Hotel: Built by Christopher Columbus Miller in 1876.
Miller cultivated a wide circle of friends, like President Theodore Roosevelt, who took part in the ceremonial replanting of one of two parent navel orange trees in the courtyard of the hotel. Andrew Carnegie and Sarah Bernhardt returned to rooms at the Inn after opera performances at the famous Loring Opera House. President Roosevelt slept here, and so did the Tafts. The Bogarts and Nixons were married here. The Ronald Reagans honeymooned here, and Betty Davis married here . . . twice.
236 elegant rooms and 30 suites. No two are quite alike. Recently restored to its former glory, the mission style architecture is an integrated assemblage of turrets and domes, flying buttresses and spiraling staircases, catacombs and carillon towers; Spanish cannons, fine art, Tiffany stained glass windows, and priceless antiques.
Hidden courtyard, gardens, fountains, arcades, and the sound of famous bells surround the pool, Jacuzzi sun deck, and state-of-the-art fitness club. Other attractions include the magnificent St. Francis Chapel, The Court of the Birds, Presidential Lounge with nightly entertainment, and Spanish Dining Room. Tennis, horseback riding, antique shops and museum nearby.
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