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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 Bed and Breakfast 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 5 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 on flat screen TV's, 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
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.3

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a wonderful weekend

5 on April 12, 2015

Had a lovely stay at the Bissell House. The Victorian atmosphere was charming. The breakfast cannot be beat. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.

East coast family members come to celebrate birthday of west coast familay members.

4.8 on April 05, 2015

We had a marvelous stay at the Bissell House on March 31st. I enjoyed chatting with Janet and other guests. Learning the history of the area and the house itself was delightful. Sleeping in the same house the Einstein slept in was fun.

Charm and comfort in South Pasadena

4.8 on April 03, 2015

The house is charming. The public rooms afford many places to relax, read, snack. The outdoor pool area was also great for reading and relaxing.

Pasadena haven

5 on April 01, 2015

A most relaxing stay in this quiet and charming historic house set in the wonderful neighbourhood of South Pasadena (just across the border from Pasadena). Attention to detail is key and no stone is left unturned. Good access to LAX and easy to find off local freeways. Excellent local restaurants and attractions.

A Step Back In Time

5 on March 29, 2015

We celebrated our anniversary on short notice, getting in on a cancellation. The innkeeper was very informative and a great hostess. We were able to walk the neighborhoods to get to nice dining on foot and enjoyed the grand old homes nearby in the process. The homemade quiche and croissant breakfast was superb and ready on time. The plumbing in the old bathtubs is interesting, but we were instructed how to run the shower and it worked just fine. I would highly recommend this B and B to anyone.

Very Enjoyable

4.8 on March 21, 2015

This is the second time we have stayed here. Juli, the owner, is exceptionally friendly and makes a great breakfast. The rooms are beautifully decorated and one feels definitely like a member of the last century's high society. Grounds are lush, pool looks inviting although we did not use it, and location is great if you are looking for a place to stay in this part of Los Angeles. Highly recommend.

Great Place to Stay in Pasadena Area!!

4.0 on March 18, 2015

My wife and I weekend in the Pasadena area a lot and we always enjoy our stay at the Bissell House!

Quiet, Relaxing and Accommodating

5 on March 17, 2015

I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to stay at Bissell House before my acupuncture licensing exam. It was the perfect place to relax and get a good night's sleep before this major life experience! Juli was so accommodating! It was a bit chilly this time of year and she lit the fireplace to keep the tea room cozy. I even brought take-out for dinner back just to sit by the fire. Juli graciously rose early to prepare an early breakfast for me prior to my exam. My room was warm, cozy, quiet, and had a view of the wonderful pool area plus a nice sitting area so I could do some light review prior to the exam. And, having the sweet poodle Duke around was so relaxing...such a sweetie! I felt relaxed and ready for my big exam. I will return to spend more time and celebrate passing my exam! Thank you for your wonderful hospitality! Cassandra

Lovely B&B in Pasadena

3.2 on March 13, 2015

Lovely B&B and breakfast the 1st day was great, 2nd day below our expectations. All in all still had a very nice time and the proprietors are wonderful

Bissell House

3.8 on March 11, 2015

There was duct tape sloppily applied to a heating vent, and lots of leaky faucets. Still, the place is beautiful and the breakfasts were delicious.

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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

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 Bed and Breakfast 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, Live Music, 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, Tours, University, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Fridge, Library, Microwave, Parking, Piano, Pool, Private entrance, Telephone, Walk to mass transit, 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, Desk, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, 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

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  • Check In:: 3pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions



Janet and Juli

Languages spoken

English, French, Italian

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

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Full Vegetairian

  • 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)

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