We stayed at La Posada from 11/6/13 to 11/9/13 in the Alice Faye Room, #114. The room was on the small side, but navigable for the 2 of us, and was located in the west wing of the hotel on the northern Rte. 66 side (farther away from the trains). It was very clean and the tile floors had rugs for more comfort underfoot. The bathroom was a good size and this particular room had a whirlpool tub, which we unfortunately didn't get to use.
Yes, the disturbances from the passing trains are less apparent in this location, but as other reviewers have said, if you are a light sleeper, you will still hear and feel the trains passing by. Use earplugs or a take a Benadryl to help you sleep if you are easily roused by noise. Other rooms in this wing that will experience less of the noise are #'s 112 to say, #120, because they are to the north of the building. I never made it over to the eastern wing, but I can assume that the rooms on the second floor above us are similarly numbered so, #'s 212 to maybe 218 would be a bit more audibly train-proof.
We found the hotel to be very beautiful and full of historical photographs and literature about Fred Harvey and the metamorphosis of the hotel from its early days to what it is now. Every one of the personnel were pleasant, informative and helpful, whether it was a question about the hotel itself and the facilities available to guests, to questions about area attractions like "Standing on the Corner" and where to get a good breakfast outside of The Turquoise Room.
Things to know:
1) This part of Winslow appears very run down and desolate when you are driving through, especially if you arrive after dark...it's almost a little scary. Daylight, however, improves this visual a bit, as you can now spot some of the new art galleries, antique shops, restaurants and small parks. It appears that efforts are being made to revitalize this part of old Route 66, but apparently things are evolving slowly, as they always do when cash-flow is an issue.
2) La Posada does have: in-room TVs, hair-dryers, air conditioners, iron and ironing board, ceiling fans, free morning coffee & tea available in the gift shop (which has lots of cool stuff), a computer you can use in the gift shop (to check in with your airline, for example), daily papers to read, a very large lounge area with fireplace and comfy chairs, a bar and restaurant (The Turquoise Room, a separate entity from the hotel), great prices for the rooms (which stay the same year-round, $119 to $169/night).
3) La Posada does not have: an elevator, in-room coffee makers, in-room telephones, short walks into the hotel or to any of the guest rooms (if you have difficulty walking or climbing stairs, this might be of concern for you).
4) We found this to be a great central location for lodging if you are planning to visit the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert (~ 1hour away), Grand Canyon Railway (1.5 hours away), attractions in Flagstaff (1 hour away) or The Meteor Crater (35 minutes away).
We will stay at La Posada if we are ever out this way again...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Posada (1930) is the masterpiece of architect Mary Colter, hotelier Fred Harvey and the Santa Fe Railway. This was the last great railway hotel built in America, and the finest historic hotel on Route 66. National Landmark building and gardens, famous art collection, and one of the best restaurants (The Turquoise Room) in the southwest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel La Posada
- La Posada Hotel Winslow
- La Posada Winslow Az