El Cortez Renovation Tour

El Cortez Renovation Tour

A tour of the El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. The El Cortez is nearly finished with a multiyear, $25 million renovation project. The El Cortez opened in 1941 and is one of the oldest hotel-casino properties in Las Vegas.

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El Cortez Hotel and Casino introduces new high-limit room

El Cortez Hotel and Casino introduces new high-limit room

El Cortez Hotel & Casino has opened its first-ever high-limit room as part of its $25 million remodel. The room has two high-limit blackjack tables and three high-limit slot machines, including Aristocrat’s Dragon Cash and two Ainsworth Super Charged 7s, with the maximum limit in the high-limit room being $2,000.

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The Rebound

The Rebound

General manager Adam Wiesberg says business is strong again in gaming and in the property’s restaurants and bars. El Cortez shut down in March 2020 and stayed closed for nearly three months because of Covid restrictions. Management used that downtime to redesign its interior and implement new distancing and cleaning protocols, and many of those efforts are still in place.

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Gaudy, golden and ‘Old Vegas’: locals mourn loss of beloved El Cortez Hotel & Casino carpet

Gaudy, golden and ‘Old Vegas’: locals mourn loss of beloved El Cortez Hotel & Casino carpet

Countless were the tears spilled here – both in joy and sadness. Bottomless were the toppled drinks. Immeasurable were the scattered ashes of celebratory cigars and bummed cigarettes. Each was a scar. A scratch on a favorite record. A blemish beneath the feet of millions who walked across this worn pattern of gold leaves and red roses.

On Sept. 27, El Cortez replaced the carpeting. It was 13.

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Refit El Cortez retains its vintage Vegas vibe

Refit El Cortez retains its vintage Vegas vibe

Retaining its vintage vibe and celebrating 80 years in downtown Las Vegas, El Cortez Hotel & Casino recently completed an ambitious $25 million renovation to its rooms and gaming floor.

The goals of the renovation were to preserve the property’s old-school charm and elevate the customer experience, general manager Adam Wiesberg said.

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El Cortez Hotel celebrating 80 years with culmination of $25M remodel

El Cortez Hotel celebrating 80 years with culmination of $25M remodel

A true hallmark of Las Vegas history, the iconic El Cortez Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas is thrilled to announce the completion of its recent $25 million renovation project, which culminated just in time for its 80th anniversary this year.

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Own a piece of the historic El Cortez carpet

Own a piece of the historic El Cortez carpet

It was a light bulb moment: a pack of well-dressed dudes illuminating the enduring appeal of floral floor covering about as subtle as Clark Griswold’s Christmas lighting.

Adam Wiesberg remembers well the scene from about five years ago.

The general manager of the El Cortez recalls a group of buddies strolling through the casino when one of them dropped to his knees and caressed the rose-adorned fabric beneath his feet, as if professing his fealty to the gods of gaudy.

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Robb Report: 10 Stellar Hotel Suites We Can’t Wait to Book in 2021

Robb Report: 10 Stellar Hotel Suites We Can’t Wait to Book in 2021

Operating in downtown Las Vegas since 1941, the family-run El Cortez is both the city’s longest continuously running hotel and casino and the only casino on the National Register of Historic Places.

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El Cortez recognized by state of Nevada for its health and safety measures

El Cortez recognized by state of Nevada for its health and safety measures

The El Cortez Hotel & Casino was recently nominated as a Battle Born Business by the state of Nevada and Governor Steve Sisolak. The award recognizes businesses in Nevada that have gone above and beyond to implement CDC and state-approved health & safety measures.

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El Cortez in the midst of a massive room refresh

El Cortez in the midst of a massive room refresh

On Nov. 7, 1941, one month before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the 58-room El Cortez opened on Sixth Street and Fremont Avenue in Las Vegas, the first hotel-casino in the downtown area. Now grown to 364 rooms and the longest continuously operating casino in Las Vegas, El Cortez is undergoing an ambitious $21 million room renovation. Remodeling of the remaining 60-plus rooms in its 15-story tower is expected to begin in April.

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Las Vegas barbershop pays tribute to grandfather, classic times

Las Vegas barbershop pays tribute to grandfather, classic times

Speakeasy Barbershop LV at the El Cortez isn’t just a business. It’s a time machine. For that, thank the two-chair shop’s decor, heavy on an old Vegas vibe, its menu of services, which includes such classics as hot towel, straight-razor shaves and facials — and most of all, owner Andres Dominguez and his grandfather.

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Bad Bunny: Photos From the Billboard Cover Shoot

Bad Bunny: Photos From the Billboard Cover Shoot

Billboard Magazine cover photo shoot with Latin star Bad Bunny at El Cortez Hotel & Casino.

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El Cortez owner witnesses evolution of Las Vegas firsthand

El Cortez owner witnesses evolution of Las Vegas firsthand

Tony Curtis in “Vega$.” Robert DeNiro in “Casino.” Andy Garcia in “Ocean’s Eleven.” Plenty of TV shows and movies would have you believe that running a Las Vegas casino is the coolest thing in the world. “Absolutely,” Kenny Epstein says. “It’s absolutely the coolest thing in the world.”

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Spruced-up El Cortez will keep old-time charm, owner says

Spruced-up El Cortez will keep old-time charm, owner says

In a world where corporate-owned casinos and hotels are now the norm, the El Cortez is a throwback. The same goes for co-owner Kenny Epstein.

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El Cortez is one of the last Las Vegas casinos to have coin slot machines

El Cortez is one of the last Las Vegas casinos to have coin slot machines

There is no sweeter sound than hitting a jackpot on a coin slot machine. El Cortez Hotel and Casino is one of the last places in Las Vegas to still have original classic coin slot machines.

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El Cortez, Mob Museum offer Jackie Gaughan suite package

El Cortez, Mob Museum offer Jackie Gaughan suite package

The days of gangsters running around downtown Las Vegas might be over, but mob history enthusiasts can now take advantage of a new VIP package.

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Eater Magazine: Eureka is now open! 6th and Fremont Corner

Eater Magazine: Eureka is now open! 6th and Fremont Corner

A bone marrow burger, Pappy Van Winkle, and corn dogs “The patio on Fremont East is framed, the hiring process…

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How to Gamble in Las Vegas on a Budget

How to Gamble in Las Vegas on a Budget

When planning a trip to Las Vegas, you need to curb your enthusiasm and make a budget. Why? Las Vegas,…

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Billboard Grammy Preview: Photo Shoot at the El Cortez Jackie Gaughan Suite

Billboard Grammy Preview: Photo Shoot at the El Cortez Jackie Gaughan Suite

Best New Artist Hopefuls Khalid, SZA & Julia Michaels on Rooting for Change in Music

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What to Take to Las Vegas – Update Your Packing Checklist!

What to Take to Las Vegas – Update Your Packing Checklist!

Whether it’s your first time packing your bags or you’re a regular traveler, we’ve often had those oh-I-wish-I-had-packed-that moments. Especially…

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Five Secret Hotel Rooms You Now Know About (Don’t Pass It On)

Five Secret Hotel Rooms You Now Know About (Don’t Pass It On)

When Veronica Hershey was planning a trip to Las Vegas, her friend told her about an unadvertised suite at the El…

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Gambling and Casinos: A Brief History of Gambling in Las Vegas

Gambling and Casinos: A Brief History of Gambling in Las Vegas

Between the late 1800s and the beginning of 1900s gambling was brought to the area now known as Las Vegas….

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El Cortez Fun Facts

El Cortez Fun Facts

The original 59 room El Cortez Hotel at 600 Fremont St in downtown Las Vegas, NV was built in Spanish…

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