While many people recognize the property as a beautiful, eye catching sight in the heart of Downtown Durango, few know the full history of the Strater Hotel. With its beautiful bricking and extravagant white sandstone lining the exterior, the Strater is one of the most distinct hotels in Durango. You may have seen this incredible hotel in pictures, or in person, but have you ever learned the history of rivalries, hard times and great victories that made the hotel what it is today?Angry about Rice’s high rent charge, Strater built the Columbian Hotel in 1893 to run Rice out of business. Unfortunately for both hotel owners, the silver panic hit in 1895 and both businesses went under.Today, guests can stay in room 222 and get a feeling for what inspired L’Amour in his writing career. Visitors can also stay in other rooms named after visitors and owners, such as the Earl A. & Jentra Barker room. To read stories of the hotel's previous guests, pay attention to The Strater's facebook page On your next trip to Durango, make sure to stop by and see the history of Durango preserved within the Strater Hotel. All visitors are encouraged to explore the public spaces within the hotel, but don't just drop by. Book a stay in one of the guest rooms and see even more of the Victorian design and the history of the Strater Hotel for yourself. Throughout the year, the Strater also hosts multiple events for Durango visitors, including the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Visit the Strater Hotel's website for a full history of the property.