Feature Accommodations - The Rochester
by Carl Burnham
in 1892, the Rochester Hotel combines the old West and the silver screen
to make your stay both comfortable and memorable. The high ceilings
and memorabilia add to the unique appeal.
of the fifteen rooms are air conditioned, nicely appointed with vintage
furniture, and framed posters and stills of old West movies that were
filmed around Durango. Our large room included a comfortable king-sized
bed, with private bath and kitchen.
The interior was appointed with nice furniture including a handy writing
table, corner mirrored wardrobe, a folding screen with Native American
images, rocker chair, and rifle shaped lamp. Ours had framed photos of
Clark Gable from his 1951 movie, Across the Wide Missouri,
which was filmed just north of town. The movie also featured Maria Elena
Marques and a young Ricardo Montalban as a Native American. In one scene
that was included in the film, a stunt man suffered a broken neck. See
below for some of the other films were made in the area that are highlighted
along the hallways throughout the hotel. The kitchen includes a full-sized
refrigerator, a microwave, coffee maker, and cooking utensils.
the hallways of the recently renovated hotel, old West movies are in
marquee lights, with backgrounds provided of the stars and where the
movies were filmed locally, giving a unique perspective to your stay
in Durango. The films made include such greats, such as Jimmy Stewart,
John Wayne, Clark Gable, Harry Carey, Debbie Reynolds, Richard WIdmark,
Robert Redford, Paul Newman, James Garner, Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck,
Lionel Barrymore, and many many more.
The number of films made around Durango is extensive, and have included The General, How the West Was Won, The Naked Spur, Around the World
in Eighty Days, Support Your Local Gunfighter, The Cowboys, and City
The movie, When the Legends Die (1972), which starred Richard
Widmark, Tillman Box, and Frederick Forrest, included some scenes that
were filmed in the hotel.
In the main office, the book, "Hollywood of the Rockies: The Spirit
of the New Rochester Hotel" by Frederic B. Wildfang, is available
that highlights the movies that have been made in and around Durango.
You may order it free online by visiting here (only a small fee for postage/handling).
A complete gourmet breakfast is served downstairs in the lobby, which
is included as part of your stay, featuring daily specials that include
freshly made homemade muffins, coffee cakes, eggs, scones, and entrees
of fruit and cereal or granola. You can enjoy your morning breakfast
with coffee in the lobby, in the historic dining car attached to the
hotel, or outside in the courtyard.
During the afternoons, fresh tea is available in the lobby, with a delicious
selection of just made cookies (be sure to sample them all).
The Rochester Hotel makes the perfect base for exploring Durango, within
easy walking distance from the train depot, main street, and fine dining.
We would like to
thank the Rochester Hotel for making our stay in Durango for our features
memorable. For reservations, email,
call 1-800-664-1920, or visit them here.
Just across the street is The Leland House
Bed & Breakfast, which the owners of the Rochester Hotel also
own. Located in a fully restored former apartment building which was
built in 1927, it also contains historic gems of the area. The Leland
House is featured on the next page.
read more - The Leland House on Next Page
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