Black Meetings and Tourism

March / April 2021

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B M & T ••• March/April 2021 ••• 8 H OT E L H A P P E N I N G S EL CORTEZ HOTEL & CASINO CELEBRATES 80TH YEAR IN LAS VEGAS WITH CULMINATION OF $25 MILLION REMODEL Sin City's Longest Running Hotel & Casino Completes Massive Renovation Project in January 2021, With a Few More Exciting Changes on the Way A true hallmark of Las Vegas history, the iconic EL Cortez Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas is thrilled to announce the completion of its recent $25 million renovation project, which culminated just in time for its 80th anniversary this year. Built in 1941, El Cortez is the longest running hotel & casino in Las Vegas. As protectors of its long and vibrant history, the team behind this beloved hotel, including owner Kenny Epstein, has made sure to keep its integrity intact while renovating the space, taking special care to bring an elevated guest experience while preserving the same vintage charm and authenticity that have captivated Las Vegas locals and tourists for 80 years. As part of the remodel, El Cortez revamped the casino floor with brand new ceilings and a woven Axminster carpet by Brintons, a world-famous manufacturer. Spanning almost all 42,000 sq. ft. of the main level, the carpet brings a vibrant energy to the casino floor boasting a fiery leopard print and leaf design boldly displaying eye-catching colors, including bright red, gold and green. "For many people, some of their best days in Vegas were spent at El Cortez, so there is a strong attach- ment, not only to our staff, but also to everything inside the hotel that makes it unique," said General Manager Adam Wiesberg. "That includes our famous carpet, which has played host to so many unforgettable memories. We are constantly balanc- ing the preservation of Las Vegas his- tory with upgrading to provide world- class style and comfort, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive." In addition, El Cortez features 200 remodeled, premium tower rooms and suites that inspire a modern take on historical themes. Boasting a warm, contemporary design blended with a bit of whimsy, the suites draw inspiration from the Spanish Colonial Revival era, with decorative ele- ments including black-and-white floor tiles, traditional style rugs, modern accent furniture and carved wood details. Leading up to the highly anticipated 80th anniversary in October, El Cortez will unveil a few more exciting changes, includ- ing thoughtful updates to the original vintage rooms, a new hotel lobby and dazzling high-limit room. For more information and to make a reservation, visit ABOUT EL CORTEZ HOTEL & CASINO El Cortez Hotel & Casino is a family-owned and operated casino, as well as one of the oldest and most treasured hotels in Las Vegas. It is located in the heart of the Fremont East Entertainment District, an area known for its resurgence and influx of unique restaurants, bars and nightlife, as well as respected businesses like Zappos. El Cortez has undergone several renova- tions, with the most recent revamp culminating in 2021, but still rocks the same façade it had in 1941, retaining much of its Spanish Colonial Revival-style architecture and keeping the spirit of classic Vegas alive. On February 22, 2013, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, making it the only standing casino on the list.

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