Leland House B&B

When deciding where to stay in Durango we knew we wanted to be downtown. Since we like B&Bs  the Leland House B&B seemed like a good choice and this quote from their website clinched the decision (emphasis added and picture from their site):

gourmet breakfast served at The Rochester Hotel

Every morning, a complimentary gourmet breakfast is served to our guests from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. in the Rochester Hotel lobby. Guests are also welcome to enjoy our breakfast in the Rochester Hotel’s old-fashioned train car or flower-filled courtyard during the summer.

Breakfast includes a daily hot entrée such as Asparagus and Swiss Scrambled eggs with whole-wheat toast and hash browns, an array of fresh fruit, homemade granola, yogurt, cereals, coffee and tea. We also serve homemade muffins, scones and coffeecakes, including our signature cranberry almond scones, morning glory muffins, and lemon bread, freshly baked every morning. We only serve fair-trade, organic coffee and tea bought locally from Durango Coffee Company and Celestial Seasonings, a Colorado-based tea company.

Doesn’t that look and sound really good?

So what was our "hot entree"? A single "homemade" blueberry pancake which took 10-15 minutes to arrive. While not small it wasn’t a large pancake either nor was it anything special. I had expected more, especially since when I made the reservation the staff called and asked if we had any dietary restrictions and explained once the booking was confirmed it was not possible to cancel and get a refund. It did not occur to me the any place with a deception of their gourmet breakfasts as quoted above would provide a single blueberry pancake as their "hot entree" especially when their rates started at $165 a night.

Their cranberry almond scones were excellent but small baked in mini muffin tin sizes and the selection of fresh fruit truly fresh but for a day to be spent in outdoor activities protein in a form other than homemade granola is what I expected something like the asparagus and Swiss scrambled eggs described above.

Okay, enough about how disappointed I was in breakfast, what did I like?

I have never stayed in a B&B with so many electrical outlets. Charging the Scala headsets, phones & cameras was a breeze with the number of outlets available. The room was nicely appointed and the location excellent.

The room was a queen studio, small with tiny bathroom but that’s to be expected in a historic building. The staff was friendly, courteous and good at their jobs. I really appreciated the Aveda wipes and other products.

Bottom line, would I stay there again?

No, I really looked forward to a gourmet breakfast and I got a mediocre pancake. Sorry but no matter how good mini scones, dollar coin size lemon cakes or how fish the fruit that is not a gourmet breakfast.

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