Restore Yourself at the La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona A review of La Posada Hotel

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

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