This hotel haunts me, but in a good way. A beautiful old luxury hotel, built for affluent travelers on their way between LA and Chicago on the Santa Fe Raiload. Closed in 1957, it languished for 40 years of so until being resorted by the current owners.
The rooms are spacious and comfortable, with updated bathrooms. The restaurant and bar are excellent, although the bartender when we were there was a bit schoolmarmish (she seemed to be proactively looking for people who might swear, although there were only a few of us in the room. She told us all in no uncertain terms that it was "three strikes and you're out." Almost made me want to cuss) The public areas are superb, and the grounds are beautiful. Even the passing trains add an air of adventure and mystery. Make sure to check out the attached Amtrak Station with the beautiful exposed beams and original chandeliers. (taking the train is a great way to get here, by the way. The hotel was designed to be approached from trackside, and it's just overnight from LA) The Gift Shop is exemplary. Not your usual kitsch.
The only drawbacks are the lack of a phone system - if you have any questions or requests, you have to schlep it to the desk, with can be a trek - and the lack of local transportation if you go there by train. There's not rental car agency or tour guide business in Winslow. Also, Winslow pretty much shuts down at 5pm, and even in the daytime is not exactly a hub of activity. It's a cute little town though, and the people are nice. Perhaps a local might be persuaded to start a business that showcases the Painted Desert?
If you are taking a tour of the Southwest, La Posada (along with La Fonda in Santa Fe and El Tovar at the Grand Canyon) are musts for the discerning traveler.
- 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