La Posada Hotel
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Ahhh, a good night's rest even with the thunder rattling around in the skyscrapers outside. In fact it is still raining as I type this. We just came inside after wandering around Dick Blick's Art Studio Supplies and a couple of pics from outside the hotel. Not a day for walking, and as Milt has declared himself "Guardian of Jean's Knees," we …
Last night we stayed in Winslow, AZ. You may know Winslow from such songs as "Take it Easy" by the Eagles. We spent the night at the La Posada Hotel, which is an incredible place and pretty much the only thing happening in the town. The hotel is unusual, historic and charming. We ended up in a wonderful room, spacious with a king size bed, …
Set off early for our 6 hour drive. Driving through no man's land, very dry and barren scenery. Encountered a couple of accidents, one was a huge semi that veered off the road, it's trailer was leaning so far over, almost ready to fall on it's side ... They had a fork truck there, trying to unload it's cargo. The Route 66 historical road is in very rough condition, (so noisy) so we took the ...
... with lush vegetation in the middle of a desert. It is a limestone sink formed by the collapse of an underground cavern with some cliff dwellings in the walls that surround it. The springs that feed it flow constantly so 1.6 million gal. go through in one day. There is no fish in this well so if you drank it you would die from arsenic but when it flows out to the creeks it becomes safe to drink. You can walk down to the waterfall and ...
... up in a campground, to emergency procedures.
We also began to divest ourselves of all our things, putting very few special items in storage but really, paring down to the bare minimum. It's amazing what stuff you can live without.
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How much we enjoy it! We don't miss our house or our possessions and love living outdoors, ...
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We didn't get hardly any time here to enjoy the amenities and get a feel for the place but we did sleep well and had an excellent breakfast. Lots of Hollywood history here, too. We stayed in the Alice Faye room.
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One of the world's best.
My business requires me to travel about two hundred days each year, so I have learned to have reasonable expectations when it comes to hotels.
La Posada exceeded my expectations in every way. It is simply one of the best small hotels in the world. The staff was friendly and helpful, the Howard Hughes room was superb, and their restaurant was first-rate (don't miss the signature soup!). I'm already looking for an opportunity to return with my wife.
The La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona is truly a unique gem. It is a wonderfully restored large old hotel designed by Mary Jane Colter, considered the greatest of all Southwestern architects of her time in the early 1900s. Fred Harvey hired her as his personal architect and she also designed and built many of the buildings at the Grand Canyon, including the Hopi House.The current owners of the La Posada purchased it in 1997 and have been restoring it ever since. The hotel is breathtaking. It is an environment that is at the same time both calming and exciting. The main lobby areas, which go on extensively into many rooms, are all restored, along with a huge ballroom, another room for large parties, and the beautiful atrium with a restored garden in the center courtyard. One can spend many hours just sitting in various locations in the hotel, taking in the color and imagination, and feeling restored yourself.Going out the back, which in the old days of railroad travel, was the front of the hotel, you walk along walkways covered in curved arches, which take you to the train depot. The trains go by several times a day, and the Amtrak stops at least once a day and people still get on and off the train to stay at La Posada. What an interesting and different way to travel!An added feature of the hotel is the artwork of one of the owners, Tina Mion. She has huge, colorful paintings throughout the hotel of her series called "Ladies First", which shows many of the wives of the U. S. Presidents in imaginative and powerful depictions of little known life circumstances. They add so much to the intriguing nature of the hotel.Eating in the beautifully restored Turquoise Room in the hotel adds to the uniqueness of the whole experience. The Killer Roasted Vegetable Platter is a delight for anyone, vegetarian or not, and it features many foods that are native to the southwest and Native American culture. There are many dishes on the menu from old recipes from the golden years of railroad travel and dining. The waitresses dress in the old-fashioned black and white Harvey Girl costumes.The La Posada experience is unique and affordable. It is a national treasure!Rachel Whyte Phoenix, Arizona
The Loveliest Hotel in Arizona
La Posada is an absolute heavently retreat from reality and the present. It's colorful and warm...it's decor is a feast to the eyes...it is a completely welcoming and inviting atmosphere. The service is friendly. We've been to the restaurant several times and each time were pleasantly surprised with the wonderful southwestern dishes we get to try. The martini bar feels like sitting in a plush lounge back in the '30s. If you're a train fanatic, grab a drink and walk out to the back (actually the front) of the hotel, sit on the little brick wall and watch the trains roll by. The rooms are quaint and I cannot say enough positive things about this wonderful haven that makes my husband and I travel 800 miles just to stay at La Posada. We work the rest of our vacation around that.
A Wonderful Historic Old Hotel
What a wonderful, historic old hotel. Has the feel of Zorro's mansion.
The restaurant is A-1. Very friendly staff. A lovely little gift shop.
Fascinating Spanish decor. Conveniently located.
This one is worth a trip detour
La Posada was stunning. It is the best value, most romantic, relaxing and exotic piece of paradise in Arizona.
The Howard Hughes Room, complete with it's own open fireplace, hand-carved 4-poster bed and photo of Howard enjoying the room is beautiful.
It is absolutely the best-value 'weekend escape' to rival any 5-star hotel. Food is excellent, staff are friendly and it doesn't matter that the doors shut after 11pm...sit in front of one of the many fireplaces - drink wine, play chess, talk with other travellers, admire the artwork or read a book. I dream of returning one day.... the owners have saved this masterpiece of heritage for everyone to enjoy. Well done.
stayed here at the end of june and had a great time. arrived 7am on Amtrak & tho there was no available room for me, they rushed 1 the minute the first room checked out. in the meantime, they told me to enjoy the continental breakfast that was being put out for the guests.
La Posada, Winslow, AZ
La Posada is listed on the the National Historic Register. It was a "railroad hotel," one that housed passengers before and after train trips. The train passes right by the front door but does not interfere with sleeping as the trains are moving slowly through town. The restaurant was very good. There is alot of ambiance. Other travelers were friendly and willing to share details of their trip. You should consider these things before staying there. There is limited access to the building after 11 pm (can't even access with you room key), their are NO elevators or bus persons to assist with luggage. The bed was very comfortable.
Last week, we made reservations to stay at LaPosada Hotel in Winslow, AZ. This is the revitalization of a Santa Fe Railroad Hotel, built in the mid 1930's. Originally, it was a Harvey Hotel, using the original Harvey Girls as wait staff. The hotel was closed after W.W.II, and the railroad auctioned off the contents in Albuauerque, NM. Then the Santa Fe subdivided the business portion of the hotel into offices. Ultimately their division offices were moved and the building remained unused until 1997 when 2 UCLA grads researched the availability of national treasures and ultimately purchased the unit. They received grants from the federal government, some of which were supervised by the State of Arizona. Today, 30 hotel rooms and suites have been restored, the ball room, gift shop, reception, bar, dining room (named the Turquoise room after the upscale dining car on the Santa Fe's Super Chief.)and many areas for reading and relaxation are completed. There about 40 more rooms to complete, and a restoration of the gardens is now in progress. Our stay was enjoyable the entire time that we were there. Each hotel room has been rehabilitated with new bathroom fixtures, new top-of-the-line matresses and bedding. air conditioning and heat, many antiques and/or reproductions complete areas. Their chef offered an excellent menu, and the wait staff is courteous and knowledgeable. Train buffs will enjoy the more than 120 freight trains that roar by day and night. The hotel has its own station attached by a colonade and AmTrak stops when there are passengers waiting. We will return again, the hotel is an excellent place to use when exploring Route 66, the Homolovi and Wutpaki Anasazi villages are nearby.
La Posada is the most spectacular and unique hotel I have stayed in. The history of the structure is just a small part of its draw; the food is outstanding with service to match. Built to make you feel special, it does all of that. I highly recommend it as a stayover, but if you can't, at least enjoy a meal there. You'll be back!
One night a few years ago, I was exploring the old main street of Winslow Arizona when I encountered the La Posada hotel. Winslow, once a boom town had fallen on hard times. The La Posada was a beautifully designed and executed hotel created for the railway by Mary Colter in 1930. It was rescued by a group of artists and restored to it's original grandeur, quite literally, no other hotel of its type comes close to the attention to detail, history, architecture, or interiors. The owners have their art work on display, a nice warm fire in the winter and many many books to peruse. The rooms have been authentically returned to their original design of coarse mexican furniture combined with fine arts and crafts. The original Harvey House diner has been restored with fine dining choices. The gorunds are spacious and front a very active rail line. The buiding is old but well built the rooms large enough for two. Some of the rooms have balconies and fireplaces (ask about the Howard Hughes room). Certainly worth a visit and if possible a stay. The owners are very friendly and can offer immense details of the hotel, and railway history. five stars!