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La Posada Hotel
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

Had been there a few years back and was very pleased with what the owners had been doing with it. This was a monumental task and at the time I was very impressed. I still am, but things could be a little better. The room was comfy with a nice bed, no complaints there, but the common areas have become cluttered, and have lost the air of understated elegance they once had. I'm from the school that less is more, but there are so many things stuffed into these areas that in some cases, it looks almost trashy.
Also, to get a cup of coffee you have to walk from one end of the hotel to the other. Not sure that it would be a huge expense to have a coffee station at each end of the hotel.
One last observation. The gardens could be beautiful, but all the trees and assorted plants have gotten so overgrown that some portions of the exterior are looking neglected. A good pruning would help the appearance of the hotel as well as the health of the plants.

A good place to stay, but could be better

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank poco01x
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

My husband and I had the pleasure of staying one night in La Posada. The owners fare doing a
great job in restoring this 1930 gem. Our room, the Lauren Hutton room, was very nice and had a nice sitting area. We enjoyed both dinner and breakfast in the Turquoise Room. Food was very good. I would say the dinner was quite pricey, more than average. The gardens are lovely.

Room Tip: Some rooms are quite small, but certainly adequate. Try to stay on the other side from the railroad tracks. Many trains go by all day and night.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 August 2012

Step into La Posada and imagine yourself in 1930, going by train from Chicago to tour the Wild West. It's an easy fantasy. The trains are moving past the windows. The rooms are restored with Mary Colter styles of furnishings. The bathrooms have black and white checked tile floors and subway tiled walls. The dining room is staffed by "Harvey Girls" with their frilly white aprons. The menu features local game and produce. The experience is Southwestern elegance and simplicity. The vast public rooms of the hotel are filled with art and antiques. In the gift shop you can buy authentic Navajo jewelry from the early part of the 20th century as well as beautiful contemporary Mexican crafts. Walk through the gardens and see what vegetables your chef might use to prepare for the evening meal. This hotel is being restored with love and respect. I hope to go back many times.

Room Tip: The rooms are fairly small by today's standards so if you want extra space, choose one of the larger rooms from their easy to use website. Book far in advance to be sure to get the room you want. We had a room on the Route 66 side with a standing balcony. It was extremely quiet!
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2012

I'd stayed at La Posada once before, in 2005, and thought it couldn't get much better. I was very wrong. Improvements and refinements have been made and continue to be made. The place is a unique blend of hotel, gallery, museum, and residence that can seem like merely a well done update to Mary Colter's original "grand hacienda" concept. My previous stay was in the ground floor James Cagney room. This time I was in the second floor Clark Gable room. Every room is different and I'm sure each has its own pluses. The step on balcony that overlooked the entrance, significantly reworked since 2005, was a very cool bonus on this stay.

Negative comments regarding train noise certainly have merit. This is a part of the country where there is significant train traffic and the tracks are quite close. For most this seems to be a positive; For others, the noise is a major negative. The room where I stayed in 2005 is about as close to the tracks as it gets and the trains were definitely noticeable. I enjoyed it. Not everyone would.

A change in progress is conversion of the adjacent building that has been used as an Amtrak station to an art center. The lobby of the hotel has become the Amtrak waiting room. I don't believe it gets a whole lot of use for that purpose but I got to watch a tour group, who had arrived by bus the previous afternoon, board the train directly from the La Posada grounds. It doesn't happen a lot and I was awake to see it only because the train was several hours late (Amtrak does have its problems.) but it was a kick to see the place used for something like the purpose it was built for back in 1929.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 August 2012

After having a meal at the hotel some time ago, we decided we would like to spend a few nights there when we had the chance. We have just returned from doing so. We stayed in one of the least expensive rooms -- in general, prices are remarkably low. Our room was on a corner, so we had windows on two sides, one of which faced the railroad tracks. The continual SFBN trains are audible, but did not trouble us when we shut the window. The room is of modest size, but has been restored remarkably well. Clearly, the renovation of this historic Fred Harvey/Mary Coulter hotel is as much a labor of love as a business venture. The hotel is filled with art and artifacts, both contemporary and from the era of glamorous travel on the Santa Fe line. The food at the restaurant, which has a different owner, is wonderful. Winslow itself is struggling.

The hotel owners are playing a leading role in attempting to remake the town into an arts center, but it has a long, long way to go. It would be nice if the hotel had a pool and fitness center, as the town seems to have neither.

Overall, a wonderful experience.

Room Tip: Those sensitive to railroad noise should get a room away from the tracks.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Samuel S
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