Strater Hotel Blog 

Welcome to the Strater Hotel's first blog. We are excited to be sharing so many things with you; in fact, there is so much we sometimes don't know where to start. Over the coming months we will share with you many exciting things about this iconic Durango historic landmark, from why it is the best hotel value in Durango to our wonderful award winning menus. The Strater Hotel is second to none in preservation and restoration, history, and downhome hospitality with a flare of modern conveniences.

There are many activities that are right outside the doorsteps of this restored 1887 historic beauty. Did you know that the Strater Hotel has historic ties to Mesa Verde National Park? Or how about the presidents and government officials that have stayed at the hotel and delivered campaign speeches? In fact, the Strater Hotel was once two hotels. Famous authors have penned many a book between these walls, and there is much more we're going to share with you.

Durango, Colorado is home to some of the most pristine fishing waters, kayaking, hiking, skiing, biking, climbing, and rafting. Our hotel is located only two blocks north of the famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Here at the Strater Hotel we can package any activity with your stay, and help you create memories for a lifetime. We have packages and activities for the outdoorsman, history buff, art lover, and adventurer. If you would simply like to relax, we offer that too!

Please be sure to keep checking in with us from time to time, as we will give you unique facts about our hotel, and share with you the exciting things going on that you won't want to miss. We will feature special packages and discounts, and you might even hear from the owner himself as he tells you some of his tales that can only be found at the Strater Hotel. We can't wait to take you along with us. Until next time, travel safe and often.



Joel Richards

Great Start Michelle. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to learning more about the Strater's ties to Mesa Verde!

March 23, 2011, 8:57 AM
Don Aspromonte

I began working at the Strater Hotel as a bell hop when I was 14, in 1952. I was a bell hop, desk clerk, bar waiter and bar tender until I graduated with a 2-year degree from Fort lewis (then Junior College). I worked on the Narrow-Gauge in the Summers, also. The reason I am writing is that I just had a wonderful family meeting with my cousin, Eddie Don, who still lives in Durango. He tells me there is a program to name the rooms for famous people who have stayed at the Strater over the years. I would love to share some of the stories I have and give you some leads on people who might qualify for this exceptionally interesting project.

For example, Lucius Bebe

was a frequent visitor who documented many places in the 4 Corners area including the D&RGW train trip to Silverton. He and I discussed his photograpy and which lenses he used (only two...a regular lense and a wide-angle).

If you would like more information about the many famous people who enjoyed the Strater during these years, please feel free to write or call me.


July 9, 2011, 10:27 AM
Sandy Asmussen

Not only is the Strater full of charm, character and history, but the people are the friendly and wonderful! Thank you Strater for all you do!

August 26, 2011, 8:11 AM
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