I wasn't sure if the General Palmer was going to have the modern conveniences, but it delivered. Our room was in the "Palace Wing" which isn't in the same building as the General Palmer, it's across the parking lot in another historic building. But that meant we could park even closer to our room and could watch people walking into the train station in the morning. The bed was soft yet supportive. The style of the hotel seems geared toward senior citizens and since we are in our twenties we stuck out a bit. The lobby is brimming with teddybears and there is a teddybear in each room. There are dried flowers throughout the room and a brass bedframe. Nevertheless, the furniture has character and quality which reflects the Victorian era of the hotel. They have an informative welcome packet and magazines with restaurants and activities in Durango. The continental breakfast was a highlight with its warm muffins, fresh orange juice, oatmeal, hot coffee, and above all plently of everything. Minor drawbacks were that the knobs on the shower were reversed (the H knob was actually cold water and the C was hot). Also there was very little space for keeping things in the bathroom, just a shelf that was already covered with standard hotel provisions. All told, the General Palmer Hotel is a lovely place to stay when in Durango.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rich with Victorian elegance, the General Palmer Hotel has all the modern comforts that you would expect of a Four Diamond establishment. Named after General William Jackson Palmer who established the hotel in 1898, the General Palmer is the only historical Four Diamond Hotel in Southwestern Colorado. Each room has been hand decorated in the Victorian era with luxurious amenities. It’s the little touches that make the General Palmer unique; freshly baked muffins each morning and Teddy Bears on every bed. Enjoy our southwestern hospitality with concierge service from a gracious and caring staff available day and night, year around. We are located in downtown Durango right next door to the Narrow Gauge Railroad and we are within easy walking distance of many fine dining restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- General Palmer Durango
- Hotel General Palmer