By Yvonne Newman
If you like staying in places that are intimate and have an independent attitude, then head to downtown Las Vegas. You’ll find several hotels that are small in size, but big in personality.
EL CORTEZ CABANA SUITES
These modern-yet-retro, Miami-inspired accommodations are found in the Fremont East Entertainment District at 651 E. Ogden Ave. Formerly the Ogden House motel, the five-story building was completely overhauled. There are now 64 rooms featuring bold colors (like bright green) and chic design elements. Amenities include 42-inch flat-screen TVs and iHome docking stations. The black-and-white lobby exudes a fun, artsy attitude, and there’s even a pumped-up fitness center. Nightly rates start at $35 on weekdays and $65 on weekends. elcortezhotelcasino.com
GOLDEN GATE HOTEL & CASINO
Opened in 1906, this contemporary hotel with vintage appeal has roots dating back to the birth of Las Vegas. Originally known as the Hotel Nevada, it’s located in the heart of downtown at the west end of Fremont Street Experience. Inspired by its past, the Golden Gate features Roaring ’20s and Rat Pack-era influences in the décor of its 106 rooms and 16 suites as well as throughout the property. Check out a display of historic artifacts—like a Kellogg telephone and original gaming ledgers dating back to the early 1900s—in the lobby. Plus, sip a classic cocktail at Bar Prohibition! and nosh on an iconic shrimp cocktail at Du-par’s Restaurant & Bakery. Nightly rates in July and August start at $29 for a standard room and $79 for a suite. goldengatecasino.com
OASIS AT GOLD SPIKE
This hip boutique hotel with a sparkling pool is an inspiring downtown oasis. Located at 217 N. Las Vegas Blvd., it’s just a short stroll from Fremont Street. There are 38 rooms dubbed Premier Crash Pads and six suites called Ultimate Crash Pads. They’ve been individually decorated with funky light fixtures, faux wood floors and whimsical artwork. If you want to explore the area, the Oasis has bikes available to rent or you can hang out in the library, where there are shelves lined with interesting books and a record player with a selection of vinyls. Nightly rates start at $39 during midweek and $99 on weekends. oasisatgoldspike.com