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Follow in some of the world's most famous footsteps at Riverside's premier destination

Famous Guests at The Mission Inn Hotel

For more than 125 years, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa has been the center of Riverside, host to a number of seasonal and holiday functions, as well as occasional political functions and other major social gatherings.

World leaders and Hollywood stars – from Ronald and Nancy Reagan to Richard and Pat Nixon, and screen legend Bette Davis – have married or honeymooned at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa.

US Presidents have visited the Inn over the years including:

  • Benjamin Harrison
  • William McKinley
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • William Howard Taft
  • Herbert Hoover
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Gerald Ford
  • George W. Bush

Social leaders who have walked through the doors of The Mission Inn include:

  • Susan B. Anthony
  • Henry Ford
  • Andrew Carnegie
  • John D. Rockefeller
  • Collis and Henry Huntington
  • Albert Einstein
  • Joseph Pulitzer
  • William Randolph Hearst
  • Hubert H. Bancroft
  • Harry Chandler
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Helen Keller
  • John Muir

The list of Entertainers, Actors, Comedians and Musical Entertainers who have toured the Inn is extensive:

  • Lillian Russell
  • Sarah Bernhardt
  • Harry Houdini
  • Ethel and Drew Barrymore
  • Charles Boyer
  • Eddie Cantor
  • Mary Pickford
  • Ginger Rogers
  • Bette Davis (who was married at the Inn in 1945)
  • W. C. Fields
  • Clark Gable
  • Cary Grant
  • Spencer Tracy
  • Fess Parker
  • James Brolin
  • Barbra Streisand
  • Raquel Welch
  • Miss Piggy from the Muppets
  • Jack Benny
  • Bob Hope
  • Glen Campbell
  • Merle Haggard
  • Tears for Fears

The Inn continues to be a getaway for notable individuals to this day. Arnold Schwarzenegger has stayed here during his tenure as Governor of California, while the Osbournes have also paid a visit in the past few years.

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa also has its place among literature, song, movies, and television. In 1909 Carrie Jacobs-Bond wrote the lyrics for her famous song A Perfect Day while staying in the Mission Inn. For many years the Mission Inn's carillon played A Perfect Day as the last tune each evening.

American author Anne Rice, who’s famous works include Interview with a Vampire, so enjoyed the Inn on her many visits, she incorporated it into her 2009 best-seller Angel Time. The book, much of which was written in the exquisite Amistad Suite, is the first in Rice's Songs of the Seraphim series, which tells the story of Toby O'Dare, an assassin with a tragic past, who uses The Mission Inn as his refuge.

Serving as a place of inspiration for many famous authors over the past century, the hotel dedicated a row of guest rooms known as Author’s Row, as a tribute to the many works that were penned in those very rooms.

The Inn's unique architecture and ambiance have attracted many filmmakers over the years.

A few of the many film shoots at the Inn include:

  • Idiot's Delight with Clark Gable (1938)
  • Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here with Robert Redford (1969)
  • Vibes starring Jeff Goldblum (1988)
  • Oliver Stone’s Nixon, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen and Ed Harris (1995)
  • The Man in the Iron Mask with Edward Albert & Timothy Bottoms (1998)

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, CA has also served as the stage for countless television shows, music videos, commercials and photo shoots.