A cornerstone in downtown Las Vegas' history reached a milestone Tuesday. The historic El Cortez Hotel and Casino turned 75 years old.
In 1941, the El Cortez Hotel and Casino officially opened with a casino, restaurant, cafe, floor show and 59 rooms, making it the longest continuously running hotel in Las Vegas' history. Seventy-five years later, there are now 360 rooms.
However, the "Vintage Rooms" are still open and available to hotel guests looking for an authentic and historic experience. El Cortez is family owned, and the company credits its longevity to the longstanding generations of employees and customers that have called the venue home.
Lavern Unser, 75, says she's been going to the El Cortez Hotel and Casino for gaming since she was 21 years old.
"Many, many years, Unser said. "My mom and dad were old customers."
So, what makes the El Cortez so special? Is it the vintage charm or is it the old-fashioned coin machines?... Read More