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“GREAT TIME IN DURANGO”
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Strater Hotel
Ranked #9 of 33 Hotels in Durango
Certificate of Excellence
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“GREAT TIME IN DURANGO”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

We spent a wonderful 3 nights in the Strater Hotel, Durango. From the room, which was decorated authentically, to the saloon bars, to the entertainment - everything was great. We went to a Bluegrass Concert in the theatre in the hotel and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The local people were dressed in costumes of the era when the hotel was in its hay day and the guests even dressed up for breakfast. All in all a great break.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Must say I was disappointed when we first went to our room. It contained antiques as promised but was not particularly large and was not from any particular period. The bathroom looked like a 50s or 60s remodel with no attempt to make it blend in. There was a an evening during our 3 day stay that the elevator did not work and we were on the third floor. Parking is not convenient with a few spaces adjacent, quite a few more across the street and many more about a block away across the railroad tracks. Why the very good rating? After I got around its shortcomings the place was really quite enjoyable. The bed was comfortable and the room was clean and of course the hotel is very centrally located, 2 blocks from the train station and near the center of the action in Durango. There were various dining and drinking options at the hotel itself and a nearly limitless supply nearby. We particularly enjoyed the hotel's Diamond Belle Saloon with decent food, good drinks, and an amazing piano player from New York. The provided breakfast was very good. You don't expect outstanding views from an old hotel in the middle of town but at least we could see the trains leave and and return to the station and we we could see some of the surrounding hills in the distance. We enjoyed our stay and would stay there again.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jackson, New Jersey
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58 reviews
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

This is an historic hotel which captures the essence of the 19th century without sacrificing the conveniences of the 20th century. Beautiful lobby, beautiful restaurants and most importantly beautiful rooms. My only small compliant would be with the mattress. Staff were extremely pleasant. A fun place to spend a day and a night.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Our bedroom was furnished with antiques, beautiful period wallpaper, and had a “room diary” where previous occupants had made comments, which was a nice touch. The bathroom was adequate but didn’t have any character, and felt like it belonged in a different hotel.
The hotel is conveniently situated right in the heart of Durango, close to the narrow gauge railway terminal, but as the train service is limited to give time in Silverton this wasn’t a problem. There is free parking allocated to the hotel, but you don’t realise that until you’ve checked in at reception and had it pointed out on a map.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

spent a couple of days in Durango and this Victorian hotel is right out of the old west. Arrived late and was just able to order food in the adjacent bar. It was excellent, and the atmosphere a lot of fun even for a Monday night. Beautiful antiques throughout. Fun to hear the train whistle each morning and evening as it comes through town. Worth a stay and no more expensive than the Residence Inn.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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louisiana
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

I had been wanting to stay at the Strater ever since we walked in the lobby on a previous visit 3 years ago. I booked a queen queen room for 4 adults and had asked for the biggest one in that category. I loved the room, the beds weren't side by side but each were tucked in a little nook in the room. This layout made it very roomy and we needed it with all our luggage. Thanks to the nice bellman who brought all our luggage up to our room and then back down when we left . The hotel has so much charm! We had dinner in the saloon one evening and enjoyed the ragtime piano playing. We rode the train the next day and the hotel is just a short walk to train which made it nice. The bathroom was smaller than most hotels but we managed just fine. Our room was on the Main Street side and it does get noisy at night from people out partying. I could just imagine how busy that street was back in the days. We just loved the hotel and hope to go back for another stay.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Albuquerque New Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

Love this place! Please do not expect big rooms with modern marble sinks and fancy showers. This is not what this place is about. The staff is impeccable. The experience is just one of a kind.

No coffe makers or fridges in the rooms

Breakfast is amazing.

Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Strater Hotel
Address: 699 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301-5423
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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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