I have stayed at the Mission Inn twice. Once in a suite on the top floor and just recently in a standard room. I have enjoyed both of my stays and really don't have any complaints. The Mission Inn is full of California history and you enjoy the experience more after learning about the property and those who previously owned the famous inn. All that to say, you must take a guided tour of the inn conducted by the curator's office (concierge can set up an appointment). My husband and I didn't realize how large the property is and you can get lost just exploring.
We ate at the hotel's Mexican restaurant, Las Cabanas and can definitely recommend. The margaritas are great and the carnitas are delicious. We also spent an afternoon at Kelly's Spa. For a spa experience in the Inland Valley, Kelly's is probably the best. However, I've been to better and think the spa facility itself is fairly small and kind of pricey. The relaxation rooms were very small and seemed crowded. The pool area is beautiful, but again a little crowded. Kelly's service was good and I will most likely return.
For restaurants offsite the hotel, I recommend Simple Simon's which is a cafe across the way in the little downtown area. By far the best restaurant in the area is The Salted Pig. The restaurant is just a couple blocks away and would recommend driving.
Love the Mission Inn and think it is one of California's treasures.
- 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