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.