On our way home from Texas, we decided to stay at a non-chain hotel. We found three very interesting hotels...The El Rancho Hotel in Gallup New Mexico, The Wigwam Motel in Holbrook (each room is shaped like a wigwam) and La Posada Hotel & Gardens, a renovated Harvey Hotel for the Santa Fe Railroad. We chose La Posada, our family had never stood on the corner in Winslow Arizona, so it was an easy choice.
The La Posada is a wonderfully restored railroad hotel, complete with gardens and art all over the place! They even have a straw hay maze for the kiddos and a wooden St. Francis statue too! Keep in mind that the railroad hotels of yesteryear didn't have swimming pools, sorry if this is a deal breaker for your family stay.
We made reservations over the phone, a little confusing, don't know if it was us or the hotel staff, but we secured a room. When we checked in we got a real door key, not a plastic credit card key, a REAL door key. If you lose it, you pay $50 per key lost, so keep track of your room keys! We go lost on our way to our room which was great, we got to enjoy the art and see the wall of famous people who had stayed over the years.
In the evening the restaurant has required attire, no flip-flops and shorts and they close at 9:00pm. So depending on your arrival time, make sure you have proper attire to dine in the restaurant. We didn't, flip-flops and shorts both kept us out of the restaurant that night. They are more relaxed for breakfast and during the day. The breakfast was great!
Our room was once occupied by Wallace Fitzgerald Beery, who played Long John Silver in the movie adapted by my favorite childhood book, "Treasure Island"!Coincidence, I think not!
We really enjoyed our stay at La Posada, the gardens were really peaceful, even with our two kids exploring. It was great to see our kids' excitement at viewing all the artwork. Not to mention the questions of how, why, what, how much and to what extent at each and every piece. It was wonderful to interact with them and hear their thoughts about all the artwork!
The only negative we experienced with La Posada were the actual art pieces used as hotel decorations, they just needed some attention. Overall a wonderful railroad hotel that is bringing the glorious railroad past to the present. They are also working with a partner to restore another railroad hotel in the El Garces Hotel in Needles, California...road trip anyone?
No swimming pool, so if you kids want to swim this isn't the hotel for you.
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