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“Silver trains, Route 66, and a Fred Harvey Hotel”
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La Posada Hotel
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Winslow
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 June 2011

Did you ever see Judy Garland in 'The Harvey Girls'? The Fred Harvey Hotel she was a waitress in what is now the historic La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona, designed by Mary Colter and built to serve the passengers on the famous Santa Fe Railroad. The Silver Train stops here on its way from Chicago to Los Angeles. This double-decker train took stars to Hollywood and they dined in the legendary Turquoise Room on the way. This streamlined and elegant reminder of a bygone era stops a few yards from the hotel entrance - the station is next door to the hotel. To see this while staying here is like stepping back to the glamorous world of the thirties and forties.

If this is not enough, the back entrance to the hotel opens on to Route 66, the classic route from the east across the States, finally finishing in Santa Monica on the Pacific Ocean.

But to get back to the hotel itself. Run down through the latter half of the 20th century, closing in 1957, it nevertheless inspired the talented and committed artists Allan Affeldt and Tina Mion to buy it, and use their artistry and that of others to restore and re-create this marvellous building in this evocative location. The result is truly fantastic. Beautiful rooms with oak doors, gorgeous furniture in period style; lounges and reception rooms with amazing paintings and sculptures by the owners themselves; halls and gardens with an atmosphere unique to this hotel; a thirties bar where the margaritas taste like heaven; and to finish, a superb dining room named, of course, The Turquoise Room.

I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. Just one night is an entire experience of the best of what the western states in American can offer. Service is wonderful, the location cannot be bettered, the rooms are fabulous, the food is a joy. If you are travelling through Arizona by car at any time, this is a 'must' stopover, and if you can stay longer, do.

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  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2011

The hotel is quite charming and old...very quaint. We had a nice room overlooking the interior garden. Fortunately we were not in the back of the hotel which is adjacent to the railroad tracks. There is train traffic going through frequently 24/7. The restaurant is extremely overrated. The food was terrible. Unfortunately the hotel is in a rundown neighborhood so there is literally nowhere else to eat.

Room Tip: Ask for away from the train tracks.
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2011

My husband had visited LaPosada several years ago and was enthralled with its beautry and elegance, and enjoyed a terrific meal in the Tourquoise Room. He was anxious to share the experience with me when I was able to return to AZ with him this year. The hotel is being beautifully restored, and the history of it is fascinating, but I found myself more inclined to stay in my room and not explore its many surprises rather than be confronted by the many bizarre and macabre paintings on display, especially a painting of Nancy Reagan, with a frozen smile and image of Ron Reagan as her pupils, we couldn't avoid on the stairway to our room. The art is not in keeping with the hotel's atmosphere.

Room Tip: call early
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2011

Stayed here for one night while traveling through Winslow. I wish we could have stayed here multiple nights as this is a hotel to be savored and enjoyed for a few days. Everything about this hotel is wonderful. Easy check-in with friendly staff. The room was pleasant and well decorated. The hotel is a delight to wander through; several garden and patio areas with furniture to relax on; rooms with sculpture and art to enjoy; a game and fireplace room; a lovely gift shop and a great yard to relax outside and watch the trains go by. This hotel is full of historical ambience and since it was a Harvey hotel for train guests, it is a lot of fun to go outside and watch the freight or passenger trains pass by and stop at the hotel. In fact, Amtrak makes a few stops each day at the hotel. The restaurant on site has wonderful ambience and remarkable food. I was oohing and aahing over my meal there. I could go on and on about this hotel. The owner has spent much time and money renovating a building that was set to be destroyed and has done an amazing job. I noticed a number of very contented guests at this hotel. I can't wait to return some day soon. The room price is so inexpensive with all the amenities you receive at this hotel; one of the best deals around! If ever in the area you must stay here!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2011

We learned about La Posada in a Frommer's book and I am so glad we stayed there. What a delight. Rooms are named for famous guests (I stayed in the Douglas Fairbank's room) and are beautiful. The gardens are to be explored and appreciated. We took the self-guided tour and learned a lot about the history of the hotel and Mary Colter's vision and influence. We stayed here because we visited the Petrified Forest. The only drawback is no elevator. It is not to be missed. Check out this treasure!!

Room Tip: First floor. Away from the train station.
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Reviewed 11 May 2011

the wife and i had planned to stop at the La Posada in winslow whilst on out trek along route 66... I had heard that this place was a little special.. and i wasnt dissapointed... La Posada is like an oasis in the arizona desert really! - a unique spanish feel to a hotel that is really a museum of sorts but caters to its guest nicely. Great resturant. Fantastic cocktail bar with fantastic bar- tenders with a great attitude toward travellers. The room was brilliant (simillar to the mission inn in riverside CA) - big with nice tiled floors and a tiled villa feel to the bathroom.. OUR ROOM WAS SPOTLESS. the history here is the big attaraction.... so if you want to stay somewhere that has soul.. stay here... **note. its ony 2 min walk if you want to stand on the corner of winslow arizona !!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 May 2011

We traveled here for a romantic mini-vacation. The hotel grounds are beautiful and interesting, a collection of small gardens and sitting areas, a wide variety of art and history in every nook. The turquoise room restaurant is worth the trip in itself, amazing meal. I would recommend asking to see your room first they are all furnished, laid out and designed completely different, some are very lovely others are older and less comfy. I couldn’t have had a nicer time, we loved it and plan to go back soon

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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: £115 - £149 (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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