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“Lives up to the Hype” 5 of 5 stars
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The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501   |  
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Ranked #3 of 25 Hotels in Riverside
Beaumont, Texas
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“Lives up to the Hype”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

This is one of the rare places which totally lives up to the hype! The beauty of the architecture is amazing, full of charm and stories of historic people who stayed at the hotel. All of the food was fabulous too! Loved the spa.

This place is a historical structure beautifully maintained. Don't stay anyplace else!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Alexandria, Virginia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
58 hotel reviews
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Simply put, the Mission Inn is charming, even enchanting. No, I wouldn't go during the much-ballyhooed Festival of Lights, but I'd go any other time. Yes, it has it quirks and faults, but they are so far overwhelmed by the sheer, fabulous, extraordinary loveliness and amazing details of this unique property. No, everything is not polished down to perfection, but that's part of the charm. History is like that. The Inn is amazing. Every corner has something delightful in store. The air smells good. The landscaping, lighting and little touches and details everywhere are delightful. We were on the 3rd floor, which by all account does not have the gaga factor of the 4th, but was worth the small upgrade from more modest rooms below. The rooms are spacious, the beds are comfortable with high-end linens -- with the same going for towels, robes and bath products. Our view was onto the gorgeous pool (towering palms and cascading flowers!) on one side and cityscape the other, but I would honestly stay a dozen times just to experience different rooms and all the different corners of the Inn.

I will caution that the location is both an asset and a liability because it IS loud at night. Street noise, trains, people partying . . . if you're a light sleeper bring earplugs and enjoy everything else because it is what it is.

The Inn is also not entirely friendly to those with disabilities. I'm sure they have rooms for those with mobility issues, but it is a blast to wander the balconies and twisty little staircases, and it would be difficult to do so if getting around is a problem for you. But if I could enjoy just a corner of the place I would.

Just go. Enjoy it. The service might be a little spotty. No one ever came by to offer us a drink at the pool during the two hours we were there. We never got turn-down service despite the fact we were out at least three hours during the evening. Our room smelled a little musty. The bell service was slow. The carpet was a bit worn in places. The tub area was tiny. They charged for wifi, a pet peeve of mine. Parking rates are steep. And I still didn't care a bit. This is a must see, must stay hotel if you're in the area.

Room Tip: Upper floor have an advantage, but the rooms are almost secondary to the overall experience.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Houston
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

The Mission Inn is a beautiful hotel with historical value. We stayed in one of the roof top suites and it was incredible. Be sure to walk and explore the entire hotel and grounds. Dining there was also a treat. Certainly worth a stay!

Room Tip: The Roof top Rooms are great!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis
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142 reviews 142 reviews
87 hotel reviews
Reviews in 72 cities Reviews in 72 cities
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

I stayed at the Mission Inn hotel in late January after having friends recommend it for lunch. It was so cool and spectacular I decided to spend the night!

The hotel itself has a fascinating history and such unique architecture that I strongly recommend doing the tour of the hotel through the nearby museum. I had the docent to myself that day (it WAS a Wednesday) but was able to see parts of the hotel to which others rarely have access, including the chapel. The common areas are beautiful and well maintained. I enjoyed hours by the pool which was large and filled with salt water vs. chlorine.

Check in was quick and friendly. The front desk staff gave a quick overview of the hotel and its services. I stayed in one of the standard deluxe rooms which was very comfortable - great bed, terrific amenities and nice furnishings. However if you really want to experience the hotel at its best, I think it's worth it to spend a bit more money and upgrade to one of the hotel's Glenwood or Mission rooms on the 3rd or 4th floor which are more reflective of the hotel's uniqueness.

I also availed myself of the spa, which wasn't busy since it was a weekday. The spa treatment I received was one of the best I have experienced in a long time. The spa itself is very comfortable and quiet with large resting rooms that have magazines, water and fresh and dried fruit. After your spa treatment you can choose between a refreshing fruit juice or champagne and chocolate. The treatment rooms are spacious and have wonderful hydraulic beds that make getting on and off extremely easy. My therapist was knowlegdeable and responsive to my requests for changes in pressure when needed. The spa staff was incredibly friendly and professional.

The restaurants have nice variety from a very upscale steak-focused dining room, to the beautiful outdoor courtyard restaurant of the Mission Inn Restaurant to the more casual La Campana's mexican venue which had terrific margaritas! There is also an additional Italian restaurant as well as Casey's cupcakes which are definitely worth the calorie splurge. Breakfast at the Mission Inn restaurant was included in my rate and the menu choices were varied and the eggs benedict with crab and avocado was delicious.

This is a perfect place to head with a loved one for a romantic weekend (although I would suggest trying to sneak in a week-day getaway when everything is a little less busy!), a spa day with friends or just lunch outside in one of the restaurants. Everything was top notch! I don't often say this when I review properties, but I'm going to make a real effort to return!

Room Tip: If you are willing to spend a bit more money the mission rooms on the 4th floor are very unique and...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Sedona, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Over the Christmas Holiday my wife and I stayed at the Mission Inn. It was very packed, almost overwhelmed with crowds. I think it was a Wednesday night which might have been the saving grace.
However, almost every interaction we had with staff was superlative.
The carolers at various spots in the hotel and around the grounds were so uplifting, the lights and the look on the childrens faces really put us in the spirit.

Room Tip: Courtyard 3 rd floor magnificent view but noise from holiday party was pretty intense but in no way...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, CA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We went during the Festival of Lights. I must say it was pretty well lit up! There were a few vendors outside when it got dark, including some live reindeer! So who knew they were the size of goats, not cows. We had afternoon tea. It was very pleasant though seating inside was a bit noisy. Seating outside would have had more ambiance but we didn't want to get cold. The service was excellent. We also went on the tour and thought it was well worth the time and money. All in all we had a GREAT day. I have to recommend, if you are at all into antiques and shopping: Mrs. TiggyWinkles on the pedestrian mall next to the Mission Inn, and the huge two or 3 story antique mall across the street.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Valhalla, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We stayed 3 days during the Festival of Lights. The Christmas Light displays were fabulous.The hotel architecture is beautiful . We stayed on the 4th floor in a Mission Inn room. The Inn has so much nostalgia and charm. It's so beautiful.The beds were so comfortable you always hated to get out of bed in the morning. The employees were always ready to help with any problem or any question that you might ask of them. The hotel does get crowded with eveyone coming to see the lights but that is to be expected. The valet parking attendants were great. We ate at Las Campanas and The Mission Inn for dinner and breakfast brunch. The food was so delicious. I am hoping that we will be able to return to the hotel again one day during the Festival of Lights.

Room Tip: Stay on the 4th floor the hotel can get noisy from all the crowds and the street festival at night.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501
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Location: United States > California > Riverside
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Riverside
#3 Family Hotel in Riverside
#3 Business Hotel in Riverside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 238
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
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