The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Mission Inn Hotel and Spa Riverside
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa Riverside
Quite Different - In A Good Way
If you're looking for a Hilton-type hotel, you're in the wrong place. The Mission Inn is unique, and comes replete with idiosyncracies. If you're a bit forgiving, staying here can be a memorable experience. Yes, the furniture in the rooms is a bit dated, but the rooms are clean and the service is very, very good. The "house tour" is very informative. The food in the restaurants was delicious. I've been here twice and thoroughly enjoyed the Mission Inn for what it is - a one of a kind jewel!
Less than satisfying...
Advertised as fresh, romantic and colorful, our dining experience at the Mission Inn Restaurant was less than fresh, too loud to be romantic, but I agree it was colorful. With every bite I wanted my palate to scream flavor, but not so. On our way to Palm Springs, my husband and I stopped to have lunch. I chose the express luncheon buffet, my husband selected the Atlantic Salmon Sandwich. We were glad we didn't make the trip just to eat. Our suggestion is to enjoy the architecture, each lunch elsewhere.
Up All Night
Stayed here Dec 2003 for one night.
Good: Staff very friendly, valet parking reasonable, efficient even when busy.
Average: Room was musty, furniture was small, but in keeping with the mission theme. Looked more outdated and boring than luxurious. Bathroom was ok, but there was hair (yuck!) on one of the towels. Housekeeping gave us clean towels quickly. Holiday lights were okay, but overall, we felt this place has had its day.
Bad: When we arrived, we had a tiny room, but we'd booked a jr. suite at $395 per night, with a "fireplace and private terrace." To their credit, they quickly switched us to a jr. suite, and said it was un "upgrade" and would only charge us for the smaller room ($195.) Still, the jr. suite we got didn't have a fireplace or private terrace (found out later that the fireplaces are decorative, anyway...) Still not sure what I thought I was booking!
Worst: Bed was on a wall that was shared with an indoor/outdoor corridor. Due to a wedding, people walked up and down it all night. When someone spoke, it sounded as if they were two feet away from you, with no wall in between. Every word was perfectly clear. Worse, directly outside the bedroom window, on the same wall, was a fire door. This meant that every time someone walked through, they had to pound open the fire door bar, and this was incredibly loud. It sounded like a train wreck and the huge, antique bed actually shook.
Needless to say, we got no sleep at all. When the wedding people finally stopped walking back and forth at 5:00 a.m., the room service guys started walking by with breakfasts and papers.
The manager was apologetic and understanding, and didn't charge us for anything, including the breakfast we'd ordered at 6 a.m. when we finally decided we wouldn't be able to sleep at all. She said she'd check into it, but also said we were the first to complain. She seemed very sincere, but I have a hard time believing nobody else would complain. This was NOT regular hotel noise. This was literally like jackhammering on the wall, or someone coming into your room and shaking your bed.
Bottom line: If we hadn't been kept up by unreasonable noise, we still would have been frustrated by the confusion over the type of room we booked. Even though they tried to make things right for us, I just didn't get the feeling it would have been a special place even without the problems.
What a find!!
It was a privilege and a pleasure to be guests at the Mission Inn Hotel. The excellent restaurants, the attention to detail throughout the hotel and excellent staff made this a perfect holiday destination, we stayed for two weeks and it just got better each day. The weekly Sunday Brunch starting at 9.30 a.m. to 2.30p.m. has to be seen and experienced to be believed. Great value for money, with endless champagne and orange juice, with food that seems to go on forever. The architecture of the building itself which occupies a whole block in Riverside is so unique and steeped in history, that the hotel provides a tour guide to show parties around, daily. The pool and Jacuzzi are set in beautiful gardens, which are a wonderful place to relax. If the excellent food in the hotel is not enough for you, there is a world class Italian Rest. called Mario's place literally seconds away, where the memories of the food and the atmosphere still linger on. A must to try is Leonie the chef's Sampler menu. Mmmmmmm!
Spanish Architectural Enchantment
For all you architecture lovers out there, this is an amazing experience. The place was once the only thing standing with the now backdrop of modern Riverside. The building was originally a two-story boarding house built around 1876, but expanded over the years. I always make sure I know the history of a place before staying there and this one is not to be topped. The courtyard is a lovely place to eat in summer with its many fountains and gardens, very romantic. The hotel boasts stained glass windows throughout and whimsical little statuettes that turn and come out on the hour. There are many antiques, some in the rooms and pictures of how the place looked way back when. The best room in my opinion is the suite which is very tastefully decorated, they call it the Presidential Suite and some very famous people have stayed under its eaves. I f you want a fabulous experience rich in history, this place is for you. A gem!
Nice rooms for a night or two but not much longer
I was in Rivereside on business last week and spent two nights at The Mission Inn. The architecture is really wonderful and the room I had was large and clean. The food in the everyday restaurant was only ok at best (way to heavy on the sauces and dressings). The staff was friendly. My only two nits are: first the rooms are quite dark, very much in keeping with the architecture and part of the charm but after a while I think it could be pretty dreary. The windows are fairly ok size but there is a lot of very dark (black) wood in the room. Second the self-park is in a garage behind the hotel and while I didn't have any problems, it seems like a bit of a security risk area and you cannot walk from the garage to the hotel without being outside on the street.
I'm glad I stayed and think it's worth seeing once but don't know that I'll stay again.
Best sunday brunch ever!!
My husband and I ate at the Sunday brunch. The fodd was ALL excellent!! There was a huge variety, by far the best selection and presentation I have ever seen. There were seafood, fruit, vegetable, crepe, meat, and decadent dessert stations. Ohh, the desserts were wonderful. The brunch is not limited to breakfast foods, it has everything and it is all perfectly prepared. The waiters were very polite, and I never had to ask for anything, glasses were always full, and plates always cleared and clean. The price may seem high, but trust me ITS WORTH IT! We will be back for our anniversary!
Beautiful historic hotel with modern amenities
What a beautiful place to stay! The architecture of the hotel was amazing, rooms comfortable and room service meals were excellent. If you are looking for a memorable hotel experience, this is the place for you.
We love our yearly rendevous at the Mission
We have spent the last few years getting together for three days before Christmas at the Mission Inn amidst the beautiful Festival of Lights. The historic beauty is breathtaking; the dark richness of the interior is impeccably decorated, and the perfect place to come to get the real feeling of Christmas. Any noise that might occur on those evenings is to be expected, as an old historic mission is not sound proof, but the celebratory atmosphere engaged us immediately. Quaint shopping nearby, warm little cozy restaurants for lunch, and the Mission restaurant that we chose for dinner was fabulous. (loved the carolers who strolled about, as well.) We'll be there this year...with bells on!
Bad experience at the Mission Inn
My husband and I stayed at the Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside in hopes that we can relax and enjoy ourselves without our children. Unfortunately, our weekend ended up being a lot more stressful than if we had our kids with us! The hotel apparently, had several reunion parties that evening. Not only did that bring a bunch of "drunks," walking around the hotel, the people that were sitting around the outdoor dining area were extremely loud. It didn't help that our room was right above where all these "happy" people were. I called the front desk and all they did was apologize and assured me that they will be closing the dining area by 2 a.m. By 3:00 a.m., a drunk couple were swearing & arguing in the hallway. Don't let me forget the spider that I found on my bed! I called the front desk manager first thing in the morning and she offered me a return visit. No thank you. I just want my money back. Not only did I not get any sleep that night, the manager didn't even give me a courtesy of a phone call. Nice place but they need better people running the place. They should also reconsider having outside dining late at night especially when they have rooms surrounding the veranda. The drunk people didn't make me feel at ease either. They need to re-think the crowd that they have staying there. I thought I was staying at a nice, classy hotel. I've stayed at many hotels and by far, this is my worst experience.
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