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“If you like ghosts, this is the place for you!” 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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San Antonio, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“If you like ghosts, this is the place for you!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I do not like ghosts, so I didn't have the primo experience at the lovely Strater Hotel. However, if you are a ghost hunter, this is the place you need to be. They even have diaries on the bed for guests to record their supernatural sitings. I was not going to buy into this talk until my makeup case flipped off the nightstand and into the floor. Let's just say I stayed awake the entire night and was ready to get back on the tour bus the next day. It is a lovely old hotel with lots of charm. Just be sure to take some sage with you! Check out the front desk...and be sure to ring the bell! It looks like something out of Petticoat Junction!!!

Room Tip: Choose a room that isn't haunted! Seriously, the beds are really old and lumpy and bumpy...but t...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • 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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Moab, Utah
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The Strater Hotel is a nice place to stay for a night but would not want to go back again. Pros: Beautiful old hotel authentically & elegantly decorated. Rooms are clean & staff were pleasant. Cons: Very noisy through the night with garbage truck banging outside our window at 4.00am & various other noise all night. Parking is a hassle with a block walk to the hotel carrying luggage. Restaurant food was just ok & could have been better. Room smelt musty but I guess it is old so it's to be expected. I would not stay there again but that's just my personal choice, it is a lovely old hotel with lots of charm for people who like the old atmosphere. I found the cost a bit steep for the experiance

Room Tip: Try a room at the front ours was at the back & very noisy
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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mthomgm, General Manager at Strater Hotel, responded to this review, June 18, 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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Northville, Michigan
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58 reviews 58 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We spent a couple of nights in a large family room which our friend described as the nicest hotel room he had ever stayed in. Lovely furniture and decoration. There were 4 adults and the room was large enough that we weren't falling over each other. We had a delicious breakfast (as staying guests we were offered omelets in addition to the variety of food already offered). Their hotel's fruit scones and strawberry/banana bread and posole were included - wonderful! The delightful hostess, Hannah, gave us the recipes for these items which we plan to try out. All the public rooms are beautifully decorated; the bar has servers dressed in period costume and was packed for the amusing (yes!) gunfight the evening we arrived. The rates are slightly higher than chain hotels in Durango but the Strater is conveniently located on Main Street, a lovely building and with the huge breakfast, a real bargain.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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mthomgm, General Manager at Strater Hotel, responded to this review, June 18, 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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georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This beautiful hotel is right in the heart of downtown Durango. It is very convenient for walking to shops and restaurants. However we were at the back of the hotel. While it was fun to see the train from our window it was not fun to be awakened from our sleep early in the morning by the train whistle. Also the bathroom was very tiny. Very tiny. I like that the rooms are not furnished like an ikea showroom. The antiques were a nice touch. But the bedding was average. I expected more based on what it costs per night to stay there. Still it was fun to be at a historic hotel and I would probably stay there again. It is very close to the excellent French bakery.

Room Tip: Ask for a room near the front of the hotel
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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mthomgm, General Manager at Strater Hotel, responded to this review, June 18, 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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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

We found the Strater to be one of the most beautiful, authentic and historic hotels we have ever had the pleasure to visit. We stayed in King Room 401, which had windows facing out on two sides with beautiful mountain views. Allegedly, a ghost cat has been known to visit the room and maybe that's what we heard rattling the hall door and the connecting door around midnight when no-one was there, the only disturbance to our wonderfully peaceful night. A member of the very helpful and friendly staff informed us that in the 1880s, the top floor had served as a bordello with curtains instead of doors on the rooms. Maybe one of the former occupants was trying to enter. We had a very enjoyable dinner and breakfast in the lovely dining room. Our only regret was that, because we were in Town to celebrate a friend's bat mitzvah headquartered at a lodge outside of town, we could only stay one night. We hope to come back. Incidentally, the hotel allowed us to continue parking, without charge, after we checked out so we could take the nearby Durango-Silverton narrow gauge railroad trip the next day.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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mthomgm, General Manager at Strater Hotel, responded to this review, June 17, 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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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Historical hotels can be very iffy, but this one is a class act! When you first walk in you can see the history in the furnishings. The staff was top notch as well. The room I stayed in was decorated to period and they didn't miss a thing. Lovely. I was told each room is different in design and history. The breakfast was outstanding, with right out of the pan omelets, too. I'd stay here again and again.

Room Tip: Avoid facing main street, it stays loud until midnight.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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 17, 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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Brookline, New Hampshire
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

First off-----We loved the Strater! Great vintage furniture & decor. Awesome bar (Diamond Belle) and restaurant (Mahogany) ---great food & ambiance. Staff is very helpful and extends themselves graciously.
Our room had a queen sized bed & a single----while the rooms were well appointed, the mattresses & linens could use an upgrade. We're a little spoiled with the "Heavenly Beds" offered by our favorite chain, I admit----but these could be dramatically improved with a mattress topper & higher thread count sheets. I'm also under the impression that he Strater has no king-sized beds. (maybe because the beautiful, ornate antique headboards are part of the original furniture from the period when it was established------but two twins can be positioned together to frame up a king mattress)

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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mthomgm, General Manager at Strater Hotel, responded to this review, June 9, 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.
Report response as inappropriate
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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
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Durango
#4 Business 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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