Katsam
 
 
 
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    January 2, 2013
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Yearning for the days of old Vegas? You can't get much more vintage than staying at a casino that's on the National Register of Historic Places.Step back in time at the El Cortez, where you can experience the history, style and personal service standards of classic Vegas -- along with dining, a bustling casino floor and an elegant bar.Opened in 1941, the El Cortez is one of the longest continuously running hotel/casino in Las Vegas. Bugsy Siegel was among a group of men -- all with ties to the mob -- who owned the joint for a short time in the mid '40s. Now that's old Vegas.Today, the El Cortez is in a revitalized area of downtown dubbed the Fremont East Entertainment District, where there is an active arts scene. Restored neon signs line the street in front of the property. Visitors are also just a short walk away from a handful of eclectic bars, the Downtown Container Park and the famous Fremont Street Experience attraction.The resort's casino has long been popular with visitors and locals. There are more than 1,000 slot machines on the casino floor, including numerous coin-operated ones. It's one of the only casinos left in town that has the retro clinking coin machines. The El Cortez has a keno lounge and a sports book that's affiliated with Station Casinos.For old school dining bargains, head to the 24-hour Café Cortez for affordable breakfast options, prime rib deals and late-night specials. There's also a small food court just off the lobby with a Subway, Dreyer's Ice Cream Shop and Seattle's Best Coffee.Gamers who don't want to leave a hot machine or table can take advantage of El Cortez’s Gambling Gourmet, a game-side dining service that will deliver food to you so you can play uninterrupted.In 2015, Siegel's 1941 will open at the resort. A true classic Vegas dining experience, it will feature favorites like prime rib and stone crab as well as some special chef-driven selections.The El Cortez offers bars in the lobby and casino, but the centerpiece is The Parlour Bar & Lounge, which is decorated in rich textures with smoky mirrors, leather club chair seating and a baby grand piano. The Parlour is the perfect place to grab a drink from the vintage cocktail menu and listen to live music. Guests can sip on a mint julep, a drink that originated in the 1700s, or try a more modern concoction like the Parlour Refresher. The bar also serves small bites like artichoke dip, fish tacos and wings.
 
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Customer service 
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Accuracy of VEGAS.com's Description 
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fromColorado Springs CO
Age:55 to 64
Gender:Female
Travel Purpose:Vacation/Pleasure
Travel Companions:Spouse
Purchase Frequency:Once a year
Star Rating Accuracy:Too Low
Gambler:Yes
Game:Other
Yes, I recommend this product.
Excellent Value, beautiful decor, all employees exceptional with service
PostedMay 15, 2014
we were surprised at how beautiful our room was, it was a suite for same price. there was beautiful wood pieces like dresser , bed, deak, room to stretch out everywhere. I loved the window in the bathroom, it was so nice . we could see over Fremont street, very short walk to Fremont Experience.
The casino uses a beautiful scent throughout the building, was not overpowering.
The parking garage was easy to use.
I was disappointed we had to leave. I will Stay at The El Cortez every time I go to Vegas..
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You know that friend who’s really afraid of heights? Stratosphere is probably not the place to take them. But once you’ve ditched them in the casino, at the Level 8 Pool or the Tower Pizzeria & Creamery, let yourself enjoy the ride up to the biggest attraction at Stratosphere.At 1,149 feet, the Stratosphere Tower makes every other structure in the city awkwardly explain that they’re just cold or nervous. Since it extends to such a great height, it's visible from nearly every vantage point in Las Vegas. But those sights are nothing compared to the view from the top. In less than 40 seconds, high-speed elevators pull you upward like you’re already on a thrill ride. You can’t see out, which is probably a good thing since you wouldn’t want to be stuck in an elevator with the one person who couldn’t handle it. But thanks to the attentive and explanatory elevator operators, you’ll have plenty of information to take your mind off the fact that you’re shooting upward at 25 ft/s. (Yeah, we did math.)Once you get to the top, you’ve got lots of options depending on how intense you are. If you’re quite calm, Top of the World restaurant, one of Las Vegas' premier gourmet rooms serves sophisticated cuisine impeccably paired with wine and complemented by a 360-degree view of the city. The floor actually makes a complete rotation every 80 minutes. The place is so romantic they even offer special Proposal Packages. And for casual people who enjoy a cocktail, Level 107 Lounge overlooks Top of the World and Air Bar is literally the highest bar in Vegas. For people just slightly more daring, the Observation Deck offers indoor and outdoor viewing of Fabulous Las Vegas and is the perfect place to sit and wait for the friends you politely refer to as “adventurous” as they enjoy themselves.For some reason Stratosphere decided, “Hey, let’s put thrill rides on top of the tallest structure in the city. That’s a good idea.” So that’s exactly what they did. And it’s totally a good idea. There are currently four ways to test your resolve: X-Scream (A teeter totter that gets its jollies by dangling people off a building), Big Shot (A ride that takes you even higher into the air then drops you harder than a dubstep DJ drops the beat), Insanity (Like your childhood merry-go-round if it were jacked up on Four Loco and Spike TV), and SkyJump (It’s just jumping off the top of the building and trusting a cable to slow you down--because parachutes are for babies). We could give you warnings about trying these, but we can already tell that if you’re the type of person who’s already excited then nothing will talk you out of the ride. And you’re also probably the type of person whose main reason for not wanting to die is the fear of your family going through your stuff. But for the rest of who have self-control and a healthy fear response, Stratosphere also has more grounded appeal."Pin Up" is a sexy and sultry stage show starting Claire Sinclair and was choreographed by Lacey Schwimmer of "Dancing with the Stars." The Michael Jackson tribute show "MJ Live" also plays at the Stratosphere. Fellini's Ristorante Italiano Preparing excellent pasta and other Italian delights. Singing for your supper is all the rage at Roxy's Diner as the wait staff in this nostalgic restaurant often put on a show to accompany their old-fashioned home cooking. And McCall's Heartland Grill has a hearty mix of steak and seafood in a Midwestern-style restaurant.Add to all that The Buffet, the pool with poolside café, Roni Josef International Salon & Spa and Tower Shops with 32 stores that replicate street scenes from iconic shopping cities like Paris and New York and you can see that Stratosphere is much more than a tower. That said, the tower is still pretty awesome.Stratosphere is close enough that you can catch a cab or shuttle to the rest of the Strip (we don't recommend walking), when you’re finished surveying it from the observation deck of course. And complete enough that you won’t have to leave if you don’t want to. It may not be for the acrophobic, but Stratosphere, with everything it has to offer and the heights it reaches, is definitely for the people who want to push themselves a little and look over the edge at least once during their Vegas vacation.
 
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Accuracy of VEGAS.com's Description 
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Casino 
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fromColorado Springs CO
Gender:Female
Travel Companions:Spouse
Purchase Frequency:Once every few years
Star Rating Accuracy:Perfect
Yes, I recommend this product.
Very nice place to stay
PostedJanuary 2, 2013
This is the 3rd time we have stayed at the Stratosphere. The rooms are a great value.. They are always clean and stocked with shampoo etc. Any time we asked foran extra blanket, or anything, it was delivered almost before we hung up the phone.
Would stay here again, wonderful stay.
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Yearning for the days of old Vegas? You can't get much more vintage than staying at a casino that's on the National Register of Historic Places.Step back in time at the El Cortez, where you can experience the history, style and personal service standards of classic Vegas -- along with dining, a bustling casino floor and an elegant bar.Opened in 1941, the El Cortez is one of the longest continuously running hotel/casino in Las Vegas. Bugsy Siegel was among a group of men -- all with ties to the mob -- who owned the joint for a short time in the mid '40s. Now that's old Vegas.Today, the El Cortez is in a revitalized area of downtown dubbed the Fremont East Entertainment District, where there is an active arts scene. Restored neon signs line the street in front of the property. Visitors are also just a short walk away from a handful of eclectic bars, the Downtown Container Park and the famous Fremont Street Experience attraction.The resort's casino has long been popular with visitors and locals. There are more than 1,000 slot machines on the casino floor, including numerous coin-operated ones. It's one of the only casinos left in town that has the retro clinking coin machines. The El Cortez has a keno lounge and a sports book that's affiliated with Station Casinos.For old school dining bargains, head to the 24-hour Café Cortez for affordable breakfast options, prime rib deals and late-night specials. There's also a small food court just off the lobby with a Subway, Dreyer's Ice Cream Shop and Seattle's Best Coffee.Gamers who don't want to leave a hot machine or table can take advantage of El Cortez’s Gambling Gourmet, a game-side dining service that will deliver food to you so you can play uninterrupted.In 2015, Siegel's 1941 will open at the resort. A true classic Vegas dining experience, it will feature favorites like prime rib and stone crab as well as some special chef-driven selections.The El Cortez offers bars in the lobby and casino, but the centerpiece is The Parlour Bar & Lounge, which is decorated in rich textures with smoky mirrors, leather club chair seating and a baby grand piano. The Parlour is the perfect place to grab a drink from the vintage cocktail menu and listen to live music. Guests can sip on a mint julep, a drink that originated in the 1700s, or try a more modern concoction like the Parlour Refresher. The bar also serves small bites like artichoke dip, fish tacos and wings.
 

Do you have transportation to the strips ?

We drove our car to Vegas, however they have an airport shuttle also
10 months ago
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