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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
norman, ok
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5 hotel reviews
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“Perfect hotel for the area!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

We stayed in the Strater last summer on a trip to Durango and it was wonderful! We stayed on the top floor and it was very quiet. Our room had a plaque with a name on it, as we had noticed several others had, and later found out that these plaques let you know of some important person who had stayed there, or event having transpired there. The staff was exceptionally helpful and friendly, we got a lot of good info about hiking in the area from the concierge. The hotel is located right in the heart of all the fun things to see and do in Durango, restaurants, shops, so once you've parked your car you can just walk everywhere. The complimentary breakfast is superb! You get to eat in the connected restaurant and it feels like a pricey meal, much better than any complimentary breakfast I've had elsewhere ( of course it's only complimentary so far as its included in the price, but even then I would guess my husband and I would have spent $20-$30 on an equal meal elsewhere). The rooms were lovely! Old fashioned and very period specific, but with the bathroom updated and tv and all modern amenities. On the third floor we were pleasantly surprised to find they set up a little coffee bar, so you could just walk out, grab a cup, and return to your room until you were ready to go down for breakfast. We also tried the connected saloon which was very fun. It had a hint of that touristy feeling, but not much and it really is a historic building so sometimes it's just fun to indulge in those tourist types. There did seem to be quite a few locals when we went. Overall the Strater is charming and worth the money. We are usually cheapos so the $160 a night was a little pricey, but I definitely think it was worth it and made our stay in Durango that much more fun!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

I was very pleased with this hotel. We went to durango on a last min trip. Stayed at another hotel the first night, saw the sign while driving around and decided to try staying here. The rate was right in line if not less than most of the other hotels, and was a great deal. The continental breakfast was one of the best I have had at a hotel, and they sit you in the Mahogany grill which is beautiful. The beds were comfy. Sometime theres some worry about older places that are full of "personality" and what issues that "personality" causes. None here. The service and people around were great, willing to give a "tour" of all the little hotel gems hidden away. I will defiantly be back.

Room Tip: Fourth floor, and a corner room near the back is a little bigger.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Although it's in downtown and not close to the ski resort, I had stayed here before and liked the hotel and the location. You are in a good spot in old downtown where you can walk to fast food, grocery store, bars, the train, etc. It's been 8 years or so and the hotel still looks great inside. Looks like an old western in color. The front desk staff was very friendly and had a good knowledge of the area bars and restaurants.

There are two bar/restaurants on site. One, accessed from the main lobby is like an old west bar and an older crowd seems to hang out here, the second, called The Office I think, has a younger more local crowd. Was surprised how good a deal he food was.....Had a flat iron steak in The Office for $14......

Breakfast is really nice and is more than what I expected....had fresh fruit and bagels and hot soup (Pelote) with pastries.

The room is comfortable with interesting antique furniture. Heater worked well when it was -20 outside. Mattress is pretty firm and not great quality but comfortable.

Couple peeves I had that may not be a big deal to some. First, the doors have pretty strong springs on them and if you are a light sleeper you will be awakened by the "ker-thump" of doors closing around you very early and late. Second, like a lot of hotels nowdays, the shower stream is about like a shower in a old Winnebago Camper. Very sad..... And lastly, the hotel preauthorized my card for about $3000. even though I was only staying for a couple days. When asked, he front desk staff said that the business office probably hit too many digits??

Room Tip: Get a room away from the staircase otherwise you will here the foot traffic.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Evergreen, Colorado, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Decided to not stay in a chain hotel, and very happy with my choice. Very clean, and the staff were all very friendly. Room was clean, and unique with antiques. There is an excellent restaruant on-site for a delicious high-end dinner, a bar for music and drinks and room service food was delicious. Happy all the way around. Great location on Main Street, with free parking across the street from the hotel...

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Stayed at the Strater during our stay after riding the Polar Express train. This historic hotel makes you feel as if you're stepping back in time - everything from the tiny elevator, to the memorabilia, to the Old West style saloon and Victorian style furnishings give his historic hotel an authentic feel. In fact, we were told that the Saloon next door has the same original wallpaper. We had the best room in the place and every room is decorated differently; excellent view of the Polar Express train below from both windows which my son absolutely loved. The fact that it snowed during our trip made it all the more magical. The staff were a little cold - fitting for the weather - but not fitting for a tourism based business. Breakfast is complimentary (which they did not mention upon arrival) and included posole, fruit, breads and cereal. The bathtub was backed up but manageable. Our overall impression was very good and I would recommend it for someone not only because it's conveniently located right in the center of the action but, who doesn't want to experience a piece of history? Plus, doesn't hurt that the train is within walking distance and the breakfast is free.

Room Tip: Great view of train from third floor
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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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Durango, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

If you're looking to truly experience the Old West of southwest Colorado, be centrally located in Durango, have great hotel bar and restaurant options, some romance, and just a great time for truly not an abundance in cost... go to the Strater Hotel... it's fantastic! When you walk in the front doors, it just feels like you've stepped back in time and get to experience the Victorian age of grace as well as the Old West mayhem! I love it there!

  • Stayed September 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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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

We actually stayed in August 2011 and it was very warm at that time of year. We loved staying at the Strater! This historic hotel is right in the middle of the old downtown and it is easy to walk around and shop. The details of the hotel are beautiful. The staff can even give "tours" explaining some of the hidden storage places in the lobby area - that is fun for the kids to discover. We went to the evening summer melodrama performance and that was a lot of fun. Good place for families. This was a great location, with parking, to explore the other activities in Durango.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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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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