It's no secret that the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA is one of my family's favorite destinations. Whether it's just for an afternoon of strolling or a weekend getaway, this beautiful and historic location has much to offer people of all ages.
In the beautiful Riverside area, the Mission Inn has blossomed into an internationally renowned retreat. The list of famous guests continues to this day. Noted singers, performers, authors, actors, political persons and Presidents have signed their names to the proverbial Guest Book.
The Mission Inn Museum offers a walking tour of the grounds each day. If you're new to the Inn, even just for a day, I strongly suggest taking the tour. This was our first activity immediately after checking our bags. It began with an introduction to the museum/gift shop and then a tour around and through the immense Inn.
Attached to the Inn are Kelly's Boutique, Kelly's Spa (which makes the entrance smell like wonderfully refreshing eucalyptus oils), and the award-winning original Casey's Cupcakes. Each offers a delightful experience and are always on my Must-See/Smell/Do list.
While there's more than enough to keep a person peacefully occupied at the Mission Inn, stepping just off the property leads to even more activity. The University of Riverside's Photography Museum offers exhibits by locals and current students. The Antiques Mall right across the street provides four levels of consignment goods ranging from penny papers to the most expensive dishes. The Riverside Farmers Market, Fox Performing Arts Center, March Air Field Museum, University Botanic Gardens, golfing, eating and shopping are all within a walk or short drive from the Mission Inn.
But what I really appreciate about the Mission Inn is that I never feel like a tourist there. I feel valued. It doesn't matter if I'm reserving the cheapest room or Keeper of the Inn Suite: the Mission Inn staff is always courteous, smiling, friendly, helpful, and appreciative. The grounds are always clean. And the food is always memorable. From a small bite of room service to the Veal Lasagna at the Bella Trattoria on the corner to the sweet desserts of Casey's Cupcakes to the individual Keurig coffee personally blended in our rooms.
[This review is abridged from a post on my blog. You can read the entire review, and view more photos, here: http://franklymydearmojo.com/2012/07/28/destination-mission-inn-riverside-ca/}
This full-service, beautifully
restored 1902 European-style hotel
encompasses an entire city block in
downtown Riverside. Come stroll the
halls of this great inn, which has hosted
several of our nation’s presidents. There
are 239 elegant rooms and suites, no
two alike. The Mission Inn Foundation/
Museum offers walking history tours (children under 12 free)
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is located in Riverside, close to Fox Performing Arts Center and University of California Riverside. Additional area points of interest include California Baptist University and Fiesta Village Family Fun Park.
Dining options at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa include 4 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, a spa tub, and a steam room. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, and facials. This 4 star property offers small meeting rooms, audiovisual equipment, and business services. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This Riverside property has event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and exhibit space. Wedding services and concierge services are available. Additional property amenities include a coffee shop/café, multilingual staff, and gift shops/newsstands. This is a smoke free property.
238 air conditioned guestrooms at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa feature minibars and coffee/tea makers. Beds come with triple sheeting and premium bedding. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, designer toiletries, bathrobes, and scales. Wired high speed Internet access is available for a surcharge. In addition to desks and complimentary newspapers, guestrooms offer multi line phones with voice mail. Televisions have video game consoles and TV Internet access (surcharge). Rooms also include windows that open and blackout drapes/curtains. Guests may request refrigerators, hypo allergenic bedding, and wake up calls. Housekeeping is available daily.
Notifications and Fees:
The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out.
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.