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“A charming hotel located close to restaurants and shops.” 5 of 5 stars
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General Palmer Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   567 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301   |  
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Ranked #5 of 30 Hotels in Durango
Mississauga, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“A charming hotel located close to restaurants and shops.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

This is the second time I've stayed here. It's a charming Victorian era small hotel.
Fresh baked cookies are set out in the lobby each afternoon at tea time. Tea is always available.
The staff are all friendly & helpful. Our phone was cordless & not functioning - a slip due to recent renovations but this es quickly resolved.
The room had two queen beds and was spacious. We had 4 windows!! A big ceiling fan moved the air do it was never stale. The bathroom was a spacious with a separate room for the toilet & shower. The shower was very good. Free wifi and a nice modern tv mounted on the wall had lots of channels.
The only thing I don't use here is the tiny old style cage door elevator - just too tiny for my " claustrophobic " wariness. But it's only got 3 floors and the stairs are good exercise!
Great value for service and excellent proximity to restaurants and shops as it's right on Main street. Plus it's right beside the train station if you're interested in doing the train excursions. Starbucks is across the street. A fantastic chocolate store is right next door. I recommend Seasons restaurant for a truly lovely dinner experience. And the hotel provides a continental breakfast.
I will be back.

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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paulanelson, General Manager at General Palmer Hotel, responded to this review, June 17, 2014
Dear "hikesedonachick"
Thank you for leaving a review of your stay at the General Palmer hotel. I believe one of our greatest assets is our location too. I don't think you can get any closer to the train station. For those of you unfamiliar with our Narrow Gauge train, it leaves in the morning and comes back in the late afternoon. This is not a train that screams by many times a day, but is to take guests to the old mining town of Silverton.
Thanks again, Paula
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bayfield, Colorado
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We stayed one night to celebrate our 27th anniversary. I believe this was our 4th stay at the General Palmer. The staff is always very friendly and this is such a beautiful historic hotel with beautifully maintained rooms. For the first time we stayed in a room above the Palace restaurant right next to the train station. Other stays were in the hotel itself. The rooms above the Palace are just as lovely as in the hotel, you just have to walk across the hotel's parking lot and up a flight of stairs. Rooms are beautifully decorated with period furniture, very comfortable beds with quality bedding and bathrooms modern and clean. The hotel includes a very nice continental breakfast and when they are not too busy, they will actually bring it to your room! 2 chairs and table plus a desk or dresser in the rooms as well nice armoires for hanging your clothes and one that houses the TV we never turned on. Prefect location on Main Ave to walk to many great restaurants. Also their rates are very reasonable! You get so much more for your buck here. I don't understand why anyone would pay more to stay at a generic chain hotel in Durango?!

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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paulanelson, General Manager at General Palmer Hotel, responded to this review, June 17, 2014
Dear "Swedenamerican
You are so awesome, thank you for reviewing your stay with us on Trip Advisor. Especially including the Palace, indeed, we have worked just as hard at maintaining them as the rest of the hotel. Hope to see you again next year.
Paula
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

... in facts, the worst experience in our lives! What was supposed to be a warm and accomodating room has revealed to be a refrigereting room! And this is not a joke at all, as it was -14℃ outside during the night. We had been given an extra blanket but it's still terrible to know that you can't come out the bed or you'd freeze. Moreover, breakfast is served in a chilled room as well, so we had to finally recover in our car to stay a little bit warmer. Unfortunately I would not reccomand it, at least in winter/spring time.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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paulanelson, General Manager at General Palmer Hotel, responded to this review, May 23, 2014
Dear "Broglio I"
Thank you very much for your review of you stay here at the General Palmer Hotel. I do sincerely apologize for the room/rooms being so frigid, it is not typical, but I do thank you again for letting us know, it is how we learn what is important to our guests.
Sincerely, Paula
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This was the best find ever! To be able to visit an historical hotel that instead of looking aged looks beautifully kept up with all the "warm and fuzzies" of home was amazing. The breakfast was yummy and healthy with all baked items made fresh every morning. Cookies and coffee/tea/hot chocolate every afternoon and smiles from all hotel staff…we cannot recommend this hotel enough. We will definitely go back!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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paulanelson, General Manager at General Palmer Hotel, responded to this review, May 23, 2014
Good Morning, "Kathleen F"
I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay here at the General Palmer hotel. I feel that my staff does an awesome job, such a great group of young people!!! Many of them are taking classes up at the college in Hotel management and this seems to be the perfect stepping stone for them. Thank you for the encouragement!
Paula
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

If you like older restored hotels instead of the chain hotels this is the place for you! This hotel was charming, full of antiques, and had many extra amenities that you would not expect. For example, they will bring your complementary breakfast to your room at whatever time you ask, and they were even some relaxing CDs in the room to play in the CD player/alarm clock.

They have a hot beverage station that is open all the time, and there are warm cookies every afternoon.

The hotel is located on the main street, and practically in the parking lot of the train depot, which we loved. We stayed two nights and never needed the use of our car because it's close to everything!
I would highly recommend this hotel and would definitely stay here again.

Tip: Some of the rooms do not have a window. Be sure to ask for a window room.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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paulanelson, General Manager at General Palmer Hotel, responded to this review, June 16, 2014
Dear "Kevran"
Thank you for leaving a review of the General Palmer hotel. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, I think that one of the best things about the hotel is it's convenient location.
Paula
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

What an awesome place. Victorian/Western antiques, clean rooms, robes, wi-fi, just loved it. The staff were very accommodating, and it is such a beautiful location that I will be recommending it often when.I return home.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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paulanelson, General Manager at General Palmer Hotel, responded to this review, May 23, 2014
Dear "Beverly B"
Thank you for leaving a review of your stay here at the General Palmer. We feel that is it those little touches that help us to stand out in the crowd, so glad that you enjoyed them.
Sincerely, Paula
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wichita falls, texas
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81 reviews 81 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

My son and I stayed here in August for a overnight trip before we caught the train to Silverton. It was a very nice old time hotel with modern things like central heat and air. The staff was wonderful and we really enjoyed the trip. Look forward to brining the wife for a nice romantic trip this spring.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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paulanelson, General Manager at General Palmer Hotel, responded to this review, May 23, 2014
Dear "WFFood"
Thank you for your review of the General Palmer, oh my gosh spring time is such a lovely time of the year. We have had some wonderful nighttime rain storms this spring and everything is so green and beautiful. Thank you for staying with us in August!
Sincerely, Paula
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Address: 567 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301
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Location: United States > Colorado > Durango
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Durango
#5 Family Hotel in Durango
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — General Palmer Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rich with Victorian elegance, the General Palmer Hotel has all the modern comforts that you would expect of a Four Diamond establishment. Named after General William Jackson Palmer who established the hotel in 1898, the General Palmer is the only historical Four Diamond Hotel in Southwestern Colorado. Each room has been hand decorated in the Victorian era with luxurious amenities. It’s the little touches that make the General Palmer unique; freshly baked muffins each morning and Teddy Bears on every bed. Enjoy our southwestern hospitality with concierge service from a gracious and caring staff available day and night, year around. We are located in downtown Durango right next door to the Narrow Gauge Railroad and we are within easy walking distance of many fine dining restaurants. ... more   less 
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