The downtown area of Riverside is dominated by the Mission Inn. When I was in High School, it was mostly abandoned and the city was looking for anyone to take it over. They put up some great financing help to get it going again.
Over the last 10 years, the downtown has come back. The center of this comeback has been the Mission Inn. It really is a unique place. There is a boatload of history and art there. Well, at least by west coast standards. We don't really have many 200 year old buildings or great revolutionary war stories. Until about 80 years ago, this was nothing but scrub and rancheros. The citrus boom really put this on the course to being somewhere. Most of California has a similar history.
Every year now, the big lights that the Mission Inn does are really better and better. If you need to visit Southern California, and you want to stay somewhere that is not just another hotel, stay a night here, you won't be disappointed. I can't tell the difference anymore between Marriott and Hilton. When I travel for work, few places have any quality of their own. That is what is probably unique to the Mission Inn, it really is a place of its own.
Thanks for looking, as always, below are the shots that I did not choose to run with as well as the EXIF data for the lead image.