Just in time for its 80th anniversary this year, the El Cortez Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas has completed a $25 million renovation project.
Built in 1941, El Cortez is the longest running hotel and casino in Las Vegas. The management team, including owner Kenny Epstein, has maintained the sense of heritage while renovating the space. The casino floor got new ceilings and a woven Axminster carpet by Brintons. Spanning almost all 42,000 square feet of the main level, the carpet has a leopard print and leaf design in red, gold and green.
“For many people, some of their best days in Vegas were spent at El Cortez, so there is a strong attachment, not only to our staff, but also to everything inside the hotel that makes it unique,” said GM Adam Wiesberg. “That includes our famous carpet, which has played host to so many unforgettable memories. We are constantly balancing the preservation of Las Vegas history with upgrading to provide world-class style and comfort, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.”
In addition, El Cortez has 200 remodeled tower rooms and suites that inspire a modern take on historical themes. The suite was inspired by the Spanish Colonial Revival era, with decorative elements including black-and-white floor tiles, traditional style rugs, modern accent furniture and carved wood details.
Leading up to the 80th anniversary in October, El Cortez will unveil a few more changes, including updates to the original vintage rooms, a new hotel lobby and a high-limit room.