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El Cortez is NOT the place to stay anymore

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by Cohiba, Oct 13, 2013.

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  1. Cohiba

    Cohiba Tourist

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    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.
     
  2. shifter

    shifter Degenerate Gambler

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    70% of revenue comes from non gaming activities now. Everyone everywhere is taking advantage of that trend. There's hardly any places left that are quiet because of clubs and bars. That's just the way it is. If you want quiet sleep go to a cabin in the woods.
     
  3. merlin

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    I recall a similar experience a couple years back, but on twp trips this year I heard nothing. I do stay up till 1 or 2 am however. The north facing tower rooms seem to be the best for avoiding that,
     
  4. Turtleman

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    I feel your pain. Two years ago I posted about my first (and last) stay at the El Co. "We stayed on the 14th floor facing south and were awakened by a loud thump, thump, thump around 2 am Monday morning! Turning on the fan and TV helped only slightly and the racket didn't abate until around 4 am. As we learned later, the obnoxious noise emanated from outside speakers at the Azul Tequila nightclub. The hotel is used to getting such complaints …

    The room was fine, as was the casino, coffee shop, staff, particularly the limo driver, etc., it's just that we're kind of used to sleeping at night. … for us, the noise is a deal breaker. What a shame.
     
  5. merlin

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    If I was the el- cortez I would hire some punks to go to those places and cause a disturbance, do that enough and they'll shut them places down. :wink2:
     
  6. gregluvsvegas

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    Assuming that practically everyone has either a smartphone, tablet or laptop, I would suggest downloading and trying a white noise application (many are free). I have traveled quite a bit and I never have had trouble sleeping in hotels once I started using this as a sleep aid. While this will not drown out loud bass noise, it does help mask police sirens and general background noise.
     
  7. Candy Apple

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    You would be incorrect.
     
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  8. sdrawkcab si eman yM

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    That's a really good idea. Those sirens seem to try to alert everybody on the strip/downtown that they are there, even on the 20th+ floors it's still real loud.
     
  9. merlin

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    Some of us dont even have cellphones.
     
  10. thenuke1

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    stayed at the cabana suites a few trips back and LOVED it...

    that was before the new joints where open
     
  11. Cohiba

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    White noise??? Yeah right!!!???

    I can only think of three ways to drown out that type of noise.

    1. Get a six foot tall-by- three foot wide stereo speaker, plug it into the tv, and crank it up. Of course you'll go totally deaf and the neighbors will be beating on the walls.

    2. Take gun range hearing plugs and wear them.

    3. Take your leaf blower and weed eater with you into the room. When the noise begins...crank up both of them.

    Trust me....this wasn't just bar thumping music. There are several stages set up and these were mini concerts..at least 50-100 people attending them.

    The noise was loud enough to feel and totally hear it from a half block away and up to the 12th floor. I don't think you could have heard an alarm clock going off...it was that loud.


    Let me put it this way.....stand under the Fremont Street Experience...it wasn't half as loud as the mini concerts.
     
  12. Jimbo338

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    I was at the EC in May for a long weekend and stayed on the 7th floor , strip side. For some reason, though it was busy (and noisy) on the street for Cinco de Mayo, I didn't hear anything from my room other than the usual slamming of doors. There was someone with a loud tv in the Vintag room a few stays ago. It wasn't bad, just a bit annoying so I put the news channel on low (white noise) and that did the trick. I'm planning on staying at the EC in February, hope it is as quiet. BTW my first time above the 6th floor; I thought the room was a bit more run down than the others.

    Jimbo338
     
  13. mdlee3_46041

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    I stayed at the EC twice this year, in February and then in June. In February, it was extremely peaceful. Same thing in June except for one night, where I could hear music from down on the street someplace. It wasn't blaring though. I could tell it was in the distance a little bit. Even though I could hear it in the room, it only made it a little harder to fall asleep, but once asleep, I slept like a baby.
     
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    I've never had a problem at the EC Cabana Suites. Perhaps that will work better for you?
     
  15. VPDana

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    We will NOT stay there again either. About two years ago, our first stay at ElCo, was not pleasant. Although we were disrupted for one night only, we are not willing to take a chance. The VERY LOUD bass and amp sounds were horrible until 4::00 am. If I choose to stay up till 4 am (which I sometimes do), I want it to be my choice, not because of a club.
     
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    I agree with jimbo on the slamming doors.

    may try cabana room one day but will not stay in a tower room again for that reason.
     
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    We made the mistake of staying there on Friday, Nov. 2, last year. Thanks to "first Friday" spilling into Fremont East, we heard plenty of noise in our tower room high above the street.

    Two years earlier, on Friday, Nov. 4, I was staying solo at Vegas Club. (I had nobody to impress.) I could hear plenty of Fremont Street music until whatever time the bands quit for the night.

    On both trips I had to get up and leave bright and early on Saturday morning. I'm sure there are downtown rooms/towers where you can go to bed by 1 a.m. on a Friday night and get some sleep, but I'm skeptical. This year I won't have to find out.
     
  18. rsees

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    Every time in the past we stayed over the parking garage. it wasnt a problem then but sounds like things have changed. HOWEVER we just booked a few weeks ago and upgraded to a tower room for the first time. So what I am reading would be to ask for a room facing the North?
    Thanks
     
  19. Robertintx

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    The Cabana Suites is the place to stay at the El Cortez.
    No noise just great rooms.
     
  20. Turtleman

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    Our NOISY tower room faced south, so I'd definitely suggest trying the north side. It's good that some folks haven't experienced what we have, but we won't take the chance again.
     
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