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Strater Hotel
Ranked #7 of 33 Hotels in Durango
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Dallas, Texas
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31 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Stayed here while skiing....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

Although it's in downtown and not close to the ski resort, I had stayed here before and liked the hotel and the location. You are in a good spot in old downtown where you can walk to fast food, grocery store, bars, the train, etc. It's been 8 years or so and the hotel still looks great inside. Looks like an old western in color. The front desk staff was very friendly and had a good knowledge of the area bars and restaurants.

There are two bar/restaurants on site. One, accessed from the main lobby is like an old west bar and an older crowd seems to hang out here, the second, called The Office I think, has a younger more local crowd. Was surprised how good a deal he food was.....Had a flat iron steak in The Office for $14......

Breakfast is really nice and is more than what I expected....had fresh fruit and bagels and hot soup (Pelote) with pastries.

The room is comfortable with interesting antique furniture. Heater worked well when it was -20 outside. Mattress is pretty firm and not great quality but comfortable.

Couple peeves I had that may not be a big deal to some. First, the doors have pretty strong springs on them and if you are a light sleeper you will be awakened by the "ker-thump" of doors closing around you very early and late. Second, like a lot of hotels nowdays, the shower stream is about like a shower in a old Winnebago Camper. Very sad..... And lastly, the hotel preauthorized my card for about $3000. even though I was only staying for a couple days. When asked, he front desk staff said that the business office probably hit too many digits??

Room Tip: Get a room away from the staircase otherwise you will here the foot traffic.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Evergreen, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

Decided to not stay in a chain hotel, and very happy with my choice. Very clean, and the staff were all very friendly. Room was clean, and unique with antiques. There is an excellent restaruant on-site for a delicious high-end dinner, a bar for music and drinks and room service food was delicious. Happy all the way around. Great location on Main Street, with free parking across the street from the hotel...

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

Stayed at the Strater during our stay after riding the Polar Express train. This historic hotel makes you feel as if you're stepping back in time - everything from the tiny elevator, to the memorabilia, to the Old West style saloon and Victorian style furnishings give his historic hotel an authentic feel. In fact, we were told that the Saloon next door has the same original wallpaper. We had the best room in the place and every room is decorated differently; excellent view of the Polar Express train below from both windows which my son absolutely loved. The fact that it snowed during our trip made it all the more magical. The staff were a little cold - fitting for the weather - but not fitting for a tourism based business. Breakfast is complimentary (which they did not mention upon arrival) and included posole, fruit, breads and cereal. The bathtub was backed up but manageable. Our overall impression was very good and I would recommend it for someone not only because it's conveniently located right in the center of the action but, who doesn't want to experience a piece of history? Plus, doesn't hurt that the train is within walking distance and the breakfast is free.

Room Tip: Great view of train from third floor
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Durango, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

If you're looking to truly experience the Old West of southwest Colorado, be centrally located in Durango, have great hotel bar and restaurant options, some romance, and just a great time for truly not an abundance in cost... go to the Strater Hotel... it's fantastic! When you walk in the front doors, it just feels like you've stepped back in time and get to experience the Victorian age of grace as well as the Old West mayhem! I love it there!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012

We actually stayed in August 2011 and it was very warm at that time of year. We loved staying at the Strater! This historic hotel is right in the middle of the old downtown and it is easy to walk around and shop. The details of the hotel are beautiful. The staff can even give "tours" explaining some of the hidden storage places in the lobby area - that is fun for the kids to discover. We went to the evening summer melodrama performance and that was a lot of fun. Good place for families. This was a great location, with parking, to explore the other activities in Durango.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Albuquerque, NM
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2012

We took my grandson to Durango for a ride on the Polar Express (the annual North Pole ride on the D&SNGRR). We had a corner room which offered a view of the departing and arriving trains. The room was spacious and offered a fantastic view. Mother Nature added a beautiful snowfall, making for a winter wonderland in a historic hotel setting. The lobby was nicely decorated for Christmas, which added to the overall atmosphere. The breakfast was enjoyable and we were able to look out and appreciate the beauty of the snow without leaving the hotel.

Room Tip: My daughter and her husband had the corner room. We had a smaller room on another floor which was n...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

The Strater Hotel is a beautifully restored historic hotel right on Main Street in Durango. Everything is within walking distance. We had a wonderful stay here. The rooms are redone to a traditional feel with antique furniture. The bathroom is a tad small. There is a very nice continental breakfast each morning serving tasty scones, breads, yogurts, egg, juice and coffee. The Hotel was quiet and the employees were very helpful and kind.

Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Property: Strater Hotel
Address: 699 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301-5423
Phone Number:
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:
#3 Family Hotel in Durango
#4 Romantic 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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