We have visited the Starter several times and have always loved it. But I see some reviews, from people perhaps more accustomed to luxury than historic ambiance, that have voiced some disappointments. Our recent visit revealed a number of changes which should make the more critical guests more comfortable.
The old single pane windows which allowed street noise and train sounds to be heard have been replaced with modern, easy to open, dual pane windows which are much quieter. They can still be opened fully to allow fresh air and train whistles in if you choose. The new windows also help with room temperature, and this is made even more comfortable by the upgrade to new electronic thermostats which offer accurate temperature control.
The WiFi was always painfully slow and that has been corrected more than adequately. Internet speed now screaming fast.
One of my minor issues was the lack of a full breakfast in the hotel, and as a frequent Durango visitor (future resident) I have found several good alternatives to the Starters continental breakfast. But this visit we arrived on the first day of full breakfast service, a few kinks to work out, but the food was excellent. Depending on the package you have booked, your stay may now include continental, or free full breakfast, or I believe you can order and pay for a meal as a non guest.
So with new windows, new thermostats, great WiFi, and a new breakfast meal plan the Strater is better than ever.
- 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