I have stayed in so many hotels in Las Vegas at this point that I feel like I have seen it all. But while I used to spend a lot of time at hotels on the Strip, I have found that there are often just as interesting (and often cheaper) hotels nearby – if you are only willing to drive a short distance.
The El Cortez Cabana Suites are located downtown, near the El Cortez hotel and casino. The El Cortez, while typically more of a local’s casino, is only a short block away from the Fremont Street Experience. I had been in the casino before (they have an excellent steakhouse which I will soon review) but I wasn’t that interested in staying at the hotel. Then my boyfriend told me about their newer, more modern hotel across the street. The rooms were a good deal so I figured, why not?
The building itself is fairly non-descript and located next to both of the parking garages owned by El Cortez. I was surprised to see a security guard outside. Though, to be fair, this is on the edge of a more ‘run-down’, less ‘busy’ section of downtown. The main doors are also keycard-only access.
Inside, you will immediately notice the modern feel. Think lots of black, white, green and glass. The receptionist’s desk is located right inside the entryway. There is a sitting area with a candy dish. There is also a small but decent gym – though be warned that the front wall is all glass. (Since mid-workout is not a great look for me, I tend not to put myself “on display” when I work out).
My first thought when I saw the room was that it was colorful but dark. And by dark, I mean that there was one tiny window that let in a small amount of light. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though, as the desert sun shining through your window when you are trying to sleep can be brutal. What I could see of the room was very modern and clean. It even had it’s own refrigerator.
While I am still not sure if I am a fan of the decor, I would definitely consider staying here again. It was cheap and was great for getting to and from the Fremont Street Experience while being a bit removed from the crowds.
- The room type pictured is a “Junior Suite”. Other room types at the El Cortez Cabana Suites include “Deluxe Room” and “Super Suite.” – BAUSTIN