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The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa
Ranked #1 of 24 Hotels in Riverside
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 January 2014

My mother and I recently spent 2 weeks driving the California coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles and back. When preparing for this trip I spent many hours on this site reviewing accommodations knowing that tripadvisor never steers me wrong. I can honestly say that the reviewers have once again come through for me - every single hotel/motel/inn I booked was amazing.

A couple of points about The Mission Inn Hotel:

Booking: I booked via telephone; spoke to a very nice staff member and booked a Festival of Lights package. I was able to make a specific room request (again based on tripadvisor reviews) and got a beautiful room, on the 3rd floor, overlooking the Spanish patio.

Check-in/Check out: As expected, the hotel was very busy so we waited approx. ten minutes to check in. Not very long; we were able to enjoy the Christmas decorations while waiting.

Valet Parking: Valet parking was included with our package; the staff was quick and efficient when bringing the car around at departure.

Lobby: Beautifully decorated; lots to see. Crowded because of the Festival of Lights however...

Restaurants: We did not make reservations, we should have, but we did manage to get a seat in the bar. We were given the option to order from menus from 2 different restaurants - The Mission Inn restaurant and Duane's - so we chose pastas from the Mission Inn restaurant. We found them to be delicious and the portions were a good size.

Rooms: Room was incredible! Spacious, clean, decorated nicely. The bathroom was very cool and we had windows that opened to one of the patios (the name is escaping me). The shower pressure was a bit soft for my liking but decent.

Miscellaneous: We booked the tour and we are glad we did. We had a wonderful docent who took us all through the hotel as well as the chapel. The history is amazing. The tours book quickly so I would recommend booking when you make reservations.

The Festival of Lights is definitely something to be seen. From the live reindeer, the carriage rides, the lights, decorations - it was absolutely incredible. Be warned however - it is CROWDED!

Overall, we loved every minute of this place; would recommend to others and would stay here again.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

We stayed here on the last night of the " Festival Of Lights ". Like many have said ... there are a slew of people walking around to see the lights. Seeing the lights really helps put you in the Xmas sprit ( lol ... and we were here Jan 3rd ) The Hotel has so much history , you can spend 3 or 4 hours just walking around having a drink and checking things out. The room we were in was a nice size. Yes its of course a older décor ... but everything was very clean. Also nice bedding. We both slept great. You can hear people above and on the side of you but at least this time it wasn't that big of a deal. Looking forward to staying again next Xmas season.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

We purchased one of the Festival of Lights packages for our 42nd anniversary. We were upgraded to a presidential 2 story suite n later learned it was Aunt Alice's room. We had a memorable tour with a knowledgeable docent. We enjoyed dinner in the outside mission restaurant where the food was delicious with excellent service. We walked the streets enjoying the many sights n smells along with our hot chocolate n hot toddy. We found two delicious Casey's cupcakes in our room. We had beautiful views from our rooftop room . What a special anniversary. We have already rebooked for my husband's birthday the end of January following the Man of La Mancha presentation at Fox theatre.

Room Tip: Views during Festival of Lights is important n king beds
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

With over 4 million lights, it is something to see during the holidays. The hotel has an old style charm and is fun to explore the different wings of the hotel. When you add the bright lights and music, it is fun entertainment and a cute town to explore. Pros: The rooms are large and spacious, beds are comfortable. Reception offered champagne while we waited to check in, drinks are excellent. Cons: The food was bland (at both restaurants we ate at), our room did not have any towels (and was not ready after 4 pm check in) and the elevators are very small so you have to wait quite a bit or take the stairs. I would still recommend a visit during the holidays and encourage you to take the horse & carriage ride around the hotel (which is not part of the hotel services). I would also suggest making dinner reservations if you plan to eat at the hotel. During the week, they only have a small restaurant open for breakfast and with the hotel full, it took a long time for us to get a table.

Room Tip: Glenwood Rooms overlook the swimming pool and Mexican restaurant.
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

This is huge, yet charming property. We felt like we were touring one of castles of Europe. We stayed here just before Christmas to see the Festival of Lights. It was fantastic. It reminded me of a Disneyland Christmas. The only issue I was were the hordes of people who come to see the lights. it was far too crowded for my taste. Thankfully, the hotel staff restrict the upper levels of the resort to guests only. This made the experience better. We tried battling the crowds on the street level for about an hour before we conceded defeat and enjoyed the lights from our balcony. The room was acceptable, but not nothing more than average. We were unable to book a room with two beds. That meant that we had a roll away brought in and had our other child sleep in a sleeping bag on the floor. The sleep quality of the room was very poor. The walls seemed to be paper thin. We were awoken several times during the night from noises in the hall, from the street or from the people in the room next to ours. Considering the high price tag for the room, I would say that we did not get our money's worth. I will not be returning.

Room Tip: Demand an interior room or any room that does not face the street. These rooms will be much quieter.
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

If anyone would have told me that my finest hotel experience every would be in Riverside CA I would have laughed. Better then Walddorf or Palmer House . Best Sunday brunch Great courtyard and super Mexican restaurant. Spend two nights here great room

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

We purchased one of their Festival of Lights room packages for our 17th anniversary. So nice!
$199 got us a deluxe room, king bed, overlooking Las Campanas Mexican Restaurant there, aromatic spa candle, $25 gift card, complimentary valet which is so nice, we walked everywhere, restaurants, coffee shops, stores, etc..We opened the window in our room , fresh air welcoming the aroma of the restaurant as well as the spectacular holiday lights surrounding us wherever we looked! Surprisingly, by 11pm when we went to bed, it wasn't noisy at all and we got a great sleep in our comfortable bed!
During the holidays there are carriage rides available in Cinderella type carriages for couples, small groups or larger ones for families, large groups! So romantic & festive!
They have a fantastic Sunday brunch worth checking out!
One tip: If you plan on eating dinner at one of their 3 restaurants make sure you make a reservation as soon as you can before the day you check in. It gets very crowded during the Festival of Lights at the restaurants and although do try to fit in hotel guests, 8pm was a little too late for us. We opted to eat at a great Thai restaurant across the street.
Great time, courteous, attentive staff (got us in an hour early) would highly recommend for couples, groups, and families!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501-3364
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Region: United States > California > Riverside
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre 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: £131 - £264 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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:
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Mission Hotel Riverside
Mission Resort Riverside
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