This house was neglected and left to rot while the owners watched from the house next door. Thankfully, it was saved in the 1950s and turned into a museum.
The current owner, Juan, has returned it to a beautiful comfortable home.
It's a stunning building with mostly original furnishings, artwork and magnificent Tiffany glass throughout.
It has a commanding position high above the town of Hannibal and you can see the riverboats on the Mississippi.
I was given the original owner's - Mr Cruikshank - room, he was the lumber baron who built the house. It's a lovely, large room with views and a massive bathroom. The fixtures are original and Sam Clemens (Mark Twain) probably used the toilet!
The bed, pillows, shower and towels were excellent.
There's no TV, microwave, fridge, iPod dock, luggage rack or coffee in the room. So switch off, take the house tour, then sit and appreciate the gorgeous building you're lucky enough to be staying in.
There is WIFI, parking and a most excellent breakfast included.
This is the only place to stay in Hannibal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rockcliffe Mansion is an amazing Thirteen Thousand Five Hundred SF, Thirty room, Grand Residence built to overlook the Mighty Mississippi between 1898 and 1900 by Lumber Baron John J Cruikshank, Jr. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Most of the original antique furnishings and fixtures are preserved. The Mansion is filled with rich Mahogany, Oak and Walnut appointments, magnificent Palladian windows and the finest interior decorations from Europe and America. Guided Tours are available daily. In addition to Guided Tours, the Mansion offers 4 Bed & Breakfast accommodations. Please visit our Website for Tour hours and further information. ... more less