Been going to Vegas since 1989. We have always stayed on the strip except for one stay at the Orleans. While we visit downtown each trip - and play at the EC, we have never stayed downtown. My wife knows that I love the "vintage Vegas" feel. Truth be told my favorite stays were at the Dunes and the original Sahara (garden rooms in both, right by the pool). I know those days are over , but she finally agreed to a downtown stay. Any help with what would be good/bad about the El Cortez would be great! The other option (in my mind) is the Golden Gate. Really want it to be a history type trip. It is just the two of us, so size of room is not really important. CLEAN is really the only requirement. All information is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!