Darn Good Digs Review - Editors' Choice
La Posada Hotel, Winslow, Arizona
Nominated By: Michael and Allison at Darn Good Digs, November '10
Price Range: US$99-$169 # of Rooms: 45 Kid-Friendly: yes
What makes La Posada Hotel so Darn Good? La Posada, originally a 1929 railroad hotel, was designed by southwest star-chitect Mary Colter to resemble a grand Spanish hacienda. In 1997, its new owners, Allan Affeldt and Tina Mion, began an extraordinary restoration to bring the Posada back to its former glory, while at the same time adding their own contemporary touch. We especially dug La Posada’s museum–like common areas which showcase the owner’s eclectic collection of contemporary artwork and historical pieces, including several of Mion’s own paintings.
Vibe: La Posada’s restoration is truly remarkable and a must see for train buffs, historians, and art aficionados alike. The staff is friendly and helpful and the hotel has plenty of comfortable spots just to kick back and relax.
Location: La Posada is in tiny Winslow, Arizona on iconic Route 66 three hours northeast of Phoenix near the fascinating Four Corners area. While the town was made famous by the Eagles hit “Take It Easy,” the hands-down reason for coming to Winslow is La Posada. While we could have easily spent our entire visit exploring the hotel and watching the trains go by, we tore ourselves away to take a stroll through Winslow and a dip in the local swimming hole at Clear Creek.
Rooms: Each room is named for one of the hotel's famous guests from days-gone-by such as John Wayne or Clark Gable. The rooms are Southwestern in style and are decorated with fine antiques, original artwork, wrought iron lamps, and hammered tin or tile mirrors.
Our room was bright and airy and very comfortable.
Food: We splurged and ate breakfast and dinner at La Posada’s award-winning Turquoise Room restaurant. The gourmet southwestern-inspired cuisine was delicious and memorable, particularly the Crispy Fried Squash Blossoms appetizer we had at dinner. Yum!
Keep in Mind: Although we thought it was pretty cool that guests could arrive by train right at the hotel’s back door, we liked having a car to explore the area.