Well, in hotels anyway!
To be frank, the only reason we visited Durango was to experience the heritage steam-loco train ride from Silverton, and that's a review for another day. But mindful of other TA reviews, we planned to stay at the Double Tree hotel since it seemed to "tick all the boxes" as far what we elderly types want.
So, what do we want? (Takes deep breath...)
Centralized location allowing walking to supermarkets and liquor stores (or if a suburban hotel, good public transport connections); Wide elevators to upper floors; Spacious room with comfortable beds; aircons that don't make a lot of noise; windows that keep out external noises; a room fridge; a choice of restaurants/cafes; and - a fast internet connection that allows us to Skype our grand-kids. And of course, we want all of the above at a price to fit our fairly limited budget! Our room was on the first floor overlooking the Animas river and we were pleased by its preparation and cleanliness. In short, the Double Tree met our requirements, with the bonus of friendly staff too.
Other points - the complimentary airport shuttle was also an unexpected extra, and there was a small swimming pool which my wife tried and pronounced "just right". Dining? We did try the Edgewater Grill where we received exemplary attention from our waitress - (thank you Kayla) - she was not intrusive but always there when required at our table. My wife chose the rancher's salad while I enjoyed the smoked salmon; maybe the salmon was a little expensive but I couldn't fault the presentation nor quality. And at $10 for a generous glass of Californian chardonay, it was well worth it.
Bottom Line: Would we stay here again? Well, it's unlikely we will ever return, but if we did - YES!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Low-rise Hotel set on the banks of Animas River at Highways 160 & 550; convenient to Fort Lewis College & tourist attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doubletree Durango
- Durango Doubletree