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“Great historic hotel in a beautiful setting” 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 30 Hotels in Durango
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great historic hotel in a beautiful setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

This historic hotel is great! It is right downtown near all the local activities. The staff is friendly and professional. The rooms are updated while still maintaining a historical flavor and very clean. A self serve breakfast is included with the room and it is a great way to start your day. I stayed in the "Walker" room on the top floor. It faced the main street but was quiet. The climb up to the fourth floor will leave you a little winded but there is an elevator if you prefer to ride. Try the Posole -- it is really good and rumored to be a cure for a hangover.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We had a wonderful spring break in Durango staying at the Strater Hotel. The accommodations were great and the location is very convenient. There was a little street noise at night but we were on the 4th floor so it wasn't too bad and for those more sensitive sleepers, the hotel did have white noise machines in the rooms. The continental breakfast was pretty good considering it wasn't a full breakfast buffet. We have two little ones so it was nice to be able to go downstairs and have breakfast waiting - or to the Diamond Belle Saloon for dinner and some musical entertainment. We would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: We stayed on the 4th floor in room 424. It was bright and sunny but with blackout drapes and street...
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Melbourne, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

If you want a bit of living history this is a good place to get a taste of it. The hotel is lavishly decorated in a refurbished Victorian style located in the main street of the old of part of town. The rooms are similarly themed, complete with wooden bed heads, antique dressers and armchairs. Each of the rooms is a different size, with the cheapest Classic rooms having a single, relatively small bed. The rooms with two queen beds are quite spacious and represent good value for not much more than the smaller Classic rooms. The beds are extremely comfortable and the rooms pretty much immune from external noise. Staff are friendly and helpful. The complimentary breakfast was adequate, if not particularly inspiring. If you want to carry the western theme even further, try the Diamond Belle restaurant which is located in the hotel. Waiters are dressed in Victorian style dress and live music is regularly part of the deal. Parking is available free across the road from the hotel in its dedicated parking lot.

Room Tip: Choose a room with two queen beds if you want a more spacious room.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Antonio, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

We really enjoyed the hotel and its bars and restaurants. We would stay here again. This is a first class place and the people are very nice. Great music in the bars in the evenings. The rooms are period correct, and very comfortable and inviting. The bed slept great. Very clean nice hotel right in the middle of the historic downtown district of Durango.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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132 reviews 132 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Excellent position in town and a great relax after hours on the slopes! Good food and very attentive staff made this a really interesting stay. The hotel itself has all the makings of the late 1800's but is clean comfortable and very welcoming - we will return!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Laguna Beach, CA
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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Stater Hotel while participating in the Durango Film Festival. I felt like I walked into 1887 when I entered the lobby. The hotel is historic, authentic and charming, and well maintained. It is furnished with authentic walnut antiques (the nations largest collection) throughout, that are in good shape and something rarely seen in a hotel due to the difficulty of maintaining them. The furniture was not original to the hotel but it might as well have been.
Our room was spacious even though it was the size of an 1880's hotel room which were not particularly big. The bathroom was small but manageable and the antique bed was surprisingly comfortable (and we're pretty picky about beds).
Breakfast was complimentary and served in their more formal restaurant. It is a "Continental" style breakfast with your basic cereal, yogurt, fruit, etc. and the added Pozole soup other reviewers mentioned. While Pozole may be an odd thing for some of us to eat at breakfast, it is still pretty good and I recommend trying it.
The Saloon, while not original to the hotel, is still pretty authentic and fun. We ate a quick lunch there and it was good and priced well.
If you are going to Durango and enjoy history, check in to the Stater Hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for room 222 if you are a Loius L'Amor fan and don't mind the Saloon music below.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Have stayed at the Strater twice. Love the historical aspect of the hotel, and enjoy the individually decorated rooms. Breakfast is very nice, staff is excellent. Only complaint is that the lighting in the rooms is inadequate for reading no matter where one sits.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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 Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Durango
#4 Business Hotel in Durango
#4 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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