Iron Horse Inn
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- Continental Breakfast
- Continental Breakfast
- Reduced mobility rooms
- Outdoor pool
- Non-smoking hotel
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GREAT PLACE!!! We had an awesome time here! The loft idea is fantastic! We had a beautiful view of the animas valley as well as the breath taking mountains that surround durango. We personally recomend this place to everyone! Its GREAT! It was very quiet and peaceful. The pool area is perfect for the kids, as well as hot tub and saunna for the adults. They have one for the friendlyest staffs at a hotel, and great coustomer service! An A+++ in our book!
Please do not waste your money or time. This is an old and delapedated hotel complex. I should have done more research.....I agree with the lady who wrote the last review. It looked like a beat up trailer park.
One step above the tent camp in Nat'l Lampoons Vacation
I was very skeptical when I arrived and as soon as I saw the room I nearly threw up.
Leaky faucets, bugs flying around, filthy carpet, heavy chemical oder from cleaning supplies with no evidence of cleanliness, broken (and glued back together) toilet seat (replacement cost: $4.99) YUCK!, seedy garage sale decor, cigarette burns on the furniture, basic crappy 1970's style. A real mish-mash.
I think they must make a great profit by charging their customary 50% of your daily rate sur-charge for early check outs.
Word to the wise. If you are brave enough to give it a try, make sure you see the room before signing the contract!
I was so turned off because of this dump that I left Durango all together and went on to more beautiful pastures.
Would stay again - cute and cozy
I was a little wary when we pulled into the parking lot, but once we got into the room, I was pleasantly surprised. I like the loft and the fireplace and the room, although not sparkling, was clean and cozy. The management was accommodating and the breakfast in the restaurant was very good. We stayed here in June 2003 and as there were only two of us, we didn't really use the loft. We will stay again this year when we go back to Durango.
Just returned from a 2 week trip to Southeast Colorado and Utah. Stayed in several hotels and found the Iron Horse to be lowest on the list this trip. The inn has the appearance of an old apartment complex that is deserted. We arrived around 4pm and felt like we were in a ghost town. At first glance, the room appeared okay, but on further review it had pet hair on the furniture (which I have allergies too), the towels, sheets, blankets, and pillow cases were all stained, the downstairs tub facet dripped non-stop, and little pressure in the downstairs shower. The upstairs was very warm as the air-conditioner is downstairs. The one vent upstairs was covered by a bedside table. There was a large pool area but we were told they had to "condition it" and we wouldn't be able to get in for a while. Didn't really want to though as it appeared to have skim on the top and lots of tree seeds floating in it. The hot tub worked but was not very hot (cause for concern of bacteria growth). The game room air-conditioning and ice machine was out of order. The free breakfast lacked and only 2 plastic knifes were provided for the entire motel. But the most disturbing part of our stay came during the night. Noises suggestive of varmints could be heard periodically in the walls and ceiling. That along with the hollering in the parking lot at 1 am was enough to lose any vote of confidence from our family. On a positive note, the rooms were two-leveled allowing our children to spread out some.
Great in cool weather
From the Outside the Iron Horse Inn doesn't look like much. But when we got in our room we were pleasantly surprised by the cozy set-up. It had a fireplace downstairs with stairs leading to upstairs loft. It doesn't look like a hotel room. I was also surprised with the Micro. and refrigerator for the price range of around $80 a night. The catch was you were not able to sleep in the upstairs loft because of the heat. The A/C was not capable of cooling off the upstairs, which meant my kids sleep on the floor downstairs. We were there in June. Also don't count on a view unless you get the trackside rooms. I would recommend this place highly if going in cool weather or only have 2 people.
We liked it, quiet and relaxing
The two level layout was nice, as my daughter loved having the loft to herself, and I could keep the TV on without distrurbing her at night.
Also nice about it was that there was no room above, and thus no pounding feet and other noises from above. Otherwise the rooms are so-so, but certainly agreeable for the price. The trackside rooms were very quiet and pleasant, with horse pastures out beyond the tracks, and picnic tables trackside. It was neat to see the train come by late afternoon. The pool is closed for renovation, but we found out that we could use the DaysInn pool across the street. Would have been nicer to have been told this at checkin :-(. The exception to the quiet was 6:30 one morning, when the garbage truck emptied the dumpster outside our door (we were next to the pool).
Decent location for going skiing, but you'll be driving, or taking the trolley, to get dinner in town. The breakfast was a bit weak, with knockoff cereals used rather than the brand name labels the containers showed.
It was a nice find, I'd stay here again if we return to Durango.
Would highly recommend the Iron Horse
Very cool place to stay--all rooms have an upstairs loft with a 2nd bed. Kids would love it. The restaurant also had exceptionally good breakfast.
The Iron Horse was not all it was cracked up to be. The front desk staff was very helpful and sweet, trying to be as accomidating as possible, but the rooms themselves were not the greatest. The loft room was extreemly hot (we were there in the summer) and the ac would not cool it down. Also, the room did not seem to have been cleaned very well, as I found gum stuck to the night stand and just overall dirt.
The iron horse also rents some of the rooms long term to Durango drifters and it was a little uncomfortable at night with cars in the parking lot and people partying outside. I think the rooms need to be updated, and I know they are slowly renovating them, if I were to stay there again I would request one that has already been redone.
Off the beaten track-Large rooms with loft-reasonable
Off the beaten track - 5 miles north of Durango. Trolley to town every 20 minutes. Nice rooms with frig and BR loft. Durango-Silverton RR runs by hotel. Great for kids and RR buffs. Huge pool - adequate restaurant - excellent management.
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... had the choice of two optional activities of river rafting or riding horseback. The group was split into two and I chose river rafting down the Animas River. We were told that we were going to get wet and on a cool start to the morning, we all brought a change of clothes.
Eight of us were in a small inflatable raft with a cool tour guide. He was telling us about the local scenery and what the 'locals' get up to.
... and banter with aplomb.
Our other server was an Irish lassie, so Jim and Mary put her through her paces.
The food was superb. The wine too.
Walking back to the hotel, I dived into the 'Ore House where I knew some of the others of the group were dining.
Tomorrow we get back on the road, and the forecast is for more snow...
I decided it was not worth buying anything warm, as in a day or two we will be sweltering...
.... won't we??
... other day in the babies' room, envisioning life after giving birth. Before this point I had been anxious, scared, not prepared...but now, I feel ready. We have the swings, bottles, newborn clothes, crib sheets washed, and our hospital bag packed. I've come to terms with how the birth process may or may not go (we have a 50% chance of delivering both babies normally vs c section). There ...
... of the ashes into a big pit between the tracks. Then is backed onto the platform and they had to jockey it around a bit to get it perfectly situated. Then they turned the platform with the engine and tender (car that holds the coal) on it so they could back it into the house. It was really interesting. While they were doing this, a front loader came in and scooped out all of the ashes and put them in a pile. We found out later that some of the ash ...
... had gone by and our friendship has remained strong while we lived in different cities and countries. When Brian told us there was an Ortho job posting in Durango, we thought it was be too good to be true! And then he got the job and Brian, Katie and their little boy, Sam, moved to Durango in late August. Below is (hopefully one of many) camping trips in the wilderness.
Feeling extra blessed,
Lindsay and Chip