How Spanish Colonial style will be incorporated in Tandem’s renovation of El Cortez Hotel & Casino

In the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, El Cortez Hotel & Casino started the renovation of 73 of its Tower Rooms. The project is slated for completion late summer 2018.

Tandem is involved in the redesign, with the new interior décor and artwork representing the hotel’s location and history.

Stepping into the hallway, guests will be greeted with a full size monochromatic mural of the vintage Downtown Las Vegas skyline with a pop art graphic layered atop. Accenting the mural is a pop of color, changing per floor, giving each level a distinctive personality of its own.


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El Cortez’ history can be found along the corridor graphic featuring an abstract interpretation of its vintage sign spanning the length of the hallway.

The refreshed rooms will have a modern design blended with a bit of whimsy, while also incorporating Spanish Colonial style. Highlights of the redesigned rooms will include black and white floor tiles, traditional style rugs, carved wood details and modern accent furniture.

The property was first opened on Fremont Street in 1941. The hotel has undergone several renovations, but still features the same façade it had in 1952. In February 2013, the structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, making it the only casino on the list.

Photo credit: Chris Wessling