The Historic La Posada Hotel, Winslow, Arizona:
It's not hard to find La Posada. Just slow down a bit as you travel I-40 across the flat grasslands of northern Arizona and take the exit for historic Winslow. The La Posada Hotel, Winslow, Arizona is a gem of history that has continually changed and evolved from gracious hacienda to the Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter inspired beautiful hotel of today.
La Posada Hotel, 303 E. Second Street (Route 66), Winslow, Arizona 86047
Phone: 928-289-4366, Fax: 928-289-3873
Visiting La Posada:
La Posada is filled with history, art and charm. It is worth a visit, a stop for lunch or a few days stay. I would recommend staying at least one night to fully enjoy the Turquoise Room Restaurant, tour the property and learn more about it's history and art. If you have only an hour or so, there is a great pamphlet with walking tour and point by point information. Videos provide visitors with an overview of the property and are well worth viewing.
Rooms and Suites:
Each of the bedrooms at La Posada is unique and have a Spanish Hacienda guest room feel. All are named after previous famous guests. Furnishings range from Mexican rustic to fine antiques and include original pieces the owners have reacquired. There are hammered tin or tile mirrors, wrought iron lamps and heavy wooden writing tables or desks. Rooms range from $89 to suites which are $149 per night. (2006) At these low prices we think you should purchase something at the gift shop to support the restoration work!
Few hotels can boast both a museum and art gallery as amenities, but then, La Posada is special. All rooms have televisions with cable access. Wi-Fi is available in the lobby but bring your own laptop. Pets are allowed for a fee. No smoking allowed in guest rooms. All guest rooms have private baths. The views are South to the Santa Fe trains, West overlooking the Cottonwood grove and main lawn, interior to the Secret Garden, or North to Route 66 and the entry drive. Last but not least, a special amenity is the train traffic which rolls along behind the hotel. Miraculously, the trains roll fairly quietly!
Bar - Martini Lounge:
La Posada has a warm and inviting bar with very modern decor. The bar stools (you have to try them) have soft swivel seats covered with soft leather. They serve specialty drinks. We enjoyed the Cadillac of Margaritas!
The Turquoise Room Restaurant:
Not to be missed is the cuisine served in the Turquoise Room. Styled after Mary Colter's Harvey House dining room, the Turquoise Room has beautiful turquoise beamed ceilings and Spanish style wooden chairs. Booths line the room. But what is special is the regional cuisine artfully created by Chef John Sharpe. What a surprise! We enjoyed some of the best southwest cuisine we have experienced, and in such an out of the way place! And for those who don't want the zip of pepper and the dreamy taste of fresh cilantro, there are some Harvey House classics and sizzling steaks also available.
La Posada - From Hacienda to Railroad Offices to Art-Filled Historic Hotel:
When you approach La Posada, you will see the development of the gardens. Once you understand the history of La Posada, it will become clear that the current owners, Allan Affelt and artist Tina Mion, have a vision for the once abandoned building. It is not a recreation of any one era, but a collection of art, history and beauty, which flows together to remind us of the value of maintaining historic buildings and their contents.
Once a stately hacienda, the property flowered under the direction of architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, contracted by the Harvey Company. Over time, passenger trains succumbed to car travel and so did the beautiful La Posada Hotel. The railroad gutted the building and used it for administrative and rail traffic control. It declined further until the current owners, with an eye for art and a love for history, purchased the property and began the never-ending work of revitalization.
Visit La Posada, stay awhile, and you too will be entranced. For more information, visit the La Posada Hotel website.
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