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“Quaint and convenient, lots of history” 4 of 5 stars
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Rochester Hotel & Bar
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   726 E 2nd Ave, Durango, CO 81301   |  
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Ranked #2 of 30 Hotels in Durango
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Nashville, Tennessee
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Quaint and convenient, lots of history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ashley S, Manager at Rochester Hotel & Bar, responded to this review, August 20, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review us! Please come back to see us again soon. Maybe next time, you can try out one of our king rooms in the Rochester. They are a bit more spacious than our queen studios in the Leland House!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The friendly Durango people are alive at this hotel! Charming, historical, Wednesday's live band in their garden. The breakfast, included, is superb. The owners make this hotel uber special. You can't go wrong!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ashley S, Manager at Rochester Hotel & Bar, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review us! We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay. The Wednesday concerts are our favorite! We hope to see you again soon.
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Salt Lake City
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The Rochester and Leland House are fantastic properties, the service is great, the breakfast is fantastic. This was my second time staying here. The rooms are clean, have a ton of character and the beds are comfortable. The rooms are quiet yet very conveniently located. This is an awesome place to stay in Durango.

Room Tip: Both the rooms I have stayed in were great.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ashley S, Manager at Rochester Hotel & Bar, responded to this review, July 29, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review us! We are so happy you have enjoyed your stays with us. Please come back soon!
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Dallas, Texas
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3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I can't say anything negative about my stay at the Rochester - EVERYTHING was wonderful. My room overlooked the beautiful courtyard where I ate my delicious breakfast every morning. The Rochester employees were friendly & made my stay comfortable.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ashley S, Manager at Rochester Hotel & Bar, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us! We hope to see you again soon!
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Blacksburg, Virginia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
51 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The Hotel and the Leland House across the street are located convenient to the downtown area. It's in a quiet neighborhood. The staff are outstanding as I was welcomed upon registration and shown my room by a very polite youngster. The room was modest in size but I was traveling alone. it was very well appointed and spotlessly clean. Breakfast in the morning was outstanding and as good as any I have experienced. The staff was very welcoming and accommodating to everyone. The hotel had hosted our daughter's wedding reception several years ago and provided an outstanding venue. I doubt that one could find a better place to stay in Durango, regardless of the price.

Room Tip: They all are excellent.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ashley S, Manager at Rochester Hotel & Bar, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
Thank you so much for writing such a kind review! We enjoyed having you stay with us and hope to see you again soon.
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Salida, Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I have stayed at the Rochester Hotel on a monthly/bi-monthly basis for almost two years. Each experience has been very positive, and I look forward to each of my visits.

The rooms are large and cosy. They have sitting space for working alone or with colleagues and big, soft beds for sleeping. The rooms can made very dark, which I love! The second floor and Leland House are quieter in the mornings. There is a fantastic suite at the front of the Leland House that is perfect for families or vacationing couples. It is well appointed, large, comfortable yet modern and has a large balcony. All of the rooms come with an array of Aveda products and local soaps.

There are fresh cookies (3 delicious kinds) every afternoon and evening. In the spring, summer and fall, the outdoor gardens are very enjoyable at any time of day. The staff is very kind and accommodating. The included breakfast in always delicious (note they can have trouble accommodating special orders when busy). Rates are much less in the winter and you may have the place to yourself!

The location is ideal - one block from downtown. It is right across from the Cypress Cafe, which is my favorite place to eat in Durango. You can easily access the downtown shops and restaurants or go for an in-town hike. The hotel provides free, on-site parking, which is another plus. Hope you enjoy your stay as much as I have!

Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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Ashley S, Manager at Rochester Hotel & Bar, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a wonderful review! We love having you stay with us and hope to see you soon!
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Perry, Georgia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This was our 2nd stay at the Rochester and we were not disappointed. The staff is amazing - friendly and helpful. The breakfasts are the best we've had in Durango and the atmosphere is relaxed (but you could eat in a hurry if needed). We have enjoyed visiting with the other guests at breakfast. The 2nd Ave. location is perfect -only 1 block from the busy Main St., but quiet. Having the bar available,free bikes and umbrellas when needed are nice touches. The baths have good quality toiletries. Cookies and a beverage in the afternoon were welcome after a busy day. We will definitely stay at the Rochester on our next Durango visit.

Room Tip: Room 105 was on the beautiful courtyard, with a private patio. We were not there on a Wednesday, wh...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ashley S, Manager at Rochester Hotel & Bar, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a kind review! We hope to see you again soon!
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Address: 726 E 2nd Ave, Durango, CO 81301
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Location: United States > Colorado > Durango
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 30 Hotels in Durango
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Rochester Hotel & Bar 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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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