Arroyo Vista Inn

335 Monterey Road , South Pasadena, CA 91030 USA (Show map)


Tucked away in the hills above the Arroyo Seco, The Arroyo Vista Inn provides a relaxed getaway in a secluded setting. Our historic bed and breakfast is actually a cozy yet spacious example of the classic Craftsman homes for which South Pasadena is famous. Built in 1910, the Arroyo Vista Inn occupies a home designed by noted architect Lester Moore, and it is one of the few remaining examples of his residential design. To stay with us is to be transported back to an earlier, simpler, more peaceful time. When you check into the B&B, set away from the urban sprawl of Los Angeles and the academic bustle of Pasadena, you feel like you’ve escaped to a quieter, gentler world. After a two-year green restoration process, the Arroyo Vista Inn opened to rave reviews in 2007 and continues to receive exceptional reviews today. The hotel palette is soothing, and subtly reflects the colors of rustic Los Angeles, in tones like sage, butter, adobe, and sky. Our nine unique rooms offer beautiful views, cozy beds, and modern amenities such as cable and complimentary wireless internet. We feature a continental breakfast with eggs upon request during the week and a full gourmet breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. We are located just 8 miles from downtown Los Angeles and it is easily accessible by freeway or light rail.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Oasis in Metro L.A.

5 on February 12, 2014

Set into a hillside in Pasadena, you will find a historic home, run by very nice and very helpful people. We walked to dinner, through a small residential neighborhood, less than a mile from the Inn, and also walked less than a mile to the South Pasadena Metro Rail stop, in the same nice neighborhood. It seemed to take just minutes to get there and then on to Chinatown, Union Station -- connecting to the entire rail network -- and to Little Tokyo. The Huntington Museum, Descanso Gardens and Nuccio's Nursery (with one of the highest quality and greatest variety of camellia's for purchase in the U.S.) are all within an easy 5 and 7 mile drives. and, every morning out for a jog along the Arroyo Seco National Trail, without even having to get into the car -- and this is in metro LA ! This is not your classic small 5 star B&B, in a unique tourist or natural setting. But, when you look at each element being rated separately and consider the context of greater urban L.A., this is a special place to stay, well worth experiencing.

Unique Setting, Great Location

3.4 on February 09, 2014

The Arroyo Vista Inn is located near the top of a hill in South Pasadena that allows you to see the surrounding area and up to the San Gabriel mountains through large, shady trees. The location is great, very central to downtown Los Angeles and the Pasadena area. Quiet and off the path in a very unique setting. I enjoyed my stay and found the owner very personable, knowlegable and helpful. The experience added to the quality of my overall stay in Southern California. I would recommend it to my friends and family.

South Pasadena Treasure

5 on January 30, 2014

I am not one to write these reviews, but I recently stayed again at the Arroyo Vista Inn and thought it deserved to be recognized as one of the hidden treasures of South Pasadena. I have stayed here for both business and pleasure. With every visit, I marvel at the tranquil surroundings, beautiful appointments, and consistently excellent service. I love the eclectic furnishings, with leanings toward the Restoration Hardware look. I am not one to like frilly B&Bs, so this is right up my alley. The owners are charming and welcoming. There is nothing like sitting on the front porch watching the sun set and sharing wine and cheese with the owners, Pat and "Farmer" Russ! They are not intrusive, but ask them join you for some of their complementary wine and you won't be disappointed with the company! Breakfast has never let me down. The fruit is always fresh (frequently grown by "Farmer" Russ), the lattes are perfection, and the healthy choices are always delicious. On top of it all, the place is eco-friendly. Last word of advice - don't miss the cookies and toffee.

Great place to stay in South Pasadena

4.6 on October 13, 2013

We enjoyed many things about Arroyo Vista Inn but will highlight a few that were especially impressive to us. The location is beautiful!! We really appreciated their commitment to local and organic products. Also, the food was excellent - it was very delicious and healthy! It was also good that the menu for the 2 mornings was different. There was sparkling water & diet coke ad lib in a little fridge available 24/7. That was a very nice touch. We also enjoyed the wine and cheese hour. We had only one small issue during our stay and that was that the air conditioning unit in our room was intermittently loud making it a bit difficult to sleep during the first night. Otherwise, we truly enjoyed it and will refer our friends to stay here.

Amazing Stay

4.8 on September 18, 2013

Stayed at Arroyo Vista Inn for a friends 50th birthday party weekend. We had a wonderful time!! It is a beautiful historic home with updated features. The best of both worlds! Love driving up the winding lane to the beautiful covered porch and huge shade trees. Warm welcome with cheese and crackers and the breakfast was delicious!! I highly recommend this Inn for a relaxing girl's getaway or romantic date weekend.

Wonderful treat!

5 on September 15, 2013

Beautiful home, fabulous breakfast and wine and cheese afternoon reception. We love the Arroyo Vista Inn.

Quiet and gracious stay

5 on January 10, 2013

I stayed five nights and enjoyed every minute. The room was thoughtfully appointed with a large bathroom with a bathtub. I had privacy when I wanted it and company when I did. The breakfasts were creatively healthy and appetizing. I especially liked the reading material about Pasadena that helped me learn more about the area I was visiting. I will return for another stay.

Rose Bowl Bound

4.6 on January 07, 2013

With a trip to the Rose Bowl, there is only one place to stay! The Arroyo Vista Inn is a quaint spot in South Pasadena, within walking distance of the Rose Parade, and a little farther the Rose Bowl. The accommodation is better than a home-away-from-home; amenities and hospitality are graciously supplied, yet privacy is ample. Delicious breakfasts every morning, and a selection of cheese and wines are available in the evening--including champagne on the 31st. Thanks Pat and others for making our stay special!

Just the perfect place

5 on May 23, 2012

All of our special needs were considered Just the right blend of friendly and professional We had chances to relax and enjoy Will recommend and come back

Wonderful Stay, felt at home!

5 on March 25, 2012

I stayed at the Arroyo Vista Inn last month and was very pleased. I really just read a few favorable reviews and chose it because it was in a convenient location near my daughter in Glendale. I will surely stay here anytime I visit in the future. The house is so warm and beautifully decorated. Pat, the owner was a wonderful host. The breakfasts were fabulous as was the conversations with the other guests staying, many who were repeat customers. I especially loved the homemade cookies waiting in the living room each evening. Carol Jiganti

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Rooms & Rates

Forest Room

The Forest Room has an old-style chrome queen size bed with feather bed top and a wonderful French chaise sitting area. It also has a brand new Jacuzzi tub as part of the oversized bathroom. Relax in this wonderful blend of charming antiques with the benefits of modern luxuries. Third floor with Cable TV.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Queen

Veranda Room

The Veranda Room has a wall of windows and French doors, which lead to a huge balcony that overlooks Pasadena and the San Gabriel Mountains. It is a lovely place to sit and watch the sunset, far above the rush of the city. This room has a queen bed and a desk for business travelers. It is a perfect indoor or outdoor spot to see the city lights at night. The Veranda Room has a marble-floored bathroom with shower and tub. Second floor with Cable TV.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Oak Terrace

Oak Terrace is surrounded by oak tree branches, and it has two balconies that overlook the Arroyo and the San Gabriel Mountains. This room has a queen bed and a sofa, sleeping three at the maximum. The bathroom features original stained glass work and an additional balcony. This is our largest room with over 280 square feet of space and located on second floor. Cable TV and desk.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Queen

Cozy Nook

Cozy Nook has two twin beds and an elegant, spacious new bathroom with both shower and tub. Its push out windows open under the eaves and the oak trees. It is a perfect room for teenagers or two singles traveling together. Third floor with Cable TV.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 2 Twin

Tree House Room

Feel like you are in your own private tree house while you rest in a British Colonial furnished room. Nap in the Raffles’ style four-poster queen size bed. Enjoy a book in the overstuffed chair with ottoman. Walk out onto the balcony for a view of the sunset. This room is a serene, spacious, and quiet retreat in the midst of our oak woods. It has a desk for business travelers. 2nd Floor with Cable TV.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Monte Vista

The Monte Vista Room has the best views in the house. You’ll have a 180 degree (plus) panorama to see the Arroyo, Pasadena, the San Gabriel Mountains, or the city lights at night. This room has elegant Berhardt furniture with a king bed, a comfortable sitting area near the windows, and plenty of room to spread out. The bathroom has a two-person, double-headed, glass-enclosed shower with bench. Treat yourself to an incomparable view of the San Gabriel Valley. Third Floor with Cable TV.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 King

San Gabriel View

This room provides a glorious view of the San Gabriel Mountains and Valley, as it opens to the East. See the sun come up over the mountains and enjoy the surrounding greenery. The state-of-the-art air spa tub produces tiny bubbles all over your body. Have a sublime bubble bath to start your respite and adjust your attitude. The calming blues and browns of the room will soothe you, as you enjoy your tranquil surroundings. Queen bed and Cable TV. Located on the third floor.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Sunrise Room

The Sunrise Room has an Eastern view, which extends as far as Mt. Baldy on a clear day. It has a sleek, modern feel, with calming colors and oak tree tops surrounding the windows. At night, the view reveals Pasadena in lights. In the mornings, you can watch the sunrise. It has a queen bed, a desk, and a separate bath with both a shower and a bathtub. This room has a desk for business travelers. Second floor with Cable TV.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Queen

Daybreak Terrace

The elegant Daybreak Terrace has a private balcony, facing toward the East for morning sun. It has a luxurious four-poster queen size bed with soothing colors and beautiful views of nature. The expansive bathroom has an over-sized soaking tub. Take a relaxing bubble bath while contemplating the quiet, green hillside. This is a place where you can indulge yourself. Second floor with Cable TV.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Hillside location, Sweeping Mountain views, Urban


Burbank, CA (BUR) 15 miles

Directions to property:

Take the 110 freeway North. Exit Marmion Way. Bear right at the "Y". Bear right again onto Monterey Road. Proceed straight ahead 1/4 mile to 335 Monterey Road.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Rose Bowl, Cal Tech, Nasa Jet Propulsion Lab, Occidental College, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Copier, Fax Machine, Piano

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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  • Check In:: 3:00pm-6:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Well behaved children are welcome!
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: First night due at time of reservation. Balance will be charged prior to arrival.
  • Cancellations: All cancellations and refunds are subject to an accounting fee of $35. Except for the Holiday period of November 15 through January 15, reservations are refundable if 14 days prior to the reservation, written notice is provided to the Inn. During the Holiday period, 30 days written notice of cancellation is required for a full refund. Otherwise, a refund will be made only to the extent the room is rebooked.



Janice Lupien & Kevin McDonnell

Languages spoken

Chinese, English

Resident Pets


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  • Time Served: 7-9 Weekdays 8-10 Weekends
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Homemade candies and cookies
Since Pat enjoys experimenting in her state of the art kitchen, there is always something new cooking. However, she is best known for her delicious English Toffee and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. The baked French Toast is "to die for."