CASTAÑEDA HOTEL: LAS VEGAS, NM
La Castaneda was built as a 25,000 square foot railroad hotel in 1898. This Harvey House was considered an absolute jewel in the Fred Harvey chain and was built as a prototype with only 37 guest rooms and 6 bathrooms. This hotel was reached by passengers from the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad whose tracks ran directly in front. La Castaneda is one of the earliest Harvey Houses to be built in the Mission Revival style. The architects of this grand hotel were Frederick Roehrig and A. Reinsch. The Rawlings Building which is across the street from the hotel and the Las Vegas train station was used during the period to house the Harvey Girls who staffed the La Castaneda. The Harvey Girls and their history is a unique part of the Fred Harvey tradition. Harvey Girls were held to extremely high standards and did much for the reputation of the Harvey Houses. When you walk around the depot area today you'll see several turn of the century buildings. The railroad district is about one and one-half miles east of the plaza. La Castaneda was a sister hotel to Albuquerque's Alvarado Hotel, which was unfortunately demolished in 1970. The Castaneda Hotel closed in 1948 is now open for both spending the night and enjoying a beer or cocktail in the bar. The restaurant is scheduled to be open in June.
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