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Carole's Bed & Breakfast Inn

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3227 Grim Ave, San Diego, CA 92104-4656
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#11 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in San Diego
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Lovely historic home in North Park has been home to Carole's BNB for over 28 years, where guests from all over the world have come to stay with us.
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Cruizin wrote a review Mar 2020
Tigard, Oregon12 contributions
I would NOT recommend this property. I must say that it was very clean, but very dated. The breakfast food was atrocious. We had no choices. Two pancakes and a little fruit the first day, scrambled eggs and fruit, and more scrambled eggs with soy sauce. Not anything like any B&B I have ever stayed before. Carole was a very gracious host. However, another host was to the point of intolerable. He dominated non-stop the breakfast conversation each morning. The apartment we were given was up a very long flight of stairs. The stairs were narrow and very dangerous coming down. The house was in desperate need of painting and many unsightly items stored around the yard. The cooling machines were very, very noisy. There was a water feature outside the apartment that ran all night and was distracting. The wi-fi was only acceptable in a few areas of the apartment and then it would tend to go in and out of service. The curtains fell off the wall and closet doors fell off. The male host fixed everything very quickly. However, he blamed us for the breakage??? Very, very expensive for this accommodation. Not a good value for the high price. I would highly recommend shopping around.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Sally K wrote a review Jan 2019
Baltimore, Maryland9 contributions3 helpful votes
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This was a good example of taking the good with the bad. We stayed in the “casita” which is a small cottage at the back of the property. First the good. Wonderfully soft flannel sheets were welcome since the weather was unseasonable cold during our stay in January. The casita has a living room, bedroom, small bathroom, and kitchen which included a small bottled water dispenser. I believe this is also the only unit on the property with an assigned, off the back alley, parking space. Given that this is a very tight residential area, parking could have been an issue. The unit was also very quiet since it is not in the main house. The main property has what looked like a very nice swimming pool. But, with temperatures in the 60’s, swimming was not an option. But at least the pool was open and available had we been brave enough. Now the bad. We wanted a unit with a kitchen. This one left a lot to be desired – i.e. virtually no cooking utensils – one very old copper bottom kettle and one antique cast iron frying pan. So, cooking was limited to grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. The worst part about the kitchen was the extremely dirty refrigerator. I’m guessing the outside hadn’t been wiped down since the house was built in the 1940’s. The bathroom was greatly in need of a refresh and good cleaning between the tub and vanity. I wasn’t expecting anything fancy, but a wooden toilet seat with peeling, splintered veneer is totally unacceptable. Fortunately, we didn’t need air conditioning, because the AC unit in the bedroom wall looked old and clunky. Apparently, there is also no central heat either, since the unit was being heated by two free-standing heaters. They did a wonderful job of keeping the unit toasty warm, except when we put them on high which blew the circuits even with nothing else powered except the TV. This unit is a fire waiting to happen which, if it did, the emergency exit light and smoke detector are both in the bedroom. The emergency light is plugged into the wall. Both the refrigerator and the microwave were plugged into two prong cheater plugs. One of the heaters was plugged into an extension cord that from somewhere outside, in through the window. That “outdoor” extension cord is also probably the power supply for the AC unit. OMG. For what this unit cost, we could have stayed at a Residence Inn and had a much better experience.
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Singledigithdcp wrote a review Nov 2017
San Angelo, Texas4 contributions1 helpful vote
Older house with a lot of character. Carole was very helpful with nearby restaurants and places to see. Breakfast was served each day from 8 to 9 and was hot and plenty to eat. Delightful setting with other clients to share the start to the morning. Carole was always accommodating. She does have other property across the street as well.
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Date of stay: November 2017
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1010Reggie wrote a review Aug 2017
Appleton, Wisconsin75 contributions11 helpful votes
There is no place like home, except Carole's B&B! What beautiful property in wonderful North Park. Carole is the most wonderful hostess and the breakfasts are delicious! Whatever you need while you're there, or want to know about the area, you'll find it at Carole's. Can't wait to return. Thank you Carole. :)
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Date of stay: August 2017
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Room Tip: Two-bedroom upstairs apartment is spacious. Garden below with beautiful flowers, various tables,...
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chickenoregg wrote a review Jul 2017
Los Angeles, California218 contributions63 helpful votes
I, along with two friends, returned to Carole's for our Comic -Con stay for a second year in a row. The booking policy changed: guests are required to make a non-refundable full payment to secure the reservation. The quality of service, however, remained as pleasant as our past visit! This year we stayed in an apartment-style room in Carole's adjacent property. This room came with a dedicated parking space, a fully appointed kitchen (everything to prepare and consume a meal was provided, along with an oven/stovetop, fridge, sink and dining area), a sofa bed in the living room, a full bathroom off the bedroom, air conditioning and cable TV (although the owners indicated this may be going away.). The area was extremely quiet and perfect for sleeping, and the interior of the apartment was pleasantly painted with minor embellishments, making it comfortable for anyone's tastes. Carole walked us through the property, answering any questions and highlighting anything we may need to know. She is exceptional at making her guests feel welcomed and valued. Mike, Carole's son and partner in the business, is a fine chef. While his menu hasn't deviated from last year's fare, the food is just as tasty as remembered. Mike enjoys serving all the guests, and is willing to offer seconds of anything offered. I noticed another guest's wife wasn't well, and Mike took the time to prepare a special light meal the guest brought up to her on a tray - so accommodating! It is important to note that the property is not the most up-to-date. The outlets aren't wired for high output: for instance, you can't blow dry your hair and have the air conditioning running at the same time, and you have to have the main light switch in the "up" position to use the TV in the living room, for example. The shower pressure could use a little updating too. These points didn't affect or trouble me, but are worth mentioning. Also notable: the sofa bed is far from "luxurious" but it is pretty standard for sofa beds (springy and lacking support.) It is MILES away from sleeping just on the couch which is what I was anticipating. It was a happy surprise to have it. Carole and Mike truly encourage the spirit of a B&B - breakfast is shared along a large dining table and conversation between hosts and guests is encouraged. This, for me, is one of my favorite parts of a stay at Carole's. If, however, you need some alone time, I discovered this year she maintains a lovely garden with many sitting areas. There really is something for everyone here.
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Date of stay: July 2017
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Room Tip: If you are a group of three or four, ask for the room that has the extra sofa bed and bedroom -...
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$153 - $209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesCaliforniaSan Diego
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Carole's Bed & Breakfast Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Carole's Bed & Breakfast Inn?
Nearby attractions include Coin-Op Game Room (0.7 miles), The Observatory North Park (0.7 miles), and Thorn Street Brewery (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Carole's Bed & Breakfast Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Carole's Bed & Breakfast Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Carole's Bed & Breakfast Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Carole's Bed & Breakfast Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Mission, City Tacos, and Eclipse Chocolate.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Carole's Bed & Breakfast Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Carole's Bed & Breakfast Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Mormon Battalion Historic Site (4.0 miles), Whaley House Museum (4.0 miles), and Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House (2.7 miles).