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“Antique but comfortable” 5 of 5 stars
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Strater Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   699 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301   |  
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Ranked #6 of 29 Hotels in Durango
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“Antique but comfortable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I chose the Strater because it featured antique walnut furniture in an old hotel. But it is also located in the heart of downtown, along the "main" street. There are lots of shops to look in (including an antique mall) and you can walk to the river and also see the steam engine train go by right behind the hotel. The breakfast (included) is great. It is a full breakfast, made on the premises, not mailed in. You are seated by a hostess. We also ate at Diamond Belle's in the hotel. I had the bluecorn crusted trout and it was wonderful. The costumed waitresses were cute. We attended the Henry Strater Theater for the vaudeville show. It was fun. It was great to have all these activities available.

Room Tip: We had a room on the third floor. The elevator was slow, so sometimes we walked up. But at Durango...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mthomgm, General Manager at Strater Hotel, responded to this review, August 6, 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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  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Thank you to all the staff (especially Julie Ann) at the Strater Hotel who made our 25th Anniversary amazing. Your customer service went above and beyond. The Strater is an amazing historic hotel that doesn't disappoint. Close to everything.

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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mthomgm, General Manager at Strater Hotel, responded to this review, August 6, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This is a nice flashback in time. It is located downtown and convenient to shops and Durango railroad depot. It has many antiques and well upkept. Pricing is way overboard for what you get however. Air conditioning was not adequate, rooms needed fans, floors creaked, single elevator was very slow, and water pressure was low. Cheap breakfast buffet next door as part of checkin was worth the $5. Nothing like being asked for a tip however when you do everything to service yourself. Though tipping was for good service being provided. Guess times are changing.

Can say I experienced the hotel because of its history, but would not come back.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Fun place to stop for a beverage . Great atmosphere and old time design and furnishings. Staff dressed in old time garb which was fun. Good selection of drinks..current and past favorites. My husband has a gin fizz. We didn't stay at the hotel but would try to do that on our next visit. It was booked so requires advance planning

Stayed July 2014
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mthomgm, General Manager at Strater Hotel, responded to this review, August 6, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We stayed one night here on our way to Breckenridge. It is an old hotel, but well maintained, close to the main shopping area & restaurants! Took a carriage ride around the town, fun! Would stay there again!

Room Tip: The double queen room was the same price as a queen? No makeup mirror. If u are as blind as I am, b...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mthomgm, General Manager at Strater Hotel, responded to this review, August 6, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Stopped in after a motorcycle rally and enjoyed the ragtime piano and some drinks. Wife likes a specialty drink and they made it perfectly. Appetizers were great and the piano player was very accomplished, taking requests and playing without sheet music. If you have not been here you should stop in at least for a drink an some goo old time music

Stayed July 2014
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mthomgm, General Manager at Strater Hotel, responded to this review, August 6, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Based upon my wife's friends recommendation, we spent our only night in Durango at the Strater Hotel.

It's located in the heart of downtown, has a fun Wild West lobby feel with antiques and memorabilia and old Victorian furniture, and the room is decent. You even feel that the room has been updated with new wallpaper, and beds but then you step into the bathroom and boom! that's where the upgrades stopped. The sinks are old, tubs are old school, the chrome tarnished. Why have a nice room with an out of date bathroom?
Also the soap they give you is the size of a quarter -- seriously! -- and just as thin.

We booked two beds: a queen and full but what we got was two same sized full beds. When we asked the front desk clerk he said "They're different sizes you just have to look closely."

The next morning I asked a different front desk clerk if it was necessary to book a guide beforehand to see the Ciff Dwellings in Mesa Verde. She said no, you can explore them on your own. That ran counter to what I had read, but I gave her the benefit of the doubt since I assume if she works the front desk she knows about nearby attractions. Luckily, when we arrived in Mesa Verde there were still a few tours left because YES you DO need a guide to see the Cliff Dwellings.

Overall: decent room, great beds, but front desk clerks leave a lot to be desired.
Also for the price (we paid $260), the room is greatly overvalued.
Oh, and the elevator was broken all morning.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Strater Hotel

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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Durango
#5 Family Hotel in Durango
#6 Business 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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