Located along the Animas River, the Doubletree Hotel was a treat to stay in. The hotel is located along the main thoroughfare. Just across the street from the hotel are historic downtown Durango and the train station. My family enjoyed hearing the whistles and seeing the smoke rising from the engines. It made them anticipate their upcoming train-ride even more.
Just across a small service street is a restaurant and a large grocery store. Even though we didn't need it, it was nice to know I could run over to the store and grab whatever we needed.
As one of two children growing up, I had no idea how difficult it was to put five people in a hotel room. But having three kids, I see everything in a new perspective. For those of you with more than two kids, you know how difficult it can be to travel with a large group. Often I worry that there simply has to be enough beds for everyone to sleep comfortably. Or maybe I'm just spoiled - I don't like being kicked out of bed at 3 a.m. with elbows and toes. So, before our arrival, I called to ask if there was any way we could add a cot to our room. The answer every mom loves to hear, 'Sure thing!'
The lobby was furnished in warm, dark colors. It was small, but inviting. A gift shop was just next to the check-in area. I was greeted quickly and told that our room was ready (even though we were a tad bit early). The warm cookies at check in were a nice treat. I asked the staff member for a good place to eat and they were able to recommend a local restaurant for us to grab a quick bite to eat.
After looking at the hotel website I was expecting a grand stay and sure enough, that's exactly what we experienced. We felt lucky to get a fourth floor room overlooking the Animas River and the newly expanded run/walking path. We had a balcony with two chairs and a table overlooking the view. It was so nice to sit and relax after the long trip. My kids loved the balcony and view as well. The sliding glass door had a screen door, we left it open as we got settled in the room. The rush of the river was so peaceful and relaxing.
Our room was very nice. It featured double queen size beds. (You know the kind you only dream about having at your house but you don't because white linens and children don't mix?). After eight hours on the road, I have to admit, I crashed for a little bit on one. When I got up to freshen up, I noticed the bathroom had dual sinks. One inside the 'bathroom' and the other just outside. With five of us traveling, having two sinks was definitely a good thing.
The room featured a coffee/tea maker, and waste baskets developed for sorting recyclables. We used the coffee cups with lids as drinking cups for our two small boys. I couldn't bear to see the white comforters ruined!
The room has plenty of space for the twin size cot. We were able to arrange it so everyone could enjoy our time together. I especially liked the ability to have my kids sit down at a table and chair to eat while they were in the room. It added some normalcy to the whole trip.
My kids weren't long for 'looking' at the view, they wanted to get down to the river. We ventured down and began to crawl along the rocks and started taking pictures. My daughter loved exploring. She was curious to see if she could cross the river by jumping from rock to rock. Needless to say, she didn't try it after she got her feet wet the first time. But it was a fun try!
Throughout our stay the hospitality staff was so nice. They spoke to us each time we came in and out of our room. They even helped my husband look for my lost car keys after we'd checked out. That's not a normal service, but it was so nice to experience!
We enjoyed our time at the Doubletree and will go out of our way to stay there again when we next visit Durango. It's location, amenities, and views are just too fantastic to pass up.
Disclaimer: Our stay at the Doubletree Hotel was COMPLIMENTARY OF THE DURANGO AREA TOURISM OFFICE. THE TOURISM OFFICE DID NOT STATE ANY REQUIREMENTS REGARDING MY REVIEWS. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.
DoubleTree by Hilton Durango is a business friendly hotel located in Durango, close to Henry Strater Theater, Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and Durango Arts Center. Additional points of interest include Fort Lewis College and Hillcrest Golf Club.
DoubleTree by Hilton Durango's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. This 3.5 star property has a business center and offers audiovisual equipment. Complimentary wireless and wired high speed Internet access is available in public areas. The property has a roundtrip airport shuttle, which is complimentary. Concierge services and tour assistance are available. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include gift shops/newsstands, express check out, and shopping on site.
159 air conditioned guestrooms at DoubleTree by Hilton Durango feature coffee/tea makers and complimentary weekday newspapers. Bathrooms feature hair dryers. Wired high speed Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks, guestrooms offer multi line phones with voice mail. 37 inch flat panel televisions have premium cable channels and pay movies. Also included are irons/ironing boards and clock radios. Guests may request wake up calls.
Notifications and Fees:
The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out.
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.