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El Cortez hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas to become 21+ property

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Posted at 12:49 PM, Mar 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-16 16:04:20-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — People hanging out in downtown Las Vegas will eventually need an ID to enter El Cortez.

The historic hotel-casino says it will start transitioning to a 21-years-of-age-and-over property in April when it will require an ID to book a room.

The casino will make the transition in two phases, with the second phase requiring an ID at the doors. It did not specify when that phase would begin.

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The casino says the change is part of the $25 million remodel project it undertook during the pandemic. Still in progress is a renovation of the original 47 “vintage” rooms built in 1941 when the gambling house first opened its doors.

Below are additional details of the transition, per El Cortez.

Phase I

For all hotel stays booked April 1, 2022, and beyond, all guests must be 21 years of age or older with a valid state-issued identification.

“This transition comes after careful consideration and decades of trying to accommodate minors in a property that is focused primarily on gaming and popular casino bars,” said General Manager Adam Wiesberg in a press release.

“El Cortez offers an action-packed casino floor with 700 slot machines and 25 table games, all with great odds for our adult players to enjoy in a historic, one-of-a-kind setting.”

Phase II

The future phase of this new policy will include identification checks at every entrance, making the entire property—including all food and beverage outlets—limited to guests 21 years and older.

“While Las Vegas has grown and adapted to cater to all demographics, El Cortez remains a traditional gambling house with great gaming odds and an indescribable feeling of stepping back in time,” Wiesberg said.

“El Cortez is the spot where adults have gathered to enjoy a cocktail or two and try their luck in the casino for over 80 years.”

For more information, visit ElCortezHotelcasino.com.