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“Lovely Victorian”

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The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

The Bissell House is a nice, comfortable, Victorian Bed and Breakfast. Although I was a little concerned upon arriving at a locked door with no one in sight and no answer on the phone, we quickly connected and host was welcoming telling us a brief history of the house and showing us around. They graciously accepted my Groupon with no complaints (although I did have to supply credit card info for security). The outside weather was cool, so we did not venture into the backyard or use the swimming pool. The large living room had a continuously burning gas fire and an assortment of teas available. Alas, no home-baked goodies in the afternoon, but there was a cheesecake (looked like a pre-packaged frozen one) if one needed something sweet.

Stayed in the English Holiday room which has a king size bed, desk, armoire, a couple of arm chairs, a small flat screen TV, and a private tiled bath, with a glass shower enclosure. The bed was confortable and the room and bath were clean. The room had it's own heat/air conditioning unit which we did not use.

Mature landscaping surrounds the house, so even though it at a busy intersection, it is visually isolated from the traffic, however the background growl (not load enough to be a roar) of traffic is audible. The room had a white noise generator which I did not need, but the traffic sounds were a constant reminder of being in the city and not in a bucolic setting. The house is located in a very nice, very well maintained residential neighborhood and a neighbor's gardener started a power lawn mower at exactly 8am.

Breakfast consisted on herb baked eggs (3?), orange juice, a small serving of yogurt with banana slices, coffee and a home baked biscuit. The food was excellently prepared and the chef was friendly.

Overall, a nice B&B.

Stayed: January 2013, traveled on business
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Janet H, Owner at The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2014

So happy to hear you describe Bissell House as a lovely Victorian. Even though this review was left some time ago, it's still wonderful to read about your experience. The English Holiday room is a great place to relax, with plenty of room and privacy -- I'm glad you found it to be clean and comfortable. With that being said, I apologize if the distant noise of traffic took away from our quaint estate setting, but we've never found it to be too distracting for any of our guests. As for the breakfast, it's great that our chef was able to prepare something you enjoyed.

Thanks again for taking the time to share your thoughts. I hope you'll stay with us again in the future.

Best,
Janet
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

The Bissell House is a charming and comfortable bed and breakfast in a well-maintained, lovely old house. The chef, Ron, creates delicious breakfasts every day, and there is tea and cake available every afternoon. We stayed just over a week, with another couple, who also enjoyed the house and its beautiful garden. Another plus is that there were interesting things to do in Pasadena itself, including the Huntington Library, the Norton Simon Museum, and architectural tours of the historic neighborhoods. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Provencesister, Owner at The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2013

Chef Ron will be so excited when I pass along your compliments! It's great to hear that you group not only enjoyed your stay with us, but had a chance to see the sights in Pasadena. Thank you for giving us some feedback here on TripAdvisor. Next time you're in the area, we hope you stay with us again!

Till then,
Janet Hoyman
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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
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Provencesister, Owner at The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 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
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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
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Janet H, Owner at The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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
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Provencesister, Owner at The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 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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Reviewed March 13, 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
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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
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Additional Information about The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast

Address: 201 Orange Grove Ave, SW Corner Orange Grove Ave and Columbia Street With Front Driveway Entrance Access From Columbia Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030-1613
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Location: United States > California > South Pasadena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in South Pasadena
Price Range: $157 - $281 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to The Bissell House Bed and Breakfast, a uniquely charming, three story shingle Victorian, with craftsman style influence. Step back in time and experience a piece of Pasadena's heritage in a home that was built in 1887 and is elegantly situated in an upscale residential neighborhood located in beautiful, historic South Pasadena, California. Discover small town America a short half mile walk to Mission Street with it's many and varied eateries, metro station, bookstores, antique shops, wineries, art galleries, yoga studios and historic library. We are located approximately 1.5 Miles from the heart of historic "Old Town" Pasadena dining, shopping district and convention center and only six metro stops from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. The Norton Simon Museum, Fenyes Mansion Estate, Wrigley Tournament House, Greene and Greene Gamble House and Rose Bowl Stadium all either line or can be accessed off Orange Grove Boulevard within one to two miles north of us. ... more   less 
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