The south wing of the historic Castaneda Hotel in Las Vegas, New Mexico, likely will open to overnight travelers for the first time in decades on April 1.
The hotel’s Facebook page posted this brief announcement on Monday:
Friday we passed our elevator and fire inspections 😇. We should be able to open the south wing April 1st and have our first hotel customers at Castaneda in seventy years!
Today we worked on dining room booth plans…
In follow-up comments, the page’s administrator said people who had placed themselves on the hotel’s waiting list will be called as soon as the hotel receives an occupancy permit. The earliest ones on the list will be contacted first.
Those who wish to get on the waiting list to reserve a room there should call (505) 435-2591.
The Castaneda Hotel announced a few weeks ago it was shooting for a full reopening on June 21.
The 30,000-square-foot hotel and restaurant were built in 1898 and operated by the Fred Harvey Co. It closed in 1948, although parts of the building were used as a restaurant or saloon in the following decades.
Allan Affeldt, savior of La Posada in Winslow, Arizona, purchased the building a few years ago. Since then, he has added the Plaza Hotel in the downtown square of Las Vegas, New Mexico, and the Legal Tender Saloon and Restaurant in Lamy, New Mexico, to his portfolio.
Las Vegas sits a few miles from old Route 66 but has become a common side trip for travelers exploring the 1926-1937 alignment of the Mother Road that looped to Santa Fe.
(Image of Castaneda Hotel in 2007 in Las Vegas, New Mexico, by Perry Nelson via Flickr)