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Strater Hotel
Ranked #8 of 33 Hotels in Durango
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Santa Rosa, California
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“Historic, charming and staff to match this description”
Reviewed 27 March 2012

We stayed here two nights and were very pleased. We were in town to experience the Durango/Silverton railroad. It was a five hour ride, scenic views, and majestic mountains all for the cost.
The rooms are furnished in the period of the hotel. The beds are comfy, and we each had our own. Nice when sleeping on the road and in a high altitude. There is also a private jacuzzi available to guests. My husband used it twice and was able to leave his driving/travel aches behind. The chemical is Bromine so beware in case you are as I am allergic to that one.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

If you like historic anything this is the place to stay. The staff was very helpful, checked us in quickly and gave us a tour of the hotel. Everyone we met greeted us with a smile. The hotel is decorated in period pieces and the room we stayed in was fantastic. Loved the elevator, felt like going back in time. We upgraded to a corner king room, it was spacious and very clean. The bed was so comfy I didn't want to get up in the morning. We ate in the hotel restuarant and while the choices were limited the food was very good. Breakfast was good as well and there was a coffee station outside our third floor room which was an added plus. We enjoyed the entertainment in the evening, a guitar player who was a lot of fun. We will be going back again.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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WI
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

I travel often, and I can say this is one of the best hotels I have stayed in. All of the employees are friendly, and go OUT of their way to ensure you enjoy Durango. The hotel is done to show its original vintage quality! The rooms are very well appointed with each room being just a little different. The location is the BEST anyone can ask for. You walk out the front door and there you are in the middle of it all. Also the bar/saloon attached is for those who want the old country western singing with a quality, social crowd. The food was very good, and the local talent just added to the charm. If you are looking for Holiday Inn or Hyatt quality, this goes far above that with quality furnishings and charm that most hotels could only hope for. Stay here for a night or two, you will not be disappointed. We look forward to our return visit.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 23 March 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights to get away from it all. The hotel is right on main street so it is within easy walking distance of most of the shops. We had the Louis Lamour room on the corner of the 3rd floor. It is a huge room overlooking main street. We thoroughly enjoyed staying here. The bar is small but fun and lively. Breakfast was sub-par but we went out to eat and there are some great restaurants nearby so why eat at a hotel buffet? The hot tub is big and private. You have to reserve it in advance but we were the only ones on the reservation list late in the evening. We walked to the train station for the winter day ride, it was great as well.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lewes, Delaware
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

The Strater is a special hotel in a special place, Durango, CO. There is a vitality there in both the hotel and city.

The Strater offers immaculately clean and comfortable rooms in a classic setting. Public areas abound, with restaurants and saloon. All built in that old, intricate wood work style. Even the corridors and main stairwell are exceptional.

Located downtown, it is a short two block walk to the Durango-Silverton Railroad Depot. Restaurants are conveniently scattered about downtown, as well as other shopping options. Free hotel parking is offered.

The Strater is a romantic throwback to a simpler time that should be experienced.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Jackson, WY
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

While we do our fair share of overnights in chain hotels, we also relish the time-travel and the vivid memories that a stay in an historic hotel provides. When technology changes too quickly and the latest edition of iPad is banner news, the lure of history beckons. Soak up that narrative: Was this historic lodging on a bygone transportation corridor like the railroad and the Strater Hotel? Or the SantaFe Trail near The Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, NM? Or the Missouri River next to the Grand Union Hotel in Fort Benton, MT? Oops, I digress... Our overnight in the Strater was a fascinating chance to admire lodging that has welcomed guests since 1887. We didn't see the paranormal cat that is thought to inhabit Room 401, but he might have been stalking the paranormal fish inhabiting another room. Relax and relish your part in the parade of guests who have rested their weary bodies in the Strater. While I don't know the cost back in 1887, we paid $129 + tax for a King for 2 adults.

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Blackpool
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Reviewed 4 March 2012

We have stayed here 3 times now and would definitely recommend it. It's a period hotel and the atmosphere is just fantastic. The decor takes you back in time and everything has been tastefully done

The first time we had a beautiful room overlooking the front street. The other two occasions we had a room at the back of the hotel and blimey was this the right choice

My husband loves trains and the rooms at the back overlook the train track which was a delight for my hubby.

It's not a cheap hotel but it is right in the centre of Durango

A lovely buffet breakfast was included in our room rate

The Diamond Belle Saloon is a must and the shootout they do is fun

If in Durango stay here - you will not be disappointed

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Strater Hotel
Address: 699 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301-5423
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Region: United States > Colorado > Durango
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre 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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