Hotel inn – Brakelhoen Tue, 02 Aug 2022 07:49:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hotel inn – Brakelhoen 32 32 relax with Hypnos at the Riverside Inn • Hotel Designs Tue, 02 Aug 2022 07:49:45 +0000

After being acquired by the UK’s leading pub and brewer company, Greene King in 2020, the Riverside Inn near Shrewsbury has undergone a seven figure investment to become the latest addition to their collection of Chef & Brewer country pubs . The charming, Grade II listed Riverside Inn has idyllic views over the River Severn. It is the perfect place to rest and relax after exploring the medieval town of Shrewsbury or the beautiful surrounding hills.

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Riverside Inn General Manager Chris Kendall said: “There has been so much hard work leading up to reopening, it’s just fantastic to be welcoming people back,” said Riverside General Manager Chris Kendall. Inn. “Everyone is amazed by the transformation of the pub, from the beautiful interior to the breathtaking gardens and outdoor bar. We have done everything we can to take advantage of the stunning location we have here, with an extended veranda offering a stunning views of the river, as well as outdoor seating areas.The bedrooms are inviting and exquisitely furnished.

room at the Riverside Inn with Hypnos mattress on the bed

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You can relax in one of the six elegantly modernized bedrooms. Each room is named after popular hiking routes nearby and promises fabulous decor and a restful night’s sleep on a beautiful mattress and Beaumont Pillow Top bed set from Hypnos.

“Our handmade pocket spring mattresses are designed for the perfect night’s sleep,” said Carolyn Mitchell, Sales and Marketing Manager at Hypnos Contract Beds. Thus, all mattresses are designed to be recycled at the end of their life. We want every client to wake up on a Hypnos bed and feel great for the rest of the day”

The Beaumont Pillow Top is a towerless, lighter mattress filled with luxury wool and silk, providing a sumptuous sleeping surface while regulating body temperature all year round. The no-turn specification greatly reduces housekeeping time, so it was the ideal specification for this busy country inn.

Hypnos is one of our recommended suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you would like to become one of our recommended vendors, please email Katy Phillips.

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Ruby’s Inn is the perfect late summer getaway – St George News Sun, 31 Jul 2022 17:05:47 +0000

CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — As a family business for over 100 years, the owners of Ruby’s Inn know that the best memories are made when traveling together. If you’re looking for one last getaway before the start of the new school year, experience an unforgettable vacation on the doorstep of Bryce Canyon National Park with hospitality that’s a destination in itself.

Biking near Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Ruby’s Inn, St. George News

Since 1916, the Syrett family has made it easy for visitors from around the world – or just down the road – to explore the epic landscapes of Bryce Canyon. Accommodation options at the iconic Ruby’s Inn cater to travelers with any budget, not to mention the added value of unique retail, dining, adventure and family entertainment.

“Summer is the perfect time of year to stay at Ruby’s Inn,” said General Manager Lance Syrett. “We’re only two hours away, so you can come and go with less than a full tank of gas.”

Ruby’s Inn invites guests to book a Late Summer Getaway and save 20% per night (with a two-night minimum stay) through September 1. Nightly rates include hot breakfast each morning.

Syrett said Ruby’s Inn is a one-stop-shop for all travel needs in the Bryce Canyon area. The sprawling property offers a wide variety of accommodations, including traditional hotel rooms, rustic cabins, tent and RV campsites, and other unique options. Hungry adventurers will find a plethora of dining options ranging from burgers and pizzas at the Canyon Diner to a hearty home-cooked dinner at Cowboy’s Buffet & Steak Room.

At around 7,600 feet above sea level, Bryce Canyon provides a welcome respite from the summer heat that scorches much of southwestern Utah. Daytime highs rarely exceed 85 degrees, and hikers will enjoy miles of beautiful, uncrowded trails.

Live Country Music Dinner Show at Ebenezer’s Barn & Grill, Bryce Canyon City, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Ruby’s Inn, St. George News

“If you fancy a good hike and it’s too hot to visit Zion or Snow Canyon, Bryce is a great place to hike,” Syrett said.

If you prefer adventures on wheels, Ruby’s Inn will serve as the starting point for the annual rendezvous Canyon 2 Canyon Bike Ride August 27. The family hike follows the Canyon 2 Canyon Trail from Inspiration Point in Bryce Canyon to Red Canyon 17 miles away.

The path is paved and mostly downhill. Registration is mandatory and costs $5 per person; children 5 and under travel free.

Bring your own bike or rent one at Ruby’s Inn Adventure Center, which offers activities for the whole family, including guided ATV tours, wagon rides, and horseback riding. There are also exciting virtual reality tours and scenic plane and helicopter flights over the park and surrounding sites.

Mountain Biking near Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Ruby’s Inn, St. George News

Ruby’s Inn is one of the only places in Utah to offer high-quality Branson- and Nashville-style entertainment every night, Syrett said. Enjoy home cooking and live country music performed by the Bryce Canyon Wranglers, or marvel at the skills of local cowboys at the Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo.

Ebenezer’s Barn & Grill hosts the latest episode of their Nashville stars over Bryce Canyon dinner and series of concerts on August 19 and 20. Acclaimed songwriters Jason Deere, Mark Nesler and Tony Martin, who have written hits for some of country music’s biggest names, will take center stage.

Just a stone’s throw from one of the jewels of the national park system, what started over a century ago as tents and a place to eat has become an international attraction. The success of Ruby’s Inn contributed directly to the growing popularity of the Bryce Canyon area as Southern Utah’s best place for an unforgettable getaway.

“If you’ve never been to Bryce Canyon, find an excuse to come here,” Syrett said.

Written by ALEXA MORGAN for St. George News.



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Border Inn Hotel’s 23 publicans hand over keys to Melbourne’s new owners Sat, 30 Jul 2022 00:45:40 +0000

It was by chance that Shane Burke had his truck radio on the morning of February 18.

Apsley resident Cynthia Watt was making a sales pitch for the Border Inn, the pub in her 170-year-old town on the border between Victoria and South Australia.

“I could just tell by her voice and what she was saying, [that it was something special]“, says Mr. Burke.

For the previous eight years, the hotel had been owned and operated by a group of locals – 23 farmers who became publicans in an effort to keep their community alive.

The Border Inn Hotel had been closed for two years when David and Sally Scott raised their hands to get the place back up and running in 2014.

“The town had fallen into a state of nothingness. You drove into Apsley and there was nothing on the main street,” says Sally Scott.

“Now when you go up there are still cars and people.”

The Border Inn is one of the first buildings you see in Apsley when coming from the Victorian side.(ABC Sud-Est SA: Bec Whetham)

After reviving it, the 23 shareholders put the hotel back on the market in hopes of finding a permanent owner in 2020.

COVID hit and nothing happened – until last month, thanks to Cynthia Watt.

“Our mission was to spread the word and see if we could make anyone in this country find out how truly magical Apsley is and what he could do with this pub,” Ms Watt said. .

“The [shareholders] asked a few of us from the next generation to help market the pub not only to sell it, but also to sell it to the right people.”

They think Shane Burke and his wife, Catherine Warke, are the right people.

“We’re all so excited. They seem to be adjusting so well,” Ms Watt said.

A man in a knit sweater and jeans sits on a park bench with his arm around a woman in jeans and a puffer jacket, smiling.
Shane Burke and Catherine Warke love to cook but have no commercial kitchen experience.(ABC Sud-Est SA: Bec Whetham)

It’s a responsibility they take seriously.

Bring the pub to life

Although never a shareholder, Cynthia Watt has always been committed to the success of the Border Inn.

“It’s gone from a Friday night drinks thing to now an absolute hub for me. It’s a group of parents, you know, somewhere to have a cup of tea, we have a book club here “, says Ms. Watt.

A little boy wearing a knitted sweater and a bib sits on a red carpet.
Apsley local Cliff Watt at the Border Inn.(ABC Sud-Est SA: Bec Whetham)

It’s in stark contrast to the “men’s club” where Georgina “Beanz” Robinson arrived in 1988.

Like the Scotts, the Border Inn has been a point of pride for Mrs. Robinson and her husband, Simon.

“We all had our different areas that we as owners were interested in. Some people liked to hang out in the beer garden, Maureen was interested in the accommodation, I did the flowers,” says Ms Robinson.

“We’ve always been passionate about it going well.”

A man wearing an Akubra hat sits at a table near a pub window, smiling.
David ‘Scotty’ Scott grew up at the Border Inn.(ABC Sud-Est SA: Bec Whetham)

Even if the shareholders could take time to get used to it.

“Some of the officials thought 23 publicans was a bit too much to handle,” Mr Robinson said.

“But we learned to step back as much as we could.”

For Maureen Reader, hitting the pub has brought her even closer to her community.

“We had a good structure in that we had meetings, we had a secretary and a president, and we all had a say,” she says.

Three women sit on a sofa with two men standing behind them in an outdoor cafe.
Former shareholders (left to right) Georgina ‘Beans’ and Simon Robinson, Maureen Reader, and Sally and David Scott.(ABC Sud-Est SA: Bec Whetham)

“We absolutely loved coming here and catching up. We used to come pretty much every week and used to say we kept our own business going.

“We all became family, really.”

The Border Inn had an offer before Shane Burke and Catherine Warke stepped in, but as a residential property – an offer the 23 publicans had to turn down.

“We couldn’t bear to see it stop being a pub. We were very grateful when Shane and Catherine arrived,” Mr Robinson said.

Several men, women and teenagers gather around a smiling pub bar.
The people of Apsley make the Border Inn a great meeting place.(Provided: Georgina Robinson)

“I think they have the skills to make it a destination pub. They’re obviously good in the kitchen and they’re good friendly people across the bar.”

A signpost with signs leading to several towns including Kaniva and Fances, all within a 70 kilometer radius.
Apsley is 10 kilometers from the South Australian border.(ABC Sud-Est SA: Bec Whetham)

Take a punt

Mr Burke and Mrs Warke were looking for a change when they came across Apsley and sold their lives in Melbourne.

Prior to driving trucks in Melbourne, Mr. Burke had been in management for many years.

Ms Warke worked long hours caring for women with severe multiple sclerosis.

While Mr. Burke had shown Mrs. Warke other properties before, Apsley was different.

“I just liked [the people here] a lot. It was very easy to talk to them. I think we all clicked,” Ms Warke says.

Aerial photos of a small township, bordered by paddocks and gum trees.
Apsley has around 300 residents these days.(ABC Sud-Est SA: Bec Whetham)

“We go for a walk here and it ends up taking us two hours because we talk to everyone.

“I actually feel very emotional when I say that. I think we’re going to make a lot of good friends here.”

The move is their transition to retirement and an opportunity to spend more time together.

“When we were working in Melbourne, we hardly saw each other. I was working weekends and working shifts, Shane was working really long hours,” says Ms Warke.

The silhouette of a man and a woman sitting on a cafe window bench.
Shane Burke and Catherine Warke at the cafe across the street.(South East Africa: Bec Whetham)

And although they have a passion for food but don’t really have a background in commercial hospitality, they hope they can do a good job.

“We love people, we are people’s people, so I think this is exactly the kind of job that would suit both of our personalities,” Ms Warke said.

“What do we really have to lose?”

New owners anxious to keep the charm of the old

The biggest fear of the new owners is not doing the place justice.

“The only thing we have to be is just true to the past. The Border Inn is going to stay what it always was,” Burke said.

“For starters, I think we just want to bring back standard pub food.”

Large workbenches and steel cupboards in a pub kitchen area.
The kitchen is pretty good, it just needs a chef.(ABC Sud-Est SA: Bec Whetham)

As time goes on, they are keen to welcome live music and expand the menu, with an emphasis on local produce and American barbecue.

The only thing they need is staff, especially a chef.

“Sometimes there’s an apprentice there who’s come in late and is looking to put his stamp on something. And it’s a good place to really cut your teeth,” Burke says.

“It’s great food. There’s nothing you could wish for as a chef.”

City alive again

As well as the pub, Apsley’s cafe reopened this year after a five-year closure.

The city’s population swelled with new arrivals during the pandemic, including Cindy Beveridge who had come from Melbourne with friends decades before.

“But I never would have thought [live] here. It’s a surprise,” says Ms. Beveridge.

A woman sits on the step of a post office, petting a dog, smiling.
Cindy Beveridge recently moved her life to Melbourne at Apsley Post Office.(ABC Sud-Est SA: Bec Whetham)

Having worked in the pharmacy for 42 years but not ready to retire, she retrained with Australia Post to take over Apsley Post Office.

It is an encouraging sight for the old publicans of the pub.

“I really have a feeling it’s going to continue to thrive,” Robinson said.

“It’s a special place to come to, with a park for the kids to play in, free camping out back, beautiful lakes and walks, there’s so much to offer.”

Five men and women stand around an area of ​​mowed grass, pointing to a siding building.
The shareholders have been eager to help the new owners in any way possible.(ABC Sud-Est SA: Bec Whetham)

The departure from the Border Inn is bittersweet.

“I just hope the 23 of us see each other again,” Ms Robinson said.

“We didn’t know Maureen before that and now I feel like she’s my other mother.”

At least they can continue to meet at the Border Inn – without having to clean it.

Bronco Inn Named Travelers’ Choice Hotel Wed, 27 Jul 2022 23:53:35 +0000

RITZVILLE — The Bronco Inn, a Best Western hotel in Ritzville, was recently shortlisted for a Travelers’ Choice Award by online travel agency Tripadvisor.

The Travelers’ Choice Certificate of Excellence is awarded annually to hotels, restaurants and other travel-related businesses that rank in the top 10% of reviews on the Tripadvisor website, according to Bronco Inn General Manager Nichole Thiel.

“This has been a time of unprecedented challenges for hospitality businesses around the world,” Kanika Soni, chief commercial officer of Tripadvisor wrote in a letter to Thiel. “In this context, standing out to your guests and maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction is a colossal achievement. Winning a Travellers’ Choice award means you’ve consistently delivered positive experiences over the past year, leading customers to leave you great reviews on Tripadvisor.

According to Tripadvisor documentation, a business must meet certain criteria to receive a Travelers’ Choice Award:

• It must have an overall rating of at least four out of five on Tripadvisor.

• Must pass a minimum number of exams.

• It must have a listing period of at least 12 months on Tripadvisor.

Tripadvisor’s website describes the company as the world’s largest travel advice platform, with more than a billion reviews from more than 8 million businesses.

“We are very proud and our staff are working hard to earn this,” Thiel said.

Espire Hospitality Group debuts in Punjab with the launch of Country Inn Hall of Heritage, Amritsar Tue, 26 Jul 2022 12:18:51 +0000

Espire Hospitality Group has announced the launch of a newly built hotel ‘Country Inn Hall of Heritage, Amritsar’, located within walking distance of the magnificent Golden Temple. It is the newest addition to the group’s emerging portfolio in India.

The 44-room hotel is located in the popular Hall Bazaar in the Hall Gate premises, just 800 meters from the world famous Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh. The hotel features contemporary interiors, modern facilities and a multi-cuisine restaurant for fine dining enjoyment. Proximity to the airport, railway station and major attractions such as Durgiana Mandir, Gobindgarh Fort, Partition Museum and Hall Bazaar market make the hotel an ideal base for discovering and exploring the city bustling Amritsar.

Left to right: Harmeet-Singh and Sukhmeet-Singh-Partners-Hall-of-Heritage-with Sushil Amlani Business Development Manager, Espire Hospitality Group
From left to right: Harmeet Singh and Sukhmeet Sing, Partners, Hall of Heritage with Sushil Amlani, Business Development Manager, Espire Hospitality Group

Commenting on the launch, Akhil Arora, Chief Operating Officer of Espire Hospitality Group, said, “We are delighted to announce our entry into one of India’s most revered pilgrimage centres, Amritsar. Religious and leisure tourism in Amritsar is booming and the demand for hotels is higher than ever. With the hotel’s central location, warm hospitality and best-in-class service, I am confident it will become a preferred choice for guests in no time.

Harmeet Singh, Owner Partner, Hall of Heritage, added: “We are delighted to partner with Espire Hospitality Group and look forward to a rewarding journey. We are confident that the operational acumen, service standards and heartfelt hospitality for which the Country Inn Hotels & Resorts brand is known will add great value to guests. Amritsar is known for its rich history, culture and traditions and the hotel’s all-inclusive offerings will allow guests to experience the city in the utmost comfort.

Main Street Inn: The Perfect Sag Harbor Vacation Spot Sun, 24 Jul 2022 15:36:03 +0000

When staying in a place, I will always choose eclecticism, charm, serenity, personality and warmth over high-end hotels or places where the multitudes flock. When my friend Margarita asked me if I would be covering the Montauk Film Festival, I said yes and she told me she would arrange a hotel to stay at. I had to cancel the first night, because I had to cover Cirque Du Soliel. When she went back to the hotel to change that date, they were rude and mean, she canceled! She had a friend to help her and she found what used to be an Air B&B, but now a B&B that rents rooms, that comes with a fabulous breakfast of yogurt, granola, fresh fruit, muffins and of course coffee. This is served on the back deck which looks like the Secret Garden and overlooks Sag Harbor. It is called The Main Street Inn

3 Osprey babies are ready to leave their nest

The hostel is run by Linley and Anton Hagen, who couldn’t be more welcoming. They helped us with our luggage, made us feel at home and welcomed us with open arms. All tenants are introduced and feel like family. The artifacts around the house are filled with stories and times gone by when people collected art, old photos, tended gardens and were friendly. The hostel also offers kayaks and bikes, but we were too reserved for that.

It was Roy Scheider’s piano.

This dragon sniffs steam from its nostrils when heated

I recommend it to anyone in need of a vacation and wants to come back to New York or elsewhere rejuvenated.

Main Street Inn: 320 Sag Harbor, NY

Linley 516-429-1808

Anthony 631-456-1823

Pigeon Forge hostel doing well despite rising inflation Fri, 22 Jul 2022 22:32:03 +0000

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WATE) – At a time when so many businesses are suffering from inflation and staff shortages, one company in Pigeon Forge is doing well. Many of its original employees, who started when it opened fifteen years ago, still work there.

One of the reasons may be the magic of Christmas. Not just in July but every day of the year.

As you approach the Inn at Christmas Place on a hot summer day, the doors open to welcome you inside to cool off and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.

As Santa Claus sings “Tender Tennessee Christmas,” Victoria Jones, who oversees the events, said, “Santa Claus is there all the time, so he’s here Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. He does concerts in the evening followed by cookies and milk. We organize a treasure hunt in the hotel, so there is always something to do here.

Santa Claus is the centerpiece of so many activities; everything from decorating the gingerbread house at story time, even a marshmallow roast in the summer. Decking the hallways is serious business here.

“We have it everywhere on every floor, in every corner,” Jones said. “You won’t find a piece of dust. We’re good at keeping everything clean, so you’ll have to check it out!

Every room is vacation-ready year-round, a treat for first-time visitors and the many regulars who return each year, appreciating the attention to detail from a staff that has remained fairly consistent despite the pandemic and economic challenges.

“We have people who have been with us for 15 years that we have been open; 10, 11 years old. We’re lucky,” Jones said.

It’s more than the magic of Christmas. It’s a bargain and having the Jolly Old Elf every day certainly doesn’t hurt.

As Santa Claus told WATE, “There’s something here for everyone. We just want people to be happy and feel good about themselves.

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Green Tree Inn security guard arrested for Alexander Jackson-Baldwin murder – Thu, 21 Jul 2022 05:58:35 +0000

VICTORVILLE, CA ( — A 32-year-old security guard at the Green Tree Inn hotel was arrested for the murder of Alexander Jackson Baldwin.

Investigating detectives identified the suspect as Clarence Jonesan Apple Valley resident, and arrested him at his workplace at 14173 Green Tree Blvd on Monday, July 18, 2022. Officials said he was arrested without incident and is being held on bail for ‘one million dollars.

On April 1, 2022, at 2:12 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the Green Tree Inn after the reporter advised he heard gunshots and observed an adult male on the ground.

(Alexander Jackson-Baldwin)

When deputies arrived, they found Alexander Jackson-Baldwin near the hotel entrance with a gunshot wound. At around 2:20 a.m., medical personnel arrived and eventually pronounced Jackson-Baldwin deceased.

Authorities have not provided a motive for the murder. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Homicide Department at 909-387-3609.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous should contact the We-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or visit

Related article: UPDATE: Man shot and killed outside Green Tree Inn in Victorville identified as 29-year-old from Corona

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Glorietta Bay Inn Commemorates Two Decades of Dedication by Legendary General Manager, Claudia Ludlow Tue, 19 Jul 2022 12:34:00 +0000

SAN DIEGO, July 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Glorietta Bay Inn proudly celebrates the Managing Director, Claudia Ludlow, and his 20 years of service overseeing the historic Spreckels Mansion, an integral part of the resort. Claudia grew up in the Coronado Island area and has offered her dedication, local expertise and personal touch to thousands of guests over the years. The Glorietta Bay Inn is a landmark in coronadofirst built in 1908 as the residence of the Sugar Baron and San Diego developer, John D. Spreckels. With 12 unique guest rooms and a sprawling Penthouse Suite, plus 89 contemporary guest rooms with a host of amenities, the Glorietta Bay Inn is one of the crown jewels of San Diego.

“We are delighted to offer our congratulations to Claudia for her distinguished service,” said Arianah Fresques. “She is absolutely fundamental to the resort and is loved by everyone here on the island. Everyone here knows her and for good reason. We could tell you so many stories about her commitments to her team and guests – she truly makes every day special here and we simply couldn’t imagine a day without her. In honor of her long service, we invite you to stop by and visit Spreckels Salon on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday to taste Claudia’s favorite drink: Sugar Baron Sangria!”

Claudia and her team of associates are always happy to welcome guests to the Glorietta Bay Inn, and her office is located below the infamous and breathtaking staircase of Spreckels Mansion. Stop by and ask Claudia to share a quick history lesson – her favorite part of the job – or ask her for tips on visiting the best local sights.

Claudia’s tireless service has helped the station win numerous accolades over the years, including 20 national and state awards from 1999 to 2014; American Hotel Lodging Association – Best Guest Relations; California Hotel and Lodging Association Community Service – Most Prestigious Award; and CEO of the Year held by both Claudia and Kim Akers in 2006. Claudia even earned a Coronado Island City Day dedicated to her every 21st of Juneaffectionately nicknamed “Claudia Ludlow Day.”

About Glorietta Bay Inn

Located on Coronado Island, Glorietta Bay Inn offers accommodation in a beautifully appointed historic Edwardian mansion with contemporary rooms and suites. The resort features a heated outdoor pool and hot tub overlooking Gloriette Bay, a mini-putt-putt golf course, beach amenities and a penthouse suite overlooking the bay. The resort is within walking distance of Coronado Beach and minutes from San Diego. Learn more about:

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]]> Mission Inn ‘catacombs’ are part of Riverside legend – Press Enterprise Sun, 17 Jul 2022 15:00:45 +0000

A catacomb is, by definition, an underground chamber used as a burial place. Some are centenarians or even millennials. The most famous are in Rome. In Paris, an atmospheric entrance sign reads, when translated into English: “Stop! It is the empire of death.

So when a tour guide at the Mission Inn, the grand hotel in downtown Riverside, casually told me last month that one of the most asked questions from tourists was “can we go to the catacombs ?”, I laughed, just like him.

I was amused because the #1 question from visitors is, “Was the Mission Inn a real mission?” Go on. It has always been a hotel. Built from 1902 to 1931, it’s not even the oldest building in Riverside. Probably a handful of Riversiders are old enough to remember when construction was still going on.

So, after quoting the question about the catacombs, I simply wrote, “There are none.

I return to this subject today to correct my admittedly hasty answer.

Because while the Mission Inn obviously doesn’t have catacombs in the traditional sense, it turns out the hotel has touted some of its basement walkways as catacombs.

“The Mission Inn may say there are no catacombs,” reader Jack Regus tells me by e-mail, “but that’s what the area was called decades ago when guided tours were offered.”

Upland reader Tammy Woodman provides more details. Around 1950, she was in the gift shop with her mother when they noticed a sign that said “The Catacombs”. A clerk offered to show them. It was above the teenage trepidation.

“I thought ‘catacombs’ meant corpses and bones and all that,” recalls Woodman, who knows his Funk & Wagnall’s.

She and her mother descended into darkness. His first memory is of a cell-like room, furnished “as one might see in a mission”, containing a bed with a straw mattress and a table with a bowl on it.

Where were these so-called catacombs? Besides the basement, I mean.

The second phase of the hotel, built in 1910-1911, is the Cloister Wing, the northeast section of the Inn at Sixth and Orange streets. I was there in May to see a silent film, “Blood and Sand”, organized by the Friends of the Mission Inn, in the grand Parisian ballroom in the wing.

“Some of the enclosed arches on the eastern side of the room,” notes the 1998 book “Historic Mission Inn,” “originally opened onto the Cloister Walk, more commonly known as the Catacombs.”

Now we are getting somewhere.

“The original name for the Mission Inn’s underground tunnels was Cloister Walk, because they originated from the Cloister Wing,” says Steve Lech, docent training coordinator for the Mission Inn Foundation and co-author of Back in the Day by this journal. Columns.

The tunnels showed small display cases for some of Frank Miller’s “stuff,” as the innkeeper mischievously called his collections.

According to the book, these included paintings, sculptures, niches containing statues of Catholic saints, Native American basketry and textiles, and a small room housing “realistic wax figures of Pope Pius X and his 13 servants”.


The rooms “were designed to look like El Camino Real during Mission Days,” says Barbara Burns, author and former docent training coordinator. “There were rooms dedicated to missions San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Carmel and San Francisco.”

Burns adds, “I can’t tell you how many guests have told me about their memories of exploring the catacombs over the years.”

By e-mail, Lech tells me that the tunnels must have reminded visitors of the catacombs they had seen in Europe and that the term caught on.

“You’re right, though – these aren’t real catacombs with corpses etc. writes Lech. (I’ll consider this partial justification.) “It was really a way for Miller to provide an on-site gateway for his guests.”

Riverside Community College Viewpoints Journal presented the tunnels in 2007 in a story by the aptly named Michael Diggin. He wrote that the concrete ceilings in some sections were textured to resemble wood panels, and the light and sound of the streets could be heard through the taller windows and grilles.

The tunnels were closed in 1985 and the artwork relocated, after Mission Inn renovations reportedly made them unsafe to visit.

There were tours on special occasions after that. Photos from the 2008 and 2009 tours accompany this section. But the tunnels are now blocked. “The fire department declared them off-limits to the public,” Burns, who led this tour, tells me. “There is only one way in or out.”

And the tunnels, despite popular fascination, don’t stray far from the property, according to Burns and Lech. Some people have wacky ideas that a tunnel connects the hotel to the top of Mount Rubidoux and other distant points like the courthouse and UC Riverside. It’s like Riverside was developed by moles.

So to anyone who remembers visiting the area known as the Catacombs, I apologize for my quick dismissal. But I refuse to use the term myself without qualifying it.