Landmark of luxury
Mission Inn Hotel began its illustrious history as a modest 12-room adobe boarding house. Through a gradual process of accumulation, renovation and additions by eccentric owner Frank Miller, the hotel reached its current state adorned with arcades and orange gardens, turrets and domes, flying buttresses, spiral staircases, catacombs and carillon towers. Walking into the magnificent lobby, the guest will be struck by the dark wood beamed ceilings, stucco arches, and wooden pillar lining the corridor. A 94-foot carpet displays the name of all 21 of California’s Missions.
Although history will keep many a visitor fascinated, relaxation and rejuvenation is a strictly modern affair. At Kelly’s Spa, a Tuscan-inspired oasis of tranquility, offers massages and body treatments with imported herbs and oils. A relaxing dip in the pool or soak in the outdoor spa tub can top off the session.
For dining, the Mission Inn offers four unique dining experiences. The Mission Inn Restaurant serves California-style cuisine on the pation; Duane’s Prime Steaks & Seafood is noted for its award-winning wines. Around a colorful blue-tiled fountain and weathered-rock waterfall, Las Campanas serves authentic Mexican cuisine. Service is rounded out by Bella Trattoria with oven-baked pizzas and panini.
Because of the Mission Inn’s long history, there are scarcely any rooms that are exactly alike. Oriental carpets, antiques, four-poster beds are some of the design elements used in the rooms and suites. Wandering throughout the hotel is a special experience with discoveries of stairways, walkways and catwalks that offer fascinating views of the inn’s special architecture.
Location: 3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501 ; distance from airport
Luxury style: History buffs will find the Mission Inn totally fascinating and catnip to their imagination. It’s also a romantic getaway with the fine furnishing and one-of-a-kind rooms.
What we’ve heard: Start your stay with an hour plus guided tour of the property by a docent. Some of the most interesting spots are not available to the public and you will marvel at the colorful history of this renowned and eccentric hotel masterpiece.