The Strater Hotel is a charming, historic hotel with a very good location, blocks from the Durango/Silverton train station and walking distance to shops, restaurants and bars. We booked our room late on a Friday (8:30-9pm) after leaving the hotel we had originally booked (it had no heat in September). We were given a discount (I believe 15%) because we were booking at the last minute, but they did not have a room for 2 nights so we had to switch rooms on Saturday. I was not thrilled about this, but the staff at the Strater made the move painless. They asked us when it would be convenient for us to be ready to switch rooms, then came and moved our bags while were were out enjoying Durango.
The thing I remember the most about the Strater was that everyone was cheerful from the front desk staff to the guy cleaning the hallway. This means that the employees are treated well and thay pass that good will on to the guests.
We had 2 rooms during our stay. The first was a queen and a twin, which was a fairly good size room. We were able to open our suitcases on the twin bed and not have to unpack which made moving easier. Both rooms had light and airy wallpaper with pink and purple flowers (lilacs ?). The first had a beautiful marble topped table between two Queen Anne type chairs. On the desk there was a basket full of goodies and the chocolate bar was worth the $2.00.
The second had a Queen bed and I remember sleeping very and not wanting to get out of bed. The window looked out toward the railroad tracks and the window opened and I was able to lean out and take pictures of the train crossing the street on it's way up to Silverton.
We had the buffet breakfast in the dining room. The dining room was very relaxing - not your typical American get-in-get-out type of environment.
In windows at the front of the hotel, there was a display of ladies lace up high heeled shoes and hat boxes and other memorabilia. The entire hotel has that relaxing, turn of the century feel to it. Very nice hotel. Looking forward to going back there again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Strater Hotel Durango