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“A breathe of quiet paradise in greater LA”

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The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast
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San Diego, California
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177 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“A breathe of quiet paradise in greater LA”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

Returning to the Bissell House in South Pasadena, we immediately felt the calmness and beauty of this beautiful area, grounds, and magnificent house. Easily located from Pasadena and downtown Los Angeles, it is light years away. The tranquility and beauty immediately transported me to another era.

Rooms are expertly decorated, common living room large, and delicious tea and breakfast were served.

Back for the 3rd visit, if I am again anywhere in the area, I will head for the Bissell House.

Room Tip: Have stayed in different rooms each time. All are comfortable; some larger than others with more lig...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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4 Thank Nancy J
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Provencesister, Owner at The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 7 April 2014
It means so much that you would come back and visit us 3 times, Nancy! We're very passionate about preserving the historical nature of our hotel and your compliments mean the world to us. Thanks for the review. hope to see you again soon.

Best,
Janet Hoyman and family
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our overnighter at the delightful 1880s 3 story mansion. We stayed in the lovely Garden Room on the 3rd floor and it was like a trip back into a kinder, quieter era. The bed felt like a giant, dreamy ice cream sandwich and its sweet succulence made us feel like two teddy bears snugly tucked into a fairy tale. Highly recommended for overstressed
Folks who long for restfulness and the satin dreams of cherubs. Harps not included, although the jacuzzi and breakfast make up for it.

  • Stayed March 2014
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2 Thank oncebitten_11
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Provencesister, Owner at The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 4 April 2014
We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed the garden room! We're very passionate about preserving the wonderful history of the Bissell House and your compliments mean the world to us. Thanks for the support. We hope to see you again soon.

Best,
Janet Hoyman
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014 via mobile

Quaint Victorian home built in 1880s with period furnishings, gracious hosts and gourmet breakfasts made for a great getaway for our anniversary. The 3rd floor Rose room gave us comfort and privacy. A cozy fire in the fireplace, hot water for tea and coffee were always available. Sweets were put out in the afternoon to satisfy the munchies. A pleasant and restful escape.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank The2Mays
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Provencesister, Owner at The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 26 January 2014
Historical charm, gourmet breakfast, romantic atmosphere — that's what we're all about, so it's great to hear that you think we're doing a good job! Thanks for the review here on Yelp. Next time you need a getaway, keep us in mind.

All the best,
Janet Hoyman
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Fort Pierce, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

I recently stayed at the Bissell House Bed and Breakfast in South Pasadena for the 2014 BCS National Championship. First of all, access to the Bissell House was easy and convenient from LAX, with easy access to LA and its' attractions. Secondly, the house and surrounding neighborhood was just beautiful. The rooms were comfortable, clean, and just gorgeous. The breakfast every morning and afternoon tea with cake was great. Our hostess, Julie, was extremely courteous, friendly, and accommodating. I would recommend Bissell House to anyone visiting the Pasadena/LA area.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Provencesister, Owner at The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 10 January 2014
We're so happy to hear that you had a wonderful time at the BCS Championship, Garrison. Pasadena is a beautiful neighborhood and we're glad that you had a chance to explore it. Thank you so much for the kind words here on TripAdvisor. Next time you're in the area, we hope to see you again.

All the best,
Janet and Juli Hoyman
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013

I love this inn!

Every room is unique and equally charming but GARDEN ROOM is my favorite. Gorgeous Bath, spacious layout and beautiful decor. The Inn Oozes charm, and peace and quiet. A great city escape plus super comfy-chic for out of town visitors. Nummy breakfasts and lots of places to get away--the poolside, library, living room and fireside. Thanks for making our stay so perfect!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Susan S
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Provencesister, Owner at The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 20 September 2013
Our customers’ happiness is always top of mind, so it's great to hear that you had a wonderful stay with us, Susan. We strive to make all of our rooms charming and I'm excited to hear that you loved the Garden Room. Thank you for your kind words and I hope you'll stay with us again soon!

Till then,
Janet Hoyman
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Budapest, Hungary
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

We stayed several days in the Bissell House, which we chose because of the B&B experience it promised. And did it deliver! The Bissell House offers a cosy home-away-from-home from which to discover LA. We did that by car, mostly, but in walking distance there are good places to eat (we had a wonderful dinner at the Shiro restaurant). We very much appreciated the personal touch, meeting interesting other guests for breakfast, the delicious afternoon cake, and the beautiful old house and grounds. It helped us to discover a different, historical, side of LA, while at the same time being in easy driving distance from all the city's attractions.

Room Tip: Victoria's room is a real gem. Not big, but cute and the covered veranda is unique.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank CoupleFromBremen
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Provencesister, Owner at The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 10 September 2013
I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Los Angeles, specifically Pasadena and South Pasadena! Our city has such a unique culture and it's great that you had the opportunity to come all the way from Germany to experience it. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. If you ever return to Los Angeles, stop in and say hello. We'd welcome you back for another stay, anytime!

Cheers,
Janet Hoyman
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Cutar, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013

Nice one night stay in mid-August. We stayed in the Rose Room right at the top of the house. Smaller room but it was fine. Great bed. Did not get a chance to use the pool but it was very clean and looked like a great dip. Breakfast was good but we would suggest not opting for the grab and go breakfast as it is limited. Local dinner was a pick up from Radhika which we enjoyed.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Provencesister, Owner at The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 29 August 2013
I'm so happy to hear that you were comfortable in the Rose Room, TJ! Radhika is very delicious, so I'm happy that you had the chance to eat there while you were in town! Thank you for taking the time to write a review and If you're ever back in Pasadena, keep us in mind!

All the best,
Janet Hoyman
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Property: The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast
Address: 201 Orange Grove Avenue, SW Corner Orange Grove Ave and Columbia Street With Front Driveway Entrance Access From Columbia Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030
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Region: 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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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