A downtown Las Vegas icon since 1941, the El Cortez Hotel & Casino is a low-rollers paradise on the eastern end of Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas.
Parking is plentiful here, as the casino/hotel boasts not one, but two different five-story parking garages that stretch the entire length of their respective blocks, providing just under 1,000 parking spaces in total.
The main red-colored garage is attached to the resort on the eastern side, and is for hotel guests and upper player’s card members (more on that below.). The other self-parking garage is just catty-corner from this main garage.
El Cortez Hotel & Casino Parking Fee
|Hotel Guests & Upper Player’s Card Members||Free|
|All Others (Monday – Thursday)||$5 per day|
|All Others (Friday – Sunday)||$10 per day|
Please note that during special events taking place on a weekday, parking fees rise to $10 a day.
As for hotel guests, parking is technically free at all times. However like most casino/hotels in Las Vegas, the El Cortez charges a nightly resort fee. (They call it an “amenity fee.”) “Free parking” for registered guests is included in your resort fee.
El Cortez Hotel & Casino Free Parking
The iconic original signs at the El Cortez, along with other signs on the parking garage read, “FREE PARKING.” However the not-so-fine print reads, “For qualifying guests.”
By this they mean patrons who have reached the top three players card levels, (or who are staying at the hotel).
The El Cortez’s player’s card is called the “Club Cortez.” There are four levels, starting at the lowest with “Emerald.” Those of you who reach one of the other three levels, “Sapphire, Ruby or Diamond” receive free self-parking.
Valet Parking Fee at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino
I called the El Cortez to confirm that valet parking is free for everyone – hotel guests and non-hotel guests alike. Of course tipping the valet driver is customary.
Interestingly however, there is a sign in the valet area off to the side (and not in use), showing valet parking to cost $40.
In other words, during very busy Las Vegas weekends and holidays (think New Year’s Eve, July 4th, etc.), the valet parking may cost you.
Valet parking is accessed off of N. 6th Street, on the west side of the hotel. Unlike with bigger casinos, where you still may have a long walk to the hotel or casino after dropping your vehicle off at the valet, the El Cortez valet is steps away from the action on the casino floor.
El Cortez Hotel & Casino Parking Map & Directions
The black “P” on the map below is the entrance you’ll use for self-parking if you are a hotel guest or a player at the Sapphire, Ruby or Diamond levels. You’ll pull in off of N. 7th Street. There is just one in/out access area.
The brown “P” shows you the entrance to the self-parking garage on Ogden Avenue. This catty-corner parking garage is for everyone else who has to pay. However if the main, closer garage is full, hotel guests and qualifying player’s card members can park here for free as well.
The Blue Star is the entrance to the valet parking area.
- Clearance in the garage across the street is just 7 feet, 1 inch.
- Additional self-parking very close to the casino can be found just to the west of the El Cortez. Across N. 6th Street (near the valet), the city of Las Vegas provides a few pay-to-park spaces.
As of this update, parking in these city spots cost $3 an hour during the day, and $10 (total) from 6 PM to 5 AM. Weekends have a flat rate of $10.
- The north and east side of the El Cortez can get a little sketchy at night, but there is a security guard at both parking garage entrances.
- Including the boutique rooms at the Cabana Suites across the street, the El Cortez has 365 hotel rooms. The casino floor space is a little over 41,000 square feet.
El Cortez Hotel & Casino Address, Phone Number & Website
600 E Fremont Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 385-5200
(By Steve Beauregard. Photos copyrighted by Gamboool.com)