What an amazing and well-preserved hotel in the heart of downtown Riverside. So much history has passed through here that it is well worth a visit, whether you spend the night or not. Presidents, movie stars, and celebrities of all type have graced this beautiful hotel and for good reason. The architecture is stunning and so well-preserved. So many nooks and crannies, stairways and hallways all begging to be explored. This labyrinth puts me in mind of the Winchester House in San Jose, but in a good way! The bell collection is fascinating and well worth a walk around to see everything.
The room was large and nicely appointed, if a tad sparse. A/C was quiet and very efficient and a dormer with windows that actually opened to let in the fresh air was a nice touch that was obviously original construction. The preservation of the historical aspects of the entire hotel and guest rooms is to be commended in this day and age of "tear out and replace."
Parking was reasonable and included unlimited in and out. One has a choice of self or valet, which is also nice to be given the option. WiFi is not complimentary, nor is additional coffee in the rooms. Not a deal-breaker, but seemed a bit "nickel and dime" petty.
My only regret is that I was not able to be there over Sunday to experience the fabulous brunch! Another time, perhaps. Overall, a fabulous experience and well worth the costs incurred. This is a great spot for a special occasion getaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This castle-like hotel is next door to the Main Street Pedestrian Mall and a half-mile from the Riverside Convention Center. This historic hotel occupies a city block in downtown Riverside. Guests have included presidents and Pulitzer Prize winners. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Mission Hotel Riverside
- Mission Hotel Riverside
- Mission Resort Riverside
- Inn Mission Riverside Ca
- Mission Inn Hotel Riverside