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Strater Hotel Review
Still the hottest spot in town, this Western grande dame opened for business in 1887 and has been visited by Butch Cassidy, Louis L'Amour (he wrote The Sacketts here), Francis Ford Coppola, John Kennedy, or Marilyn Monroe (the latter two stayed here at separate times). The Diamond Belle Saloon glitters with crystal chandeliers, rustic oak beams, and plush velvety curtains, and the Office Spiritorium offers a quiet escape for drinks and conversation. The individually decorated rooms are exquisite—no surprise, as the hotel owns the country's largest collection of Victorian antiques and has its own wood-carving shop to create exact period reproductions.
Open since 1887, this Victorian hotel is still a Durango hot spot, with extra touches such as free mountain-bike storage for modern Western adventurers. Maybe you'll get the room where Butch Cassidy stayed or where Louis L'Amour wrote the Sacketts series. After riding the nearby vintage train, relax in the Diamond Bell Saloon, a ragtime piano bar complete with costumed dance-hall girls.
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