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1 Star Las Vegas Hotel
El Cortez Hotel and Casino
600 E. Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
702-385-5200
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Prices from: $23/night
El Cortez may have an additional 'resort fee' per day. Please contact hotel directly to confirm.

Located in Fremont Street-Downtown Las Vegas, El Cortez Hotel and Casino is a perfect starting point from which to explore Las Vegas (NV). The hotel offers guests a range of services and amenities designed to provide comfort and convenience. To be found at the hotel are 24-hour front desk, business center, concierge, ATM/cash machine on site, Wi-Fi in public areas. Guestrooms are designed to provide an optimal level of comfort with welcoming decor and convenient amenities like satellite/cable TV, laptop safe box, desk, seating area, coffee/tea maker. Recuperate from a full day of sightseeing in the comfort of your room or take advantage of the hotel's recreational facilities, including fitness center. El Cortez Hotel and Casino combines warm hospitality with a lovely ambiance to make your stay in Las Vegas (NV) unforgettable.

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  • 45,300 square feet of gaming (gambling) space
  • 364 total hotel rooms
  • 15 total hotel floors (stories)
  • 1 star rating
  • 300 square feet - approximate size of standard rooms
  • Jackie Gaughan owns El Cortez
  • Location: downtown
  • NOT located on 'The Strip' (Las Vegas Blvd)




El Cortez Hotel History

The El Cortez, a hotel and casino is a relatively small downtown Las Vegas gaming venue a block from the Fremont Street Experience and Las Vegas Boulevard. The official marketing slogan has been ""Where locals come to play"" since the El Cortez has traditionally attracted Las Vegas residents weary of large casinos geared towards tourists. Slots, table games and a race and sports book occupy one floor of the main pavilion. It is one of the oldest casino-hotel properties in Las Vegas having continuously operated at the same Fremont Street location since 1941.

Marion Hicks and J.C. Grayson built the El Cortez, downtown Las Vegas' first major resort, in 1941 for $245,000. The location at 6th Street and Fremont was originally considered too far from downtown, but it became quickly so profitable, Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Gus Greenbaum and Moe Sedway bought the property in 1945. J.K. Houssels had originally opened the fifty-nine room hotel and casino before the sale to the major organized crime figures. In 1963, the Pavilion Rooms were added by new owner Jackie Gaughan. Another 15 story tower addition, was completed in 1980. The 64 room Cabana Suites were completed in the former Ogden House in 2009 bringing the total room count to its current 364. Gaughan, a casino owner and operator since the early 1950s, lives in the El Cortez tower penthouse and is known to be on the casino floor almost daily.The property is one of the few casinos to have never changed its exterior facade in Las Vegas, retaining the same signage and ranch themed architecture for over sixty years.

Jackie Gaughan's son Michael Gaughan owns the sports and race book in the current casino under the name South Point Race and Sports Book, which is run in other downtown casinos as well. Like most Las Vegas casinos, the El Cortez has undergone several renovations with the latest major remodeling completed in 2006. New carpet, marble flooring, gaming machines, refurbished guest rooms and an upgraded kitchen for the restaurant were added. Although only a block away from the Fremont Street Experience, the hotel is part of the newly created Fremont East section of downtown. It has also created a main entrance off Las Vegas Boulevard by opening a block long pedestrian walkway from the boulevard to the hotel's main entrance on 6th Street. The El Cortez is also well known in the casino industry as the most prominent reak-in house"" for new table game dealers to get experience before moving onto bigger properties. In 2008 longtime owner Jackie Gaughan sold the hotel just before his 88th birthday. The buyers include his son, his nephew, and his business partner of many decades. Jackie will continue to live in the casino and greet customers and play poker. Recently the coffee shop has been extensively renovated and renamed Cafe Cortez. The fine-dining restaurant has been renamed The Flame. The separate hotel in the back, the 100 room Ogden House, has been completely renovated into the 64 suite Cabana Suites.




Walking distance from El Cortez to major Las Vegas hotels

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Aliante Station Distance from El Cortez to Aliante Station is 8.9 miles (14.3 km)
Aria Distance from El Cortez to Aria is 4.7 miles (7.5 km)
Arizona Charlie's Decatur Distance from El Cortez to Arizona Charlie's Decatur is 3.9 miles (6.2 km)
Bally's Distance from El Cortez to Bally's is 4.2 miles (6.8 km)
Bellagio Distance from El Cortez to Bellagio is 4.4 miles (7.1 km)
Bill's Gamblin' Hall Distance from El Cortez to Bill's Gamblin' Hall is 4.2 miles (6.7 km)
Boulder Station Distance from El Cortez to Boulder Station is 3.9 miles (6.3 km)
Caesars Palace Distance from El Cortez to Caesars Palace is 4.1 miles (6.6 km)
California Distance from El Cortez to California is 0.5 miles (0.7 km)
Casino Royale Distance from El Cortez to Casino Royale is 3.7 miles (5.9 km)
Circus Circus Distance from El Cortez to Circus Circus is 2.7 miles (4.3 km)
Cosmopolitan Distance from El Cortez to Cosmopolitan is 4.5 miles (7.3 km)
Encore Distance from El Cortez to Encore is 3.1 miles (5 km)
Excalibur Distance from El Cortez to Excalibur is 5.3 miles (8.5 km)
Fiesta Rancho Distance from El Cortez to Fiesta Rancho is 3.9 miles (6.3 km)
Fitzgerald's Distance from El Cortez to Fitzgerald's is 0.3 miles (0.5 km)
Flamingo Distance from El Cortez to Flamingo is 4 miles (6.5 km)
Four Queens Distance from El Cortez to Four Queens is 0.3 miles (0.5 km)
Four Seasons Distance from El Cortez to Four Seasons is 5.8 miles (9.3 km)
Fremont Distance from El Cortez to Fremont is 0.3 miles (0.5 km)
Gold Coast Distance from El Cortez to Gold Coast is 4.8 miles (7.6 km)
Gold Spike Distance from El Cortez to Gold Spike is 0.2 miles (0.3 km)
Golden Gate Distance from El Cortez to Golden Gate is 0.5 miles (0.7 km)
Golden Nugget Distance from El Cortez to Golden Nugget is 0.4 miles (0.6 km)
Hard Rock Distance from El Cortez to Hard Rock is 4.2 miles (6.8 km)
Harrah's Distance from El Cortez to Harrah's is 3.9 miles (6.2 km)
Hilton Distance from El Cortez to Hilton is 2.4 miles (3.8 km)
Hooters Distance from El Cortez to Hooters is 5 miles (8.1 km)
Imperial Palace Distance from El Cortez to Imperial Palace is 3.9 miles (6.3 km)
J W Marriott Distance from El Cortez to J W Marriott is 8.5 miles (13.6 km)
Luxor Distance from El Cortez to Luxor is 5.5 miles (8.8 km)
M Resort Distance from El Cortez to M Resort is 14.2 miles (22.8 km)
Main Street Station Distance from El Cortez to Main Street Station is 0.6 miles (0.9 km)
Mandalay Bay Distance from El Cortez to Mandalay Bay is 5.7 miles (9.2 km)
Mandarin Oriental Distance from El Cortez to Mandarin Oriental is 4.8 miles (7.7 km)
Marriott's Grand Chateau Distance from El Cortez to Marriott's Grand Chateau is 4.6 miles (7.4 km)
MGM Grand Distance from El Cortez to MGM Grand is 4.9 miles (8 km)
Mirage Distance from El Cortez to Mirage is 3.9 miles (6.2 km)
Monte Carlo Distance from El Cortez to Monte Carlo is 4.9 miles (7.9 km)
New York New York Distance from El Cortez to New York New York is 5 miles (8.1 km)
Orleans Distance from El Cortez to Orleans is 5.9 miles (9.4 km)
Palace Station Distance from El Cortez to Palace Station is 2.8 miles (4.5 km)
Palazzo Distance from El Cortez to Palazzo is 3.5 miles (5.6 km)
Palms Distance from El Cortez to Palms is 4.9 miles (7.9 km)
Paris Distance from El Cortez to Paris is 4.3 miles (7 km)
Planet Hollywood Distance from El Cortez to Planet Hollywood is 4.5 miles (7.3 km)
Plaza Distance from El Cortez to Plaza is 0.5 miles (0.8 km)
Red Rock Resort Distance from El Cortez to Red Rock Resort is 10.9 miles (17.6 km)
Renaissance Distance from El Cortez to Renaissance is 3 miles (4.8 km)
Rio Distance from El Cortez to Rio is 4.5 miles (7.3 km)
Riviera Distance from El Cortez to Riviera is 2.7 miles (4.3 km)
Sam's Town Distance from El Cortez to Sam's Town is 5.7 miles (9.2 km)
Santa Fe Station Distance from El Cortez to Santa Fe Station is 8.1 miles (13 km)
Silverton Distance from El Cortez to Silverton is 9.2 miles (14.8 km)
South Point Distance from El Cortez to South Point is 11 miles (17.7 km)
Stratosphere Distance from El Cortez to Stratosphere is 1.8 miles (2.8 km)
Suncoast Distance from El Cortez to Suncoast is 8.7 miles (13.9 km)
Sunset Station Distance from El Cortez to Sunset Station is 9.3 miles (14.9 km)
Terrible's Distance from El Cortez to Terrible's is 3.9 miles (6.3 km)
Texas Station Distance from El Cortez to Texas Station is 3.6 miles (5.7 km)
THEHotel Distance from El Cortez to THEHotel is 5.7 miles (9.2 km)
Treasure Island (TI) Distance from El Cortez to Treasure Island (TI) is 3.6 miles (5.8 km)
Tropicana Distance from El Cortez to Tropicana is 5.1 miles (8.3 km)
Trump Las Vegas Distance from El Cortez to Trump Las Vegas is 3.3 miles (5.4 km)
Vdara Distance from El Cortez to Vdara is 4.7 miles (7.5 km)
Venetian Distance from El Cortez to Venetian is 3.8 miles (6 km)
Westin Casuarina Distance from El Cortez to Westin Casuarina is 4 miles (6.4 km)
Wild Wild West Distance from El Cortez to Wild Wild West is 5.3 miles (8.6 km)
Wynn Distance from El Cortez to Wynn is 3.4 miles (5.4 km)



Coordinates for El Cortez Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada: Latitude: 36.168992, Longitude: -115.138414






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