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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: Opening Soon, Eureka! Downtown

Eater Magazine: Opening Soon, Eureka! Downtown

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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