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.
- 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