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3 of 5 bubbles Review of Caboose Motel

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Caboose Motel
Ranked #23 of 33 Hotels in Durango
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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245 reviews
75 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Nothing special”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2012

We stayed here during a month long road trip as we wanted to visit Durango and I've always had a fascination with trains. But the caboose theme ends at the lobby. The room are very plain and a bit outdated. The staff wasn't pleasant but coming through town again I think I'd choose to stay elsewhere. Perhaps someplace closer into town.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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LaPaz Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

My two college age kids and I stayed overnight in June of 2011 and we found the motel very quaint in a nice way. I noticed that another person's review wasn't so happy with everything; but I feel like they would be better off at the more expensive hotels down the road since they seem a little more persnickety. Which is fine, but don't most people understand that a typical motel is going to be a little bit older, and that is what gives the room character? Anyways, we found the room to be clean, and a GREAT price, along with a nice location. Durango can be very expensive, so if you are wanting a good deal, then check out the Caboose Motel. The staff was extremely nice and helpful as well. Since it was our first time to Durango, they gave us some useful information on the sights etc. Would go back in a heartbeat!
Beth S.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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78 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2011

We had rather a strange start at the Caboose. Checked in no problem but when my husband went to wash his hands he discovered there was no plug for the basin in the bathroom. Maureen told him they’d disabled the mechanical plugs because people got confused with them and broke them. Doesn’t seem to happen in any other motel/hotel we’ve used ! Anyway she rootled around in another unit and came back with one but that was the wrong size so she said she’d have to get on from the hardware store and it might not be the same day. In the end she must have managed because there as one when we returned from shopping. She did seem to think we were a bit odd for wanting one – ah well, each to their own.

The rooms were what we’d describe as surface clean - not deep clean. The dust/grease on the cooker extractor hood was a bit yucky. The kitchenette was a bit minimalist, just a small hob with a couple of burners, a sink, fridge/freezer, microwave and coffee machine. The cooking equipment was very limited and all needed a good clean before we used it. One of the glass saucepans was so chipped we didn’t dare use it. The crockery and cutlery we reckon was bought from a thrift shop – nothing matched and mostly chipped and cracked. There were two glasses, both about pint size which made for interesting wine consumption ;-)

On our second evening the gas burners failed to light and we had to bum a light off a smoker standing outside another unit – there was nobody at reception. We didn’t think much of it and bought a lighter the next day but on returning to the room there was a very noticeable smell of gas - we were surprised that the cleaner hadn’t noticed. Nobody at reception again but we managed to catch up with Terri (the motel’s greatest asset) and she said it was the pilot lights gone out and that it happened all the time. She gave us a proper long nosed lighter and we had to use that a few more times during the stay.

The décor is tired and there are too many dust-traps scattered around – superfluous fake flowers and other trinkets.

OK, those were the downs, the plusses were that Maureen (owner) gave us a discount as we stayed for 5 nights and with the kitchenette this made it a reasonably priced stay. The location is fine and is perfect for self-catering as the City Market is almost opposite. As I said, Terri is the motel’s best asset, she’s friendly and helpful.

Don’t think we’d return despite the price though.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Montrose, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2011

This is a great place for Harley Owner's Group riders. It reminds me of the hotels of the yester years. It's clean, comfortable, and they are Harley friendly. They provide a clean rag and a bucket upon request so you can wash your Harely. Terry, has been just wonderful to work with the two times we have stayed with them. She is a good source for what to do and were to eat.
Please treat these people at the Caboose with respect so we can enjoy staying here for a long time to come. Harley riders are different in a good way. We leave with the owners wanting us to see us again.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2011

The rooms are decorated in a cabin style, not your bulk standard motel.
The receptionist was friendly and helpful, and the room was reasonably priced at $48.
Some traffic noise from the road, so would recommend ear plugs.
Oh, and don't expect to be able to walk to the historic downtown as it's almost 3 miles :-)

  • Stayed October 2011
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Additional Information about Caboose Motel

Property: Caboose Motel
Address: 3363 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301-4024
Region: United States > Colorado > Durango
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Durango
Price range (per night): $97 - $167
Hotel Class:2 star — Caboose Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 9
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