Yearning for the days of old Vegas? You can't get much more vintage than staying at a casino that's on the National Register of Historic Places.
Step back in time at the El Cortez, where you can experience the history, style and personal service standards of classic Vegas -- along with dining, a bustling casino floor and an elegant bar.
Opened in 1941, the El Cortez is one of the longest continuously running hotel/casino in Las Vegas. Bugsy Siegel was among a group of men -- all with ties to the mob -- who owned the joint for a short time in the mid '40s. Now that's old Vegas.
Today, the El Cortez is in a revitalized area of downtown dubbed the Fremont East Entertainment District, where there is an active arts scene. Restored neon signs line the street in front of the property. Visitors are also just a short walk away from a handful of eclectic bars, the Downtown Container Park and the famous Fremont Street Experience attraction.
The resort's casino has long been popular with visitors and locals. There are more than 1,000 slot machines on the casino floor, including numerous coin-operated ones. It's one of the only casinos left in town that has the retro clinking coin machines. The El Cortez has a keno lounge and a sports book that's affiliated with Station Casinos.
For old school dining bargains, head to the 24-hour Café Cortez for affordable breakfast options, prime rib deals and late-night specials. There's also a small food court just off the lobby with a Subway, Dreyer's Ice Cream Shop and Seattle's Best Coffee.
Gamers who don't want to leave a hot machine or table can take advantage of El Cortez’s Gambling Gourmet, a game-side dining service that will deliver food to you so you can play uninterrupted.
In early 2015, Siegel's 1941 will open at the resort. A true classic Vegas dining experience, it will feature favorites like prime rib and stone crab as well as some special chef-driven selections.
The El Cortez offers bars in the lobby and casino, but the centerpiece is The Parlour Bar & Lounge, which is decorated in rich textures with smoky mirrors, leather club chair seating and a baby grand piano. The Parlour is the perfect place to grab a drink from the vintage cocktail menu and listen to live music. Guests can sip on a mint julep, a drink that originated in the 1700s, or try a more modern concoction like the Parlour Refresher. The bar also serves small bites like artichoke dip, fish tacos and wings.