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“A little piece of heaven!”
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La Posada Hotel
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Winslow
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 February 2013

It is often difficult to keep things in perspective when reviewing accommodations, especially when staying at "historic" places. Those places often have to have one foot in the past to satisfy the history buffs and the other foot in the present to satisfy our expectations of modern services and amenities.

We are not really "resort -style" travelers, and rarely make a hotel our destination. But this was what this trip was all about - we just wanted to experience La Posada. While there are just a few shortcomings with La Posada, I still had to give it 5 stars because of the overall experience. We stayed in Room 106, the Douglas Fairbanks room. It has two double beds, a desk area, and a small upholstered chair. It is in the west wing, facing the cottonwood grove, and on the first floor per my specific request. I have mobility issues and climbing stairs on a regular basis is very difficult. There is no elevator in the hotel, and no phones in the room - neither of which were problematic for us.

Cons: a step UP into tiny bathroom (but functional) with no place to "store" toiletries, touchy plumbing (we almost thought we'd have to call maintenance to unclog the toilet, but it eventually cleared on its own), and a poorly fitting A/C unit in the room's only window. It was cold while we were there, including snow, and we could feel a steady stream of cold air coming in around the A/C unit. But the heat worked very well.

One suggestion for our room - add a small throw rug for the tile floor area between the two beds...stepping on a cold tile floor before getting into bed is not so good.

Pros: Everything else!! This place is stunningly beautiful in every way. Even in the cold "dead" season of winter, with no green grass, colorful flowers, or leafy trees, the grounds were lovely. The little lights in many bushes and shrubs were a nice touch after dark. Back inside, we spent most of our 3 days exploring the many public areas of the hotel. It is crammed (but not in a negative way) with photographs, sculptures, paintings, pottery, baskets, and "knick-knacks" of all kinds. There are lots of cozy places to sit and read or just soak in the ambiance.

While I'm not sure what to call the beautiful public areas on the ground level I'll refer to them as the extended lobby. There really is no lobby per se...just lots of beautiful space with sofas, chairs and benches. You get a sense that you are in an art gallery while wandering these spaces. I sense that things on exhibit might be moved around or shuffled from area to area throughout the months and years.

There is beautiful large public area, up a half set of stairs, called the Ballroom. There is a cozy fireplace, lots of tables and chairs where you can play board games (stocked in room), enjoy art work, relax, read...whatever you desire. In the same area is another large public area that is a gallery for Ms. Mion's paintings. It is up a whole flight of stairs but I made it all the way up. There are places to sit and enjoy the art - no photography allowed.

There are 3 videos on loops that run in different parts of the extended lobby. The one in the intimate little room dubbed the library is about the ongoing restoration of the hotel and grounds. It's very interesting, and we bought a copy in the gift shop to bring home as we never saw the whole thing from end to end. We would catch parts at different times, but we will be able to enjoy the whole video at our leisure. In the main entry hallway, just outside the entrance to the gift shop/reception area, another video runs, telling the La Posada story in a dedication to Mary Coulter, the architect. We also bought a copy of that as it was my favorite. And in the Mion Gallery at the southern end of the extended lobby is a third video about the work of Tina Mion, co-owner of La Posada and artist extraordinaire.

The owners, Alan Affedlt and Ms. Mion, are friendly folks who actually live in the hotel. They are often seen taking their two adorable standard poodles out for walks. The hotel is very pet friendly and they welcome "well-behaved" furry guests.

All the staff we encountered were so friendly and helpful. Many are very knowledgeable about the hotel and surroundings. I went into the reception area to ask a question about an interior window featured in one of the looped videos running in the hotel. The gentleman at the desk didn't seem to know about it at first, but the more I described what the window looked like, the more he listened, and then pointed to a small window in the gift shop that opened out into the entry hallway - and that was just the on I was seeking! Another staff member who identified himself as a maintenance person, told me a wonderful story about the photograph of a huge Navajo rug that would soon be on display in the former train station adjacent to the hotel.

I could go on and on about the hotel, but my advice is to check it out and if possible allow several days to enjoy the experience. We hope to come back in another season to see how different our time might be. We didn't see all there was to see inside the hotel, and very little outside as it was very cold and snowy in later February. But we still enjoyed our visit immensely and look forward to another trip to Winslow.

Thank you to the owners and everyone involved with La Posada for rescuing this magical, sacred place from the wrecking ball, and making this little piece of heaven so accessible to the public. And thank you for providing an oasis from the crazy worlds most of us reside in in our daily lives. Someone in one of the La Posada videos commented about how there isn't much to do in Winslow, and he was right in the larger sense of things. But making Winslow a destination in order to see and stay at La Posada is a very good idea!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

La Posada is a restored marvel and the restaurant, The Turquoise Room, is unbeatable. Thanks to the owners for the investment in history and luxury. The only thing missing is being able to buy one of the southwestern aprons worn by the Harvey Girls at the hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

La Posada offers an historic railroad hotel, an art museum, fabulous restaurant and beautiful gardens. The history of the hotel, built in 1930, rescued from demolition in 1997 by the current owners who are dedicated to save this remarkable edifice, carefully and gradually restoring it to its former glory. All the public rooms are filled with artistic and historic furnishings. Our room in the recently renovated East wing was very large, beautifully furnished and quiet despite the proximity to the train tracks. It had a wonderful large jacuzzi tub. Many guests come to La Posada because of its exceptional Chef owned restaurant, The Turquoise Room. We were waited on by Nathan, the restaurant manager, who was both charming and professional. Chef John Sharpe has created a menu of Southwestern cuisine which accommodates the vegetarian and vegan as well as the Carnivore. We enjoyed the finest dining experience of our weeklong trip.

Room Tip: Rooms in the more recently restored east wing are spacious and quiet.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

I had read about this hotel on TripAdvisor, so while we visited "Standin' On the Corner" in Winslow, AZ, we stopped in to take a look. WOW! I sure wish we had timed our itinerary so that we could have stayed there. It's a historic building that has been lovingly restored, and even though it's right beside an active train route, the trains moved by slowly enough that noise was not a problem. Several of the hotel rooms have a celebrity picture with short bio posted in the hallway outside the room where that person stayed. A huge "recreation" room includes a gas-log fire place, games, piano, books to borrow, and several seating areas -- a cozy yet spacious place to relax alone or with friends/family. In fact, the entire hotel had the feel of a great place to relax, along with a cozy bar and lovely dining room. The gift shop is colorful with numerous items representing southwest art and decor pieces, and there is also a film about the hotel's history. You'll find artwork throughout the building, including many huge eclectic paintings that we really didn't care for, but they were created by one of the property's restoration supporters, so she got a lot of wall space. Other than that, we thoroughly enjoyed exploring the hotel, which is allowed by the management.

Room Tip: Since we only toured the facility, I don't have a recommendation for room location.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2013 via mobile

Weird location, but so glad we found this little gem!! Hotel was great, Turquoise Room restaurant was over-the-top fabulous! The Blood Orange Margarita and Hopi Hummus with Piki Bread are a beautiful pairing. We stayed in the Diane Keaton room which would have been perfect but the mattress is a few years past its prime. Time for new bedding folks. The hotel & restaurant are the best thing Winslow has to offer. Well, maybe take a minute to "stand on the corner in Winslow, Arizona", but then move on until the city politicians figure out they could potentially offer something great.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

The La Posada Hotel is an oasis for travelers on I-40 in northeaster Arizona. The rooms are not cookie cutter, see one, you've seen them all rooms. The decor is very tasteful and comfortable. The prices are lower than I expected. You must top off your stay with dinner in the Turquoise Room. This restaurant in 2009 was rated by Conde' Naste Gold List as one of the top three in the U.S. You must try the veal! For the art lover, Tina Mion's paintings on display will surely be a topic of discussion. The hotel is a veritable museum with many historical pieces on display. This national treasure was a Fred Harvey House hotel built by the rail road to entice travelers to take the train. The rooms are named for those famous travelers; such as, Bob Hope, Charles Lindberge, John Wayne, May West, Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein and many others. This is a must see hotel and a great rest stop.

Room Tip: I usually stay in a balcony room. My favorite so far was the Loren Hutton room.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2013

We were staying in Scottsdale and decided to make a trip through Sedona, Flagstaff, and stop in Winslow for the night. We had booked a room in this lovely old railroad hotel, La Posado. Great history and so much to see in the hotel itself. It is gorgeous and the food is DELICIOUS! We stood on the corner of Winslow and took several pictures. After a scrumptious breakfast we headed east.

so many trains pass through, but it wasn't disturbing. It was more of an adventure.

Room Tip: Love the Bob Hope room with the balcony
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about La Posada Hotel

Address: 303 E Second St, Winslow, AZ 86047-3941
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Region: United States > Arizona > Winslow
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre 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: $194 - $250 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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