My wife and I "discovered" La Posada in 2001, and this year was our 5th visit. We make an annual trip to the desert every year at Thanksgiving and we love returning to La Posada. This year we were there for Thanksgiving dinner, and it was a delight.
Like other reviewers have said, when you enter La Posada's doors you really do step back in time. This is not a Holiday Inn or a Hilton or the Phoenician. This is a beautifully designed classic old but lovingly restored train hotel. To truly get it, walk out to the train tracks and turn around; that is the front door you are looking at, not the one you see when you drive up.
We've stayed in four different rooms, including the Hughes suite with its massive four poster bed and kiva fireplace. The desk clerk said something about the fireplace not working now, which was our main reason for choosing that room before, so I would strongly recommend you check on that before booking the Hughes suite if a fireplace is important to you. There was a functioning fireplace in one of the public areas crackling away when we were there this trip.
All of the rooms have an old, creaky wooden floor, western style furnishings and decor and a private bath. We've never had an issue with the bath being too small, although the towel rack in our latest room was opposite the shower so I had to come to my wife's wet rescue, and there isn't much counter space near the sink for toiletries. There was a wall mounted hair drier, though, which my wife considered a wonderful amenity. The bed indeed was hard, but I slept well.
Every morning there is a coffee service set out in the ground floor hallway, and the coffee is excellent. They have both cups with saucers and taller paper cups, so you can choose between a more delicate, historical cup or lots of java. Real cream (maybe it was half and half) and not coffee whitener was is a small pitcher.
In several of the small public rooms there are TVs with a video playing of the hotel's restoration. There is a numbered tour map you can get while you walk around the hotel, too. Yes, some of the art work is a little, um...artistic, but it's just art and in a way I look forward to seeing some of the quirky paintings each year when I return.
The food in the restaurant really is excellent. Thanksgiving dinner was a fixed price menu with several options for the main course and desert, and both mine and my wife’s selections were fabulous. Breakfast is also a treat at La Posada, and if I had to make a choice between the two and could only have one meal there might make it breakfast.
There is no pool, there is no game room, and there are no real meeting facilities at La Posada. There is a new raised entrance garden on the parking lot side of the building, so you no longer have to lug your bags up the short, narrow staircase and fight with the door to get inside. When you do, you return to a time when travel was a luxury, and La Posada was a queen of the desert.
- 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