El Cortez

Back to the Future

The family-built El Cortez celebrates 70 years in Las Vegas By Renée LiButti Vegas.com The El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas has a proud past and a more promising future. With 70 years under its belt, the resort exudes historic eminence. But that’s not what sets the El Cortez apart…

Get your Downtown FEED on in Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas just got a little greener with the opening of the Downtown FEED (Fremont East Entertainment District) Farmer’s Market. Downtown FEED launched on July 14 and will continue as a weekly event every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The farmer’s market features more than 15 growers and…

Happy birthday El Cortez!

Seventy years ago, no one could have predicted the exponential growth of Las Vegas. From a small desert oasis to a thriving 24-hour city, Vegas has transformed and reinvented itself more times then Madonna. So when I heard the El Cortez was celebrating its 70th anniversary on May 27, 2011, I…

Miami meets downtown Las Vegas

At the end of  Martin Scorsese’s 1995 film “Casino,” the character Ginger McKenna, played by Sharon Stone, dies in a hotel hallway. That hallway belonged to the Ogden House, a motel-style tower located across the street from the El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas. Well, much like Ginger (and Stone’s acting career since…