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“Gem in the desert”
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La Posada Hotel
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Winslow
Certificate of Excellence
Edmond, Oklahoma
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16 reviews
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“Gem in the desert”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

On a drive from Manhattan Beach, CA to Oklahoma City, OK I was searching for a non-Flagstaff hotel and thought about Winslow, thinking there was nothing there. Was I ever wrong! The renovation story and the former Harvey railroad hotel itself are absolutely charming. We were smitten when we turned into the parking lot! We were also lucky to get a room, only making the reservation four days prior. They were sold out by evening. We were promptly checked in by very friendly staff, given a brochure/map and directions around the hotel, and then perused the extensive gift shop. I will say there are no elevators, which, since we had small bags and were only staying one night, was not an issue for us. We stayed in the Lauren Hutton suite, which overlooked the front courtyard. Noise of arriving or departing guests was not an issue. The room was huge, the bathroom was roomy and beautifully tiled, and the kingsize bed that night was most comfortable. My husband had made a reservation at The Turquoise Room for dinner, so we popped into the bar off the restaurant for a drink before. Those at the bar, each had a La Posada story of how long they had been patrons and were very friendly. The restaurant food was five stars! My husband had a wild platter-elk, quail, duck, bison- which was amazing and we also had the duck tacos. Delicious! If you do stay here, make sure you order a Turquoise Margarita made with blue curaçao and tequila. Muy bonita y deliciosa! There's a ballroom which is now a spacious lounge, with game tables, lots of game selections, books to read, a turquoise grand piano and a homey fireplace. The resident, charming classical guitarist in a cozy sitting area made for a perfect end to a perfect afternoon of exploring the hotel, taking in the art gallery upstairs, sitting by the tracks in rocking chairs and waving at the engineers as the trains lumbered by. My only complaint is that we couldn't stay for a few more days to totally disconnect and relax!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Montrose, California
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

The only reason to go to Winlsow is a stopping point on a road trip or, as in my case, visit my mother's home town. However, there is another reason - the La Posada Hotel!!! This hotel is as charming a place you will find in the middle of nowhere. Most people stop to "stand on the corner" but they should plan on staying at least one night at the Posada. This is a not to be missed hotel. The restaurant is outstanding as well. Next time you are drving on the 40, cool off one night by staying here at this historic place!!!

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Surprise, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2014

We had heard about La Posada for years, and finally planned a stay. We were booked in the Mary Elizabeth Colter room (210) - one of the balcony rooms. Since she designed the hotel, we felt that was auspicious! The room was cozy and comfortable, rustic in décor. The balcony was large - there were six chairs! It overlooked the cottonwood grove. We spent a lot of time on the balcony, watching birds and critters. It was very relaxing. We also spent a lot of time wandering the wonderful grounds - so many places to sit and contemplate the beauty. We also toured the inside, reading about famous and infamous guests, and checking out the art. The grounds and inside of the hotel are really worth exploring, even if you don't stay at the hotel. But stay at the hotel and eat in the Turquoise Room at least once. Oh - the trains. There are lots of them, but they never disturbed us - we sort of like the sound of trains.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Historic railroad hotel, beautifully restored and a bit like a time warp to 1930. Rooms are unique (select from the pictures on the web page) and equipped with ear plugs. Yes, the railroad still stops at the hotel - but the hotel construction is so solid that the ear plugs are unnecessary.
As part of the original concept, when people came for extended visits, the public areas are extensive and artfully decorated. Paintings by Tina Mihon, the owners wife, has a gallery on the second floor. Architectural details abound.
The Turquoise Room is also just the fine dining a 1930 railroad hotel would provide.
Bottom line is that this hotel is a bucket-list experience.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

The hotel and its grounds are a national treasure. Go for the trains, but explore the art and spend time at the award winning restaurant. And, the hotel has an excellent cocktail bar with a varied selection of whiskies. Thanks for having dedicated motorcycle parking! We'll be back!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Midlands
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

I did alot of research for my trip and was full of nerves as to what and where we were staying. I was delighted to book the frank sinatra room and even more pleased we we opened my bedroom door! Qaint, and realistic. Simple yet stylish. Purely the best place we have stayed, for history and quirky items. Shop is cleaverly positioned within the reception area. I find trains boring....not anymore! It was great to sit in one of the rocking chairs with a beer, watching those huge engines etc, truely loved it! Did think the prices in the Turquoise room resturant where on the pricey side, but you always have the choice to eat elsewhere? Wii fii available, if u feel the need. Lovely quiet patio areas to sit, just loved the place!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2014

What a great historic preservation hotel! Everything was done very well. Our room was wonderful and very clean. The grounds and gardens were lovely. All the rooms are named for movie stars. We stayed in the Mary Pickford right across from the John Wayne. We ate at the restaurant, which is first class. The next morning I was able to sit outside on their lovely patio and write in my journal sipping a cup of coffee. A must stay if you're in Winslow.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: La Posada Hotel
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
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Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Winslow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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