El Cortez Renovations Preserve Historic Downtown

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Renovations at the historic El Cortez Hotel & Casino are giving Las Vegas a revitalized look for its soon-to-be-completed Fremont East District, downtown's new entertainment district. By end of 2007, approximately $20 million in renovations will be completed at the property, including its newly remodeled porte cochere and valet entrance, 300 rooms and the addition of a $500,000 air-filtration system. El Cortez is the anchor property for the new district that will also feature nightclubs, restaurants, lounges and pedestrian walkways between Las Vegas Boulevard and Eighth Street. Mayor Oscar Goodman will open Fremont East District on Friday, August 24, with a special ceremony.

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The El Cortez is such an integral part of Las Vegas history that we feel it's important to preserve that history for future generations. In conjunction with the city's efforts, we can truly say that together we've started the trend of bringing vintage Vegas back to downtown.

    "The renovations at El Cortez play a big part in the revitalization of downtown and positively showcase the property at the center of the burgeoning entertainment district," said Mike Nolan, El Cortez's general manager. "The El Cortez is such an integral part of Las Vegas history that we feel it's important to preserve that history for future generations. In conjunction with the city's efforts, we can truly say that together we've started the trend of bringing vintage Vegas back to downtown."

The property has also broken ground on its Las Vegas Boulevard entrance, a new two-lane entrance that will lead directly to its porte cochere and valet. The street will also feature pedestrian-friendly walkways, lampposts and planters, reminiscent of the 1950s. El Cortez's exterior updates and renovations are expected to bring back the nostalgia and vintage charm that downtown once had. The Las Vegas Boulevard entrance will welcome locals and tourists with a classic, neon sign featuring designs and colors nearly identical to the property's original signage dating back to the early 1940s.

Additional renovations at El Cortez will include the remodeling of the property's Ogden Tower, featuring 100 luxury hotel rooms and a business center and fitness center once completed. The property also plans to build a pool adjacent to the Ogden Tower.

About El Cortez Hotel & Casino

El Cortez Hotel & Casino, an anchor property in the soon-to-be developed Fremont East District, is located in historic downtown at 600 East Fremont Street. With 300 newly remodeled hotel rooms, El Cortez features full-pay single deck 21, 10x odds on craps, state-of-the-art roulette and over 1,000 slot machines. El Cortez is proudly affiliated with Michael Gaughan's South Point Sports Book. The Las Vegas Review-Journal voted El Cortez "Best Blackjack in Las Vegas" in 2007 and "Best Keno in Las Vegas" in 2005 and 2006. Dining options at El Cortez include: Kitty's Cafe, Roberta's Steakhouse, Chinese Kitchen Buffet and Express Breakfast Buffet. The property's other amenities include: Subway, Dreyer's Ice Cream Shop, Seattle's Best Coffee, El Cortez Gift Shop and full-service beauty and barber shops. For more information, please call 1-800-634-670 or 702-385-5200, or visit http://www.elcortezhotelcasino.com.

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