Riverside, California 92501
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Why We Like This Place
Upon arriving at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa you may wonder, as we did, exactly what kind of missionaries had inhabited this unique and eccentric edifice. The truth is, the Inn was never an actual mission housing actual missionaries; it was the personal, lifelong and quixotic “mission” of Frank Miller, the man who built what some have called an “architectural wonder.”
In 1876, Miller purchased a small adobe building known as the Glenwood Inn, added a four-story wing, and The Mission Inn was born. Over the next 30 years, he built three additional wings, each more elaborate than the last. By the 1930s, The Mission Inn had expanded to fill an entire city block and had become Riverside’s most visited attraction.
A wondrous, eclectic assemblage of styles, The Mission Inn achieved its national historic landmark status in 1976. Starting with Mission Revival, the hotel now incorporates architectural styles from all over the world: Moorish, Italian Renaissance, Spanish Baroque, Chinese and Japanese. It’s a dazzling array of flying buttresses, domes, fountains, statues, carved pillars, towers, gargoyles, balconies, plazas, turrets, spiral staircases, gardens, bells, colorful tile and stained glass, all constructed to display the extensive collection of art and artifacts that Miller gathered on his world travels.
Perhaps the most stunning of these is the Rayas Altar, which Miller bought sight unseen in 1920 and had shipped from Mexico. Hand-carved from cedar and covered in gold-leaf, the size and beauty of the altar inspired Miller to build the Chapel of St. Francis to house it. This ornate nondenominational chapel, with its 30-foot beamed ceiling, Louis C. Tiffany stained-glass windows and enormous carved mahogany doors quickly became one of California’s most popular wedding sites. Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis (twice) and Constance Bennett all recited vows here, as have over 300 other couples each year.
The Mission Inn’s heyday was during the 1930s and ’40s, and a seven-year, $55-million renovation during the 1980s restored its original grandeur. The St. Francis of Assisi Chapel is once again luring betrothed couples through its doors in droves, and the Inn’s many banquet rooms provide wedding celebrations with timeless artistic environments.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 150
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 170
- Max. Seated Indoors: 240
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 100
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 310
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 170
- Max. Seated: 310
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The St. Francis of Assisi Chapel seats 150 guests, the St. Cecilia Chapel seats 12, and The Oriental Courtyard seats 170.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The hotel can accommodate 20–296 seated guests for a wedding reception or 20–350 standing guests for a cocktail reception.
MEETING CAPACITY: Indoor meeting facilities accommodate 10–310 guests.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
For wedding receptions, a nonrefundable 25% deposit is required to confirm your date; the estimated event balance is payable 2 weeks prior to the event. Reception dinner packages start at $72/person, and include a 3-course meal, cheese display, tray-passed champagne and cider during the cocktail hour, champagne toast and wedding cake. Alcoholic beverage service, a 20% service charge and tax are additional. The Chapel Package ranges $1,500–3,500 and includes an on-site ceremony coordinator, wedding-night accommodations for the wedding couple, and bride & groom preparation rooms for 2 hours.
Banquet menus are available for all corporate and non-wedding social events. Luncheon menus start at $31/person (2 courses), dinners at $46/person (3 courses). The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa offers complete meeting and event services; please call for further information.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: portable parquet provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: provided with chapel package
AV/Meeting Equipment: full range, extra charge
Parking: on-site self & valet, additional charge
Accommodations: 238 guest rooms & suites
Outdoor Night Lighting: provided
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: landscaped courtyards
Other: wedding coordinator, 7,000-square-foot spa
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: in-house, no BYO
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK indoors
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Other: no rice, birdseed or confetti