Durango's historic centerpiece boasts a huge collection of Victorian-era walnut furniture.
Built in 1887 of red brick and hand-carved sandstone, this hotel allows guests to step back into history. Louis L'Amour penned several of his popular westerns in room 222, directly above the Diamond Belle Saloon with its live ragtime piano. And these days, former President Gerald Ford enjoys staying in room 333, the Presidential Suite. It's no wonder the property has been designated as one of the Historic Hotels of the Rockies. The lobby and all 93 rooms and suites are authentically decorated with Victorian furniture, hand-screened wallpapers, crystal chandeliers and lace curtains. But despite their old-fashioned atmosphere, the accommodations keep up with the times. They have TVs, telephones with data ports, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. Appointed with period antiques, the business center has all the conveniences today's corporate traveler needs---computer, printer, wireless Internet access and secretarial services. Room service is available for lunch and dinner.