Entering La Posada
This hotel was really a land of enchantment compared to the crowds and tourists we left in Sedona over the holiday weekend
It was really by chance that we came upon this place. We asked a lady in one of the 2 stores open on Memorial Day where we could get a good meal...she directed us to the La Posada, about a block down Route 66.
La Posada Hotel, the “last great railroad hotel,” was built in 1929 for the Santa Fe Railway. If you ever come this way, you have to make sure to spend at least a day looking at this place. At least, plan a meal in the Blue Turquoise room.
La Posada’s story weaves together two extraordinary visions. It begins with Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, an architect of the 1930's, and Fred Harvey, who hired Colter to design the hotel. It embodied her vision, from its architecture down to its finely crafted details. La Posada closed in 1957; for the next 40 years, its future remained tenuous. It was pretty well cleaned out over the next 40 years of so. Then a guy named Allan Affeldt and his wife Tina Mion heard about the hotel and purchased it in 1997 after much negotiation. He brought with him a strong vision and commitment for returning La Posada to
The north entrance
...which used to be the back entrance.
Colter’s original concept. Rehabilitation started immediately and continues today, thanks to Affeldt’s efforts and the support of local preservationists, hotel guests, and a talented team of artisans and craftsmen. (Restoration means you bring it back to its original form and rehabilitation means you make the best with what you can get.) We got a DVD on this process, which is so interesting.= and we know some of you will love to watch.
In it's hayday, many famous people and movie stars stayed at this hotel. The front door, with beautiful gardens, faced the train station to the south at that time because that is how people arrived here. The trains still pass frequently but it is at the back of the hotel because the cars arrive at the new front entrance.
Because we answered all the questions correctly, they put us in Room 107, Albert Einstein's room as you will see. Every room is named for someone famous and every room is different. We will be posting some of the art work done by Tina Mion too.
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