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Strater Hotel

Hotel or Motel
Strater Hotel on a beautiful bluebird day in Colorado. – ImageSmith Photography

Driving Directions

Centrally located at the corner of Main Avenue and 7th Street in downtown Durango, 2 blocks north of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Depot. Close to the Animas River, 25 miles to Durango Mountain Ski Resort, 1 hour to Mesa Verde. Durango-La Plata County Airport—19 miles (30 minutes).

Eco-Friendly Notes

Just as to stand the test of time one must change with the times, to be a part of the community, one must also play a part in that community. After 125 years the Strater Hotel continues to play its part by staying green and environmentally friendly. Currently, the Hotel recycles glass, cardboard, and paper, and is continually looking for way to upgrade appliances and resources while maintaining the integrity of the history of the hotel.

In 2010 the Strater Hotel began following Energy Star procedures, and became the first Historic Hotels of America member to achieve such a rating. To qualify, the Strater had to score in the top 25 percent of EPA’s National Energy Performance Rating System. Upgrades include using low wattage fluorescent bulbs, recycling the heat from the air-conditioner to heat the water, installing LED lights on the roof, using dimmer and timer lighting programs, using water cooled refrigerators and ice machines, and using heated windows in the Mahogany Grille to conserve heat and gas usage. The Strater continues to reduce its energy footprint by replacing the windows to double insulated models and installing energy efficient the toilets and shower heads.

In 2012, the Strater began an initiative known as the Global Soap Project to recycle discarded soap in the rooms. There are 4.7 million hotel rooms in the United States, and 2.6 million bars of soap are discarded from these rooms every day. Strater Hotel housekeepers collect the soap in bags made out of our recycled restaurant table-linen. Once enough soap is collected it is then shipped to the Global Soap Project headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia where the soap is then re-processed, recycled, and sent to countries with limited access to soap. The Strater Hotel is proud to be a partner in the Global Soap Project as it keeps the soap out of landfills and helps save lives.

Hotel or Motel Description

Built in 1887, the historic Strater Hotel is one of Durango's prominent downtown landmarks and is located two blocks north of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in the center of town. A Cleveland pharmacist named Henry Strater believed Durango would prosper and therefore need a grand hotel. He opened the Strater after an expenditure of $70,000, and as it evolved it became a popular retreat for townfolk who would move in during the cold winter months. The Strater is home to the world’s largest collection of American Victorian Antiques which decorate many of its 93 guestrooms. Many of the rooms are specially dedicated to people who impacted the hotel and the area including Louis L’Amour (Room 222), which is a designated Literary Landmark. The Strater is home to the Durango Melodrama & Vaudeville, Henry Strater Theatre, The Office Spiritorium, Diamond Belle Saloon, Mahogany Grille, and Strater Catering & Events. Stay at the Strater and be just minutes away from many outdoor and indoor activities… Create Your Memories From Our Corners of the World.

Locally or Family Owned Business Notes

Out of the more than 125 years that the historic Strater Hotel has stood, more than 85 of them have been under the ownership of the Barker Family. It all began in 1926 when Earl Barker Senior bought the Strater with several other business investors. By 1953, Earl Senior owned full stock in the hotel and his son Earl Barker Junior and son-in-law Robert Blomstrom were brought on as managers. In 1968 Earl Junior became owner and President. Robert had moved on to teaching, but his family still played a role in the hotel with his sons holding managing positions.

Through the ownership of Earl Junior and his wife, Jentra Barker, the father and mother of present owner Rod Barker, the Strater saw many renovations and progressive changes. It was Jentra whom upon buying a Victorian walnut bed began what would become the largest American Antique Victorian Walnut collection in the world. Robert and Earl Junior are responsible for the popular Diamond Belle Saloon, even though at first they completed their vision without the permission of Earl Senior who was away on vacation.

With every generation came new additions and renovations. Rod, who took over in 1983, is responsible for more recent renovations such as the Mahogany Grille, The Office Spiritorium, and the Pullman Room. He is also credited for the inclusion of the elegant Victorian Bradbury and Bradbury wallpaper in every room and in the elegant public spaces. Along with his wife Laurie, President, CEO, and owner Rod continue to provide events and functions at the Strater such as the Strater Hotel Annual Open House that includes the Durango community within the Strater’s history.

Earl Barker Senior’s motto was; “If we take care of the Strater, it will take care of us.” For decades the Barker Family has done just that. And for 125 years and counting the Strater has taken care of Durango and its visitors, and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs considered. No cats.


Season Open

Year- round


Rate Range

$99 - $299


  • Eco-Friendly
  • Locally or Family-Owned Business


Breakfast Style Served

Continental Breakfast

Victorian-style hot tub, year-round live entertainment, wireless internet access, award-winning fine dining, two bars, and the world-renowned Henry Strater Theatre, named one of National Geographic's Top Places to Experience in the USA, off- and on-site parking, concierge trip planning services, local partnerships for activity planning, business amenities, event and meeting spaces, catering, daily live music, summer old west gunfights, laundry, will consider additional requests within reason.

Offering 93 beautifully appointed guestrooms, the historic Strater Hotel was built by Henry H. Strater, a prominent pharmacist who had a unique vision for luxury and class. It is an exceptional example of American Victorian architecture, which is highlighted in its original white stone cornices and ornamental red brickwork. It boasts one of the world’s largest collections of American Victorian walnut antiques, which create the unique and elegant décor of each room. The public areas showcase crystal chandeliers and a variety of ornate woodworking details, including coffered ceilings and intricately carved columns. The Strater has been owned by the Barker Family since 1926. Recently, the hotel started a special Room Dedication Project—naming each room after a person or business that has had an impact on Durango and southwest Colorado. The Louis L’Amour room (222) was the first to be dedicated and just designated a Literary Landmark by ALTAFF.

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