by Julie Bielenberg
The Leland House and Rochester Hotels operate under the same hotel and are directly across the street from one another. These are a duo of small family-owned historic hotels, renovated by mother-and-son team, Diane Wildfang and Kirk Komick. Originally the Pittman Apartments, built in 1927 by Durangoan P.W. Pittman, they were then purchased from Leland and Lola Hill in 1993. The building was renamed The Leland House in honor of the Leland Hill family. Each room in the Leland House is named after a historic Durango figure, and the interior dÃ©cor is accented with local memorabilia, biographies and photos of these important figures.
A year after restoring the Leland House, Kirk and Diane began restoring the rundown Rochester Hotel, built in 1892 — one of the oldest hotels in Durango. Kirk and Diane transformed the former 33-room boarding house into 15 luxurious king and double queen rooms with private baths.
Families are most going to enjoy the large, family suites, some even with kitchens. The gardens in the summer are incredible, and the complimentary, hot breakfast can be eaten in the gardens amongst the gorgeous landscaping, birds chirping and lush blooms. This garden is host to many events, and children enjoy frolicking throughout the gardens all day long.
Our Editor Loves
- Large family suites
- Complimentary breakfast
- Gardens, location and charm
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
Once again, this was a great place to be for a combination of mountain climbing in the La Plata mountains and enjoying food and beer in Durango. Both breakfasts were delicious, and the staff was very helpful. Bed very comfortable.
We stayed at the Leland House. Management kindly upgraded us to a suite, which is a much more spacious room, with a small kitchen, living room, bedroom and bath. Nicely refurbished rooms. Great breakfast in the hotel, nice servers. Lots of cool western photos in the hallways. Free parking in private lot.
It wasn't too busy our few days so it was quiet. I could see if it was busy that the noise level might be a bit much in an older building.