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The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa
Ranked #1 of 24 Hotels in Riverside
Certificate of Excellence
California
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55 reviews
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“If You Love Hearst Castle . . .”
Reviewed May 19, 2012

If you've toured Hearst Castle and dreamed of spending a night there, point your car south. The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, a few hours south in Riverside, is pretty darn close. Like Hearst Castle, this structure is the culmination of one man's dreams and treasures brought back from early-20th-century world travels.

You could easily spend hours ambling around the property, exploring architectural nooks, admiring antiques or just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful grounds. (Is that an antique grist mill embedded into the sidewalk? (Why, yes, it is.)

Oh, and it's a fine hotel, too, with several on-premise restaurants. We found each member of the staff, from the reception desk to the valets, to be very polite and friendly. The lobby with its plush furnishings, antiques and atmosphere is definitely a place you'll want to linger. It also has free wi-fi.

The food is delicious. The margaritas are tasty and quite generous.

The guest rooms are unusual — but in a good way. You won't find anything bland or cookie-cutter here. We saw one room that featured windows on parallel walls, one side of which overlooked a courtyard. Another room was a double with two bathrooms — and both windows led onto a rooftop terrace.

This stay, we were upgraded to a junior suite, and both the bedroom and sitting rooms were sizable and comfortable. What a great surprise. I just wish we could have stayed another night.

Be sure to take the docent-guided tour. There are parts of the property like the St. Francis Chapel and some of the meeting rooms you simply won't see otherwise. (Unless, of course, you are there for a wedding or a special event.) The St. Francis Chapel features Tiffany stained-glass windows, antique European choir stalls and a huge gold-on-wood Mexican altar piece.

As antiques and artwork are sprinkled throughout the property, your docent will be able to tell you the story of some of what you are looking at, plus interesting anecdotes and tales. Among the notables who stayed at the Mission Inn during the early 20th-century, Louis Comfort Tiffany stands out because he wanted to purchase the large Nanking bell, which you'll find outside right across from the valet station. The story goes that it was not for sale. Considering how the hotel still managed to acquire some lovely pieces from him, there must have been something else that caught Mr Tiffany's eye.

Don't miss the International Rotunda on the property. Be sure to bring your camera along to get a the beautiful spiral shot. Climb up to the very top floor, for more surprises, including the chef's herb garden, too.

Looking forward to the next visit.

Room Tip: If you're sensitive to noise, mention it when making your reservation.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 9, 2012

There are really no words for the beautiful of this place! It gives one the experience of being in Europe without leaving North America. The place is huge and at every turn there is a new experience. Besides the beauty, the rooms are very comfortable and spacious; the staff are very accommodating and friendly and there are good restaurants within the resort.
I can't wait to go back and spend more time there.

Room Tip: ask for a room facing inside to view one of the courtyards
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newport Beach, California
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

We just got back from a weekend at this hotel for my in-laws 50th anniversary. From the minute we arrived, the service was great. We valet parked the car-$15 not to bad for overnight parking. You can self park behind the hotel for $10. Check-in was great. The front desk attendant was so eager to please. We had a beautiful 3 room junior double queen suite-room 238. Perfect for a family of 5. It was huge and over looked the pool. It had 2 bedrooms with 2 queens in 1 room, a king in the other and a sitting room in the other plus 2 bathrooms. Great AAA rate of $250/nt. Rooms were pretty and clean with nice bathroom amenities. The pool was nice so we hung out during the day and had drinks. We had a special anniversary party at Duane's restaurant-the fancy restaurant in the hotel. I Reserved the private dining room-The Frank Miller Room and we had it all to ourselves for a party of 9. Duane's is an upscale fancy restuarant and isn't cheap. Dinner without drinks is about $75 for 3 courses and they had a 3 course price fix menu for $58 which was very reasonable. The restaurant manager was great to us fixing up the room and making this occasion special. Our waitstaff for our room was superb even took photos of our party. Check-out was great. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed May 5, 2012

We have stayed here dozens of times and they have yet to fail us. Absolutely beautiful place. The rooms are amazing. One can walk around the place for hours enjoying every minute. Great lounges and restaurants. A great place to get married as well, I got married there 7 years ago.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

My husband were there for a function and had a room overlooking the courtyard. The room itself was lovely, and the view overlooking the courtyard was pretty, but oh so noisy both day and night. People enjoying themselves, of course, but then early in the morning, the staff was setting up for the following day......
The church is beautiful and I am sure anyone getting married there would find this setting quite wonderful! But if you are not one of the wedding party, the crowdedness is overwhelming in all of the spaces of the hotel. It has become very touristy, which I am sure is very good for business, but not for the guest who just wants to enjoy the hotel, which is quite lovely, and a little peace and quiet. I gave the hotel a very good rating because it is lovely, but there is that "but"

Room Tip: Don't get a room overlooking the courtyard
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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Port Townsend, Washington
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Reviewed April 28, 2012

We have stayed here at least once a year over the past 20 years. It has always been very clean and comfortable and the front desk has always been responsive to any problems. We were disappointed that their shuttle service to the Ontario Airport was discontinued this last January. This has always been a plus in our recommendations to friends who may be in the area. The food has been consistently good over the last few years. Las Campanas has very good Mexican food. The Presidential Lounge/Bar has always been a favorite, but their specialty cocktails no longer include the Orange Blossom Martini. This tied in to the historical orange groves of the area. What about a competition to come up with drinks that tie into Inland Empire history? The hotel staff is always helpful and friendly, but some of the newer hires should go on the Mission Inn Museum docent-led tours so they are more knowledgeable about the historic building that they work in and the local area's history.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Alexandria
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Reviewed April 28, 2012

The Mission Inn hotel is a historic treasure in Riverside. The architecture is amazing, you will enjoy just walking around the hotel. Don't miss the chapel. The rooms are comfortable and spacious. The food is excellent as well, try the steak tacos in the courtyard. If you are visiting Riverside, this is the place to stay. You will go home with a bit of old California.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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Property: The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa
Address: 3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501-3364
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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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Riverside
#4 Family 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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