An adventurous woman, an aviator with a love for flying, who established herself as a beacon of philanthropy and a symbol of heroism. We honor her and her accomplishments.
In 1994, Barbara Fasken purchased La Posada from the Herring family whose 1961. "The Faskens appreciated history," 1961. "The Faskens appreciated history," said Tim Herring, the son of the hotel's founder. "My father always hoped that La Posada would be the cornerstone of hospitality in Laredo," said Herring.
Fasken, a member of the WWII female civilian Air Corps, continued to pilot airplanes through her late years. She was known for her love of Laredo and wanted a piece of Mexico on this side of the border, according to Jesus Najar, South Texas Community Outreach Coordinator for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Under Fasken's fastidious direction, the hotel was transformed once more with a massive renovation, that along with infrastructure improvements brought light, color, and elegance into the outdated guest rooms and the hotel's public spaces. Owned by the Fasken family's Palafox Hospitality Ltd., La Posada underwent a $17 million renovation in 2006 that upgraded every aspect of the hotel.
The Bartolome Garcia House-Capitol of the Republic of the Rio Grande building, a Mexican vernacular structure of sandstone block, now serves as the Museum of the Republic of the Rio Grande. According to the Webb County Heritage Foundation archives, the building was constructed in the 1800s and was once the home of prominent rancher and Laredo mayor Bartolome Garcia. The museum is considered a historic house exhibit and features displays recreating an authentic 1830s home in Laredo.
Throughout the hotel's history, it has played host to notable public figures, including the Dalai Lama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, and Ted Kennedy, as well as actors like Kirk Douglas and Jack Nicholson. Singers Ricky Martin, Rihanna, and the bandAerosmith have also stayed at La Posada.
The hotel's symbol - a Spanish doubloon that bears the image of King Philip V - represents security, trust, beauty, and value - ideals that the hotel management strives to uphold. An image of the coin is seen as an inlaid image in the Italian marble floor in the hotel's lobby.
La Posada Hotel takes seriously its role as a corporate citizen of Laredo, sponsoring various historic community events, including WBCA festivities. It is the official hotel sponsor of Jamboozie and is also the host of the 16 de Septiembre Celebration organized by the Mexican Consulate. The Fasken Family's Prairie Foundation annually makes generous awards to Laredo non-profits.
Hospitality meets history at La Posada Hotel, allowing countless guests over five decades to experience the rich history of Laredo. Renowned for the quality of its service and five-star accomodations, across from San Agustin Plaza, the historic La Posada Hotel holds its rightful place as Laredo's premier hostelry. Barbara would surely approve.