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The Bissell House

201 Orange Grove Avenue , South Pasadena, CA 91030 USA (Show map)

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The Bissell House originally built in 1887 is located at the southern west anchor of Pasadena's famous Millionaire's Row, originally the Orange Grove Mansion District. Escape the bustle of urban life and as you cross our threshold, "step back in time". Our inn provides a luxurious retreat only minutes south of the heart of Old Town Pasadena. All of our 7 romantic guest rooms have been designed for your comfort and relaxation. Each room's amenities includes a private bathroom, individual heating & air, free wifi and cable, comfy beds and robes, antique furnishings and quiet elegance. Enjoy the library, outdoor pool, gardens and wrap around porch. No lodging tax, or extra fees as our rates are all inclusive! Free parking and daily breakfast. Cloistered on an 1/2 acre corner lot, the 40 foot hedge surrounding the property offers guests privacy and a peaceful respite.




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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.3

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5 on March 01, 2015

I work for Marriott, but couldn't find a room for my recent stay so I decided to try this B&B. What a wonderful experience! Juli;s hospitality was first class, and the accommodations were wonderful. My only regret is that I checked in late and had to leave early the next morning, so I couldn't take advantage of all that this beautiful home had to offer. Have already recommended it to several friends/relatives.

Wonderful visit to Pasadena

5 on February 23, 2015

My husband and I visited Pasadena to see our first grandchild! The gals at the Bissell House were so welcoming! The room was quiet, comfortable and clean. The breakfast was divine and we even enjoyed our conversation with the other guests while we ate. If we are in Pasadena again, we will make plans to stay here!

Sweet house, delicious breakfast

3.2 on February 22, 2015

I stayed at this B &B for a weekend getaway. The caretakers are friendly and strive to provide excellent service. I disliked the the host chose to share least three "you would not believe the guests we get .." Stories before I reached the room as it left me with a negative feeling. I heard about a European guest who didn't want to pay, guests who turn the hot water on too roughly damaging the faucet, etc. The host's dog was friendly and breakfast plentiful and delicious. The house is located in a beautiful neighborhood, close to nice shops and dining. The grounds and rooms are furnished to resemble a Victorian style. I perceived things in need of some maitenance or updating as the room, especially carpeting, felt a bit unclean. Overall, I enjoyed my stay, but would not necessarily return as the house's perceived lack of cleanliness and the hosts' attitude towards guests outweighed the charme of the romantic ambience for me.

Ideal for a single traveller

4.2 on February 20, 2015

I was travelling alone to visit young relatives living in the area. I was correct in thinking that Bissell House Bed and Breakfast would be great for me, a really positive experience. I stayed five nights, Victoria's room had an extremely comfortable bed and lovely bathroom and shower. The little study overlooking the pool was a delightful place to sit and I was encouraged to make use of all the communal areas. Juli went out of her way to answer any questions about my local excursions and I received a free ticket to a world class chamber concert by Camerata Pacifica that was being held in Downtown LA on my second evening. I feel the description on the web site is a very accurate one and highly recommend a visit to Bissell house if you wish to feel at home, either engage with other guests or remain private and like to escape the generic predictable and impersonal modern hotels. Breakfast will sustain you through most of the day and is varied and delicious.

Outstanding stau

5 on February 16, 2015

We had a lovely visit at the Bissell House.Julie was a wonderful hostess and we enjoyed the beautiful room, the gorgeous grounds, delicious breakfast and tea and the proximity to Pasadena. We will return!! Sara & James

An authentic B&B

5 on February 12, 2015

This place is the way Bed & Breakfast Inns should be. Hospitality is top notch! Julie went out of her way to make our stay the best it could be. The breakfasts were delicious and always prepared with fresh ingredients. The room was furnished with a very comfortable bed and the decor was beautiful with extra touches to give it that authentic feel. We will definitely be going back! Love this place!!


5 on January 21, 2015


Family place

4.0 on January 20, 2015

great place to stay

Genuinely Enjoyable Experience

5 on January 07, 2015

My husband and I stayed at the Bissell House after searching online for accommodations while traveling in the area. We were visiting friends and didn't want to stay in the big corporate hotels. The Bissell House is a breath of fresh air when it comes to providing an exceptional experience. When we checked in, we were greeted and shown around most thoroughly. Our room was so nice that I actually didn't want to leave when it came to visiting our friends. The room was beautifully appointed with the most luxurious sheets! I felt like we had stepped back in time while retaining all the modern conveniences. Every detail was finely considered. The bed was super comfortable, the robes soft and thick, the bathtub to die for. My big regret was that we didn't have enough time there. The sitting room beckoned, a book and some tea from the lovely afternoon layout would have been delightful. Unfortunately, we had to leave early the next morning and missed the formal breakfast. We did have the continental breakfast which was more than sufficient. Everything we needed to get on with our day, especially really good coffee. I highly recommend a stay at Bissell House. Just plan having some extra time to spend there enjoying the facilities.

Comfortable, great location

4.2 on December 29, 2014

We booked for a long week-end get away. The house was very comfortable, and the breakfasts were outstanding.

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Rooms & Rates

Garden Room

This spacious romantic suite is highlighted by an antique carved headboard over king pillow top bed. The floral chintz decor includes cozy and comfortable seating areas. Ideal for a honeymoon or special getaway.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $229 - $350

Nightly Rate: $229 - $350

Prince Albert

Rich tones of wine, grey, blue and white, along with the long double corner windows add to the regal Victorian look. With moire drapes and antique French bed, this room is fit for a prince. The claw-footed tub invites long, refreshing soaks. The gentle morning sun peering through lace panels highlight the richness of this room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $199 - $259

Nightly Rate: $199 - $259

Deluxe Queen Room

These rooms have queen size beds, private bath with either tub and shower or shower, free cable tv and WiFi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Morning Glory

This room is decoraded in china blue with white. The view of mature trees and tall mountain peaks are relaxing as you rest on the antique white iron bed. Your private bath includes a claw-footed tub and shower, and fluffy towels, comfy bathrobes await your arrival. 3rd floor gabled ceilings.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $199 - $259

Nightly Rate: $199 - $259

English Holiday

Designers from Norfolk East Anglia have given this room a feel of England in the 1920's. Honeysuckle printed chintz in rose, blue and green make this room special. The crisp elagance of the bathroom, featuring a glass enclosed walk-in shower provides a lovely end to a perfect day. 2nd floor.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $209 - $259

Nightly Rate: $209 - $259

Rose Room

A cozy room with antique overstuffed chairs and tall windows overlook the secluded neighborhood. The queen-sized bed is beneath a gabled edge. Your private bath with soft afternoon light, gold framed mirrors and brass shower provide timeless beauty. 3rd floor.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $169 - $229

Nightly Rate: $169 - $229

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Location Type

City, Small town


Burbank, CA (BUR) 15 miles

Directions to property:

1 mile South of 134 Freeway on Orange Grove Ave, which is approximately 2 miles south of the Rose Bowl. The Bissell House is located just 1 1/4 miles from Old Town Pasadena.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Rose Bowl, Norton Simon Museum, Gamble House, Dodger Stadium, Pasadena History Museum, Huntington Library & Gardens, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Fireplace, Library, Parking, Piano, Private entrance, Telephone, Wedding Facilities , Garden Room has an in room double jacuzzi, Daily housekeeping services, TV/Premium cable in select rooms, Pool (unheated), Triple Sheeted beds w/quality linens, King pillowtop or queen

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bird watching, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool

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  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only street side only, local ordinance restricts on premises
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Well behaved children always welcome!
  • Childcare Provided: No Children must have parental supervision at all times.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit Card advance payment to secure reservation. Please consult innkeeper for New Year's Package.
  • Cancellations: All cancellations are subject to a minimum $25 per booked room cancellation fee. •14 full days prior to arrival date - Refund of deposit, less the $25 cancellation fee. •30-day cancellation applies to all holidays and from mid November through January 15th, $50.00 cancel fee applies per room and per night, (New Year's Week has a no cancellation policy, please discuss with innkeeper). •30-day cancellation or more applies to all bookings of more than two rooms, retreats and special events. $50.00 cancel fee applies per room and per night. All cancellations must be provided in writing to the innkeeper and you will then receive written confirmation from us. Less than as posted above, your refund is subject to our ability to rebook the cancelled room. Additional policies apply to group reservations of three or more rooms.



The Hoyman Family

Languages spoken

English, French, Italian

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About the innkeepers

We provide our guests with friendly and hospitable accomodations in elegant old world surroundings. Full breakfast and our round -the-clock tea table amidst antique furnishings will captivate your senses and add comfort to your stay! South Pasadena's most romantic inn. Enjoy a cup of tea fireside or on the covered porch or in the pool garden setting. Our neighborhood is well known for it's beautiful tree-lined picturesque homes.

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  • Time Served: 9am or selfserve continental
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , By arrangement


201 Orange Grove Avenue , South Pasadena, CA 91030 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

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