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La Posada Hotel
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Winslow
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 January 2014

In looking for some place to stay between Albuquerque and Sedona we stumbled across the La Posada Hotel and are very glad we did. We enjoyed everything about the hotel from the interest facts, to the artistic displays, to the interestingly named rooms. We wish we were staying more than one night.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

To celebrate my husband's birthday, he and I flew from NYC to Albuquerque and stayed over night in a hotel at the airport. The next morning we stocked up on supplies and hit the road!! We didn't have any reservations for the night… we were due to arrive in Sedona the following evening and were not sure how many miles we would cover.

We pulled into Winslow at 8:30 pm. Much of the town was dark and appeared closed, as we were making a second pass through we saw a beautiful lights decorating a row of trees and pulled in. It was La Posada Hotel. This property is adorable, it is unlike any place we have stayed! When we got to the front desk we were given a map of the hotel, discussed our room options and price with the pleasant gentleman who worked at the front desk. We picked the Bob Hope room for it's balcony.

Since it was late the restaurant was about to close, the concierge called the dining room and notified them that we were coming and to hold a spot for us.

The hotel restaurant is called the Turquoise Room I can not say enough about how amazing the food was!!! I plan to go online and purchase their cook book!! I am a vegetarian, so I often only have one choice at restaurants….the Caprese Salad or Sandwhich. At the Turquoise Room I was able to get a vegetarian platter… and it was fantastic!!

The hotel itself is quite large, with many common rooms that you can hang out in and wander through. There are fireplaces, chairs, interesting collections of art and objets everywhere. There is also a very nice gift shop where local pieces are sold. If it is local, it will be labeled with the artist who created it.

The rooms are cozy and decorated in warm colors. There was an entire bookcase of books incase we wanted something to read! We slept great!! This was a great place for one night, very relaxing and charming.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

Definitely not a chain hotel experience and that is almost completely a good thing. We were visiting the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest which is about 30 minutes east of Winslow on Interstate 40. The owners are still working on the property in order to return it to it's once proud status and condition after many years of neglect. Don't let that statement deter you - my party had three rooms and all were in great condition along with most of the interior spaces in the hotel. Most of the needed work appears to be finishing the grounds and gardens and upgrading some of the exterior elements. The second floor rooms are larger from all descriptions. My room was #246 (the Bill Engvall room) which is a Deluxe - the largest and most expensive ($169 rack rate).. Its large, nicely decorated and king bed was very comfortable. It has a sitting area with leather chairs and a pull-out sofa sleeper which my daughter used. One of our party's rooms was #245 (the Billy Al Bengston room) which was funky since it has the bathtub/shower directly opposite the king bed. This would be great for young, romantic couples or OK for a single as my brother-in-law was on this trip. Odd but kinda fun and different - much like this place in general.

The Turquoise Room restaurant is very nice, good selection of meat dishes including game such as venison, bison, elk, and quail. More expensive than I would typically spend but service and flavors were very good for all 5 adult meals we ordered. Also have a pretty reasonable kids menu.

Hotel has a large sitting room (old ballroom) on main floor with different areas/nooks for people to look at historical info, owners paintings, other art, books and magazines and a fireplace. Also, a large play table with big wooden blocks and shapes for kids to entertain themselves. No video games, pool or gym. This place harkens back 100 years to a slower pace and that's not a bad thing.

History of the hotel itself and surrounding area is plentiful with photos, maps and literature posted in many displays in entryways and halls. Very interesting especially for those into railroad, indian culture and settlers. This dovetails nicely if you are exploring the nearby National Parks and other areas of interest.

Overall it was a really nice place to stay. We were there one afternoon and evening between Christmas and New Years. Gardens are pretty stark but that is to be expected in winter in this area. Photos of grounds in spring/summer make for a much more colorful exterior. Note that Winslow is a town struggling to regain economic vitality. Lots of rundown homes within a few blocks of the hotel and limited dining options. What can you say, the hotel can't change everything but is likely the economic anchor for the future. The town has created 'the famous street corner' recalling the lyrics from the Eagles hit "Take it Easy" back in the 70s, complete with statue of a young man and a flat bed Ford truck. Good photo op.

Like other reviews will mention, I found the owners "art" hanging all over the hotel to be completely out of tune with the history and decor of the place. It actually detracted from my stay which was unfortunate. You are forced to view her large and loud paintings as they are wide-spread and intermixed with other decor and art in many common areas. It's unnecessary and out of character with the other fine attributes of the hotel. The owners will likely never take this stuff down but they should. They are trying to be the saviors of this old Harvey Hotel and that is commendable. The Mion paintings do nothing to aid in this mission as most people are turned off by it and that is not going to help the viability of the hotel nor the town of Winslow. If you have to have it displayed, put it in it's own defined area and let the guests choose. That said, it is worth a night or two if you are in the area or passing through and want more than a Motel 6 or Best Western can offer.

Room Tip: Second floor not good for handicapped access, not sure if ground floor rooms offer enough maneuverin...
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

What a nice surprise to find such a beautiful hotel and restaurant in what feels like the middle of nowhere! I heard about La Posada from a neighbor who regularly drives from Northern CA to Santa Fe. We arrived after spending two long days on the road with our dogs. It's hard to find nice places to stay with animals and we were thrilled to know this beautifully restored hacienda welcomes pets. We were greeted by a helpful and friendly staff and soon learned it was perfectly fine to take a draft IPA and split of sparkling wine back to enjoy in our lovely room. We were looking forward to dinner in the The Turquoise Room, as it came highly recommended. We both had delicious meals with a southwestern flair. The signature black bean and corn soup was amazing, as was the sweet corn tamale, and both my chicken and my husband’s bison dish were superb. The best surprise was that they served a chocolate soufflé for dessert – also hard to find these days. It was such a wonderful meal that my husband declared it to be our anniversary dinner which we hadn’t had time to celebrate a few days earlier. I’ve since learned the history of this former railroad hotel designed by a female architect. I want to go back so I can enjoy the art, the architecture and the gardens…and of course another fabulous meal.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

We recently spent one night here en route to the Petrified Forest. This is a stunning property that has been exquisitely restored and was fantastic value. The location, next to the railway line, pleased my husband greatly. One can imagine this place in its heyday as a popular spot with the stars and passenger trains coming and going all day. The furnishings and decor were tasteful and redolent of the style and graciousness of the era. It was worth the trip to Winslow just for this.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

Spent this past Christmas Eve in one of their lovely suites - very comfy beds - immaculate room - killer gift shop - GREAT restaurant - and wonderful staff and service throughout. What appealed to me when I booked our stay was the historic significance. Being an old Fred Harvey hotel it was very hard to resist. The only thing that took away from the whole vintage hotel vibe that I was seeking was the owner's HUGE and way-past-bizarre paintings which seemed to be hung on every large expanse of wall that could be made available to her in the public portions of the hotel. I know, everybody's a critic, right? Nonetheless, the owner's lack of good judgement could almost be excused (the artist owns the place after all), but the political statements (regardless of your leanings) and the oftentimes venomous attacks on the clearly identifiable people in her paintings, in THAT VENUE - a HOTEL, can only be attributed to what my grandmother used to call "bad form". The first goal of any well managed, quality hotel should be to make their guests feel supremely comfortable.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

You like old restored places, antiques, trains, history, some of it or all of it? If so La Posada Hotel is definitely a good choice, a masterpiece by Jane Colter beautifully restored by the new owners.

The numerous sitting areas are all comfortable and full of antiques, memorabilia and varied and fascinating paintings even if it not necessarily your style. Both the front and back gardens are interesting with intriguing pieces.

As for the bedrooms, what a delight. As we walked into our room, the Clark Gable room, we came under its spell which, I m sure, was the architect's design. The unique carved headboard by Keith Mion, the native carpet on the wall, the quaint desk, comfortable chair, thin artwork and French balcony all blended together to make this room highly pleasant.

Bathroom on the small size but well equipped and so charming with the 1930's black and white tiles. Very professional and welcoming staff also. The excellent restaurant (see separate review) is not to be missed.

It calls for repeat business.

Room Tip: If trains bother you or you need special assistance, make sure you specify it when you make your res...
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 303 E Second Street, 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: £113 - £146 (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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