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The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   201 Orange Grove Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030   |  
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Santa Monica, California
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“Charming B &B”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

I enjoyed a one night stay at the Bissell House while attending a few business functions in Pasadena. The Bissell House is a charming victorian mansion located on the corner of Orange Grove Blvd. and Columbia just a couple of blocks from the 110 freeway. The rooms were beautifully decorated in tasteful antiques and the common areas including a living room, dining room, porch and even a large swimming pool in the backyard. The staff were helpful and friendly, the hotel was clean and breakfast was delicious. My only complaint was the sun pouring into my room at 6:00 a.m. since the curtains were inadequate. I would definately return to the Bissell House the next time I stay in Pasadena.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Provencesister, Owner at The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Charming grounds, friendly staff, delicious breakfast — that's what we're going for, so it's great to hear that you think we're hitting our mark! Do you remember which room you stayed in with us? I'd love to take a look at the curtains to see if we can provide more adequate light blocking. I hope you come stay with us again on your next trip to Pasadena!

See you soon,
Janet Hoyman
Owner
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

When you stay at The Bissell House you are at home.
The breakfast was excellent and there was always coffee and tea available along with cake.
Charming family running this beutiful and peaceful hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Janet H, Owner at The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, August 14, 2014
I love that you called Bissel House home, Carolina! It's fantastic to know you enjoyed our breakfast and other daily sweet treats. Peaceful is exactly how a B&B should be described, so I'm so happy to hear you say that.

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Janet
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San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

The Bissell House Bed and Breakfast offers wonderful and relaxing accommodations - their hospitality is top-notch! I booked the entire House for our company to stay at during a staff retreat and we couldn't have asked for a better experience! Very tasty breakfast too!

Room Tip: 3rd floor rooms are warmer, but very charming.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Provencesister, Owner at The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
I'm glad to hear that your company retreat with us was a success, Gretchen! We work very hard to plan great group events, so your compliments mean a lot to us! Thank you for taking the time to give us some feedback here on TripAdvisor. If you're ever planning another company retreat, please let us know!

Till then,
Janet Hoyman
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Pasadena
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful valentine's day stay here. It was a perfect place for my pregnant wife to relax while I was at work. Breakfast was an incredible treat - far exceeding our expectations (and since my wife was pregnant and sleeping in, they brought the food up to us in a classy tray). Everyone that works there were so very nice. It's the kind of place you can make friends (but they also understand boundaries).

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mammoth Lakes, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

We recently stayed two nights at the Bissell House. Nicely furnished, very comfortable historic property. Staff was very friendly and provided a delicious breakfast both mornings. The only thing keeping me from giving it a "5 Dot" rating was the WiFi. The network was always up and easy to connect to, but the internet signal was very spotty--could only get internet service a few times, and it always dropped off after a few minutes. Very frustrating.

Room Tip: I don't know about the size of the other rooms, but the Master, where we stayed, was very genero...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2011

This is a wonderfully maintained bed and breakfast in an elegant part of South Pasadena. The rooms are steeped in history, and the bedding and towels are lush and plush. Breakfasts are an extraordinary treat, prepared by Ron, a marvelous chef. The piece de resistance is the homemade cake or pie awaiting your tasting each evening in the living room. Stopping at only one slice is a near impossibility. Everyone associated with the home is friendly and helpful, making each visit like returning to visit close friends. We've stayed there at least four times and plan to continue staying there. After all, who wouldn't want to stay with close friends!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, FL
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

Our situation was trying to get a far flung family together for our daughter's graduation. The Bissell House fit the bill gracefully.

The spaces allowed for cozy reading in nooks, casual dining outdoors, and late night conversations in the living room. There was always tea and other beverages and a homebaked item for snacking in the afternoon into evening. The small refrigerator in the corner of the living room allowed us to store leftovers, and they kindly allowed us to utillize some of their cutlery/dishes to pull together a wine and cheese party on the pool deck.

The rooms were comfortable, with white noise machines available to tamp down the exterior sounds. Televisions were also available in each room, which were decorated attractively.

Breakfast was ample, delicious and healthy. And best of all, special accomodations were made for timing travel and events. They really were accomodating about this.

The property had ample parking; the gardens were lovely. All in all, the various family members were very pleased with our choice of the Bissell House.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast

Address: 201 Orange Grove Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030
Location: United States > California > South Pasadena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in South Pasadena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bissell House is an elegant Victorian bed & breakfast offering tranquil and intimate accommodations. Located in one of Southern California’s most desirable neighborhoods, our bed and breakfast is just a whisper’s distance from Old Town Pasadena, Wrigley Mansion, Rose Bowl, Norton Simon Museum and the Huntington Library & Gardens.It is with great pleasure that we are able to welcome you to this charming and historic three story Victorian home to the public. We have individually decorated rooms with heat/a/c, private baths, antiques, and claw-footed tubs/showers, comfy robes, full gourmet breakfast in the dining room which once hosted Albert Einstein! Our love of meeting individuals from both local and distant environs creates an inviting atmosphere of hospitality.Enjoy shopping, sightseeing, or just spend a tranquil day relaxing in our spacious guest quarters or outdoors in our lovely garden grounds. Located just 12 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, the Bissell House is the perfect choice for your wedding, anniversary party, corporate event or any special occasion. ... more   less 
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