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

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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

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)


4.2 on October 12, 2016

We recently stayed at Carole's for an anniversary get-away! We loved our room! Carole and family are the perfect hosts and made our stay absolutely perfect! We would highly recommend this wonderful little treasure!

Innkeeper Response
We certainly enjoyed having you here as did all the other guests! Hope tp se you again soon. Have lots more happy anniverseries.

- Carole Dugdale (innkeeper)

Lovely Room Lovely Breakfast

5 on September 28, 2016

We stayed in the casita for four nights. The place was lovely and quiet. A very private garden behind it made for a pleasant stay. Carole is a charming host and Mike, her son, is the breakfast cook and what a cook! A different breakfast every day and I think I gained 10 pounds from the food. The location is very convenient to Balboa Park and to other parts of San Diego. The very eclectic neighborhood (North Park) has lots of little restaurants that are close by and easy to walk to. All in all, a wonderful B&B and we would not hesitate to stay there again or to recommend it to others.

Innkeeper Response
No wonder we still love our business! (est. in 1982) We truly enjoyed having you two here and are so happy that you are relocating to San Diego. Drop by when you are settled.

- Carole Dugdale (innkeeper)

A treasure in San Diego

4.8 on August 28, 2016

I have stayed at Carol's B&B many times and I always enjoy coming back. I would think of nowhere else to stay. The variety of accommodations and prices make it a perfect place whether single or you have a family. Mike"s breakfasts are amazing. The atmosphere is wonderful and, when you are eating breakfast, you get acquainted with so many interesting and wonderful people, not only from this country, bur all over the world. Stay at Mike and Carol's and you will not be disappointed. L.D.

Innkeeper Response
It is folks like you that have kept me loving our business after more than 30 years. See you again real soon! Carole and Michael

- 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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