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The Bissell House

201 Orange Grove Avenue , South Pasadena, CA 91030 USA (Show map)
260 Reviews
$159 - $350
per night

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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.


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

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

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

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

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

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  • Guest room4.3
  • Services4.4
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Dining4.3

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260 Reviews

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Pleasant Stay

4.2 on July 20, 2014

The addition of new, energetic, personable and talented staff added immeasurably to our third stay. Since a complete update of such an enormous old house would cost a fortune, I think the management should invest in new fluffy towels. The breakfasts were huge and delicious, the pool was just the right temperature and we will definitely visit again.

Recent Stay at the Bissell House

2.2 on July 20, 2014

The Bissell House was a lovely home back in the day; however, it needs some renovation to bring it up to standards. Paint peeling on windows, old bathtub with stains, etc. The interior was "tired" looking. We expected more from a B&B in South Pasadena in this price range

charming B&B

3.6 on July 11, 2014

very noisy air conditioner and noisy room right on the busy street. mosquito bites when sat outside at night breakfast was lovely but my H wished for some meat and I wished it was earlier. it would have been nice to have coffee earlier at least. wonderful place overall and lovely staff.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for staying with us, we are glad to hear you think our place is wonderful overall and the staff is lovely. We are sorry you experienced a noisy a/c. It would help us if you would let us know which room you experienced this in so that we can remedy it. We service them routinely. Meanwhile, we will attempt to discover the source on our own so we can schedule any necessary additional maintenance. We certainly understand about and are sorry you missed the coffee! Please note for future reference, not only do we have a Nespresso Machine, but our coffee (and tea) is available any time you rise as we prep it the night before for this very purpose. We share this information with our guests upon arrival and it is posted in the foyer for late check ins or guests too rushed to allow us the opportunity when they arrive. In addition, the chef arrives between 6:30am-7am every morning and turns it to brew if a guest hasn't already done so. We advertise our breakfasts (along with photos) as being lacto-ovo vegetarian (eggs and dairy no meat) on our website in an attempt to manage expectations. Finally, as we are an urban inn, and not rural, there will be some street noise, which is why we provide "white noise" machines in our bedrooms for our light sleepers. Oh and we had heard reports of mosquitos being on the rise in California. Please note our pool is maintained regularly and the city health officials travel throughout the area weekly treating free-standing sources of water. Even identifying potential breeding grounds from helicopters! Thankfully, there have been no known cases of West Nile Virus in the Pasadena Area to date, however we do recommend either long sleeved wear or bug repellant, or both, for added measure. Hopefully, I have addressed all your concerns and look forward to a return visit. Don't hesitate to contact me directly in the future so we can address them during your stay to the best of our ability.

A wonderful alternative to a mainstream hotel

4.8 on July 09, 2014

We stayed at the Bissell House when we had to travel from San Diego to L.A. on business and did not want to make the drive twice in one day. Chose the Bissell House for its proximity to the city and value. Arrived late, but our room was ready and we were greeted at the door. The room was adorable, very clean, lovely linens and comfortable bed. The room was small but made up for its size in charm. The next morning we went down for the seated breakfast. Expresso was made to order, the delicious quiche was accompanied by fresh fruit and scones. We shared our meal with two other couples, and had such lovely conversation with them. The grounds are beautiful. I would like to come back here and do a few tourist things in L.A., and spend a little more time at the House. I would definately come back here for the hospitality and charm.

Lovely, romantic, place to stay in beautiful South Pasadena

4.6 on July 02, 2014

The Bissell House is a beautiful place to stay when visiting Los Angeles, Nestled away from the busy freeways, yet with easy access it offers the amenities of a modern 4 star hotel but in a Victorian setting. The innkeepers and staff are ready to help and accommodate. Definitely will be back.

Visiting a son and family

4.6 on July 02, 2014

Very nice place for a family gathering......lots to do in the area.....

Bissell House; a Pece of So. Pasadena History

4.6 on June 26, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed discussing the history of this gracious, historic b & b with our wonderful hostess, Julie. The breakfasts were amongst the best I've ever had - anywhere! Everything was homemade and fresh, and the presentation was beautiful. We're definitely returning, even though we live less than 25 miles away. It was a perfect retreat during my Occidental College reunion!

Better than expected and pleasantly surprised

4.4 on June 25, 2014

My husband was reluctant to stay at a B & B. To be short, this was exceptionally cobwebs, no stray dead bugs. Very, very clean. The food was great and the gals working there were helpful and friendly without being fake. Much better than staying at a hotel, even a high priced hotel.

Very Nice B&B

3.4 on June 21, 2014

This bread and breakfast was exactly what I expected. Breakfast was delicious.

Innkeeper Response
We are so happy that we met your expectations and you found our breakfast to be delicious. Please let us know in the future how we can exceed your expectations. We are available for feedback in person and/or by phone anytime.

Historical & Hospitible

5 on May 20, 2014

Owners were attentive when needed, but didn't hover. Food was fantastic (peach puff pancake with fresh fruits, croissants and jam for breakfast, pear tarteletes and WONDERFUL coffee for afternoon dessert). Would book again in a heartbeat. They were even super accommodating for my one-year-old son.

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Location Type

City, Small town


Burbank, CA (BUR) 15 miles

Directions to property:

The Bissell House is 15 miles from Burbank Airport and 25 miles from LAX.

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

Historic Inn, Bed and Breakfast

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, In-room internet, Desk, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

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: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Well behaved children always welcome!
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • 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

Resident Pets

1 Cat

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

Details Diamond Collection

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

Property highlights

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