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“nice place, but not cheap” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Strater Hotel
Ranked #7 of 33 Hotels in Durango
Certificate of Excellence
Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“nice place, but not cheap”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

We stayed here mainly out of convenience as we were already sitting in the bar and didn't want to go far. Was #1 on TripAdvisor. Rooms were a bit pricey, but we got 2 queen beds and split the $200 cost. Room 230 was very nicely decorated in a very historic style from floor to ceiling and furnished with antiques including large ornate headboards. View out window of this room is mostly roof. Continental breakfast is included, but it's all gone at 9am on weekdays. Only issue I had was a lame shower head. This could be fixed for under $10 so it pisses me off when hotels cheap out on guests this way.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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2 Thank Adamz69
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Los Angeles, California
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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

We enjoyed the historic hotel. It is well kept, the room was large enough but the beds are full size not queen so it seems a bit small. The room was fairly clean. Due to the green carpet you can see dust under the bed and against head board. The white tile in the bathroom had gray grout (I think...or it was a little stained?). It was nice tho. I would recommend the Louis L'Amour room or the same room on the third floor for a little more quite. Be prepared to hear a little noise about midnight as people are leaving the bars on the street below. Some get a little loud and it echos right up the street into your room even with the window closed. The Louis L'Amour room is where the author would write his books. It is a nice spacious room and the one above it is the same. Both are nice. His room is on the second floor which I suggest because you will likely use the stairs. This was a nice place and we will surely stay there again.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Phoenix, Arizona
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187 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

Rooms of all sorts and prices. Historicaly done, but very modern. Staff is friendly and well informed so do not hesitate to ask. They actually have tours, so if you have some time set it up with the front desk. The web site says they charge, however, at this time they do not. It was pointed out by several staff that the web site needs some updating, so be sure and call if you have questions. They have all sorts of specials at different times of the year, so check on those as well.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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69 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

entering the strater is to step back in time. the interior, especially the bar, has been meticulously preserved. in the bar, women in period dress and a talented piano "rag" player, adam swanson, added to the illusion and ambience. (as to the waitresses, my wife commented that she knew the fishnet stockings and form-accenting costumes were sexist, but they were just too cute.) across the way, another bar offered quiet with a singer in the evening with upstairs seating where we played backgammon.
as to the rooms, ours was smallish with a good queen-size bed. the bathroom was updated with a small shower and no tub (who uses the tub anyway?). parking is in three different lots but we were able to find a spot. the staff was uniformly helpful while being unobtrusive. as a bonus, the durango/silverton depot is within easy walking distance.
if you want a unique address and not a cookie-cutter chain, definitely consider the strater.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Michael C
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College Station, Texas
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116 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

This was a wonderful place to stay! The hotel was built in the 1800's but the rooms are very modern with central a/c & coffee pot's & everything else you would find in any other hotel. The staff was helpful/friendly. Great place!!!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

Durango is an awesome vacation destination, and this hotel compliments it perfectly. It's more than just a place to stay, it's an experience. The staff is very friendly, and the adjacent restaurant serves delicious food. We also saw the Melodrama at the Strater Theater, which was great fun. I've stayed at other historic hotels that were not quite up to par, but this one has been beautifully preserved and is maintained nicely.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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parker, co
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24 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

This hotel located in the heart of downtown Durango is a unique place to stay. It is furnished with antiques and is clean and well-maintained. It is, however, not luxurious, and does not have some of the amenities of other hotels at this price point. We stayed in a king classic room on the 3rd floor and found the bed in our room to be quite bouncy and bumpy. The bathroom is small but functional as you might expect in a hotel of this age. Our room looked directly out to the Durango/Silverton train and we enjoyed watching it go by. We read some reviews on the breakfast that were not good, but we were pleasantly surprised and thought it was great. They had scrambled eggs, as well as homemade banana bread which was delicious, homemade posole and scones which you would not find at a chain hotel. It was all very good. We went to the Diamond Belle Saloon for happy hour on the night we arrived and ended up staying for the $5 hamburgers. Great deal and very good!

Little known fact: They have a Jacuzzi. It is private -- schedule a time with the front desk and they will give you the key at your scheduled time. A great way to end the day!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank mehinco
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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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