Hi All -
First of all, I live in Riverside <smile>. I agree with you about the
Mission Inn. It is a fabulous place to meander through but I'm afraid I
wouldn't want to stay there. Don't get me wrong, it is an awesome place. Just
for clarification, I run very large meetings in both the Mission Inn and the
Holiday Inn. Personally, I prefer the Holiday Inn. The rooms are wonderful,
large, and so well sound proofed that a bomb could go off in the hall and if it
wasn't directly outside your door, you would never hear it. (If three or four
got together, a fabulous suite would be affordable.) I find the staff much
more eager to please at the Holiday Inn. (Personally, I would say that the
service is beyond reproach.) The food at the Holiday Inn is also exceptional
AND affordable. It is a FULL service hotel and you can get room service 24
hours a day. What amazed me even more is that room-service meals are exactly
the same price as purchased in the restaurant! They do NOT jack up the prices
to deliver your meal to your room! How many places can say that! I do an
awful lot of travelling and I can honestly say I have never seen it before.
The pool is also beautiful. Parking for the Holiday Inn is all under cover in
a parking garage with a guard at the door for security. A definite plus in the
August heat I assure you. Oh yes, the Holiday Inn has a FREE shuttle to and
from the hotel and Ontario, California airport. No need to rent a car if you
don't want to. But if you do decide to rent a car, you can rent a Hertz Auto
in the lobby of the Hotel. Much easier for that day trip if you so desire.
Does it sound like I am sold on that hotel? Well, yes I am! So, if you visit
Riverside, stay at the Holiday Inn and only walk over to take a look at the
Mission Inn. I guarantee you will NOT be disappointed in your accommodations
and you will have much MORE money to spend in the marketplace. <smile> The
Holiday Inn is less than 100 yards (I think) from the front door of the
Convention Center and the CATS Show. If anyone needs any more information
about Riverside, CA, feel free to e-mail me off list.
University of California, Riverside
>A wod of warning about the Mission Inn...fabulous, beautiful building.
>Service in the restaurant sucks. If you need to eat in a hurry, try
>Simple Simon in the pedestrian mall just next to the hotel. And do NOT
>use the valet parking unless you don't care what happens to your car.
>I still have key marks from where the valet took revenge on my car
>after a tiff which ended up with me parking my own car (I didn't like
>the fact that they left it for 20 minutes with the engine running and
>all my booth stuff in the back while they dealt with people in Lexii
>and Mercedeses who evidently bribed them into being taken first) If we
>do booth next year, I'm staying at the Holiday Inn. At least there I
>expect substandard service! ;)