Do not be confused by the name. The Mission Inn is a local landmark and a national historic landmark and has always been a hotel, never a mission. It has a very interesting past and has entertained many interesting and famous people. If you are in or near Riverside, CA, then I recommend visiting this beautiful, and huge, hotel to take in the museum and go on the 60 min. walking tour conducted by a docent.
The architecture is amazing, and after the tour you can go back into the hotel and wander around all the nooks and crannies and balconies and upper tiers until your hearts content. And if you thirsty after that you can stop in the Presidential bar for a beverage or eat at on of their restaurants while sitting in the beautiful palm studded patios.
Kelly's Spa is also located in the hotel, and if you're looking for a day spa experience, this is it! Very reasonable prices for the services available.
The hotel tour is $13.00 ($12.00 for AAA). You can also wander around without the museum for free and then walk around the hotel on your own. But you might not be able to see the stunning, and I mean totally stunning, St. Francis Chapel that is wall to ceiling Tiffany glass work!
Enjoy your day!
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