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Sitting beside the Santa Ana River, Riverside is the capital of southern inland California. Known as the ‘city of arts and innovation’, it offers an intriguing mix of galleries, museums and festivals as well as a range of outdoor activities. As it’s also just 60 miles east of Los Angeles, choosing one of our best places to stay in Riverside means it makes a good base for visiting the famed city while still enjoying a smaller-city atmosphere.
Galleries and museums include the California Museum of Photography, the Riverside Metropolitan Museum (for local history), Riverside Art Museum and March Field Air Museum. Heritage House shows what life was like in turn-of- the-century Riverside.
Admire the town’s landmark buildings including the beautiful, French Beaux-Arts style Riverside County Courthouse, often used as a backdrop for movies and TV shows, and Mission Inn, the largest Mission Revival-style building in the United States.
As the birthplace of the California citrus industry, you can find out more on a stroll through the California Citrus State Historic Park. Hiking and biking trails include the Santa Ana River Trail as well as a network of paths around Mount Rubidoux.
When choosing one of the best places to stay in Riverside, why not time your visit to coincide with the nationally famed Festival of Lights and Riverside Dickens Festival?
- With its stunning Spanish Mission Revival style - arches, minarets and galleries - the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa mixes grandeur with easy comfort. Rooms are spacious and elegant while outdoor dining amongst hanging gardens is romantic and magical.
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The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa 211 rooms from $139Riverside
A breathtaking castle-like hotel. It features majestic, Spanish Mission-style architecture. The traditional grandeur blends with a modern luxury and style. Outdoor dining is magical, set amongst lush, hanging gardens. It has contemporary, smart rooms, and is located near Riverside's key attractions.Spa - Features bath suites, nail salon, yoga classes, steam room, hot tub, specially designed treatments...Sights nearby - Fox Performing Arts Theatre, The Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Downtown Main Street...Local markets - Good for local colour.Lively area - In the thick of the action.