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Strater Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   699 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301   |  
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25 hotel reviews
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“Charm and position”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We stayed one night at The Strater and totally enjoyed our stay. Being an old hotel we didn't expect the rooms to be large, but were pleasantly surprised to find ours more than adequate especially for a one night stay. Decor in the room and throughout the hotel was well executed adding to the atmosphere. Parking across the street isn't too much of a problem and the staff were quite helpful. It was the only hotel of 8 we stayed on this trip that didn't have coffee making facilities in the room and the WiFi in the room was non existent, however it worked in the reception area. There was a little noise from the hallway and the next room also, but again I guess that for an old hotel that is to be expected. Position is excellent, right in the middle of the main street, so everything you need including the railway station is only a couple of minutes walk.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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mthomgm, General Manager at Strater Hotel, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Dear Ozteddy,

Thank you for visiting Durango and choosing the Strater Hotel to host you during your recent visit. We are pleased to have received your positive feedback and insightful comments.

We truly appreciate you taking the time to allow us the opportunity to learn about your recent experience.
All of us here at the Strater Hotel look forward to hosting you again in the near future.

Thank you.
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The Strater Hotel advertises that you can stay in a museum, and I would say that is accurate. There has been a lot of updating done to the rooms and the common areas. Much has been done well. However, overall, there is more work needed to be in the ranks of a modern hotel. The room was not particularly clean, with dust in the corners and on the furniture. The bathroom needed a lot of work. The drain in the center of the floor smelled. The shower nozzle was awful. And what modern hotel does not have elongated toilet bowls?

On the positive. The staff was courteous and helpful. And the breakfast was nice. The saloon was a hoot.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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122 reviews 122 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Just spent our second stay at the Strater and could not be more pleased. We had an amazing room filled with antique Victorian furniture, a bed that was a gorgeous four-poster piece, and all the ambience of the still-a-bit-wild-West out the Windows with a great view of downtown Durango below.

This room was much larger and more well-appointed than in our previous stay, and it was just a wonderful place to be for a romantic weekend where we rode up on the Harley from New Mexico and spent Saturday on the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Train.

Full breakfast was part of the package, and that was excellent. Breakfast was a buffet with all the fixings, plus an omelet of the day is offered each day.

The Strater has two restaurants and a bar, and there was live music in the saloon and restaurant on the weekend. The kitchens do stop at 9PM, so we needed to go elsewhere for dinner Friday and Saturday nights, but the staff were kind enough to direct us to local eateries where the kitchen stayed until 11pm or midnight.

THe bathroom was very nice, tiled and the hair dryer hidden away in a Victorian dresser. (They note this in the check-in materials.) WiFi is free and no-nonsense, no password needed. More hotels need to learn how to offer WiFi without hassles, and the Strater does it.

The Strater boasts the largest collection of VIctorian furniture in the world. Yes, the world, according to the front desk. And it is really gorgeous. The overall tone throughout is dark wood, red-toned designed wallpaper, and dark red/browns for carpetting. Very much the color scheme of the era in which the hotel was built at the inception of Durango in the late 1800s.

You can definitely get the feel of railroad barons, miners, travelers, and bohemians of all kinds staying at The Strater over its history.

My only issue was with the robes provided in the rooms and offered for sale along with other trinkets from the hotel. The robes were very soft and nice, but ridiculously small! They seemed to be child-sized in our room, or for LIlliputlians! We are fit people, not overweight, and neither one of us could fit into the robes! They don't close. Try to tie the belt and the robe is wide open over the legs! I asked for larger, adult size robes and the female staffer at the front desk seemed surprised (how can that be?) and made only a show of saying she'd "check with housekeeping," and it was clear from her lack of helpfulness that there was no intention of providing different robes. They were so nice, and they want to sell them, and yet they cannot stock a normal "one size fits all" type of robe? This was mystifying and annoying in an otherwise simply wonderful room and stay.

I would highly recommend The Strater for a historic and lovely stay in Durango and environs. Bring your own robe.

Room Tip: Upper floors for view and to abate street noise and saloon noise.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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mthomgm, General Manager at Strater Hotel, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Dear MaryEllenO54,

Thank you for visiting Durango and choosing the Strater Hotel to host you during your recent visit. We are pleased to have received your positive feedback and insightful comments.

We truly appreciate you taking the time to allow us the opportunity to learn about your recent experience.
All of us here at the Strater Hotel look forward to hosting you again in the near future.

Thank you.
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed our stay at the Strater Hotel. The room was charming, spacious and spotlessly clean. The staff was friendly and helpful. The breakfast was quite nice and offered a decent variety. A made-to-order omelet is offered each morning. Dinner in the hotel was pricey but it seems this is the norm for downtown Durango. I would highly recommend staying at The Strater.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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mthomgm, General Manager at Strater Hotel, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Dear Etandmt,

Thank you for visiting Durango and choosing the Strater Hotel to host you during your recent visit. We are pleased to have received your positive feedback and insightful comments.

We truly appreciate you taking the time to allow us the opportunity to learn about your recent experience.
All of us here at the Strater Hotel look forward to hosting you again in the near future.

Thank you.
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Hollywood, Maryland
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This hotel was beautiful. It had gorgeous woodwork and furniture and decor that really took you back in time. I feel like I really experienced the Old West by staying here. The breakfast was delicious. We had drinks at The Office one night and there was a man singing and playing acoustic guitar. What a great atmosphere. I'd definately stay here again while visiting Durango. Great central location as well.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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mthomgm, General Manager at Strater Hotel, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Dear Michelle T.,

Thank you for visiting Durango and choosing the Strater Hotel to host you during your recent visit. We are pleased to have received your positive feedback and insightful comments.

We truly appreciate you taking the time to allow us the opportunity to learn about your recent experience.
All of us here at the Strater Hotel look forward to hosting you again in the near future.

Thank you.
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Breckenridge, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

If you are going to stay in a hotel in Durango, it must be this one. I think the Stanley in Estes Park now has a tie for first place for me for favorite hotels. The building is incredible and very well maintained, even the rooms have the character and charm of the exterior. It is in the best location downtown, only a short walk to the restaurants and shops. The adjoining pubs are really neat as well. Everything was clean and comfortable and way worth the few extra bucks to not be in a big, boring chain (which are all located somewhat outside of town anyway). Great for a long weekend and not far to Mesa Verde national park. We really enjoyed Oscar's for breakfast per front desk recommendation, Carver's brewery (great beer garden), and the El Moro tavern within a short walk.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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mthomgm, General Manager at Strater Hotel, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for visiting Durango and choosing the Strater Hotel to host you during your recent visit. We are pleased to have received your positive feedback and insightful comments.

We truly appreciate you taking the time to allow us the opportunity to learn about your recent experience.
All of us here at the Strater Hotel look forward to hosting you again in the near future.

Thank you.
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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 Business Hotel in Durango
#4 Family Hotel in Durango
#5 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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