El Cortez Cabana Suites : The VegasTripping Review 2011
The Best Kept Secret In Las Vegas
In case you didn't know it, El Cortez - not to mention the East Fremont neighborhood which it is the anchor tenant of - has been undergoing a renaissance over the last few years. First came a refreshing of the casino floor, revamping some of the dining options, upgrading their hotel rooms and the acquisition and rebranding of the adjacent Ogden House hotel into El Cortez Cabana Suites.
I've been fascinated by the El Cortez Cabana Suites since first seeing photos of their rooms shortly after they were unveiled in 2008, instantly landing them on my 'Vegas to do' list. While making trip preparations for the run up to the grand opening of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, I seized the opportunity to test out the El Cortez Cabana Suites and booked two nights there via the VT reservations thingy for the jaw dropping low price of $40.11, for BOTH nights. Seriously? Two nights in a brand new, modern boutique hotel for less than what Aria charges in resort fees? Is there something I don't know - elevated train tracks right outside the window? a nocturnal death metal band's rehearsal studio next door? could my room be on the 'pay by the hour' floor? I drove to Las Vegas scratching my head the whole way there, wondering what unforeseen horrors might await me at the El Cortez.
I arrived and parked in the self park garage which - judging by the low low low ceilings - was built before the invention of the van. The parking garage elevator spilled out into the casino at the not so far end of which is located the check in desk. Check in was a breeze and within minutes I exited by the gift shop en route to my room.