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“Location, Value, and Local Feel for a Pleasure Traveller”
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Strater Hotel
Ranked #7 of 33 Hotels in Durango
Certificate of Excellence
Denver, Colorado
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111 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Location, Value, and Local Feel for a Pleasure Traveller”
Reviewed 29 October 2012

This is the second time I have stayed at the Strater and will happily stay there again. It is a nice historical hotel with local feel and history. The hotel is right on the main historical area strip where there is lots of shopping and great restaurants. The river walk is only 4 blocks away. And it is a 3 minute drive to Ft. Lewis. They have nice restaurants and a bar right there (with local beers). The price was very good and included a nice continental breakfast (better than most). Incredibly quiet rooms, especailly for an historical hotel. Check in is at 4:00 and I called ahead on a Saturday and they accomodated a noon check-in which was extremely appreciated
Business travellers: Not an ideal place for business as the wifi is spotty at best and the desk not very large.


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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

We just spent a long weekend in Durango and strayed at the Strater. It was an excellent choice, and probably the only place to stay in Durango. The hotel has great atmosphere, and our room was very nice. We had VERY low water pressure in the shower, but that is not totally surprising since we were on the top floor of such an old building. The location was perfect, and the breakfast (included) was far better than the usual fare. I highly recommend the Strater,

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Franklinville, New Jersey
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Reviewed 16 October 2012

I loved the Strater Hotel. I have stayed there at least a half dozen times, often when we go out to Durango to visit our son who settled there . We had all the wedding guests stay there when he got married and also when we bring others out to visit him use this hotel. The antiques throughout the hotel are unique and sure set the stage for this total immersion in Durango's paste. The piano bar is so much fun and the food is good too.
We had his rehearsal dinner for wedding at the Strater 7 years ago.
It is so conveniently located. Can walk anywhere in town from their door ! The staff has always been helpful. I always tell folks heading out to Durango they must experience the Strater's hospitality. I really look forward to my next visit.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Roseburg, Oregon
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

We'd heard that the Strater Hotel was a beautiful, Victorian Hotel, filled with antique furniture! We were NOT disappointed in that regard! We traveled to Durango to ride on the Silverton Railroad and this was the perfect place to carry out a "turn of the 1900's" theme. The hotel room we were in was small but nicely furnished and the bed was quite comfortable! The price was a bit on the high side compared to other properties that we stayed in during this "Southwest Tour." We loved the proximity to the train and to the downtown area, including very good shops and restaurants. If you have "mobility" concerns, there are stairs to get into the hotel, but they do have a small elevator to get you and your luggage up to your room. A bellman is available, upon request. Coffee was not provided in the room, but our floor had coffee set-up in the public area. The breakfast was good, however, it was quite crowded with tour groups getting an early start.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Orlando, FL / Palm Springs, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2012

We spent 10 days at the Strater Hotel while snow skiing at Purgatory ski resort. The room we were in was an old "brothel" suite with authentic furniture from the 1800's......it was a really cool place with good food, good service and incredible atmosphere......go to Belle Star's Saloon downstairs....it's great!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

Don't drive up expecting a doorman to welcome you and take your bags.....you have to shlep them up the stairs yourself. Fortunately there is a tiny elevator to get you upstairs to your room. We stayed two nights, but couldn't get the same room for both nights. The first room was large and comfortable. Since we were taking the train trip early in the morning we had to leave our bags packed by the door and the staff moved them to our second room. The second room was considerably smaller and there was peeling paint in the bathroom. The place seemed clean and the beds were comfortable. We were accused of taking something from the "gift" basket in the first room (a keychain) but we protested and it was removed from our bill. The breakfast was ordinary, like you'd get at any discount hotel chain. There were many people staying there in big travel groups, so you had to deal with that at breakfast. It was a disappointing stay. It's great to be a historic hotel but you have to provide some level of service afterall.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2012

If you are a history buff and love a little pampering this is the hotel to stay in Durango. The guest rooms and the public areas have all been decorated tastefully with Victorian decor, while still having all the modern amenities. The hotel offers a fine breakfast and you can spend an enjoyable evening it one of its dining areas. We had an enjoyable time listening to country music while dining in the Diamond Belle Saloon. It was a real blast from the past. The hotel is about two blocks from the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge railroad and the train passes by the rear of the hotel several times a day. This hotel is perfect for the history buff who still likes to live well!

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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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