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11 Reasons You’ll Fall in Love With San Juan Capistrano’s Spanish-Inspired Hotel

This Stunning Adobe-Style Inn Effortlessly Unites the Past With the Present

Just steps from the mission in the heart of historic San Juan Capistrano lies the town’s newest addition—a sumptuous hacienda-inspired inn. And while the notion of plonking down a grand hotel in a town known for its old-world charm may sound perverse, this property is a beautiful exception. Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano honors the city’s past with its stunning Spanish revival architecture, mission-inspired furnishings and lush landscaping. Here’s an inside look at the newest hotel in one of California’s oldest cities. Mission San Juan Capistrano


1 | Serene Spaces

Credit: Mary Carol Fitzgerald

Incorporating natural oils infused with on-site herbs such as lemon and basil, the on-site Spa at The Mission is a wellness haven. Whether you’re craving some alone time or want to indulge your senses in an Ayurvedic treatment, a trip to this state-of-the-art spa is sure to hit the spot. Slip into a plush robe and kick back in the waiting room or on the outdoor patio, where you can soak in the rich history of San Juan Capistrano. The warm aesthetic of the spa is reminiscent of old Spain and draws inspiration from the neighboring Mission San Juan Capistrano. Four dedicated, dimmed rooms line the perimeter, ready to welcome you in for a transformative treatment. Check out the curated spa menu to see which treatment appeals to you.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

2 | All in the Details 

Colorful custom-made tiling, rich fabrics and rustic elements combine to create an authentic old-world ambiance that reflects the history of San Juan Capistrano. Unique features, such as suspended glass pendant lights in the shape of mission bells, can be seen throughout the property—each reflecting a piece of the town’s time-honored history. 

Mission San Juan Capistrano

3 | Displays of Tradition 

Featuring a tasteful combination of grand gestures and fine details, Inn at the Mission is the perfect balance of old and new. From the outside, an eye-catching porte cochère frames the lobby entrance, crafted with exposed wood beams and the same stone used in the renovations of the neighboring mission. Step inside and you’ll find a commissioned painting printed on Walker Zanger custom-made tiles, a hand-sculpted swallows inlay, a custom acrylic mural, a collection of historic photographs and more.

Local Insight: Be sure to check out the “mini gallery” of artifacts on loan from the mission in the lobby!



4 | Make Yourself at Home

In addition to the 118 hacienda-inspired guest rooms with seven suites and villas, the hotel boasts seven luxury suites and three residential-style villas. Each of the charming villas feature a master bedroom with a king-size bed, a quaint kitchenette, a private residential living room, a spacious bathroom and a terrace perfect for cozy evenings by the fire. And if you’re traveling with friends or family, these expansive villas offer more than enough living space and amenities.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

5 | Brew-tiful Mornings

Inn at the Mission’s on-site coffeehouse features freshly baked pastries, La Colombe craft coffee, locally made gelato and grab-and-go goods. The cafe offers guests and locals an authentic neighborhood coffee-shop experience and makes for the perfect one-stop shop before you go explore the town of San Juan Capistrano. El Café Real also offers a signature Draft Latte program along with its curated menu of classic coffee beverages. Be sure to try the Spanish pintxo and take full advantage of the cava (Spanish sparkling wine)!

Mission San Juan Capistrano

6 | Wine n’ Dine at Ysidora


When it’s time to eat, Ysidora Restaurant and Lounge serves up traditional Spanish dishes with a twist—each one is made with regionally sourced ingredients. Feast on tapas like the avocado gazpacho and Patatas Bravas and move on to entrees like the Tomahawk Steak and Grilled Spanish Octopus. But be sure to leave room for something sweet because Ysidora’s postres are out of this world. Think wood-fired s’mores, vegan chocolate cake and apple cinnamon churros!

Local Insight: After you’re done savoring a variety of wood-fired meats, vegetables and delicious tapas, venture out to the Olive Grove for a fireside evening under the twinkling lanterns.

7 | Surrounded by History

Inn at the Mission offers guests a glimpse into the historic traditions of San Juan Capistrano, which date back to the founding of its mission in 1776. Take in views of the neighboring Ruins of the Great Stone Church from one of the luxury suites or from the property’s on-site spa!

Mission San Juan Capistrano

8 | California Made

Olive trees can be seen throughout the property, which not only provide shade, but also the resort’s Reverence Private Label EVOO. This custom-blend of olive oil is produced in partnership with California-grown Nuvo Oil. Guests can partake in an olive oil tasting experience at Ysidora Restaurant and Lounge, and you can even purchase a bottle to take home.

Local Insight: Indulge in a signature “el salt real” olive oil body scrub at the spa, which puts the fruits of these beautiful trees’ labor to use!


9 | Somethin’ to Bike About

Guests can check out bikes at the resort, which is a perk that’s included in the hotel destination fee. This is a great way to explore the city of San Juan Capistrano and other nearby destinations like Dana Point Harbor. Hop on a beach cruiser or upgrade to an electric bike for a faster way to get around.



10 | Hidden Gem Hunting 

Spend a day exploring the nearby Old Barn Antique Mall—just a five-minute walk from the hotel. This expansive and diverse destination is a collector’s paradise that features 75 antique dealers in a historic, turn-of-the-century building. Discover a wide variety of treasures including gold, art, diamonds, costume jewelry, sports memorabilia and more!

11 | Head Down to the Historic District

As the oldest residential street in California, it’s no wonder the Los Rios Historic District is bustling with both locals and visitors year-round. This quaint little neighborhood plays host to a medley of restaurants and cafes like the famous Ramos House Café and even features a petting zoo where kids can feed farm animals. You won’t want to leave San Juan Capistrano without spending some time on Los Rios St!


Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, Autograph Collection
31692 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Photography Provided By: Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, Autograph Collection

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