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“Strater Hotel, Durango, CO.” 4 of 5 stars
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Strater Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   699 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301   |  
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Dayton, Ohio
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“Strater Hotel, Durango, CO.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Good location in the middle of town, staff courteous, very good breakfast, classy décor of good-old western movies. Our room on the 4th floor was cold despite the warm temp outside probably because of the old and high ceiling. Parking is across the street. We didn't have problem crossing the busy street. But some customs may need extra butler help for check-in process.

Room Tip: Good to re-live childhood memories of cow-boy movies
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • 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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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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103 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

.... this would be their love child. My opinions about this hotel are mixed. First, it is a charming building with a perfect location downtown. The lobby, which is historic and appealing, has been maintained just the same as it was when I visited 40 years ago and multiple times between, The staff was top-notch in every respect.

The real problem I had was with the rooms themselves. Even in a B&B, I don't know that I have seen so many patterns on ceilings, walls, chairs, carpet, drapes, etc. The Bradbury & Bradbury ceilings were gorgeous but were drowned out by the cabbage rose wallpaper dominating the rest of the room. Add to that more bright roses on the upholstery and various "set-arounds" intended to bring charm and the room ended up just being plain crowded. I'm still not sure we brought home all of our stuff since it was nearly impossible to tell where anything was to begin with. Clutter is not the friend of a hotel guest. One of my favorite hotels is the Brown Palace in Denver with a similar pedigree. It was done more simply and tastefully. I did not find the Strater a restful place.

So, the final recommendation is "do go" if you love the crowded antique, busy environment that ruled the Victorian age. If you want something more Boomer Friendly, you might consider another option in town.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with an outside view. They also have rooms with a compelling view of the air shaft an...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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newbury
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45 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Love these sorts of hotels... So rich in lore and history.... Always down town so just park yourself in this great little town and enjoy everything from great restaurants to quaint little boutiques.... Or do as I did...... just enjoy the hotel, the great staff, the well appointed rooms, and there in house restaurant and saloon..... Look no further when in Durango.... Why would anyone stay at a chain.... Are points really worth it.... Loved this place

Room Tip: Go for a king
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Ashover
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38 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Very comfortable hotel with lots of history and charm.
Bedrooms very comfortable, whilst not being terribly spacious. The bars are welcoming and the menus are varied to suite all. Watch out for the bar maids in their traditional clothing. As for breakfast the continental menu is the most generous I have experienced maintaining excellent quality. Do try the breakfast soup. A local tradition that goes down well and the recipe is also offered to those interested.
Excellent location for local attractions, particularly the Durango to Silver-ton Railroad.

Room Tip: Parking to the rear of hotel. But on arrival get ticket which allows you to park across the road whi...
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Durango, Colorado
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81 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

OK, lets be honest. You don't stay at the Strater for huge rooms with a modern bath and a mini bar. Anyone who marks it down for being what it is, should not be staying here. You stay at the Strater because you love histric boutique hotels, because you love the look and ambiance of antique furniture that is yes, a little creaky and a little less comfortable. The Strater is one of Americas premier historic hotels and it's an honor to get to stay in it. The staff is very friendly with plenty of hellos and makes you feel welcome. People are people and anyone can have an off day, but on the whole service is great. The rooms with a single queen bed are on the small side, and the answer is to book a room with a queen and a single because these are larger rooms. An important part of a stay here is drinks and music in the Colorado Belle. Not only visitors but large numbers of locals frequent the place. Strike up a conversation with some local folks while you listen to Donny Johson and the Blue Moon Ramblers on a Sunday night.
We will keep coming back, because modern hotels are well....boring, the Strater is western history at its' best.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the 7th street side of the buidling. You can see the mounatins and the train go by...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Stayed 2 nights and have nothing bad to say about the Strater, but also struggle to find anything outstanding to mention. The reason you stay here is all the history - late 19th century, Louis L'Amour, and so on. Location is great, downtown near shopping and restaurants. And the room (#422) was spacious, clean, and quite comfortable. However, the age shows - e.g., less than modern bathroom, soundproofing of walls not great, time to upgrade some carpets, and so on. Service was mixed - some very nice, one brusque. Too small a sample to draw any conclusions, I suppose. Breakfast was so-so, nothing special.
Bottom line: Recommended primarily to those who Strater's history and "Old West" ambience, and/or good location.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Stayed here a number of times and will stay again while in Durango. Historic hotel, very comfortable. The rooms are spacious and decorated with early 20th century decor. The hotel restaurant and bar are great as well.

  • Stayed September 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
    • 4 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:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Durango
#6 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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