El Cortez

The best hotels in Vegas for: Bargain hunters

The best hotels in Vegas for: Bargain hunters

It’s time again to return to our series about finding the best hotels in Vegas for various types of visitors. This week’s topic strikes a personal chord with me because I like to make the most of my money whenever I travel. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m a…

That’s the spot! Where to park in downtown Las Vegas

Finding a place to park in downtown Las Vegas can be difficult if you don’t know where to look. In recent years, this area has experienced a dramatic revitalization. Once just an afterthought to visitors who were primarily focused on the Las Vegas Strip, downtown is rapidly becoming a first…

10 historic hotels in and around Vegas

Okay, we admit it. When compared to cities like New York or Chicago, Las Vegas isn’t that old – and, unfortunately, our hotels of yesteryear are more likely to be imploded than restored. However, if you want to get a glimpse of Sin City before it became the high-tech wonder…

Ten historic spots in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a city where everything appears shiny and new — where old hotels regularly make way for megaresorts and implosions aren’t out of the ordinary (though it’s actually been more than five years since our last implosion — that’s like 35 in Vegas years). Believe it or not,…

10 great suites in Vegas that you can actually book

Las Vegas is known for its fantastic, over-the-top suites. Of course, many of these are reserved solely for high rollers and VIP guests. So we’ve gone in search of some suites in Sin City that an average visitor can book. Interested in pampering yourself with decadent accommodations? Desire a romantic…

Some of our Fremont Street bar crawl favorites

From the trendy Fremont East District to the bars facing out onto the Fremont Street Experience light and sound show, Fremont Street and the surrounding area is a perfect spot for a bar crawl at some one-of-a-kind Vegas bars. World’s Largest Pint Glass: With this suggestion, you might ask: “Wait…

It’s March Madness in Vegas, baby!

So, you’ve been diagnosed with a case of March Madness, where side effects include a distinct change in wardrobe color choices in and a bad case of bracketology. Aside from catching the action at the plethora of sports books in this town, the only known cure is to come down and…

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…