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Elevating Downtown Las Vegas: El Cortez Hotel & Casino unveils $20 million expansion


El Cortez Hotel & Casino, an iconic fixture in downtown Las Vegas since 1941, is embarking on a $20M property-wide expansion project. This ambitious endeavor will introduce a new high-limit lounge, two bars, a restaurant, and a Starbucks coffee shop to the historic establishment. Set to commence renovations this summer, the final phase of the expansion is slated for early 2025. With a keen eye on preserving the vintage charm that defines El Cortez, each new venue has been meticulously designed to embody the vibrant spirit and allure of downtown Vegas. These enhancements follow the property’s recent $30M renovation of the original 47 rooms, Tower Premium Rooms and casino-floor bathrooms, further solidifying its commitment to providing exceptional guest experiences.

“We are thrilled to unveil our latest expansion project, which represents a significant milestone for El Cortez and the community of downtown Vegas,” said Kenny Epstein, CEO and chairman at El Cortez Hotel & Casino. “These enhancements arrive at a pivotal moment of heightened demand from both locals and visitors to Fremont Street. We are excited to continue to elevate the guest experience with these additions, ensuring every visit is filled with comfort, convenience and timeless hospitality.”

The project entails expanding the casino’s footprint by 10,000 square feet and renovating an additional 4,000 square feet of the existing casino floor. The new high-limit lounge promises guests a secluded and elevated gaming experience, while two new bars, including a roulette bar and a show bar featuring a massive screen for films and sports, will add to the entertainment offerings.

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