In Las Vegas new mexico today to open escrow to buy the Castaneda – another long-neglected fred harvey hotel, one of the loveliest and most famous in the southwest. Now i have until 8 april to complete purchase (and ponder my sanity). What could be more fun!
La Castaneda was built as a Harvey House in 1898 and was one of the earliest to be built in Mission Revival style. New owners took over the hotel two years ago, but quickly put it back up for sale. (UPDATE: I’ve been informed the announced deal in 2012 fell through, and the hotel remains with its longtime owner.)
Las Vegas technically sits a few miles from Route 66, but has become a common side trip for travelers exploring the 1926-37 alignment of the old road that looped to Santa Fe.
Affeldt became the savior of La Posada, built in 1929, after he bought the nearly abandoned property in the 1990s and restored it.
Affeldt also in the past few years had been involved in the long and ongoing process of restoring El Garces, another Harvey House along old Route 66 in Needles, Calif.
UPDATE 2/14/2014: The Albuquerque Journal published a long story about the impending purchase.
UPDATE 3/20/2014: Affeldt said in a Facebook post on Thursday night that he will take possession of Hotel Castaneda on April 8.
(Image of La Castaneda in Las Vegas, N.M., by Perry Nelson via Flickr)