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Riverside, CA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 14
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,570
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 310
Committable Meeting Rooms* 26
Convention Center Space 65,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 27,953 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 7,898 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $116
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $64
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $131
*Maximum for a single hotel

Riverside, CA Meeting Planning Overview

The idyllic weather, close proximity to Los Angeles and picturesque beauty have drawn visitors to Riverside for more than a century. The wealth that has accumulated in the area has fostered development of the convention industry, and groups from across the globe flock to Riverside to experience the attention to detail and commitment to service that is ever present. With its charm and beauty, perfect weather and hospitable attitude, Riverside is the perfect destination for business and leisure travelers alike. With so much to offer, it is no wonder that Riverside welcomes five million visitors each year.

The beauty of the city combined with the ease of getting to Riverside make it an attractive option for meeting planners. Just a short 17-mile drive from LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) and with 550 weekly departures to 18 cities, travelers are always just two flights away from LA/Ontario International Airport. Once in Riverside, visitors find navigating the city a breeze. Whether by bus or by way of Riverside's numerous taxis, guests to the city soon learn that getting around can be part of the fun.

When it comes to meeting venues, planners have numerous options for facilities, starting with the Riverside Convention Center. Featuring 65,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including a 27,953-square-foot hall and 10,000-square-foot ballroom, the Riverside Convention Center can accommodate groups of up to 3,000 guests. The center's downtown location makes it ideal for visitors who also want to enjoy the city's offerings, and the dedicated staff will ensure that no detail is overlooked.

Other options for planners are the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, which offers 20,000 square feet of meeting space for conventions and exhibitions in 15 rooms; and the Riverside Marriott, boasting 14,000 square feet of meeting space in 14 rooms.

For planners looking for alternative venues, there is no shortage of unique meeting facilities in Riverside. Host a meeting at the Riverside Art Museum in one of two first-floor galleries, the second-floor conference room, the lobby, atrium or rooftop. Or, groups can gather at Castle Park for a whimsical and memorable event. Additionally, the award winning tapas restaurant, Cafe Sevilla, features live entertainment and a festive atmosphere, while groups of up to 350 can enjoy the elegant surroundings and delicious meals at Mario's Place - one of Riverside's most well-respected restaurants.

The capital of California's citrus growing region, Riverside's origins stem from the agricultural industry. Today, the city is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation and was named by Inc Magazine as one of the "best cities to do business." Additionally, Riverside is home to a campus of the University of California.

About Riverside, CA / Additional Info

Taking its name from its location on the banks of the Santa Ana River, Riverside is more than just another Southern California city. Approximately sixty miles east of Los Angeles in Riverside County, the city spans approximately 54.5 square miles and is home to approximately 300,000 residents. Founded in 1870, Riverside is California's twelfth largest city and is one of the largest inland cities in the state. Nestled in the shadows of the San Bernardino Mountains, Riverside has a picturesque downtown area, complemented by Mission style architecture and tree-lined streets.

Visitors have long been drawn to the area's near perfect climate. In 1873, the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent three Brazilian orange trees to a Riverside resident, and it was discovered that the region's fertile soil yielded healthier plants with better tasting fruit. This discovery fueled a citrus boom that created tremendous wealth in the area. Today, visitors can learn more about the history of California oranges at the California Citrus State Historical Park or pop in at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum and step back to the bygone days of turn-of-the-century Riverside at the Heritage House. Meanwhile, a stroll through the streets of Riverside's Seventh Street Historic District reveals many fine examples of the area's famed Mission architecture. Visitors can experience one of the finest examples of at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. Built over a large number of years, the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is a wonder to behold, both inside and out.

When it comes to things to see and do, there is plenty in store for visitors to Riverside. Guests can peruse the quirky shops and boutiques of Riverside's Main Street Mall. Or find a slew of designer purveyors at the Riverside Plaza or the Galleria at Tyler. Meanwhile, the city's famed arts scene is visible at every turn with galleries, museums and performance venues such as the Fox Performing Arts Center, the Riverside Art Museum, University of California Riverside Sweeney Art Gallery and the Barbara and Art Culver Center for the Arts. While, over at the University of California Riverside California Museum of Photography, visitors can catch the works of local artists.

The endless beauty of Southern California's weather beckons visitors to enjoy the outdoors in Riverside. From golfing the Arnold Palmer designed course to hiking or bicycling through one of the city's 44 parks, there is no shortage of ways to soak up the rays of Riverside. Meanwhile, thrill seekers of all ages flock to Castle Park for exciting roller coasters, games and miniature golf.

Those seeking refuge, rest, and relaxation can stop into Kelly Spa in the historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa for pampering and attention. The exotic and luxurious wraps, scrubs and massages are geared to relax the mind and rejuvenate the body. After a day in the spa, visitors are ready to venture out to enjoy more of Riverside.

When night falls in Riverside, the action does not subside. At Cask n' Cleaver, guests will experience a pairing of hearty steaks and wine from the finest California vineyards. For a romantic night, locals know that Mario's Place serves up the best combination of ambience a delectable Northern Italian cuisine. Or, for a colorful evening, visitors can head to Cafe Sevilla for tapas and stay for a Flamenco show.

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