5 on May 22, 2016
this was the 2nd stay for myself and my husband. Such a relaxing place to be. The mansion is just amazing and so beautiful, and I love that you are sleeping in a museum. Our hosts are so gracious and make everyone feel welcome. To learn the history of this mansion just adds to the enjoyment. Their tour is a must. There are so many things to do close by and then to come back here and just relax on the porch and see the view is just breathtaking. Highly recommended
5 on August 22, 2015
This is the premier attraction in Hannibal, even thought the Mark Twain home is wonderful. The owners of this fully restored lumber baron's enormous home are gracious hosts and excellent guides. They are restoring the many ornate rooms with original furniture and there are Tiffany chandeliers and windows to amaze. The room was huge and comfortable and the breakfast gourmet and perfectly served.
4.8 on May 19, 2015
The Rockcliffe Mansion was a charming bed and breakfast. The proprietor, Juan was an amazing host
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5 on April 20, 2015
Rockcliffe Mansion is not your everyday B&B, so expect to be awed. The mansion is meticulously preserved and has the authentic air of an early 20th century post-Victorian home. The pictures don't tell the whole story, because you can't see the grandeur and get a sense of the atmosphere, especially in the evening. My husband and I stayed there for our anniversary and loved every moment. Our room was most comfortable, as was the bathroom. Breakfast--in the regal family dining room--was delicious. The hosts, Juan and Warren, were most gracious and very informative about the history of the mansion (which they have been researching for a long time now), and saw to it that we had everything we needed. Thank you! This is one place we will definitely return to.
Thank you for this spectacular review! We both very much enjoyed meeting, getting to know you, and having you as a guest at the Mansion. We're pleased that you enjoyed staying in the Golden Chamber, accompanied by its recently restored to original condition bathroom in the former servant's quarters on the 3rd floor. It is very special to us to have guests, such as you, as interested in history as we are, and appreciate the restoration efforts underway. Also, thank you for pointing out that the Mansion takes on a different and unique atmosphere when lit at night by the original electric and gas combination light fixtures - we never thought of that before, but its very true. We hope to see you again soon. Warren & Juan
5 on November 13, 2014
We have stayed at many B&B's, but this is one of the best. We would recommend it to anyone wanting a wonderful experience.
Thank you for your review. And thank you for all your recommendations!!!!
5 on November 10, 2014
After taking the tour at Rockcliffe Mansion, we were one of the lucky couples spending the night in this beautiful home. The complimentary cheese & wine was welcomed after several trips upstairs & down (we stayed on the 3rd floor). We were invited to look around the house, after hours, and enjoyed the peace & quiet of this lovely, historic gem. We slept so well we are not able to report on any rumors of ghosts. Breakfast was a delight, more than we could eat; conversation was engaging as our host joined us and told more of the history, past & more recent, of this magnificent estate. Juan: thank you! Thank you for sharing your home and your dream of restoring this Gracious Lady.
Thank you for your kind review and for staying with us!!!!!
4.6 on October 22, 2014
It was beautiful room with an elegant atmosphere. The breakfast was wonderful and the service was more than expected.
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5 on October 22, 2014
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5 on October 21, 2014
Had a wonderful time. We will be returning. You must stay for the tour in the morning such amazing information given. Breakfast was wonderful and such a delight to get to speak with the owner to learn the history of the mansion.
Thank you for your wonderful review. I am glad you enjoyed your staying and the tour of the Mansion. Looking forward to your returning. Thanks. Juan.
4.4 on September 02, 2014
Amazing building! The history of this mansion is truly incredible. We found ourselves walking through the rooms multiple times just to try to take everything in. Juan is a wonderful host and his humble pride in this magnificent place still shows through. The opportunity to learn this mansions history allows you to fully understand better exactly what you're seeing inside and out. The rooms were quiet and very comfortable with all of the turn of the century quirks. The wine and cheese arrival platter in the evening was perfect. And breakfast the next morning was on our schedule and was perfectly presented, plentiful and very tasty. Juan was very accommodating and great to have conversation with. We almost feel privileged that he allowed us to share his home for the evening. I would recommend the Rockcliffe Mansion to all of my friends
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4.6 on September 02, 2014
Rockcliffe is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The interior is gorgeous and well kept. The exterior is still being renovated a bit, but don't let that bother you. We spent the evening wandering the grounds, relaxing on the porch, and then (correctly anticipating no television) playing a board game that we brought along -- in the gorgeous formal dining room. It was so much fun wandering through the rooms and seeing all the details. Breakfast was delicious.
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5 on August 28, 2014
My boyfriend and I recently stayed a night here at this beautiful mansion. Juan greeted us outside and informed us there was a n incident with our room the previous night resulting in the key not working. He offered another room for us to stay in. We declined, figuring since we were the only people staying for the night we didn't have to worry about someone stealing our belongings. He said we could take the next tour in the morning but since we had to leave before then he gave us a private tour before showing us to our room. Juan is a wonderful host and the breakfast was amazing.The mansion is gorgeous. Thought went into every detail. Houses aren't made like that anymore. It does feel like you're staying in the 1800s. Everything is beautiful.
Thank you for the review. By the way , the key problem was fixed. We had to move the plate where the key goes a little bit to one side. And now it works perfectly. What a release!!!!. That is a very old lock. Original to the Mansion!!!!. Thank you for staying here.I really enjoyed your company. Juan.
3.6 on August 27, 2014
The original features are amazing. This museum like B & B allows visitors to experience the grand elegance of Hannibal, Missouri in the early 1900's. A true gem.
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4.2 on August 21, 2014
My husband and I recently stayed at Rockcliffe Mansion. After a 'too long' drive, we were thankful for the bottle of wine and appetizers to snack on as we gazed out over the Mississippi. Our room had many original or of the period pieces and was very comfortable including the Queen size bed. Breakfast was fresh, delicious and bountiful! Check out is rather early - 10:30 am as public tours are given of the mansion. Our room fee included the tour. Though our host had shared some of the details of the mansion's history, the tour is definitely worth doing if you stay at the mansion or not. A great getaway or stop on a trip!
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4.0 on August 15, 2014
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4.6 on August 01, 2014
Juan is one of the friendliest hosts I have met. When we checked in I told Juan that I would not have time for the normal tour in the morning and asked for a brief tour that night. He graciously gave us the full tour immediately after our check-in that evening. This was followed by his normal cheese platter and a full bottle of wine. Breakfast was great, but we could not finish everything, so Juan packed us a large piece of homemade banana bread to go. Great stay.
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5 on July 05, 2014
What a gem! Staying here is like stepping into a time capsule. Juan was a fabulous host and guide as we settled into our stay at Rockcliffe Mansion. The house and furnishings are unlike any we've experienced in a B&B. Anyone interested in historic homes, buildlings and collections would do well by visiting here. Our stay whle short, was excellent in all ways.
Thank you for your review. It was my pleasure having you in the mansion.
4.4 on June 30, 2014
The Rockcliffe is the best place to stay in Hannibal, but you must be open to traveling back to a time with no screens. The house is peacefully quiet at night. The lighting is dim. The bed is quite comfortable. The bathroom fixtures, all original, are charmingly quirky. But the highlight of our stay was breakfast with the manager, Juan. The food was fantastic, and the conversation was very engaging!
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4.4 on June 16, 2014
Stayed here a number of times, nice week end get a way, hospitality is great ! Guan take every effort to make you conforable, and makes you feel wellcome, service a geat breakfast, and in the evening wine, cheese, and fruit are servied, if you like historic homes, this is the place for you,,,,,like living in the 1800"s Great !!
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4.4 on May 26, 2014
We much enjoyed our stay which included wine and cheese on our arrival, conversation with our host, comfortable accommodations, a tasty breakfast, and a tour of the mansion. We did not miss the TV at all, but we would have liked a little more light in order to read before we went to bed. As it turned out, we were quite tired from our journey and fell asleep immediately.
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5 on May 04, 2014
A hidden gem. The Rockcliffe Mansion demands to be visited by anyone visiting Hannibal. We were greeted by Juan with a wine and cheese welcome, on the veranda overlooking the Mississippi, and were made to feel we were visiting a friend. We stayed overnight, and the accommodation was quiet, private and comfotable. A delicious, well presented breakfast was provided by Juan the next morning, and we were able to catch up with more of the fascinating history of the mansion, and its rescue from demise by Juan, who has and continues to bring the mansion back to its glory years. We would highly recommend this B&B to anyone visiting Hannibal. It has charm, history, location and value for money. What more could one ask for? Simon & Nancy Des Moines, IA
Thank you, Simon and Nancy, for your review. I enjoyed your visit and I also appreciate that your will recommend our B&B. The work here is sometime overwhelming but it is also very rewarding. I feel honored to be part of the restoration of Rockcliffe. Thanks again. Juan.
5 on April 29, 2014
Rockcliffe Mansion was highlight of our week-long trip in the area. We loved talking to Juan about the house and his restoration journey. He has done an amazing job of providing a beautiful step back in time for Hannibal and surrounding areas. Thanks Juan. Carol in Ohio
Thank you Carol for your review. We appreciate your comments and I enjoyed your visit. You are actually the second guest that stayed in Anne Louise's Chamber and I am glad you liked it!
4.2 on April 26, 2014
A truly historical architectural structure with a story that leaves many parts untold. But the story is not significant. The artifacts are significant. Take the time to explore this beauty and you will be rewarded with a rich history.
Thank you for your review. You are right. The Mansion is full with original artifact, furniture, light fixtures and plumbing. Staying at the Mansion is traveling back in time!!!
4.8 on April 08, 2014
although restoration is still in progress, we were treated liked royalty, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Thank you very much for your review. I enjoyed your visit.
4.4 on March 27, 2014
An impromptu road trip in late March took us to Hannibal, MO and a 2-night stay at Rockcliffe. The house is beautiful and unique, with a very interesting history. The proprietor was extremely gracious and welcoming. I will recommend this spot to friends and family, and we would like to return when the weather is a little nicer! Thanks to Juan and Mary for a memorable visit. Dave and Beth Williams - Morris, IL
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5 on November 10, 2013
We spent our anniversary weekend here, and we were completely thrilled and will be returning again. Donna and Michael Hazelwood, Mo
5 on October 30, 2013
enjoyed the mansion.. plan on returning next year
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5 on October 27, 2013
We were greeted with a warm smile and handshake by Juan, the owner of Rockcliffe, and treated as friends from the moment we arrived. We stayed in the Magnolia room and had a spacious area to relax with our wine and cheese, after walking the streets and hills of beautiful Hannibal. It is a charming home full of history and intrigue in every step. Trinkets and reminders of an era gone by delight you in every glance. Juan has painstakingly refurbished a 4 decade old neglected home and kept century old items out and available for our viewing enjoyment. We felt at home the minute we arrived and Juan gave us the opportunity to look around the entire house, before we toured. I highly recommend staying here, for the quiet ambiance, incredible view atop Hannibal hill, a great breakfast and a very hospitable host!
Thank you for your review. I am glad you enjoyed our Mansion. I thank you also for rehoming our place. Juan.
4.2 on October 25, 2013
We had a ok time staying at the mansion. I think it was a little overpriced for what you got though. I wouldn't stay there again unless the price went down. Breakfast was just ok. Plus it was cold.... On the plus side, Juan was amazing. He was very knowledgeable and friendly.
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5 on October 24, 2013
Loved our night at the museum! Juan was a gracious host. Wine, cheese, nuts and grapes on the porch was a beautiful start to our stay. Breakfast in the Dining Room was grand. We also took the tour and I am still telling my friends about it. It was an experience to remember. Thanks, Juan.
Thank you for your review. I also enjoyed your staying.
4.8 on October 21, 2013
Rockcliffe Mansion was saved at the last minute from destruction and we are so glad it was. Juan was very welcoming and we felt right at home. The rooms are lovely. This is a beautiful piece of history.
Thank your for your excellent review
4.8 on October 21, 2013
What a beautiful historical mansion this is. It was so exciting to find this and then to stay here. Having the owner of the mansion giving the tour was very informative and Juan is a very soft spoken kind hearted man. Is a great cook too! The Golden Room is a very good sleeping bed. The dishes used for the meal was like going back in time to when it was built for the best of the best! We highly recommend staying here.
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4.4 on October 20, 2013
Living history indeed! Rockcliffe Mansion is a museum as well as a beautiful B&B. Don't let the peeling paint on the outside of the house deter you from coming in to a wonderful surprise. This house is chock full of original period pieces and gorgeous Tiffany windows and lamps that were somehow miraculously left intact after a 43 year vacancy. We stayed in Mr. Cruikshank's Chamber and found it most charming...although the square toilet seat was rather droll! Juan is a friendly and accommodating host, and we loved having wine and cheese on the porch overlooking the Mississippi. He is renovating and updating the mansion, and has started with the guest rooms, but will continue to the systems and outside areas. So far so wonderful!! I highly recommend it!
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5 on October 18, 2013
Our stay at Rockcliffe was very satisfying. It was everything we had expected it to be. We would recommend it to others and will defilnitely stay again. The Easleys
Thank you for your kind review. I enjoyed having you in our mansion
4.0 on October 17, 2013
Happy with experience.
5 on October 12, 2013
Beautiful house, comfortable bed, wonderful breakfast, and a great host. Loved every minute of our visit and look forward to another one.
Thank you for your review. Looking forward to having you again here.
5 on September 29, 2013
My wife Kim and I had a WONDERFUL time at Rockcliffe B&B. Juan was the greatest host we could of had. The room was awesome and the house was so interesting. We loved the breakfast! We greatly enjoyed the time on the porch with our wine and cheese. Juan spent time with us and really made us feel welcome. Mary really does a great job on the tour! I would recommend this to any couple looking for a weekend away from the busyness of life.
Thank you very much for your review. I really enjoyed having you and your wife in the Mansion. I appreciate your comments and hope to see you again in the future. My best wishes for all your plans. Thanks.
3.2 on September 21, 2013
There is still a great deal of work to be done to restore this mansion. We stayed on the 3rd floor where the 2 rooms had Queen size beds. The bathroom was very clean, but we were uncomfortable with the cleanliness of the area rugs. The owner greeted us wearing a t-shirt and looking more like a laborer than the owner of a historic mansion. :) He wore similar clothing when he met us at breakfast. Not a big deal, but it would make the experience more special with better grooming. We look forward to stopping by in the future to see the progress that has been made.
Thank you for your review. You are right about me looking more like a laborer. That is how I consider my presence here: A labor of love.Thanks. Juan.
4.0 on September 19, 2013
My sister and I stayed recently in this history laden, sprawling mansion. We were greeted by a very charming owner and host who served us treats on the veranda upon our arrival and made his services available throughout our visit. Breakfast in the morning was delicious and delightful! We enjoyed delicacies on fine china and had a cheerful conversation with the other guests. We stayed for the tour of the mansion which was full of wonderful information about the mansion's history. I would highly recommend a stay at this very intriguing B&B!
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5 on September 14, 2013
Have been on several tours over the years of the mansion. To stay there was a dream come true. Was wonderful staying there. Look forward to seeing the future restorations that Juan will be doing. Thank you Juan for the tour and opportunity to stay at Rockcliffe. The mansion and views are beautiful.
Thank you for your wonderful review.Juan
4.8 on September 13, 2013
We chose this B&B as we drove cross country and decided we needed to relax. What a great place - gorgeous house, lots of history and a welcoming host. We stayed in the 3rd flood quarters and had the entire floor to ourselves. We were served wine and chees upon arrival which is just what we needed after several miles of interstate highways. The breakfast was elegantly served and delicious. Our host was very accomodating, offered restaurant suggestions and kept us entertained with stories of Hannibal. I highly recommend it.
Thank you for your review. I enjoyed your visit.
4.4 on September 10, 2013
If you are into Victorian mansions and all the trimmings, then this is the place for you. This is a prime example of the period and no costs were spared in its construction and furnishing in 1898-1900. This is evident today by the amount of fantastic original items that remain to be enjoyed. The story and Rockcliffe Mansion and its rescue and return from the brink of demolition is wonderful. My wife and I were absolutely thrilled with the accommodations, the food and the entire living history atmosphere. With co-owner, general manager and tour guide Juan Ruiz-Bello at our service, we were treated to a very personal and awe inspiring stay. I cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed Rockcliffe Mansion. Highly recommend and we will be back.
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5 on September 09, 2013
Visiting the mansion was like stepping back into the past. The availability to be allowed to walk around and look at the fine antiques during the tour and even before my husband and I went to bed, was more than I could imagine. And Juan is a fabulous historian. Our overnight stay was very pleasant. The rooms were extremely clean as well as were the bathrooms. Juan had left us a morning reminder for breakfast the next day. What a nice touch! Our breakfast was more than we could eat, and we enjoyed it very much. We also enjoyed that he sat with us as we ate and continued telling us more of the history of the mansion. We look forward to spending time again in the future. Thank you so much.
4.6 on August 28, 2013
We were very pleased with our recent stay at Rockcliffe. So much so, in fact, that we returned with guests for another stay. The Mansion has a unique history and the current owner has stepped up and is restoring this historic monument to it's original glory. Thank you!
Thank you for your review and for coming back to the Mansion.
3.4 on August 26, 2013
What an interesting stay at the Rockcliffe! The host was very informative and friendly regarding the history of the mansion and the history of Hannibal itself. The mansion is certainly a work in progress, so there was still a lot of work to be done. If you like history and a unique stay, this is the place. If you are looking for a highly polished bed and breakfast....not so much
Thank you for your review. Sorry you were not satisfied to your highest expectations. As you said it is a work in progress. Thanks. Juan.
5 on August 25, 2013
Our family had a wonderful stay at the Rockcliffe Mansion. Our host was very knowledgeable about the mansion and his knowledge only added to the splendor and magic of this exquisite home. We loved everything about our stay and only regret that we could not spend more time here. Our children,ages 12 and 14 have asked to make return trip. We will do our best to accommodate their request. We have told everyone about this grand home and have encouraged them all to stay. Wish Rockcliffe Mansion was closer to our home in Colorado! We cannot say enough positive comments about this regal home and its owner!
4.8 on August 23, 2013
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Rockcliffe. My mother, sister, and son stayed for one night. We were in two rooms and shared a bathroom. The beds and bedding were very comfortable and we all had a great night's sleep. Breakfast the next morning was fabulous - much more than a home style breakfast in our opinion. But the most enjoyable for us was to be able to stay in a historical home and have additional access to the rooms beyond what a visitor would have with a normal tour. We really loved our stay. Juan, the owner since 2010, was very hospitable and engaging. His service was excelllent! We would recommend staying here to any of our friends and family.
Thank you for your review. I really enjoy sharing my experience with the guests and restoring the Mansion is a satisfaction. Thank you for staying here and my best regards to your family.
4.6 on August 18, 2013
Beautiful facility. Excellent service. Very detailed tour. Wonderful food.
Thank you for review. I appreciate your business and enjoyed your staying at the Mansion.
4.2 on August 08, 2013
Our 2 night stay was great way to celebrate 29th Anniversary. Tour was magnificent, lots of history, antique and period furnishings, Juan has done a wonderful job and hope he can eventually get everything back to its original splendor someday.
Thank you for your review. I hope you had a good wedding anniversary in Hannibal and thank your for choosing Rockcliffe Mansion for that celebration. Bringing the Mansion back to its splendor is our goal. Thank you again.
5 on August 04, 2013
We love historic homes and Rockcliffe Manor is beautiful! The owner is still refurbishing the home using the most authentic antiques he can. It is obvious how much he loves the home. We truly enjoyed our stay. And, sometimes old homes can smell funny, but Rockcliffe does not. Very clean and pretty. We stayed in the Fathers room. The bathroom is large and roomy and the bed was very comfortable. Be aware, no t.v., so bring a book!
Thank you for your review. A book is an excellent idea. We also have wifi in case you forget your book. Thank you again.
5 on July 25, 2013
The owner of Rockcliffe Mansion has a great passion for the house and his guests get top-notch treatment. Our stay started with a tour of the mansion. . . beautiful, extremely interesting. We then relaxed on one of the porches with wine, cheese and crackers. The view is excellent, and even though it was a hot, humid day, there was a delightful breeze. The rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable. Being a historic home, the only way to cool the rooms is with a window unit. They are a bit noisy, but honestly not worse than units in a lot of motel rooms. The breakfast was delicious. . . fresh fruit, coffee, tea, juice, excellent bacon, some of the best sausage links and French toast I've ever had. The owner has great plans to further restore the mansion to its original glory. If you're in Hannibal, MO, the Rockcliffe Mansion is the place to stay.
Thank you for your review. I also enjoyed for visit and I appreciate your opinion about the Mansion.
5 on July 12, 2013
We had a wonderful stay in Hannibal. The art show downtown brought us here. The Mansion was icing on the cake. The hospitality and service were wonderful. Look forward to staying there again next year!
Thank you for your review. Looking forward to having you in the Mansion during the next Art Show
4.8 on July 08, 2013
We came here for the fourth of July and it was just wonderful the view from the mansion overlooking Hannibal and the Firework show was breath taking.. We arrived a little early and got the full tour of the house then we were taken out to the porch and given a wine/ cheese platter which is a very nice touch .. Our breakfast the next morning was fantastic and very filling .. We are already thinking about coming back in the fall with some friends
Thank you for your review. Looking forward to seeing you again.
5 on July 03, 2013
Been to nearly all the antebellum mansions in the Old South, but this is different and magnificent. Bigger is only the starting point (and it is huge). More of everything is the rule: rooms, floorspace, ceiling heights, and ESPECIALLY original furnishings, decor and personal effects. Condition of everything is amazing, considering that it was effectively abandoned for 43 years. Juan and Warren (if he is about) are wonderful hosts and Mary's tour is not to be missed. Staying anywhere else in the area is no longer a consideration for us.
Thank you for your review. It was our pleasure to have you in the Mansion.
5 on June 17, 2013
I loved the mansion I had toured it back in the late 90s and fell in love with it was so excited when my husband suggested staying their for our 15th anniversary
Thank you very much for your review. I also enjoyed your stay in the Mansion.
4.2 on June 11, 2013
We loved our third floor suite (2 room combo). Our bathroom was not one hundred per cent vintage, as the mansion is being restored as Juan gets time and funds. But, that said, we loved our stay here. Juan was wonderful about telling us about the mansion history, allowing us to visit each room for as long as we wanted. Breakfast was awesome, dining under a Tiffany light, on fine china, and food that was delish...we want to go back. We were so comfortable. The bed linens were very special.
3.6 on June 04, 2013
The owner of the B&B was very polite and courteous. The first night there we experienced a tornado and power was lost to the entire town. Juan still made us a full, hot breakfast in the morning and offered to return our money to us. We left the Rockcliffe with a full stomach but we refused to allow Juan to return our money from our reservation. We would recommend this B&B to anyone. The history is amazing and the owner is great!
Thank you for your review. Sorry the weather turned out so nasty that day!!!! We did not get the electricity until Saturday morning.
4.6 on May 03, 2013
This B & B is a unique experience. The rooms lack the convienences and comforts of today's standards but it is an amazing experience of that time period. The room was clean and comfortable. The breakfast fantastic and Juan was an extremely gracious host. If you are looking for something special for your visit to to Hannibal I would include a stay at the Rockcliffe Mansion. If you can't stay here the tour is worth it as well.
Thank you for your review and for staying in our Mansion. We appreciate your business and enjoyed your visit.
5 on April 17, 2013
Our stay qas just perfect, the beauty of the old mansion is breathtaking. Juan was the most gracious host, and ensured that everything was just perfect. The room was great, the wine and cheese was great. There is more to say than space allows. We will definatly return again. We highly recommend the Rockcliffe for a weekend getaway or longer stay.
Thank you for your review and for staying in our Mansion. We appreciate your business and enjoyed your visit.
5 on March 24, 2013
This was a great stay in a historic home. The owner is extremely gracious and accommodating. Thank you!
It was our pleasure to show you our hospitality and the restoration of the Mansion. We are glad you enjoyed your accommodations and the wonderful amenities that we offer. We look forward to welcoming you back.
4.8 on November 15, 2012
We loved our stay will be back again. It was like stepping Back in time what a Fabulous Place!!!!
3.6 on November 14, 2012
Was a very enjoyable experience and interesting history of the mansion
4.6 on November 11, 2012
Having never stayed at a B&B before, I am pleased having chosen this 13,000+ sq. ft. mansion for my initiation. Lavishly appointed by a lumber baron with ready access to all things wood, you know you are in a house of means when the dining room dado treatment is human-height, not chair-height. The welcome tray of wine/cheese/grapes/nuts proved a convenient snack before walking downtown and the return walk (it's called Bird Street for a reason). The rooms available at the time all have shared baths, but they are nearly finished with the "master" rooms and, I believe, those are ensuite. I stayed Friday, October 26th, and the "permanent residents" of the town are fans of Halloween visitors. Most "permanent residents" at Rockcliffe are pleased with being recognized, but there was one who wanted to play late in the evening; after telling "him" to relax because I needed some sleep, it was restful slumber. I don't like the term "haunted" because I believe this place is very much cherished and, while playful and desiring attention, they are anything but malefic. Breakfast, artistically prepared by Juan, was delicious and nutritious. Even though one can walk through the common areas, I took the full tour of the house on Saturday morning after I checked out; it was a very informative tour giving not only the information about the house, its original owners and how they lived, but also how much the house has been through during the 40+ years of neglect and vandalism and the revival efforts since the late 1960s. Is it in perfect condition? No, some things are falling apart almost faster than they can keep them operational. But if you can look past the surficial evidence of a mansion that has lived a hard life you will find more character(s) than a Tolstoy novel within these walls. Would I return? Yes, but I will wait until the master bedroom is finished; as I did not get to do everything I hoped to in Hannibal on such a short stay, I now have the appropriate excuse to return.
5 on November 06, 2012
we had great eats and friendly atmosphere.
3.0 on October 22, 2012
This is an amazing property in need of some serious external repair-the interior is undergoing renovation and is a great example of the period it was built but the cleanliness of the interior is somewhat sad and depressing. It is obvious that it will take a hugh amount of money and time to bring Rockcliffe to the place it once was a hundred years ago. I sincerely hope that the current owner continues to strive to make the necessary changes to preserve and restore it to it's place in Hannibal history that it so rightly deserves! The owner is very knowledgeable and personable and we enjoyed getting acquainted with him. We would consider returning for another stay in the future.
3.4 on September 27, 2012
Great house with lots of history, Was fun getting to know the current owner and his heart for the place!
4.8 on September 20, 2012
Owner very friendly, accomodating and very knowledgeable on history of the B&B and community. Food was delicious and presented appealingly.
4.4 on August 04, 2012
My son and I spent a night here. When we first drove up, we saw a decaying looking mansion in a not-great neighborhood. Our hearts dropped as expectations had been high. Fortunately, we were wrong in our initial impression. Rockcliffe Mansion is amazing. It needs a great deal of renovation work but the new owner has brought warmth and magic to the mansion. The breakfast was incredibly delicious . Juan is an outstanding host, friendly without being intrusive and open to conversation. The rooms we stayed in did not look quite as lovely as the web site which was momentarily disappointing but I admit to having the best night's sleep I've had in ages. It would have been nice to have some B& B amenities in the rooms, like bottled water or chocolates. Overall, we loved staying here.
4.6 on July 27, 2012
When you step into the Rockcliffe Mansion it truly is like stepping back one hundred years in time. Such hospitality too! How nice to be greeted with wine and cheese in your room upon check-in! The rooms are decorated with period furnishings and it is clear that the owner is trying to stay true to the period and also make things comfortable for the guests. It was a welcome break to have peace and quiet and enjoy several nice conversations (no T.V. or internet!!). The one modern amenity I was thankful for was the air conditioning. We were quite comfortable on the second floor and that is saying something since we were there during the days of 100+ degrees in July. I was traveling with my mother (70), my husband and my son (8). We had two rooms with an adjoining restroom (also period with original facilities). The breakfasts were wonderful! One day we had french toast with bacon and sausage and the second day we had quiche and fried potatoes. Both breakfasts also included coffee, tea, juice, and fruit. Very declicious and filling! I thought the rates were very reasonable since they did include breakfast and a tour of the house. I would love to stay at Rockcliffe Mansion again someday and would recommend it to anyone that has an interest in history.
4.6 on July 25, 2012
I traveled to Hannible for my birthday with my girlfriends and stayed at the Rockcliff. We had an exceptional time and absolutley loved talking with the manager, Juan, and hearing about his travel stories. Juan served us wine and cheese when we checked in and made us a fantastic breakfast in the morning. He made us feel right at home. The mansion is beautiful and we cannot wait to visit again.
4.8 on July 24, 2012
We stayed at Rockcliffe for a wonderful night. The owner was delightful, and so helpful. The bed was small, as it was original to the house, but comfortable. The rest of the furnishings were all original to the house as well - what an experience! Breakfast was almost too pretty to eat, but we did... :-)
4.6 on July 20, 2012
Our first stay at a Bed & Breakfast and Rockcliffe was AWESOME. We would typically stay at a 21st century three or four star hotel because we just need a place to sleep and take a shower. Rockcliffe cost a bit more than we normally spend, but it was worth every dime. We got the "official" tour (no additional cost), but after the last tour time we were free to roam the entire mansion and grounds to our hearts content. Love this place, love the staff, and will go back.
5 on June 17, 2012
Went to Hannibal to celebrate my Aunt's 63 rd birthday. We had a lovely time. It was a special time. Everything was lovely. I will be back again....
5 on June 16, 2012
The stay was wonderful!! It was my second time staying at Rockcliffe Mansion. We had so much fun and the breakfast was wonderful!! And the owner, Juan, is such a nice person. I have recommended this place to everyone I know. 5 Stars!!!
5 on June 13, 2012
The mansion is great in all aspects - minutes from all tourist attractions. The host makes you feel welcome. We plan on another trip again soon.
5 on June 13, 2012
Have been to Rockcliffe Mansion twice now, and will return. Such a beautiful home with an interesting history. You could easily spend an entire vacation walking around this Mansion, but it right next to Hannibal's awesome dinning, shopping, and attractions for both couples and families.
4.8 on June 05, 2012
We stayed at the Rockcliffe for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. When we arrived we were greeted with wine and cheese. Thr rooms were a walk back in time. The morning breakfast was gourmet quality. You will not be disappointed!
5 on May 27, 2012
Recently stayed at the Rockcliffe for two nights - can't say enough about it. I think my companion and I will be raving about this experience for the next few months to family, friends, and co-workers. The house is a gem - beautifully (nearly) restored to its former glory and with original furnishings and decor. Juan, the proprietor, was incredibly thoughtful and generous with his time to answer all our questions about the house, its history, and restoration efforts. The room was spacious and clean. Breakfast consisted of a lovely presentation of fruit, yogurt/cheese and freshly baked bread, and a second course of french toast or quiche. Highly recommend!
4.4 on May 22, 2012
From the moment I called to make a reservation and throughout our stay, the owner of the mansion was very helpful and accommodating. He went out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed. Our stay was restful and relaxing. The breakfast was delicious. And, we got a free tour of the mansion with our stay. It has an intriguing history. The mansion is just a few blocks from downtown Hannibal and had a wonderful view of the whole area.
5 on May 16, 2012
Our stay at RocKcliffe Mansion created the perfect memory that will be hard to top, The Mansion is steeped in history and there is guided tours throughout the mansion that gives you the complete history from when the construction began in 1898. The B&B rooms that are available are amazing as well as the food served to you On true to period china and even the silver ware and napkins, the hospitality is second to none from the start when they start your stay off with a bottle of wine and a tray of cheese and crackers and the experience gets better, We have stayed at many B&B's and have never been this pleased. With the RockCliffe mansion being located in Hannibal, it makes your stay there even better with all of the things to do and see. We are already planning our next stay there, Do your self a favor and spend a night at the mansion and create the memory of your lifetime.
4.6 on May 12, 2012
We loved the 2 nights we spent at Rockcliffe Manor. Juan was an excellent host and cook and we really enjoyed the one on one conversations with him. He spoiled us and made us feel very special. The history of Rockcliffe is amazing and it was so much fun imagining what it was like living there at the turn of the century. The details of each room told a story and the furniture and decor were so unique and beautiful.
3.6 on May 05, 2012
Even if you don't stay the night, a tour of Rockliffe Mansion is a must when visiting Hannibal. Proprietor/Owner Juan was a gracious host. He and his business partner have taken on a big challenge in bringing this turn-of-the -century gem back to life, but they seem genuinely interested in restoring the mansion to something of its former glory. It remains a work in progress. You'll have to deal with some issues that come with a restored mansion like waiting 5 minutes or more for the hot water to reach your shower, but things were clean, bug-free and comfortable. We stayed in the Golden Chamber and the bed and furnishings were great. Red roses and chocolates were ordered extra and were of excellent quality.
5 on May 04, 2012
WOW! What a beautiful HUGE home! I happened to be the only one there and had the entire place to myself. Juan was very friendly, warm and welcoming - - we enjoyed a glass of wine and chatted like we were old friends. I was able to explore the whole house - - and I stayed in the Golden Chamber which was very comfortable. The private bathroom was just down the hall a bit and was decorated beautifully. Breakfast was delicious and way more than I could finish! I can't wait to go back! Thank you Juan, for making me feel so at home!
3.8 on May 02, 2012
The mansion is much as it was 100 years ago. The new owners are doing a beautiful job supplementing the original furniture and decor. We stayed in the Rose Room. Juan met us with wine, cheese and nuts. He is very charming and accommodating. We had the house to ourselves! I thought the price was a little high for a double bed ($189 plus tax), but my husband was absolutely thrilled with the historically accurate furniture, fixtures, and decor. It was like staying in a museum! The mansion tour is included in the price. The substantial breakfast kept us going all day. It was an experience we will never forget.
5 on March 26, 2012
One night stay at the beautiful and historic Rockcliffe Mansion in Hannibal, MO March 21, 2012 with my mother was outstanding in every way due to the gracious hospitality of our host for the night, Manager, Juan Ruiz-Bello. Reservation discount for booking the Sage and Golden Chambers together for the midweek stay was an outstanding value.
4.0 on November 03, 2011
A little disappointed. Needs a LOT of work. Too many cobwebs. Spiders in the bathroom. Not exactly a gourmet breakfast. That said, the house is awesome to see, the history is very interesting and Hillie was great. I would have rather taken the tour than to stay there. You could spend many hours and not see all the details. I understand they are closing for the winter for more renovations. I sincerely hope they continue. It is an awesome home. It just needs a little more TLC.
4.8 on August 19, 2011
We are still talking about Rockcliffe Mansion and the Cruikshank family! Spent two nights in the Rose Chamber and enjoyed ourselves immensely. The house is not pristine but what it lacks in finished details it makes up for in authenticity. Original furniture, Tiffany chandeliers and stained glass, ten unique hand carved fireplaces and even original velvet and tapestry drapes and gilded wallpaper. The entire house was open to us and it felt like coming home every evening. Hilly, our hostess, was a great cook and the most wonderful story teller. If you want history this is the place to stay.
5 on July 22, 2011
My wife and stayed there recently and it was our first B&B, so we didn't really know what to expect. We were pleasantly suprised as we walked up those stairs to be greated by Sandy and Hillie(they even had a birthday cake waiting on me(tasted greated Hillie)). We were spoiled by Sandy who catered to our every need in this beautiful mansion. To say we are now hooked would be an understatement. The tour was nice too but it seemed read word for word out of their catalog, so I wouldn't purchase it till after the tour. Great job to Sandy on everything you did for us. The castle and the staff are a must see!!
5 on June 20, 2011
We had a fantastic experience. We were a party of 2 couples and had rooms on the 3rd floor with a shared bath. The staff was especially nice and the breakfast was great. We loved sitting on the varanda drinking our coffee in the morning and visiting with another couple staying. Planning another trip in the fall - I expect that the color on the trees will be outstanding.
5 on April 11, 2011
My husband and I stayed in this amazing mansion this past weekend. We've stayed at many B&B's and I must say that this one has made quite a lasting impression. This is a 'must stay' for anyone with a passion for the history of beautifully preserved homes such as this one. Our hostess was so informative and definitely wow'd us! She took us up to the 'lookout' room and we went up to the roof with glasses of wine at sunset, and coffee at sunrise... the view was beautiful since it is the highest point in Hannibal and you can see the entire town as well as the river. We will definitely be back...
5 on March 10, 2011
Rockcliffe is incredibly beautiful, with so many original furnishings and architectural details, it's a must-see for anyone interested in early 1900s architecture and design. As B&B guests, we basically had the run of the place and could explore the whole mansion as much as we wanted. Hillie, the caretaker, is delightful and very knowledgeable about the history of the mansion. She had a bottle of wine and a cheese & fruit plate waiting for us on arrival, and makes a great breakfast too. The new owners of Rockcliffe have big plans for continuing to restore the house and grounds to their original condition, and we are planning to go back this summer to see how things are coming along--I expect it will be even more beautiful and fascinating than it already is and that's saying a lot! Highly highly recommended!
4.8 on June 08, 2010
Stayed at Rockcliffe and it was amazing!! The house is full of beautiful antiques and Tiffany lighting. Could have spent the weekend just looking at the light fixtures! There is so much history here and guests have access to areas others don't. Excellent breakfast and friendly staff - would love to go back again.
5 on March 10, 2010
What an incredible stay!! Rockcliffe Mansion is such an amazing piece of history. The amount of authentic contents of the mansion is unbelievable. When you enter Rockcliffe you feel as though you are stepping into a museum; a true experience of the past. Its as if a historical presence grabs you by the hand, drawing you in, encouraging you to see a glimpse of historical times. As you enter each room you understand the way of life of the Cruikshank family so long ago. Innkeepers Ken and Lisa Marks made us feel incredibly welcome, food was delicious and accommodations superb. Ken and Lisa’s passion when telling the history of the mansion and the Cruikshank family undoubtedly expresses their love for this incredible treasure. We truly feel privileged to have stayed overnight. Thank you for such a memorable stay! Mark and Amy Winters
4.0 on March 11, 2009
I first visited this mansion in 1968. Never thought I would ever have the chance to stay all night. What a magnificent dream come true. This B&B is not for the 21st Century traveler. However, if you're wanting to experience life circa 1900 (i.e., original fixtures in the bathroom), this is the place and it includes a great innkeeper! With no TVs, phones, or laptops, my wife and I actually had real conversations seated in the grand and spectacular entrance foyer. Great views of Hannibal and Ole Man River. For those seeking gentler times, this is truly the "rock".
4.4 on January 24, 2009
We had an unbelievable experience at Rockcliffe, lovely rooms, wonderful people and pictures that will remind us of a great weekend.
5 on May 28, 2007
Our stay at Rockcliffe mansion was wonderful. The staff was very friendly and extremely helpful to first time visitors to Hannibal. All were very knowledgeable about the mansion. The accommodations were great and the meals were exceptional. We would definitely stay at the Rockcliffe Mansion again when visiting Hannibal.
5 on May 22, 2007
The Bed and Breakfast at the Rockcliffe Mansion is a beautiful experience. The history of the home is given upon arrival and is fascinating! The entertainment, food and staff are the best I've seen in the United States and Canada. Thank you so much to the owner and staff for sharing this beautiful home with guests. I would never stay anywhere but the Hannibal Bed and Breakfast at Rockcliffe Mansion when visiting the region. Simply put, I had a fabulous time!