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The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa
Ranked #1 of 24 Hotels in Riverside
Certificate of Excellence
Palm Springs, California
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is a lovely, old property but the operators seem to be resting on their laurels. Our room was spacious but one of the first things I notice is carpeting. It was pretty nasty. I wouldn't touch a bare foot to it... Paying $10.00 per day for WiFi in your room is kind of chintzy in this day and age. A $20.00 charge for valet parking for hotel guests is just a personal annoyance for me. Prices in the two restaurants which we patronized were extravagant while the food was only mediocre. We had heard about the Mission Inn for years. We can now cross it off our list. Not the fault of the hotel owners, but the air pollution in Riverside is less than healthful.

Room Tip: Many day trippers visit the Mission Inn. Avoid proximity to public rooms, pool area.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

I really enjoyed being there. Take the docent tour to learn about the hotel and the art.
Also take time to eat at some of the out door restaurants. I felt like I was in Europe.
I thought Californians were not as friendly as the South but they proved me wrong , I am glad to say.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Riverside, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2014

Weather you are staying at the Mission Inn or just in town, take the Docent Led tour. You need reservations, they do fill up. The tour lasts an hour and well worth it. The historical aspects of the property, famous visitors, it's impressive art collection. And it takes you places the general public can't go. If you're there for Sunday brunch you are in for a real treat. It's the best around.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Tucson, Arizona
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111 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2014

This is an old, mission that was transformed into an amazing hotel. The architecture is amazing; walk through and find the chapel or the Buddha for your wedding or any other nooks and crannies for a view of the rest of the hotel or just to sit and read a book. The rooms were of decent size, well appointed, and very clean. The bell service and valet were very efficient.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2014

This hotel is a landmark. It's a beautiful boutique hotel that has been restored to its grandeur. I've stayed 3 or 4 times and had many different types of rooms, and all are elegant .The bougainvillea on the grounds are beautiful. The shops and restaurants and nearby museums are great and add vitality to the area. The nearby farmers market on Saturday's is great.

If I had to nitpick, the rooms can be a little noisy particularly those overlooking the pedestrian mall with restaurant patrons and saxophone players out late. It clearly adds to the charm, but a room in the back may be better for those that retire early particularly during the Festival of lights

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2014

This hotel is amazing! The staff is very friendly and there is so many things to learn. I only stayed one night but will be going back again. The shops surrounding the propery are enchanting and fun. Great weekend trip.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Riverside, California
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Reviewed June 25, 2014

Even though I live in Riverside, CA, once a year I stay at the Mission Inn during the summer time. I love the pool! I have eaten at the main restaurant - I would say it is very good. I do miss the espresso bar Mission Inn used to have. It was nice to walk around and grab a latte.

Room Tip: I would walk around the Mission first and then ask for the area you like. The first time I stayed I...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa

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 Family Hotel in Riverside
#4 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
Mission Inn Hotel Riverside

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