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The Bissell House

201 Orange Grove Avenue , South Pasadena, CA 91030 USA (Show map)
275 Reviews
$169 - $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

Nightly Rate: $179 - $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: $199 - $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: $159 - $229

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

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Absolutely Charming B&B

4.2 on October 19, 2014

Delightful house, Friendly, helpful host. Highly recommended.

For my Brother

5 on October 18, 2014

Thank you for accommodating my brother and sister-in-law with unexpected and last minute request for guests at breakfast. They said everything was wonderful for their stay with you.

Wonderful stay

5 on October 16, 2014

Wonderful stay and wonderful service!!

Not for coffee lovers

2.8 on October 13, 2014

Overall vibe of the house was VERY VERY pleasant. I enjoyed casual but curated atmosphere. The little snack table that is always up in the sitting room is wonderful. The tea available was GREAT. The house is in fair shape and a lovely example of its time, but some sprucing up needed. Some paint peeling in the bathroom, shades in poor condition and windows have no screens. Asthmatic with sensitivity to dust, I couldn't use topmost bedding. Sheets were clean, high quality. Bathroom and shower excellent shape, plumbing working great. Pool very refreshing in heat, but cold in more temperate weather. Hot tub cold. Had Continental breakfast day 1 -full breakfast service too late 4 me. Bread for toasting was stale. Wanted full breakfast second day, but coffee was so bad I had to go out and find a decent cup. The quality of the coffee and continental breakfast dissuaded me from staying for full breakfast. B&B breakfast should be special, even continental breakfast. At least bakery-fresh bread and something a bit prepared,—nice fruit salad or crockpot of oatmeal. Put breakfast on earlier during week. You've got the tea down pat. Now fix your coffee. It was truly bad. And the cups offered to serve it were far too small. A great coffee in a great big ceramic cup is how a good day starts. Get your coffee right and you can serve the simplest things next to it and satisfy the customer. Overall not a bad stay, but not a great one. Coffee lovers, bring your own just in case they don't fix it.

Beautiful inn, great location, amazing value in South Pasadena

5 on October 02, 2014

So rare to find this combination of amenities for this price. Lovely home, free parking, delicious breakfast, pool, wifi, Time Warner HD cable television, accommodating staff , all located very near several freeway exits. Very quiet and private, the neighborhood on Millionaire's Row is a delight. There is a gas station just down the block. Everything is at your fingertips. The staff took great care of me. This is my new home when visiting. ,


4.0 on September 30, 2014

A quirky old house of historical interest. If you are happy with the Victorian plumbing (yes it works, but may be unfamiliar), this is a delightful place to stay.

Another time, another room

4.8 on September 30, 2014

This time we were in Victoria's Room; the last two times we were in the English Holiday room. Victoria's was quite a bit smaller, but certainly had character. I had to be careful moving next to the bed on the curtain side, since there was barely enough room to make it through, and I had to be careful not to step on the curtains. I have never been in a B&B that had no many electrical outlets (three in the small bathroom alone, two of which were GFI controls). The bed was really comfortable. The private enclosed veranda/porch/retreat was neat, and had a great view of the pool. Of course, the innkeepers were very friendly, approachable, everything was impeccably clean, and the treats in the front room when we got in the evening were great. The breakfasts were superb, as they have been every single day we stayed at the Bissell House. I should have asked if they cooked those superb and fresh croissants there or had found a great local bakery we could frequent. Next time we will try yet another room.

This is a lovely historic home with charming rooms. Not only did it belong to the Bissell family, Einstein once dine here in 1930. The front porch is a great place to perch.

5 on September 06, 2014

comfy bed, great breakfast, beautiful rooms, pool, front porch

Great Place

4.6 on August 28, 2014

Beautiful location Great breakfast

Sisters getaway

4.4 on August 24, 2014

We really enjoyed out one night stay and wished it were longer. The house and lmeighborhood are beautiful and our room was very lovely and spacious. It was nice to have a small sitting area to rest and talk after an afternoon on of shopping. The only negative was the traffic noise starting early in the morning - something niether of us is used to. Breakfast was excellent.

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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, 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: 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

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  • 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


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

Free $50 gift card with a $250+ gift card purchase