This is a beautiful old hotel, full of history. The entire hotel, but particularly the Diamond Bell Saloon, was like stepping into a western movie. We were lazy and didn't get down for breakfast for the first 2 days. We did find a great French bakery just down the street that served all kinds of delicious menu items, including fantastic breakfasts.
The Office Spiritorium and the Saloon were both popular places and stayed pretty full in the evening. Had to wait a few minutes to be seated at the Office for a drink, but I did get to try an absynthe drink. (Not for me.) We had a nice lunch the next day in the Saloon with no wait. Service was good in both places.
Ours was a "classic" room which was quite nice with a brass bed, American Victorian style furniture, and some beautiful wallpaper. Bed was quite comfortable, and we had lamps on each side - that's a must for us readers. However, we do generally like a little more space, so we'll probably upgrade to a deluxe or premium room next time. We thought we were going to be short of counter space in the bathroom until we found a medicine cabinet behind the mirror. First time I've seen that in a hotel, but it made the room much more useable.
I normally want a cup of coffee as soon as my feet hit the floor. There was no coffeemaker in our room, but the hotel provided coffee on the buffet on each floor. I threw my coat over pj's, walked down the hall, & grabbed two cups.
One of the bellmen, (Landon?) gave us a tour of the hotel, including some of the deluxe and premium rooms. These were gorgeous - - and many were huge! Every room we saw was different and was furnished with unique pieces. He also pointed out some of the hidden openings (hidey-holes) in the woodwork at the hotel & told us interesting tales - - about the handgun that was discovered in a bureau by a guest, etc., etc.
We made it to breakfast on the last day. Food, service, and coffee were all good. I only had coffee, juice, and pastry, but my husband had the full upgrade. Was a nice surpise to have that breakfast included.
Next time we will give the Mahogany Grille a better try. Just didn't work out this trip for us to have an evening meal there. Would like to have breakfast offered a little later since we tend to be lazy on vacation. Staff was very helpful and friendly. We are definitely recommending it and want to go back.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Strater Hotel Durango