- El Cortez
Hundreds gathered on Monday to mourn the late gaming pioneer, the "patron saint" of Downtown veteran El Cortez.
- Joe Downtown
One of Downtown Las Vegas’ oldest residents, the El Cortez, will be honored for winning a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Councilman Bob Coffin will headline a ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday to unveil a commemorative plaque at the hotel/casino. The city's oldest hotel to continuously operate under the same name, the El Cortez became only the second Las Vegas casino on the nation's cultural preservation list in February.
The El Cortez has become the only Las Vegas casino that's still standing to join the National Register of Historic Places.
The Downtown hotel opened in 1941.
At 7 a.m. on a Saturday, while most Las Vegans are still fast asleep, developer Arnold Stalk and his 9-year-old son Jacob are pulling on gardening gloves and priming paint brushes. The pair was among the 125 residents, ranging from grade school students to seniors, who volunteered last weekend to refurbish the dilapidated courtyard of downtown’s Las Vegas Academy.
- El Cortez
High above the casino floor where customers are tethered to the slot machines, the El Cortez has spent months revamping its hotel to attract the young, hipster crowd finding its way to the new downtown.
The secret to success may be in improving the most basic of hotel amenities — the room itself.
If you think a Downtown hotel room has to be a cigarette-burned hole in the wall, you overlooked the Cabana Suites.