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La Posada Hotel
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Winslow
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“A great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2006

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.

  • Stayed February 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2006

All the reviews are correct! this is an elegant, quiet, reasonably priced hotel off historic Route 66. A large jacuzzi bath room with king bed was $109. A regular room = $89. The resturant serves deliscious food and is well patronised. One feels like they're staying at a rich uncle's hacienda! Not many places for children to play, if your bringing young-ones along... but for romatic couples, its perfect!
Otherwise, Winslow, AZ, is just a sleepy farm town off the side of the rode. But you can take a picture of yourself "standin of the corner ....." (though they had construction fencing around the area when we passed through). John Salley, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Stayed May 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2006

Before you stay here read up on the history of this wonderful hotel. What a gift the owners have given by devoting themselves to its restoration. We considered it a priviledge to stay in an architectural jewel that had previously been scheduled for destruction. If you are comparing this to an urban boutique hotel you will miss the point. But if you know its story it will be a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed April 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2005

We stayed here for two nights while touring Arizona for two weeks. It was one of the highlights of our trip (which included some pretty awesome sites i.e. the Grand Canyon, Sedona and the Petrified Forest). This historic hotel was by far the most charming we have ever seen. The history of the hotel is proudly explained in a video and in various literatures displayed on the walls. The public rooms are beautiful. The restaurant fare was delicious with a wide variety. Knowing that the hotel was adjacent to the railroad tracks we were a little apprehensive about what the noise level would be. As it turned out, our room faced the tracks and the sound of the trains was not a factor at all. In fact, we took several trips out to the rear of the hotel to sit in the chairs and watch the trains go by and fantasized about what it must have been like back in the thirties and forties. The hotel has very nice grounds at the present but the owner’s plans to restore the orchards and flower gardens should make it even more so. The courtyard is a wonderful place for an early morning coffee or a late nightcap. I would (and have) recommend this place to all of my friends. While the town of Winslow has nothing else to offer (in fact it’s a pretty run down town),it is worth going out of your way to stay here.

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Property: La Posada Hotel
Address: 303 E Second Street, Winslow, AZ 86047-3941
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Location: United States > Arizona > Winslow
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Winslow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — La Posada Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 53
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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