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El Cortez Hotel Downtown Las Vegas

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The Alternative to the Las Vegas Strip is in Downtown Las Vegas
El Cortez Hotel Downtown Las Vegas

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If you’re among the young, hip traveler planning a Las Vegas vacation, you probably think your options for a Vegas hotel are limited to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas or Wynn/Encore (and maybe the new Tropicana or GO rooms at Flamingo). Those are great choices—all of them—for a Vegas hotel. But I’ve got another suggestion, and believe it or not, it isn’t even on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s the El Cortez, downtown, on Fremont Street.

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Have you seen Fremont Street lately? While the picture in your mind of the original Las Vegas Casinos here might be a little seedy, in the past few years, the Fremont Street Experience has added a lot of fun—and free--entertainment options. And East Fremont Street, where the El Cortez is located, is home to several cool bars and lounges, including Downtown Cocktail Room, Insert Coins (with a full vintage video arcade), Vanguard Lounge, Beauty Bar, Emergency Arts and more. There’s even decent New York style pizza!

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