My wife and I have been going to Vegas for over 25 years (started in '89, staying at the Sahara). Back in '90 we stayed at the Dunes, got married at the Riviera,we were in our 20's, the Mirage had just been built, most of the hotel/casino's were "old school (Dunes/ DI / Stardust etc...) and that was the "Vegas" we fell in love with. When our children were born, we stopped going. When they got older, and we could justify leaving them with grandparents while we went, we started going again (2001). We stayed at a renovated Sahara, and felt nothing like the original. We stayed at the Riviera and(the year we took kids and grandparents along - they wanted to see where we got married) Circus Circus. The Riv still had that feel. We loved it. Always got a clean room, staff was always friendly, decent rules on tables. We stayed on the south end of the strip last June, had a nice room, but didn't feel right. Everyone has different tastes, and it just seemed that everything we enjoy about Vegas was missing from the south end (other than the comedy shows - we love stand up - Trop/ Brad Garrett- very good shows). This time we stayed at the El Cortez. My wife has developed a hatred of elevators, and we asked for a low room. The gave us 2nd floor, tower. It was perfect. With stair access, a coffee pot and fridge, and it was CLEAN. We knew going in that the bathroom was small (and it was), but we only used it for what we would use a bathroom for at home and it was plenty big enough for that! And it was CLEAN. The casino is like a memory. Blackjack pays 3/2, one or two decks, aside from hitting s17, it was just like '89. You can even hear coins hitting in the slot machines. Dealers were very friendly. If we go in the summer, we may have to think of somewhere with a pool (maybe). But the only way we will stay somewhere else is if a pool is required (our daughters are over 21 now and may want to come with us). All of our spring/fall/winter stays will be here. This is the Vegas we fell in love with!