One of California's most historic hotels, the inn grew from a modest adobe lodge in 1876 to the grand Spanish-Revival hotel it is today. From the late 1800s, when millionaires were flocking to California in search of wealth, to 1935, owner Frank Miller enlarged and embellished the property with Tiffany glass, an antique Asian bell collection, and many fine paintings. He welcomed 10 U.S. presidents over the years, including Teddy Roosevelt (a painting portraying Teddy and
the Rough Riders hangs in Duane's Prime Steak restaurant), Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, and John F. Kennedy. After a long period of decline, the hotel was purchased by Duane Roberts, who began a total renovation in the 1990s. The grand archways, flying buttresses, secluded gardens, and two inspirational chapels remain, but the gorgeous structure is now totally modern. The four restaurants here include the popular Spanish Patio and Duane's, where locals go for special occasions. Check out the celebrity photos that line walls in the bar, where you'll see snaps of Barbra Steisand, Betty White, and multiple generations of Bush family members. Hotel guests and patrons of Kelly's Spa have access to a gorgeous swimming pool. Hand-painted frescoes, Venetian chandeliers, and barrel-vaulted ceilings lend a regal touch to the Tuscan-style spa, which has 12 treatment rooms and two private villas with outdoor teak rain showers, marble-encased aromatherapy baths, and flat-screen TVs.
Aug 7, 2013
This is THE place to stay in Riverside. Indeed, it seemed to be the only place where anything was happening in Riverside. The town otherwise seemed almost depressed it was so quiet; few people out and about; many closed stores. You definitely need a map to get around this property. It is a real place to sight see in and off itself -- you can even take a guided tour if you like. The place has multiple restaurants and the food is good in the 4
we tried. The pool is a good size such that one can feel that a few laps actually does constitute exercise! There is pool-side service for drinks and food -- definitely this place has the feeling of a resort, not just an hotel. And clearly a LOT of weddings happen here. Our room was very spacious, clean and well maintained with a Juliet balcony overlooking the pool. Unfortunately we were on the 2nd floor and, if I understand the hotel layout correctly, the rooms on this part of the 2nd floor at least were underneath the walkway for the 3rd floor above. In any event there was almost nonstop sound overhead: foot traffic thumping along as well as the rumble of rolling luggage. Others in our party were located elsewhere and were pleased with their rooms.
Dec 18, 2008
To fully understand the historical significance of this place and to marvel at its many treasures, you must take the complimentary property tour. Hopefully, it'll be one of the days they take you to the St. Francis Chapel. Every corner of this place is amazing.