My husband, mother and I stayed at the Doubletree for four nights while my mom attended a conference at the college in Durango. The hotel is terrifically located - right along the Animas river, and shares a parking lot with an Albertson's grocery store and an organic, local, funky mexican restaurant: Cocina Linda. It is an easy two block walk to the heart of downtown Durango - at Main and College Avenues - where there are tons of restaurants and shops, and access to the Durango - Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The hotel also is bordered by a 5 mile walkway/bike trail that stretches north into Durango and south to the visitor center right along the Animas and provides a great place to watch kayakers and rafters.
This hotel provides a free shuttle around town - my mom used it to get to and from the college. Durango also offers a free trolley system that allowed us to explore north Durango (Animas City). You would want a car, though, if you'd like to explore into the mountains and the San Juan Skyway.
The restaurant is nothing too unique, but does offer attentive service and good enough food. There is a little cafe on the first floor right along the Animas River, but it was booked for private parties both nights we'd hoped to eat there. There are fresh baked cookies every evening. Breakfast was not included with our reservation.
There is a small indoor pool and a deep hot tub. Both were quite clean. There's a small fitness center as well.
Every staff member with whom we interacted was fabulous, polite and provided excellent customer service. Most specifically, Rysert at checkin, good-natured Seth in the restaurant, and the awesome and enthusiastic Nick at guest services.