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.
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!
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