Fremont Street is a street in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s one of the most well-known streets in the Las Vegas Valley (as well as the whole of Nevada) right after the Las Vegas Strip. Named in honor of the famous explorer John Charles Fremont, Fremont Street has been the home of some famous, world-renowned casinos over the years, and in fact still is.
This includes The Pioneer Club, The Mint, Golden Nugget, Fremont Hotel and Casino, Eldorado Club, as well as several others. Fremont street goes all the way back to 1905, the year that Las Vegas was founded. Fremont street was the very first paved street in Las Vegas in 1925, though thankfully all of the streets are now well-paved.
The very first traffic lights in Las Vegas were on Fremont Street in 1931 (though some visitors and locals still don’t seem to realize they exist…). Before something known as the Fremont Street Experience was constructed, The west part of Fremont Street was what you saw in just about every single TV show and movie that showcased Las Vegas.
The centerpiece of Fremont Street Experience is Viva Vision, the world’s largest video screen. The Viva Vision screen is 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and is suspended 90 feet above the pedestrian mall that sits below. The screen has 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system.
Fremont Street showcases today some of the most famous hotels in Las Vegas. I’ll go over several of the best hotels on Fremont Street and talk about why you might want to stay there, though to be honest, Fremont Street is such an iconic piece of Las Vegas history that you really shouldn’t visit Vegas without at least visiting these hotels and casinos and getting a good feel for the history of the place and the bygone era that produced Vegas itself.
1- El Cortez Hotel & Casino
Many would say that the El Cortez Hotel & Casino is one of the original Las Vegas icons and landmarks. It’s one of the last family-run casinos and has been in business since 1941. As one of the longest continuously running hotels and casinos in Las Vegas, El Cortez has undergone several sorts of renovations on its insides, but on the outside, has the same face that is has had since 1941.
El Cortez’s biggest goal and mission is to keep the spirit of classic Las Vegas alive and well. As of February 22, 2013, El Cortez became the only existing casino to be put on the National Register of Historic Places. That’s a huge deal! If you’re a history buff (especially of the Wild West era), this is the place to go.
El Cortez has rooms to please every taste and/or financial need. The Vintage or Pavilion rooms are an option if you’re looking for an old-school experience and have a little cash to burn. The newer and more modern options include Tower Premium rooms, which are a new addition to El Cortez.
If you’re looking for a more exclusive boutique experience, then the Cabana Suites would be a perfect fit. And last but far from least, for those wanting the most “cutting edge” experience, the Designer Suites will be right up your alley, where you’ll feel like you’re relaxing in the lap of luxury.
For those who are wanting the finest stay that you can probably have on Fremont Street, look no further than the Jackie Gaughan suite located at the El Cortez. Once the residence of the legendary Jackie Gaughan, the former owner of El Cortez, and his wife, Bertie, this penthouse suite is the cream of the crop of the El Cortez.
Unlike anything else in Las Vegas, this apartment features a massive living room with original figures handpicked by Mrs. Gaughan, a breathtaking dining room with an immaculate white marble table, a stunning bar and lounge area with a breathtaking view of Las Vegas, and two master bedrooms and bathrooms that really have to be seen in person to believe.
The pictures just don’t do it any justice at all. This would be a perfect place to stay for the couple that wants to plan a wedding anniversary or even a honeymoon in Las Vegas. Before you even walk into the suite itself, the guests are greeted by 2 large double wooden doors with giant Jackie Gaughan golden handles.
There could not be a more perfect tone setter than just the doors themselves. When I say this suite is truly a one-of-a-kind option for your stay while in Las Vegas, I mean it—the suite was even used as the setting for a music video from the artist Ellie Goulding. I think that whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino.
There are almost too many amenities to count at the El Cortez. At the restaurant, with the purchase of any entre, you’ll have the option of getting a complimentary glass of wine or a 12 oz beer. I guess it’s pretty common to be handed a free drink while in Las Vegas, but it’s still nice!
With the beautiful room that you’ll be staying in, you’ll have free coffee daily, as well as two free bottles of water. You’ll have unlimited access to the fitness center, free parking, free phone calls, free WIFI, as well as a nice discount off of the in-house massage parlor. You won’t find an option on Fremont Street any better than what you’ll find at El Cortez.
2- Four Queens Hotel & Casino
Four Queens Hotel and Casino has been in operation since 1966. The hotel and casino has consistently focused on bringing its guests high quality and traditional Las Vegas gaming and entertainment, as well as amazing room options in the hotel.
Four Queens is located across from its sister property, Binion’s Gambling Hall, right in the heart of Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. Both Binion’s and Four Queens are owned by TLC Casino Enterprises.
If you decide to plan a trip to stay at Four Queens on Fremont Street, there are a few options as far as what kind of room you’re looking for. There’s the premium South Tower, which offers either one king or two queen beds in a space that’s about 325 square feet. The rooms have a modern, relaxing vibe. The showers in the premium rooms are comparable to a spa.
Most of the rooms in the south tower have an amazing view of the Las Vegas lights and mountain ranges. The North Tower is a step below the South Tower, offering either one king bed or two double beds.
If you want an even better experience, then the Royal Suites are a great option. Room sizes go from 325 to 620 square feet. These rooms come with absolutely anything that you would need and expect from a Las Vegas suite. The room is huge and comes with one King bed, but you can also hang out in the living area that includes a leather couch that can be folded out into a queen-size bed.
The living area also includes a love seat and a separate sitting area with a 55” TV. The bathrooms in the Royal Suites have granite counters, tile floors, and a spa-like shower. There’s also the Regal Suites option, which is going to provide a similar option with more space to lounge around.
The Regal Suites will also include your own personal bar. When the weather is warm, you can also enjoy the pool at Four Queen’s sister property, Binion’s. The pool is located on the 25th floor and gives you another amazing view of the Las Vegas valley while getting to sunbathe and swim!
One of the best places to book a party and have access to the view of the whole Las Vegas valley is the pool deck at Binion’s, which you’ll have access to with your stay at Four Queens.
Do you have other Fremont Street hotels that are amazing that we missed? If so, let us know in the comment section below!