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Our Story and Building History

The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast - Lodging in Pasadena with an Historic Vibe

Front View in Fall

Stay 15 Minutes from Downtown LA

The Bissell House, a historic Los Angeles Area Bed and Breakfast, is a 1887 Shingle (a transition between Victorian and Craftsman Style) offering relaxing and private accommodations with modern day comfort.

Conveniently situated on the border of Pasadena and South Pasadena in one of Southern California's most historic and beautifully maintained neighborhood communities, our traditional Bed and Breakfast is less than two miles to "Old Town" Pasadena, as well as:

  • Pasadena Museum of History and Fenyes Mansion
  • Gamble House
  • The Huntington Library
  • Descanso Gardens
Anna Bissell Room

A Victorian Home on Orange Grove Avenue with Romantic and Historic Charm

It is our pleasure to welcome you to this unique, charming, historic, eight-bedroom, ten-bathroom, three-story Victorian home. We are in our 23rd year as a prestigious Southern California Bed and Breakfast. We love meeting and hearing stories from our guests from all over the world, in addition to our very own local neighbors.

Anna Bissell McCay, daughter of vacuum magnate Melville Bissell, was one of Pasadena's most beloved philanthropists. Having moved from Michigan, she resided in the Victorian estate that is known today as Bissell House. She was there from 1902 until the mid-1950s, at which time her granddaughters inherited the Estate.

The home has been beloved by many families since, and is now adored by ours!

Dining Room

Step Back in Time to see an 1887 Mansion where Albert Einstein Once Visited

Originally built in 1887, the Bissell House is located at the southern west anchor of Pasadena's historically famous "Millionaire's Row" in what was the Orange Grove Mansion District. South Pasadena is a small roughly 3.5 square mile town of approximately 25,000 people and is extremely pedestrian-friendly with a high score of "walkability" as most shops, schools, and businesses are within a mile of most locations.

We are proud to say that we are the recipients of the "Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence" for the past 3 years. Whether you come for business, wanting a break from the standard corporate hotels, a "staycation", to celebrate a special occasion, sightseeing, the prolific arts and culture in the area or to check out the prestigious schools, we extend an invitation for you to visit The Bissell House soon, allowing us to make your next vacation or business trip comfortable and memorable.

- The Hoyman Family