History of the 1911 opening
Recalled by Dazee Bristol
"The Plains Hotel lobby is in the center of the grand floor and receives its day light through a mission art panel skylight. Brilliantly lighted at night by numerous lights shedding soft rays of light from heavy brass fixtures. The floor is tile and mahogany and genuine leather furniture graces the room. The stairway leading from the lobby is of marble and steel. A roomy alcove on Central Avenue side is the Cigar Stand, managed by Clara Frey. The bar of the lobby is regal in its gleaming plate glass and mahogany. Across from the bar is the famous Indian Grill Room and Cocktail lounge - a mecca for the unconventional.
There's a Mezzanine Floor where the Plains Orchestra holds forth and comfy lounges and seats where guests may rest and enjoy themselves. Off the Mezzanine Floor is the Tea Room with its lovely drapes and dainty tables, awaiting mi-lady. Also off the Mezzanine is a huge Ladies Rest Room."