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.
- 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