For me, sometimes where you stay while traveling is just as exciting as the city you are visiting. After our day at Mesa Verde National Park, we headed to Durango, Colorado, where I stayed at this historic and quaint hotel, The Rochester Hotel.
Built in 1892, The Rochester Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Durango. Formally a 33-room boarding house, Kirk Komick and Diane Wildfang – the son and mother team who own both The Rochester Hotel and The Leland House – went to work restoring the property and turning it into a 15 room hotel. The original charm of the building is still there – with original antiques and some original woodwork.
And charming is just what this hotel is. With only 15 guest rooms, you definitely don’t feel like just a number. You could feel the history in the building, and knowing that the original building has been around for over 100 years made the whole stay exciting for me.
The room was actually quite spacious. We had 2 pack and plays for my boys, and still had room to walk around. And those beds were like sleeping on a cloud. Seriously one of the most comfortable beds I’ve been on lately – I wanted to take it home!!
Each room is decorated with Western movie memorabilia from movies that were all filmed in Durango and the surrounding area.
The hotel also has a “Secret Garden” behind the property where you can enjoy your breakfast or one of the local recording artists or singer/songwriters that come in for their Summer Concert Series. And speaking of breakfast, breakfast is served every morning in the lobby. We only ate breakfast there one morning, but it was delicious!
I do have to also mention about the staff at The Rochester Hotel. They really went above and beyond to make me feel welcome. I was there alone with my 3 kids, and was a little hesitant about how people would react in such a small, quaint space. But they were all amazing. Helping me with parking, making sure we had enough to eat, helping me out when I spilled milk all over the top of Camden’s head – they really were just great and made me and my kids feel totally welcome.
If you are planning a trip to Durango, you definitely need to plan a stay at The Rochester Hotel!
The Rochester Hotel
762 E 2nd Avenue
Durango, CO 81301