LaPosada, a true resting place A review of La Posada Hotel
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.