My wife and I just got back yesterday from staying a week at the El Co....6th-10th, leaving the 11th. **Few things first** After staying on the Strip for a few years and getting tired of the over crowded sidewalks and just the "waaaay to many people", we somehow found the El Co. It was just what we liked at the beginning but things are changing down on Fremont-between 7th and the Las Vegas Blvd. My wife and I have stayed here for three years/three times. This trip being our third and we have noticed a change for the worse. Now back to the situation: If you go to or stay at the El Co, please notice how on the South side of the El Co, on Fremont, between 7th street and Las Vegas Blvd, there are quite a few changes in the bar district. This is good for business, and I like to see the positive changes in the downtown area. BEWARE!!! Last year we stayed at the El Co, North side, tower room, 7th floor. At or around 11:30, you could hear the loud music from the street below. When we checked out last year, the hostess said it was the bar behind(East side??) the El Co and they were aware of the noise. This year we moved up...12th floor...but on the Fremont side. Outside our window we could see the Strip and the bars on Fremont. On Tuesday and Thursday night...we could feel, hear, and taste the music...really the mini concert. It sounded like they were 5 feet from our window. I swear the pictures on the wall were sideways the next morning!!! It's sad, but the El Co will be surrounded by bars with loud noise. If you can sleep through a concert...go for it, if not, start looking elsewhere. Tuesday night was so loud, on Wednesday, we went over and checked out the Orleans....for next years trip. Positives: Early October is a great time to visit Vegas. El Co gaming is great...blackjack!! The Flame is a nice place to eat. Negatives: Noise from the area of at least 7th-Las Vegas Blvd along Fremont. This noise has got to be affecting the hotel side of the El Cortez business....at least for their customers that like to sleep.