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El Cortez Tower Room Questions

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by marksind, Nov 16, 2012.

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  1. marksind

    marksind Low-Roller

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    Just booked a week in Vegas mid-January on a killer Southwest 24 hour deal. Will be staying in an El Cortez tower room for seven nights. I've been in the casino many times, but have never stayed at ElCo (wife's not willing). I'll be there with a buddy, and neither of us are very picky. BUT - we will be there for seven nights, so I hope the room is decent.

    Can anyone who has stayed in the tower rooms share any insight, tips, thoughts, etc., as well as anything about food and drinks on premises, that might improve our stay? I've eaten at the Flame and enjoyed it, but nothing beyond that. Thanks.
     
  2. Annie Vegas

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    The Flame Steakhouse is a must for us now. It is fabulous and you can get a good coupon for it from LVA or ACG.

    SO and I both had porterhouse and shared 3 sides, and 2 drinks, and after the coupon it was less than $60 incl. tax/tip!

    El Co is on my bucket list of places to stay. This trip is the 4Q.
     
  3. CenterfieldNine

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    As for the tower room, I've heard good things. Ive only stayed in the vintage and wouldn't do that again. Apparently the tower is comparable to strip standard accommodations. Someone probably has better info but for a quick reply I think y'all are set
     
  4. Jimbo338

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    marksind:
    I believe you just booked the best deal you could have booked downtown. As a matter of fact I looked at 8 nights there 1-29-13 to 2-6-13 but didn't book it because you have to pay at time of booking and they do not accept credits from SWA. I am already booked and would have to cancel the trip, keep the money as a credit for another trip before July 20, and pay for this trip as well. I have stayed at the Tower Rooms and the Vintage Rooms. Your price would be great in the Vintage Rooms but is Outstanding in the Tower.

    First of all the staff will treat you like royalty.....I found them all very friendly. My firt trip was in the towers through a broker and I expected to be treated like the ugly stepchild. To the contrary, I was treated like a big shot. She told me I could have a tower room with a view of the strip or of the mountains, or , for the same price she said i could have a Vintage King Suite. She sent me to see them both. I loved the Tower rooms, large and roomy. I had a king but they also have twin queens. The rooms have the usual furniture but also sport a love seat near the sliding door which opens a bit for ventilation. There is a coffee table, and a desk and chair, plenty of lights and the heat and/or AC is fine. The bathroom is small and a bit outdated but clean and functional and has a window that opens! There is also a safe in the room.

    She also asked if I had a preference as to floor. Security is good and you need your key to use the elevator to your floor. Rooms are smoke free and rooms are quiet except for doors slamming here and there. Remodel was a couple of years a go but rooms are well maintained. A couple of requests and housekeeping was there in minutes ( I like heat off and extra blankets). I requested a mini fridge but not sure if I got it cause I have a med that is supposed to be cool or if they are avaialble on request ( I would ask nicely.....it works wonders here). You will prob get a fun book with coupons for $5 off a meal and free play, and prob an offer for a free night or two to return in a couple of months.

    There is a Subway in the lobby and a 24 hour cafe. Food there is good with a good variety of food and reasonable. There is a good deli acrorss the street and a coffee shop where you can get coffee before 9 for a buck and has free wifi. There is also a dollar store around the corner where you can get snacks, soda and stuff. There is plenty of security around, it is well lighted and a short walk to the FSE. It has the convenience of a downtown hotel but quieter than it would be on fremont.

    Lastly, there is a free shuttle to the airport except for saturday. Inquire on checkin and reserve a spot. They use a Lincoln town car.

    I wish I had waited and could have booked this deal as well but for the last couple of years it was a good price during the summer but no deals like this have happened at this time of the year. I will be staying around the corner on Ogden at the Gold Spike. Try their restaurant some morning for a decent breakfast.

    Incidently, the Vintage Rooms are very comfortable, and a good deal but small. They would be kind of tight for 2 people but quite adequate for someone solo esp if the price is right; They are also well maintained and comfortable My best price at EC was $11/night for Vintage and $21 for Tower. I love downtown........what deals.

    Enjoy your stay!

    Jimbo338
     
  5. MoneyToBurn

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    I stayed in June, and really liked it as well. Walking distance to the Mob Museum, the bars and Freemont Street. Had a tower room with two queens, and the beds and the chair in the corner pretty much filled the room, so the rooms aren't too big. Not a plus for you in January, but I found the air conditioning was powerful enough to keep me happy in June.

    Bathroom was fine, I'd liken it to the one we had when I grew up in the 70s.

    I used the cage rather more than I wanted cashing traveller's cheques, and service was quick. Coffee shop personnel were pleasant.

    Two things I didn't care for. The single elevator (that I found, anyways) can be crowded, and it has one of those card readers in it, so you have to jostle your way to the controls. The other thing was that the player's club closed early, and so I didn't have a chance to sign up the first night I was there.

    I'm staying again for NYE.
     
  6. FullPay

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    Tower rooms are old but spacious with desk and chair and a small
    sofa sitting area, bathrooms are cramped. I believe they all have coffee pots and safes but no fridge. Not being overly concerned about views or security, I always request a second floor room. The south facing rooms overlook the casino roof (no street noise) and because there are business offices on the second floor you do not need your room key for the elevator. Added bonus is that you can leave your room and descend into the casino via the red carpet spiral staircase across from the registration desk. Sign up for the El Cortez mailer to receive two for one coupons for the cafe.
     
  7. marksind

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    Tower Rooms

    Thanks for the info, folks, and taking the time to respond. That was a real sale SW Airlines had yesterday. Today the same flights/room are over 50% more. Maybe they'll repeat it for Black Friday. If they do, I may be making another reservation. Every Vegas visit I think maybe I'll tire of it, but I never do.
     
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    Tower rooms have plenty of space except in the bathroom, which is tiny. They still have tube tvs too. Those are the only two downsides I can think of. I prefer staying in the cabana suites with the 42" flatscreen, mini fridge and large standup shower (not to mention free m&ms in the lobby). Since January is usually slow, you might get an upgrade if you ask.

    The Cafe Cortez won the Best In Vegas coffee shop. I guess it's for the prices, because the food really isn't anything worth going out of the way for. It's more than adequate if you're staying there. There's a Subway and Seattles Best Coffee on site, and The Beat coffeehouse across the street (free WiFi w/ a purchase).

    Speaking of WiFi, its $12/hr hrs at the hotel. There's two pay as you go internet terminals by the Tower elevator. I think its $5 for 20 minutes but you can save your login id and use your minutes later.

    The gift shop is not as overpriced as on the strip, but you can get the same items for less in the stores along Fremont Street.
     
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    Those internet terminals by the elevators also take cash, $1 for 5 min. The $5 thing is with a card.
     
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    Tower rooms at the ElCo are some of the most underrated of any Vegas casino property. You'll be just fine.
    They're my No. 1 choice for downtown lodging.
     
  11. makikiboy

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    I could have sworn that there were 2 elevators in the tower, can someone confirm 1 or 2 elevators? I did like the elevator key card entry to your floor though, at least it keeps non guests away from your floor (unless someone in the elevator gets off on your floor).

    The tower rooms are pretty roomy for downtown IMHO. There is a couch and a coffee table so you can relax without having to sit on your bed. The room is in older condition (meaning they should renovate the rooms soon) but acceptable. This was a couple of years ago so hopefully they changed the carpets and wallpapers. As others mentioned, the bathrooms aren't that big (except for the handicap rooms).

    I found the food at the cafe to be okay (not the greatest but standard food faire) but I also notice that service is slow in the mornings (not sure about dinner as I never ate dinner there).

    I would also recommend you ask for a room facing away from the south side and the east side. There are clubs on those sides and the boom boom noise until 2 am (sometimes later) was irritating on friday and saturday nights. Those clubs have courtyards so the music goes upwards, towards your rooms. Not sure if it will be that much of a problem for you as it will be cold in january so not sure if those clubs will be open or if the courtyards will be open.

    others have complained that the a/c isn't that great so the casino is a little smoky in some areas. The good part is that they have $3 bj and craps a lot of the time.

    The hotel is a few blocks from the FSE action so it was kind of a drag to have to walk back after partying at the other casinos. Not too far, just an extra few minutes walk but kind of a pain when you are tired and ready to turn in for the night.

    It was fun passing by the neonopolis and the heart attack grill, they have a scale outside by the door and you can see how much weight you gained on your trip (works 24 hrs a day). bad because everyone passing can also see how much you weigh.

    While I have listed a number of my "negatives" they really aren't that big a deal and lately I usually have ended up staying at the EC because they usually have the lowest rates downtown (look for regular specials on the net, usually they have a pay 2 stay 3 night deals or free tuesdays or something if you wait for it).


    As others have said, the place is decent and a bargain compared to other downtown hotel rooms. You should be getting a "fun book" upon checking in, good for a $5 discount on your meals at the cafe, $5 freeplay at bj, and some other stuff. There is a $50 hold on your cc when you check in (for incendentals) that is removed upon check out. Parking is plentiful and free but there is also another lot across the street if there are other functions in the area.
     
  12. Kem59

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    El Cortez is fine. The Vintage rooms are a kick. I stayed there in October. When I was in the bathroom shaving I had this funny thought of gangsters breaking down the door looking for a wise guy or some thing. They keep the rooms clean and the room has this wonderful feel of old Las Vegas, before the mega resorts. The tower rooms are well kept and also a good value. The customer service at El Cortez is exceptional. They will treat you very well. My only dislike is the color scheme at the Cabana Suites :vomit:.
     
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    I think the little walk to the EC is a plus. You leave the crowd and noise of FSE, can pick something up at the deli or dollar store or stop for a cup of coffee and check your email at the BEAT. Or, you can cut across the new courtyard, well lit and patrolled. EC is a great deal for the price. I also tried the Vintage rooms and they were adequate for someone alone. Yes, the bathrooms are small, but who entertains in the BR? I paid $11/night and $21 for the Tower. I'd like to see that price again!

    Jimbo338
     
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    There are two tower elevators, and they are quick in my experience. Perhaps the guy was thinking of the single elevator to the pavilion rooms, which are far inferior to the tower rooms.
     
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