I've written review of La Posada in the past, about 2 years ago, but as they have done so many improvements, and we've revisited since, I felt it important to add a new review. The city of Winslow even seems to have changed-- a bit livelier? Is it possible?
The hotel itself is massive, colossal, insanely gorgeous. It is lavished with public spaces for the guests to enjoy-- something that would be totally cost-prohibitive in a more modern hotel.
The guest rooms are furnished with heavy masculine wooden pieces, and fairly spacious. There are also lots of public spaces out of doors, and new gardens in the works since last time we visited. The hotel feels like an oasis, like the estate of some wealthy uncle in a distant land.
The Turquoise Room has an incredible menu that never disappoints. My advice-- have the lamb. The menu is expensive, but worth it for the quality.
Hotel is dog friendly--always a bonus, as we travel with pets.
La Posada is obviously a labor of love for the owners, who took a chance on it and in doing so rescued one of the last great railroad hotels.
It's a gem in the middle of nowhere--though, it didn't used to be in the middle of nowhere-- At one time, about 80 years ago, Winslow was poised to be "the next Santa Fe", as it at sat at the corner of Route 66 and the main (at the time) North-South route in Arizona, Hwy 87. Back then train travel was how people traveled and the Santa Fe RR was headquartered in Winslow. Its location also offered close access to Native American culture and art, with both the Arizona's Navajo and Hopi reservations nearby. Times changed, new roads grew, train patterns evolved. Winslow was left behind. This is one of the things that makes La Posada so fascintaing!
Winslow is still creepy in many regards, dusty, bleak, lots of barking dogs on every street--but it seems to be waking from its long cultural slumber. It 's a bit seedy, but harmless. It is the kind of place artists are moving to and fixing up because they can afford to. These sorts of places do become art destinations eventually. We noticed signs of new art galleries, and some new and thriving shops.
Winslow is also a short drive to Homolovi Ruins State Park, the Petrified Forest National Park, and Holbrook's well-preserved vintage Rt. 66 relics.
La Posada is a destination for many Arizonanans, me and my posse included. It is a special treat and signicant bit of history -- we are lucky to still have it. It's a favorite place, and I think many of the guests who stay there frequently, like us, feel an intense fondness for it, like it is "our place", our own clubhouse. An escape.
- 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