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Strater Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   699 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301   |  
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Ranked #6 of 30 Hotels in Durango
Albuquerque, NM
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Polar Express”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

We took my grandson to Durango for a ride on the Polar Express (the annual North Pole ride on the D&SNGRR). We had a corner room which offered a view of the departing and arriving trains. The room was spacious and offered a fantastic view. Mother Nature added a beautiful snowfall, making for a winter wonderland in a historic hotel setting. The lobby was nicely decorated for Christmas, which added to the overall atmosphere. The breakfast was enjoyable and we were able to look out and appreciate the beauty of the snow without leaving the hotel.

Room Tip: My daughter and her husband had the corner room. We had a smaller room on another floor which was n...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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125 reviews 125 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

The Strater Hotel is a beautifully restored historic hotel right on Main Street in Durango. Everything is within walking distance. We had a wonderful stay here. The rooms are redone to a traditional feel with antique furniture. The bathroom is a tad small. There is a very nice continental breakfast each morning serving tasty scones, breads, yogurts, egg, juice and coffee. The Hotel was quiet and the employees were very helpful and kind.

Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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26 hotel reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

I loved that this hotel was "unique" compared to any other I've stayed. If you are looking for the generic cookie cutter chain hotel - this is not it. We stayed at other top rates trip advisor hotels and they were nice.... But not unique. The stay is an experience in itself. I've been giddy about everything I saw here. The free breakfast didn't have any meats but we took a left leaving the hotel and headed for carver's brewing co. for breakfast. It was great as it was yesterday. Try the spinach / feta / sauté onion eggs with hollandaise sauce... Awesome!

When you check in - reserve the private hot tub. You don't have to walk down in your swimwear because you can change in the hot tub room.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 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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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

We combined a stay at the Strater with a ride on the D&SNGRR and it made for a wonderful weekend totally immersed in history! ThIs landmark hotel will take you back in time and yet still provide the modern amenities that are needed. It was worth it to us to spend a little extra inorder to stay in a suite with a view and wonderful period decor. The morning breakfast was a pleasant suprise, good variety and quality - we loved the posole! Don't miss the shoot out at the Diamond Bell Saloon downstairs and a old time show at the Henry Strater Theater! The vaudeville act is great fun! The cast really pours their hearts' out - especially if you Boo, hiss and cheer! (it is a Victorian thing...) Long live the glorious Strater!!!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012 via mobile

We stayed in the "larger" room and it was still a little small. We missed having a fridge and coffee pot also. The staff was awesome and super friendly! The stay was a bit spooky which added to the charm!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berthoud, Colorado
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

We happened to stay at the Strater during Cowboy Poetry Weekend, this made the crowd very unique. The lobby and bar were really crowded so we didn't hang out at the hotel. It's in great condition for its age and the location can't be beat. We also heard some fun rumors about hotel ghosts and history as a brothel. This hotel is definately a part of western history!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Its like stepping back in time, truly great hotel. The decor is wild west era. We stayed in a basic room. It was also furnished in period style. Food and Bars are also excellent! One small issue is the proximity of the train. It was not an issue for us as we were up reasonably early but it is quite noisy when in the station and when going by.

Room Tip: Rooms nearest the front are furthest from the train but nearer the main street.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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 Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Durango
#4 Business Hotel in Durango
#5 Romantic 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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