great time at El Cortez. I use our American Casino Guide coupon for free slot play while my husband plays the quarter roulette. We celebrated our anniversary in their wonderful steak house and had excellent food and service. It is not fancy like places on the strip, but you get a good gamble and great service. We drive, so appreciate the on site parking.
Ok, so anybody who knows much about the El Cortez knows it has a colorful history. It is currently the longest running casino/hotel in Las Vegas that is much like the same as it was 50 years ago. It's downtown in an area that many might not want to visit. We decided to give it a whirl and at first, regretted out decision. The place is definitely "Old Vegas" all the way. The woodwork, the bars, gaming area, everything is classic and I liked that. But with that came a lot of smoke and a substantial number of gamblers who I wouldn't want to meet in the alley. We tried to eat at the restaurant and in spite of the fact that there was nobody in line in front of us, we finally gave up after about 15 minutes of the hostess telling us she'd be right with us while she continued to seat people who arrived behind and after us. That was very strange. Then we played some blackjack and I have never seen a dealer act so rude. Not to us, but there was a lady at the table and the dealer was so rude to her, we left.
The good news is that we came back a few days later to try to the Flame Steakhouse. This place still enjoys a sterling reputation as one of the better steak houses in Las Vegas and for very good reason. It was also quite classic and took me back to the 60s. It was quiet and very nice. The lady who waited on us was named Linda who had been serving there for 16 years and she was so nice and such a wonderful server! The food was excellent. I had a steak and my wife had salmon. My steak was great and her salmon was the best I have ever tasted. I don't know about any of the other restaurants at El Cortez but the Flame is as good as it gets. To have a steak with a salad and potato is about $40 apiece but here's a hint: the American Casino Guide as well as other publications, often have a 50% off coupon for The Flame! This made our entire meal about $35! Of course we tipped Linda 18% on $70 and it was well worth every dime. When you go to Las Vegas, GO EAT AT THE FLAME!
This place is all about the Flame Steakhouse... From looking at the outside of the El Co, you would not think that there would be this type of Steakhouse inside this joint.
Damn near the best steak I have ever had. The sides are massive and big enough for two to share. It is also very reasonably priced' that combined with your ACG Coupon, you would be a fool to pass this place up.
The casino is okay, more or less on par with some of the other places downtown. My only advice is go during the daylight hours. It's gets kinda spooky at night, especially when I was last there, a week before Halloween...
Found the El Cortez Cabana suite with a special where I paid $60 a night for a suite and get $35 free play and $25 food credit. The room is a little tacky bright color but that is my only problem. The bed was super comfortable and the bathroom was really nice. We ate at the Flame Restaurant with no complaints. Food was great. The El Cortez is not a big casino so they don't have all of the newest slot machines, but they have enough to make it fun. Cocktail service was great. I looked at the table games but did not make it over to them. The players club employees were friendly and explained everything with ease.
The location, a bit sketchy. The casino, smells like old lady perfume. We stayed in the newish Cabana Suites and loved them. Very cool rooms at an unbeatable price. If you are staying downtown give the Tez a try.
The El Cortez is a great, small casino which has low limit table games. The video poker selection is good and the slot choices are limited by its size. The people I met there, customers and workers, were some of the friendliest in Las Vegas. It is not the newest or cleanest casino, but it is worth a visit when you are down on Fremont Street.
We always park in the El Cortez's parking garage when visiting the Fremont Experience casinos. We use the ACG coupon and then walk to the other casinos making sure we take advantage of their ACG coupons too.