We stayed here in mid September 2013. I'll get the negatives out of the way and then write about the positives. We had a higher floor corner (two outside walls) room. Night time temperatures started dropping and we discovered that our room had no heat. We called the front desk and were told that they could either cool or heat the hotel, but not both and that they hadn't switched the system over to heat yet. This was very disappointing given that we were in a higher corner room knowing it would be one of the coldest in the hotel. We called the front desk a second time and asked if they had portable heaters. They did and brought one to our room. We spent the night toasty, but with a loud heater circulating off and on and waking us each time it did. I can understand an old hotel having an older climate control system, but would have expected the front desk to OFFER the heater to us on the first call without us having to call a second time. Better yet, they should have been proactive knowing the weather forecast and either switched on the heat or brought heaters to all the rooms (or just the cold ones...I imagine many inner rooms remain warm). The second issue we had was the hotel's lone elevator. It died on the morning of our second day. We ended up carrying luggage down a few flights of stairs. I understand that this is a historic property, but they need to have a back-up plan or a service elevator that could be used for moving luggage or for handicapped people who need to move around.
With the above out of the way, this is a beautiful old property. It's downtown and pre-dates cars, so there's no on site parking (we parked in their lot a few blocks away), but that's just something you have to deal with to stay in an old hotel. Our room was gorgeous - furnished as it likely would have been 100 years ago (but everything was in perfect working order). The bed was extremely comfortable. We dined at the hotel bar and enjoyed an old West saloon style dinner with great piano music (although some of the songs were 100 years old and others were more recent).
Definitely worth the stay and we would come back.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Strater Hotel Durango