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“Charming, historic hotel in the middle of town” 5 of 5 stars
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Strater Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   699 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301   |  
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Ranked #6 of 29 Hotels in Durango
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Denver, Colorado
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8 hotel reviews
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“Charming, historic hotel in the middle of town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

The Strater Hotel is a charming, historic hotel with a very good location, blocks from the Durango/Silverton train station and walking distance to shops, restaurants and bars. We booked our room late on a Friday (8:30-9pm) after leaving the hotel we had originally booked (it had no heat in September). We were given a discount (I believe 15%) because we were booking at the last minute, but they did not have a room for 2 nights so we had to switch rooms on Saturday. I was not thrilled about this, but the staff at the Strater made the move painless. They asked us when it would be convenient for us to be ready to switch rooms, then came and moved our bags while were were out enjoying Durango.

The thing I remember the most about the Strater was that everyone was cheerful from the front desk staff to the guy cleaning the hallway. This means that the employees are treated well and thay pass that good will on to the guests.

We had 2 rooms during our stay. The first was a queen and a twin, which was a fairly good size room. We were able to open our suitcases on the twin bed and not have to unpack which made moving easier. Both rooms had light and airy wallpaper with pink and purple flowers (lilacs ?). The first had a beautiful marble topped table between two Queen Anne type chairs. On the desk there was a basket full of goodies and the chocolate bar was worth the $2.00.

The second had a Queen bed and I remember sleeping very and not wanting to get out of bed. The window looked out toward the railroad tracks and the window opened and I was able to lean out and take pictures of the train crossing the street on it's way up to Silverton.

We had the buffet breakfast in the dining room. The dining room was very relaxing - not your typical American get-in-get-out type of environment.

In windows at the front of the hotel, there was a display of ladies lace up high heeled shoes and hat boxes and other memorabilia. The entire hotel has that relaxing, turn of the century feel to it. Very nice hotel. Looking forward to going back there again.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

All the charm you'd expect from an old western hotel and more. The Strater delivers on its promise to transport you to another time through its antique decor, tiny old elevator and exceptional dining options. While the rooms are somewhat no-frills, they certainly are adequate and thoughtfully decorated. The downside of being such an old building is the size of the rooms, especially the bathrooms. That said, the accommodations are perfectly charming, and who spends that much time in their room in Durango? There are so many things to do, from skiing in the winter, rafting in the summer, riding the steam locomotive, strolling through the busy downtown right outside your door. We live in Santa Fe, and make frequent trips to Durango; we've tried many of the other Durango hotels, but The Strater is at the top of the list.

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The Diamond Belle, an old west saloon directly attached to The Strater, is a treat that should not be missed for lunch or dinner served by costumed dance hall girls and waitstaff. Live music and great drinks - it's a fine place to hang out in the afternoon or evening.

The Mahogany Grille, the hotel's fine dining restaurant, offers a fresh menu with dishes that blend the new and old west in thoughtful and creative ways.

Rounding out the selection for dining or drinks is The Office Spritorium. A casual, but upscale lounge atmosphere for drinks and appetizers.

We've always found the continental breakfast (included in the stay) to be very nice and usually includes a couple of hot dishes. If you're looking for a great breakfast, the Jean-Pierre Bakery, just down the street, has great eggs benedict among other things.

Parking is free, and there are several lots to choose from near the hotel.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Rosa, California
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112 hotel reviews
Reviews in 210 cities Reviews in 210 cities
271 helpful votes 271 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

We stayed here two nights and were very pleased. We were in town to experience the Durango/Silverton railroad. It was a five hour ride, scenic views, and majestic mountains all for the cost.
The rooms are furnished in the period of the hotel. The beds are comfy, and we each had our own. Nice when sleeping on the road and in a high altitude. There is also a private jacuzzi available to guests. My husband used it twice and was able to leave his driving/travel aches behind. The chemical is Bromine so beware in case you are as I am allergic to that one.
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  • Stayed March 2012, 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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VAN HORNE
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49 reviews 49 reviews
33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

If you like historic anything this is the place to stay. The staff was very helpful, checked us in quickly and gave us a tour of the hotel. Everyone we met greeted us with a smile. The hotel is decorated in period pieces and the room we stayed in was fantastic. Loved the elevator, felt like going back in time. We upgraded to a corner king room, it was spacious and very clean. The bed was so comfy I didn't want to get up in the morning. We ate in the hotel restuarant and while the choices were limited the food was very good. Breakfast was good as well and there was a coffee station outside our third floor room which was an added plus. We enjoyed the entertainment in the evening, a guitar player who was a lot of fun. We will be going back again.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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WI
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84 reviews 84 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

I travel often, and I can say this is one of the best hotels I have stayed in. All of the employees are friendly, and go OUT of their way to ensure you enjoy Durango. The hotel is done to show its original vintage quality! The rooms are very well appointed with each room being just a little different. The location is the BEST anyone can ask for. You walk out the front door and there you are in the middle of it all. Also the bar/saloon attached is for those who want the old country western singing with a quality, social crowd. The food was very good, and the local talent just added to the charm. If you are looking for Holiday Inn or Hyatt quality, this goes far above that with quality furnishings and charm that most hotels could only hope for. Stay here for a night or two, you will not be disappointed. We look forward to our return visit.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights to get away from it all. The hotel is right on main street so it is within easy walking distance of most of the shops. We had the Louis Lamour room on the corner of the 3rd floor. It is a huge room overlooking main street. We thoroughly enjoyed staying here. The bar is small but fun and lively. Breakfast was sub-par but we went out to eat and there are some great restaurants nearby so why eat at a hotel buffet? The hot tub is big and private. You have to reserve it in advance but we were the only ones on the reservation list late in the evening. We walked to the train station for the winter day ride, it was great as well.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lewes, Delaware
Top Contributor
148 reviews 148 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 71 cities Reviews in 71 cities
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

The Strater is a special hotel in a special place, Durango, CO. There is a vitality there in both the hotel and city.

The Strater offers immaculately clean and comfortable rooms in a classic setting. Public areas abound, with restaurants and saloon. All built in that old, intricate wood work style. Even the corridors and main stairwell are exceptional.

Located downtown, it is a short two block walk to the Durango-Silverton Railroad Depot. Restaurants are conveniently scattered about downtown, as well as other shopping options. Free hotel parking is offered.

The Strater is a romantic throwback to a simpler time that should be experienced.

  • Stayed February 2012, 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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Address: 699 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301
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Location: United States > Colorado > Durango
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Durango
#5 Family Hotel in Durango
#6 Business Hotel in Durango
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Strater Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 93
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1887, the historic Strater Hotel (Historic Hotels of America Member) is a prominent downtown Durango, Colorado landmark located two blocks north of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, one hour east of Mesa Verde National Park, and in the heart of the rugged San Juan Mountains. Experience the Old West, fine dining, shopping, and many year-round indoor and outdoor activities. The hotel is home to the world's largest collection of American Victorian Walnut Antiques, the Louis L'Amour Room (designated Literary Landmark), and three unique dining establishments including Mahogany Grille specializing in fine dining. For entertainment, unwind with daily live music at the Diamond Belle Saloon and The Office Spiritorium or take in a show at the world famous Henry Strater Theatre, home to the Durango Melodrama & Vaudeville (seasonal). For those wishing to create a memorable event consider Strater Catering & Events (weddings, group meetings, special events). ... more   less 
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