Wild West Durango, Colorado is home to a world-famous narrow gauge railroad that attracts visitors from around the world. Along with three ski areas of mixed sizes and wonderful outdoor recreation, there’s a slew of great hotels serving these travelers.
As far as mountain towns go, Durango’s a big one with around 20,000 full-time residents. The historic narrow gauge railroad attracts people from all over the world. Because of Durango’s popular tourism, there are a lot of hotels to accommodate. If you prefer a more personal experience, book a few nights at one of the town’s many bed and breakfasts.
Probably Durango’s Top Places To Stay
Whether you want a true western flair, upscale modern, or wallet-friendly, Durango has it. Hotels prices in Durango, like all tourist towns, can be affected by peak seasons. Summer is the busiest, so expect that to reflect.
There are several parts of town you could consider staying in. Downtown is probably the most popular, with several hotels to choose from. Purgatory Resort is the place to stay if hitting the ski slopes bright and early is a top priority. Since it’s 30 minutes from downtown, there’s a myriad of vacation rentals in between.
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Here are our choices for the top hotels in Durango, CO, in no particular order:
Strater Hotel – iconic, historic and classy accommodation
Like any great skyline or downtown, a few unique buildings can really shape a place. Stroll through historic Durango and try to not be in awe at the Strater’s dominance on the corner of 7th and Main. The Strater Hotel was built in 1887.
Located in the heart of downtown, the Strater is convenient for everything. It also has everything, complete with its own theatre, restaurant, and old west saloon. Mahogany Grille is a fine steakhouse with an upscale Old West ambiance. Stop by for happy hour at the Diamond Belle Saloon, a ragtime piano bar with dance hall girls. Or watch a mock gunfight out front 3x per week.
- 699 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301 | 970-247-4431
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Double Tree by Hilton – upscale downtown hotel
While it may your typical upscale hotel, Double Tree is unusual in Durango. It’s the only place like it within walking distance of everything in the historic district. It’s also the only place where you get a freshly baked cookie upon arrival, or anytime you ask.
The Double Tree sits just across Camino Del Rio (main commercial through street), which is 2 blocks off the main street. The tranquil and sometimes fierce Animas River runs behind the hotel, offering views of it from many balconies and a lovely multi-use riverwalk. Edgewater Restaurant and separate Lounge are the in-house dining and bar choices.
- 501 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301 | 970-259-6580
- Check prices, availability or book Double Tree by Hilton
Durango Lodge – budget, convenient, hot tub
This budget hotel makes the list because it’s clean, affordable, and almost directly beside the D&S Narrow Gauge Railroad. The location at the Durango Lodge is spectacular at the end of the historic district.
Rooms at Durango Lodge have been updated by this well-run hotel. Amenities include a continental breakfast, swimming pool, and hot tub. It’s a few minutes to walk to all the best bars and restaurants.
- 150 East 5th Street, Durango, CO 81301 | 970-247-0955
- Check prices, availability or book Durango Lodge
Homewood Suites by Hilton – upscale suite-style rooms
This option is just west of downtown tucked away off Highway 160, a big commercial street. If you have a car and want a bigger suite-style room, Homewood Suites is the place.
Complimentary tennis courts, gym, BBQ, business center, indoor swimming pool, and hot tub sweeten the deal. Breakfast is tasty and usually included. There’s also a restaurant and bar on-site. The rooms are large and modern, and the staff is friendly and welcoming.
- 15 Girard St, Durango, CO 81303 | 970-259-2996
- Check prices, availability or book Homewood Suites by Hilton
General Palmer Hotel – vintage charm, classic Old West decor
Another iconic Durango hotel, the General Palmer is a 3-star, true Old West joint. Stay in vintage style and elegance, within walking distance of the best tourist attractions.
The rooms are charming and classically decorated. Each one is unique and like stepping back into time. The hotel offers the main amenities and even a library. Unwind at the rooftop terrace with a cocktail and crisp mountain air.
- 567 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301 | 970-247-4747
- Check prices, availability or book General Palmer
Rochester Hotel – bed & breakfast in downtown
Situated across the street from one another, Rochester Hotel has specially designed rooms. It’s located on 2nd Avenue, which is one block off Main Street.
This charming B&B serves a complimentary homemade breakfast. There’s also a nice bar area and plenty of comfy places to lounge around the property. Access to all the area’s attractions is easy from this guest’s favorite.
- 726 E 2nd Ave, Durango, CO 81301 | 970-385-1920
- Check prices, availability or book Rochester Hotel
Apple Orchard Inn – charming mountain cottages
This 3.5-star resort offers charming cottage rentals just north of town in Hermosa. It’s a unique bed and breakfast with beautiful gardens situated across the property.
The staff is friendly and helpful at Apple Orchard. Before guests leave for the day they’re provided packed lunches. There’s also a fitness center and golf course on the property.
- 7758 Co Rd 203, Durango, CO 81301 | 970-247-0751
- Check prices, availability or book Apple Orchard Inn
Rio Grande Best Western – warm and welcoming in historic district
Despite its downtown Durango location, this could be the most hidden lodge on the list. It’s nestled at the end of 2nd Avenue, around a quiet corner from the main drag. It’s a wonderful, cozy hotel decorated with wood interiors, both warm and inviting.
The Best Western Rio Grande features plenty of hotel rooms facing an indoor courtyard and swimming pool. It’s an oasis and not your standard white-walled hallway hotel. Enjoy complimentary breakfast, rooms with refrigerators, and walking distance to your favorite bars.
- 400 E 2nd Ave, Durango, CO 81301 | 970-385-4980
- Check prices, availability or book Best Western Plus Rio Grande
The Lodge at Tamarron – mountain resort living
A full resort, The Lodge at Tamarron offers a range of amenities and rooms. For those splitting time between the slopes and downtown, this middle location spits the distance.
Each room is uniquely decorated, with a kitchenette and necessities. There’s a restaurant and bar on site. There’s an eighteen-hole golf course, gym, day spa with sauna, and beauty center. The mountain views around Tamarron are fantastic in your home away from home.
- 40292 US-550, Durango, CO 81301 | 970-259-2000
- Check prices, availability or book The Lodge at Tamarron
Purgatory Village Condo by Purgatory Resort – heart of ski village
Apartment-style rooms have kitchenettes and wonderful views. There’s a hot tub, outdoor pool, sauna, and kids club for guest use. Get a quick meal at the restaurant and an apres ski at the on-site bar.
- 24 Sheol St, Durango, CO 81301 | 970-385-2100
- Check prices, availability or book Purgatory Village Condo Hotel
Purgatory Lodge by Purgatory Resort – ski in/ski out luxury
Ski in and ski out of this premiere on-mountain hotel. Purgatory Lodge is a four-star luxury accommodation in the heart of Purgatory Village.
There are 150 rooms, each well cared for and designed. Many have two bedrooms and two bathrooms for those larger groups who need space. Guests have access to an outdoor pool, fitness center, and 24-hour reception. Enjoy the high mountain life at Purgatory Lodge.
- 24 Sheol Street, Durango, CO 81301 | 970-247-9000
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Those are among our favorite Durango hotels and top places to stay. Consider neighboring Bayfield’s best hotels for more unique accommodations closer to Vallecito Lake.