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The Leland House and Rochester Hotel
Ranked #3 of 34 Hotels in Durango
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 25, 2012

I had the great fortune to stay three nights at the Rochester Hotel with friends earlier this month. We were in Durango to sing in a 130 voice chorale with the San Juan Symphony.
The atmosphere at the Rochester is wonderful, the rooms are clean and large and the staff is totally friendly and cheerful. Special shout out to Nancy and Carolyn who serve the most tasty, made to order breakfast each morning. Breakfast is served in a lovely dining area with an eclectic assortment of art on the walls. A variety of cold foods is available to choose from if you're not able to wait for a hot breakfast: fresh fruit, homemade breads and scones, granola, yogurt, cold cereal, coffee, OJ, tea and milk. Each afternoon there are fresh homemade cookies and hot tea available. (Desiree was also a friendly breakfast server.)
We stayed in room 104 on the first floor, a double queen room. Plenty of room to move around. We spent some time every morning grousing about not having an electric outlet in the bathroom and having to use the blow dryer in the bedroom area at a floor level outlet . . . however the laugh was on us as I found the outlet on our last morning, on the wall behind the hand towel which was folded so nicely on the rack!! ;)
Limited parking at the rear of the hotel, 8 spaces, but you can park behind the Leland House Hotel across the street, if needed.
You won't be disappointed if you stay at the Rochester Hotel! We'll be back!

Room Tip: There is no elevator, so if you don't want to haul your luggage upstairs, ask for a room on the...
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Merritt W, Manager at The Leland House and Rochester Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2012

Dear Karen M,

We are so pleased you had an enjoyable stay here at the Rochester Hotel (and that you eventually found the bathroom outlet!) I will pass along your praise to Nancy, Carolyn and Desiree. Thank you so much for taking the time to express your satisfaction - it is greatly appreciated on this end.

We hope to see you again!

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

This was our fifth trip this year to the Rochester Hotel/Leland House in Durango, Colorado. We have explored several more rooms in the main Hotel, The Rochester - previous years we stayed at the Leland House (which belongs to the hotel) across the street. The rooms in the main hotel are spacious, delightfully furnished and have a deep sense of history. We love #202 which overlooks the main entrance, and then also #108 and #107 out in the back which open directly into the beautiful and romantic garden/courtyard, where breakfast is served on warm days. The staff continues to amaze us, my husband came down with a nasty cold during our last visit and the hotel team went wayyyyy beyond to make sure he was comfortable. Parking is easy, loaner bikes are waiting, the bar has great drinks, there is music on weekends, guests walk to every restaurant and attraction in town and the breakfast continues to be one of the best meals we have ever had on a trip. Kirk, the owner, Laurie, who runs the front desk, and the whole team of the hotel are passionate about their work and this special place and it shows. 5 Star Excellence and Consistency, highly recommended, not only during road trips, but as a DESTINATION!

Room Tip: Rooms in the Leland House across the street have kitchens. Rooms in the main hotel (Rochester) are v...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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komick, Owner at The Leland House and Rochester Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2012

Thank you for your kind words. We appreciate all feedback. Please let us know if we can ever be of assistance from the Leland House and Rochester Hotel. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit to Durango.

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Reviewed October 9, 2012

We were very impressed with the hotel. The rooms were really a nice size and the bed was comfortable. The rooms were done with a lovely old time theme. Not over the top but tastefully. The cookies in the afternoon were delicious and so was the morning breakfast, it was made to order. The only negative is the parking. Tight quarters in the back and overflow in a near by lot. Hotel is well located in downtown Durango. Highly recommend and would stay again. If you are AARP member, ask and they will give you a discount.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

first hotel we've ever stayed in that felt like a home away from home, thanks to Diane and Kirk (owners) and all the staff. Great breakfast, parties in the courtyard, loaner bikes, right downtown (and Durango has some really fun restaurants to walk to), free parking, super dog friendly.
We used it as a base to explore SW Colorado and can't wait to go back this winter for skiing at Silverton and Wolf Creek. We took the Durango-Silverton train to check out the fall foliage, and it's only a couple blocks walk to the train station. Also can walk/bike Durango's excellent trail along the Animas River. Also a great "doggie day care" (called Healthy Hounds and Fat Cats) very close by for folks who want to spend time at Mesa Verde. Could not have enjoyed Durango more!! Big thanks to Hotel Rochester.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank elizabeth g
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Merritt W, Manager at The Leland House and Rochester Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2012

We are so glad you and your dogs enjoyed your visit to The Rochester Hotel and Durango! We do our best to welcome human and canine guests alike and we look forward to seeing you again come snow season.

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

The Rochester offers a quiet bar and a beautiful garden in which to relax after periods of sight seeing in the Durango area. Additionally, they offer music in the garden with a variety of local bands. Coupled with local ranchers supplying grilled burgers from organic beef, you can't find a better place to kick back for an hour or two. The Hotel has a historic theme to it with rooms decorated with beautiful period furniture. Visitors to Durango will enjoy the opportunity to rub shoulders with the many locals who enjoy the hospitality of the hotel owners and staff. To enhance the ambiance, rotating displays of art and photographs grace the bar and reception area.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Wallace W
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Merritt W, Manager at The Leland House and Rochester Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2012

Dear Wallace W,

Thank you for taking the time to review The Rochester Hotel and we are thrilled you not only enjoyed your stay but were able to take part in our (inaugural) summer concert series! While the music has stopped until it warms up again, the art exhibits will continue.

Thank you again!

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Reviewed September 9, 2012

This is a wonderful place to stay in Durango. It has the feel of an inn or B&B; the staff is so friendly and helpful, and really make you feel welcome. We parked our car, and didn't need to use it for the two days we were there. The breakfast was wonderful each morning and the cookies were a delicious welcome snack in the afternoon. I wouldn't hestitate to recommend this place to family and friends. We enjoyed the live entertainment in the courtyard on Wednesday night and the use of the old-fashioned bikes. The room we stayed in was roomy, well-appointed, and clean. The only drawbacks during out stay was the lack of parking and the insomniac that was in the room above us (lots of pacing throughout the night). But neither of these things would prevent me from staying there again.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

Such a wonderful place to stay. Formerly with the Marriott Corp., I can attest to this well run, comfortable, exciting hotel. Where else would you want to stay in Winter or Summer. Stay here and you have the choice of skiing Durango Mountain Resort, Telluride, Silverton, and Wolf Creek (most powder of any CO resort) on any day. Walking distance to most of the great restaurants here, all local activities start here. Being a trained chef, I found the breakfast to be fabulous. Their great chefs bake their own goods and guests can have a special warm breakfast complimentary any day. Don't forget to use one of their free bikes to see the town and ride the famous Animas River bike trail.

Room Tip: Several are dog friendly and every room is unique.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Don F
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Rochesterstaff, Manager at The Leland House and Rochester Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2012

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us! I relayed your comments about breakfast to Kelly and Carolyn in the kitchen, which they very much appreciated. It was a pleasure having you here. We hope to see you again.

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Address: 726 E 2nd Ave, Durango, CO 81301-5419
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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 Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 34 Hotels in Durango
Price Range: $150 - $303 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Leland House and Rochester Hotel 3*
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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Rochester Hotel And Bar
Rochester Hotel Durango

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