Located on the main street -- an easy walk to the train station, this very clean and elegant western hotel was entertaining all by itself. While the room charge was high, we did take advantage of a discount when packaged with the Durango-Silverton train ride. The room had antique style furniture in excellent condition, was very clean and most important had a very comfortable bed. The western saloon was fun, complete with costumed waitresses and an old time piano player. Parking was free, though rolling baggage across the street wasn't ideal. The package included a light breakfast each morning in the main dining room which was quiet and had a very pleasant relaxing atmosphere. My wife came down early one morning and had the dining room to herself before breakfast officially started. She was offered and enjoyed a cup of coffee while crocheting at a table by a window listening to relaxing music while waiting for me to come down for breakfast. This is an older hotel, so WiFi signal isn't perfect in all locations. It was necessary to take my laptop to the lobby for a strong signal to check e-mail. It actually turned out to be less of a bother than I thought it would be. The lobby in this hotel is actually a very comfortable and interesting sitting room. People watching was far more enjoyable than anything I was reading on MSNBC.
-- Glenn Harvey, Marysville WA
- Also Known As:
- Strater Hotel Durango
- 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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