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Strater Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   699 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301   |  
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Ranked #4 of 30 hotels in Durango
Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“nice place, but not cheap”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We stayed here mainly out of convenience as we were already sitting in the bar and didn't want to go far. Was #1 on TripAdvisor. Rooms were a bit pricey, but we got 2 queen beds and split the $200 cost. Room 230 was very nicely decorated in a very historic style from floor to ceiling and furnished with antiques including large ornate headboards. View out window of this room is mostly roof. Continental breakfast is included, but it's all gone at 9am on weekdays. Only issue I had was a lame shower head. This could be fixed for under $10 so it pisses me off when hotels cheap out on guests this way.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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
    • 4 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
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Los Angeles, California
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6 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We enjoyed the historic hotel. It is well kept, the room was large enough but the beds are full size not queen so it seems a bit small. The room was fairly clean. Due to the green carpet you can see dust under the bed and against head board. The white tile in the bathroom had gray grout (I think...or it was a little stained?). It was nice tho. I would recommend the Louis L'Amour room or the same room on the third floor for a little more quite. Be prepared to hear a little noise about midnight as people are leaving the bars on the street below. Some get a little loud and it echos right up the street into your room even with the window closed. The Louis L'Amour room is where the author would write his books. It is a nice spacious room and the one above it is the same. Both are nice. His room is on the second floor which I suggest because you will likely use the stairs. This was a nice place and we will surely stay there again.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Arizona
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66 reviews 66 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Rooms of all sorts and prices. Historicaly done, but very modern. Staff is friendly and well informed so do not hesitate to ask. They actually have tours, so if you have some time set it up with the front desk. The web site says they charge, however, at this time they do not. It was pointed out by several staff that the web site needs some updating, so be sure and call if you have questions. They have all sorts of specials at different times of the year, so check on those as well.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

entering the strater is to step back in time. the interior, especially the bar, has been meticulously preserved. in the bar, women in period dress and a talented piano "rag" player, adam swanson, added to the illusion and ambience. (as to the waitresses, my wife commented that she knew the fishnet stockings and form-accenting costumes were sexist, but they were just too cute.) across the way, another bar offered quiet with a singer in the evening with upstairs seating where we played backgammon.
as to the rooms, ours was smallish with a good queen-size bed. the bathroom was updated with a small shower and no tub (who uses the tub anyway?). parking is in three different lots but we were able to find a spot. the staff was uniformly helpful while being unobtrusive. as a bonus, the durango/silverton depot is within easy walking distance.
if you want a unique address and not a cookie-cutter chain, definitely consider the strater.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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College Station, Texas
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

This was a wonderful place to stay! The hotel was built in the 1800's but the rooms are very modern with central a/c & coffee pot's & everything else you would find in any other hotel. The staff was helpful/friendly. Great place!!!

  • Stayed August 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

Durango is an awesome vacation destination, and this hotel compliments it perfectly. It's more than just a place to stay, it's an experience. The staff is very friendly, and the adjacent restaurant serves delicious food. We also saw the Melodrama at the Strater Theater, which was great fun. I've stayed at other historic hotels that were not quite up to par, but this one has been beautifully preserved and is maintained nicely.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

This hotel located in the heart of downtown Durango is a unique place to stay. It is furnished with antiques and is clean and well-maintained. It is, however, not luxurious, and does not have some of the amenities of other hotels at this price point. We stayed in a king classic room on the 3rd floor and found the bed in our room to be quite bouncy and bumpy. The bathroom is small but functional as you might expect in a hotel of this age. Our room looked directly out to the Durango/Silverton train and we enjoyed watching it go by. We read some reviews on the breakfast that were not good, but we were pleasantly surprised and thought it was great. They had scrambled eggs, as well as homemade banana bread which was delicious, homemade posole and scones which you would not find at a chain hotel. It was all very good. We went to the Diamond Belle Saloon for happy hour on the night we arrived and ended up staying for the $5 hamburgers. Great deal and very good!

Little known fact: They have a Jacuzzi. It is private -- schedule a time with the front desk and they will give you the key at your scheduled time. A great way to end the day!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Also Known As:
Strater Hotel Durango
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:
#4 Business Hotel in Durango
#4 Family Hotel in Durango
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Strater Hotel 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1887, The historic Strater Hotel is a prominent downtown Durango, Colorado landmark located two blocks north of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Cleveland pharmacist, Henry Strater, believed Durango would thrive, and with its prosperity, it would need a grand hotel. The Strater Hotel opened after an expenditure of $70,000 and placement of 376,000 native red bricks and hand-carved sandstone cornices and sills. As the hotel evolved, it became a popular winter retreat for Durango town folk who would close their own homes during the cold months and move into the hotel. Currently, the Strater Hotel houses the world’s largest collection of American Victorian Antiques, many of which decorate its 93 guestrooms including its Louis L’Amour Room—designated Literary Landmark. The Strater Hotel is home to the Durango Melodrama & Vaudeville, Henry Strater Theatre, Diamond Belle Saloon, Mahogany Grille, Strater Catering and Events, and The Office Spiritorium. ... more   less 
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