It's an old hotel, which means there's stairs, no elevator, and spaces are small. Mattress was good, albeit not king-sized. (As previously mentioned, spaces are small.) On the plus side: The internet is good. Room included fridge and coffee maker. The location in old town is charming. Parking is provided: Important in downtown Durango. They also provide bicycles for those so inclined.
There's plenty of good choices for drinks and eating (and shopping) in easy walking distance, though there's no need to eat out for breakfast, as the Rochester/Leland includes a well-prepared breakfast with good service. They're proud of the quality and provenance of their ingredients. In season, breakfast outside on the terrace is very pleasant.
We got the impression that the lady at the desk expected a tip for showing us where our room was, even though we were offered no assistance in carrying our bags. (We did tip for breakfast and for housekeeping, just not for being directed to our room.)
We had a small problem - they request you not leave the airco on when you go out. We arrived on a very hot day, and it took quite awhile to cool the room down after supper - it was hotter in the room than outdoors. Overall, it was a pleasant enough stay, if not absolutely fabulous.
We were in Durango to visit friends, staying only one night. I am not an authority on activities or attractions in the area, though I know there's plenty to do outdoors (rafting, skiing, nearby Mesa Verde National Park, historic train rides.) We're also told it's about as far from an Interstate highway as you can get in the lower 48 states.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Rochester Hotel & Bar is a historic hotel open since 1892. The hotel provides 15 rooms with private bathrooms all themed in an Old Western Hollywood style. New in 2012 is the addition of the Rochester Bar, providing an intimate setting for fine wines and cocktails. A full gourmet breakfast is included and cruiser bicycles are available for guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rochester Hotel And Bar
- Rochester Hotel Durango