Carole's Bed And Breakfast

3227 Grim Avenue , San Diego, CA 92104-4656 USA (Show map)


Built in 1904 by Mayor Fray, this historic site, has the handsome style and craftmanship of its time. It has been restored by the present owners, who live on site giving it constant loving care. The decor is of its period, with antiques and comfort as the focus. The inviting common rooms are nicely furnished with soft sofas and plenty of room for curling up with a good book or watching a favorite movie on TV. A piano is also available for those in a music making mood. Each of the spacious guestrooms has a color television, and are decorated comfortably with patchwork quilts, antiques, and period wall decorations. Amenities include a swimming pool, spa and a rose garden. A big, family style table occupies the center of the room where Carole serves a generous and tasty continental breakfast of seasonal fruit, chilled juice, hot coffee or tea, and Michael's freshly baked bread, warm from the oven. Overlooking the large pool is a deck and a patio area. Location is within walking distance to Balboa Park, and an assortment of small shops and restaurants.



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Will definitely stay here again.

5 on March 21, 2018

Coming to San Diego, I wanted to explore the city but get a local feel, so decided to try Carole’s BnB. What a cute, quaint, quiet place. I stayed in the garden suite which had its own patio, and a large comfortable king bed. Breakfast was great the four days I stayed, and sitting in that historic house with the wood trim and antiques enjoying the delicious food, was a great way to start the day. Will definitely stay again.

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4.8 on February 14, 2018

Anytime I am in San Diego I have to stay at Carols. This B&B is my go to place. Close to family & all the activities San Diego has to offer. Michael's breakfasts are always delicious & the conversation with guests, around the breakfast table, are delightful. This B&B has rooms to fit anyone's needs. I know you will enjoy your stay there.

Innkeeper Response
We always love having you stay with us, and look forward to having you return! Have a wonderful 2018!

- Carole Dugdale (Innkeeper)

Tranquil and Lovely

4.8 on January 08, 2018

We rented a studio across from the main house on New Year's Eve. Carole and her son, Michael could not have been sweeter or more welcoming. Carole recommended an Italian restaurant down the street where we had one of the all time best dinners ever (and we've had many). The property is in a tranquil residential community accessible by freeway to most local attractions. Michael cooked us excellent breakfast. Our bed was quite comfy and the room, while small (it was, after all, a studio) was cozy and charming in decor as is the main house, which is decorated in early American with family pictures everywhere, betokening the love and warmth of this very welcoming place.

Heading back to Carole's...AGAIN!!

5 on October 21, 2017

I'm daydreaming about my upcoming reservation at Carole's....for what about what is probably my tenth or twelfth stay at this wonderfully-welcoming inn. Can't wait for more of the hospitality, the great food, the relaxed atmosphere. (I'm an innkeeper myself, and Carole and Mike are my models of what it should look like when the innkeepers get it RIGHT!! see you soon!

Innkeeper Response
We are always delighted to have folks return and you certainly have the record! We truly look forward to our morning conversations with you. You are certainly two of the reasons we love our business. My best, Carole

- Carole Dugdale (innkeeper)

Amazing B&B! Can’t wait to come back!

5 on October 15, 2017

Carole’s B&B genuinly makes you feel at home! Fell in love with the place! If you want to feel at home while on vacation please come here. These wonderful people (Carol and Mike) will take care of you. Amazing breakfast! Carole is so accodomating and welcoming! The house is in a great location as there's a number of restaurants and shops within a few blocks, yet it’s tucked away in a very quiet neighborhood. I can't wait to come back to San Diego just to stay at Carole’s Bed and Breakfast!

Innkeeper Response
It was a pleasure to have you stay with us, you were so eager to make every minute count and you certainly did it! Can't wait to have you stay again, have a great day! -Carole

- Thank you! (innkeeper)

We Will Definitely Be Back

5 on July 26, 2017

We had the pleasure of staying at Carole's this past week for Comic Con and we loved it!! There was plenty of space for our family of 5 and it is conveniently located within walking distance of several restaurants and local breweries. Carole and Michael were super sweet and treated us like family.

Our New Place To Stay in San Diego

5 on July 25, 2017

We had the pleasure of staying with Carol and Michael this past week during Comic Con. They were super sweet and made us feel like family. It is conveniently located near several restaurants and local breweries. We had plenty of space for all 5 members of our family. Michael's breakfast's were delicious. We are already making plans for next year!! Thank you, Carol and Mike

A most amazing experience!!

5 on July 04, 2017

A longtime friend who once lived in the area years ago recommended Carole's B and B to me. I was in San Diego for a tennis tournament being played at Balboa Park. This location allowed me to walk back and forth to the tournament as well as to restaurants and bars in the evenings. Home cooked breakfast was offered to me every morning. Carole, the hostess, as well as her son Michael and grandsons were always overly gracious and welcoming!! I stayed in the Rose Room which offered me a private bathroom as well as a door leading to a deck and view of the pool. It was ideal!! After a long day on the tennis courts, returning home to 3221 Grim felt like a true respite....just what I needed!! I loved the history of the home, the fun and hilarious conversations I shared with Carole and Michael as well as getting to meet other guests as well. I strongly recommend Carole's B and B to anyone looking to stay in the heart of San Diego - close to everything fun and hip. Great food, great music, great architecture and history and AMAZING hosts!! I look forward to a return trip soon!!!

Rustic charmer

4.6 on June 14, 2017

My wife and I and our 13 year old grandson stayed at the Casita across the street from the main B&B. Carole is a wonderful hostess. Very helpful. Good meatless breakfasts. Super location basically next to Balboa Park, very close to I-5. We stayed 6 nights. Comfortable, clean, walk to restaurants and bars.

Holiday Stay at Carole's B&B

5 on January 10, 2017

Great spot for our holiday family visit with our daughter who lives nearby in this charming neighborhood which is close to the Zoo, Balboa Park, and Downtown areas. Spacious, clean and comfortable 2 bedroom apartment was just right for our son from Chicago to join us. Thank you, Carole and Michael, for your good conversation, wonderful attention to our needs, and especially the great breakfast every morning! Herb and Jean from Michigan.

Innkeeper Response
With lovely guests like you two, it's no wonder why we still love our business for over 30 years, here's to a wonderful 2017. -Carole

- Carole Dugdale (innkeeper)

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San Diego, CA (SAN-Lindbergh Field)

Directions to property:

Take I-5 south to "Pershing" exit. Follow Pershing around golf course. At top of hill, turn right on Redwood. Stay on Redwood to one block past the light. Turn left onto Grim Ave. Look for picket fence and large American flag

Area Attractions

Balboa Park, Downtown, Sea World, Old Town, Covention Center

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site activities

Golfing, Bacchi ball, Disc golf, Swimming pool, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 1:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only patio areas
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Travelers checks
  • Deposit Amount Required: Advance payment of first night required - paid by credit card. Deposit is only refundable if cancellation is made within 14 days of reservation.
  • Cancellations: $50 fee if cancelled at any time. One night fee if cancelled less than 14 days in advance.
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Michael O'Brian & Carole Dugdale

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