Opened in 1876 as Glenwood Cottage, a twelve room adobe boarding house, continuous renovations and additions have left the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa a glorious masterpiece of Mission Revival architecture. Today the Mission Inn boasts 239 rooms along with a well appointed spa, several restaurants, a museum, a chapel, and even a fantastic boutique. Lying over an entire city block, it is the grande dame of Riverside, California. It is among the premier hotels in California, attracting the biggest of celebrities, the rich, famous, and even ten different United States presidents!
Every corner of the property is a treat for the eyes. From intricate spiral staircases, to their luxurious gardens, to the massive towers, every feature at the Mission Inn was well thought and perfectly placed. Such an interesting assemblage of details is due in large part to the work of numerous architects that each placed their own unique twist on the design. Rather than feeling disjointed, the result is warm and welcoming, despite its clearly lavish accommodations.
Close to Southern California wine country and nestled in the heart of the mountains, there is literally no end to all there is to do here. Try one of their relaxing and refreshing body wraps at Kelly’s Spa. Check out the Mission Inn Museum which houses millions of dollars worth of interesting artifacts and antiques. If you’re feeling cooped up (which is difficult in a place this huge) talk to the very helpful concierge who can direct you to hundreds of fun and exciting local attractions. Don’t wander too far though because you will not want to miss the delicious champagne brunch on Sunday or the mouthwatering prime aged steaks at Duane’s.
For over 130 years the Mission Inn Hotel has been surprising and delighting guests with fine service and beautiful décor. Rates for this opulent hotel start very reasonably at under $200.00. They top out at well over $1,000.00 a night; but you can expect utterly magnificent lodgings with vaulted ceilings, king size canopy beds, fireplaces, and fantastic views of the countryside. When we say this place is gorgeous, it’s an understatement. You’re going to want to marry the Mission Inn and have its babies. Fall in love with this amazing National Historic Landmark over and over. It is clear to all who stay here why it has been a tourist favorite for over a century.