Best Staycation Bargain

El Cortez



With about 150,000 hotel rooms, Las Vegas has plenty of options, but the historic El Cortez wins for a few good reasons: It is perfectly positioned on Fremont East for a night of crawling among all the cool new bars without worrying about how to get home; it’s still got historical charm but with some contemporary refurbishments (such as the new Designer Suites and the lime-green modern Cabana Suites); and midweek rates are as low as $21 a night.

600 Fremont St.,

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Jason Strauss


Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.