Located in Winslow, Arizona directly adjacent to the Amtrak Railroad
Station is the La Posada Hotel. The La Posada Hotel has been described as the last great
railroad hotel. The La Posada Hotel was originally conceived as a luxury hotel for railroad
passengers taking the Super Chief on the Santa Fe Railroad from Los Angeles to Chicago.
The hotel was designed by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter and first opened in 1929.
After a long period of decline, the La Posada Hotel has been renovated
under the direction of Allan Affeldt and Tina Mion. The restoration is excellent.
As was often the custom in the Western United States during the prime
era of railroad travel, the hotel also included a Fred Harvey restaurant. In 1870 Fred
Harvey obtained an extremely lucrative contract with the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa
Fe Railroad to create restaurants directly adjacent to ATSF train stations. There were
subsequently a large number Harvey
House Restaurants created. Originally ATSF passenger railroads had no on-board food.
The Harvey House Restaurants were explicitly designed and managed to serve
meals to an entire trainload of passengers in the very short period of time the railroad
allowed for a meal stop, often only one hour. Within a few years after the Harvey House
Restaurants started to open the ATSF Railroad began offering on-board train food. However,
the Harvey House Restaurants continued to operate and thrive during the entire rail travel
The Harvey House Restaurant at the La Posada Hotel has been exquisitely
restored as the Turquoise Room. The restoration of the restaurant is based upon the make-the-restoration-better-than-the-original
restoration school. Although a bit pricey, the food is also excellent.
Visit the La Posada Hotel and Harvey
House Restaurant Web Site.