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Britt Scripps Inn in San Diego, CA

Britt Scripps Inn in San Diego, CA

History

Established in 2005.

The Britt Scripps residence was built on land that had belonged to the founder of "modern" San Diego, Alonzo Erastus Horton.  It is said that the house was completed in just over two years, 1887-1889, for $3,000, making it the most expensive home in San Diego for that time.  The house was originally owned by Eugene Britt, a prominent lawyer and businessman who served on the California Supreme Court at the end of the 19th century.  Mr. Britt then sold the residence to E.W. Scripps, who co-founded the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in 1903.  Between 1914-1980 the house had various owners and then during the 1980s it operated as a bed and breakfast.  In 1971 the Britt Scripps house was designated as San Diego City Landmark #52.  

The current owner purchased the property around 2003, spent two years renovating, and opened officially as the Britt Scripps Inn on Febuary 14, 2005.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 4.08

Address: 406 Maple St, San Diego, CA, 92103
  • Mon: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Tue: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Wed: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Thu: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Fri: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sat: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sun: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm

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Comments (37):

1. Lisa K.
Awesome place!  As beautiful inside as outside.  Perfect weekend get away. Feels like you are in another world! Staff is helpful and professional.  The breakfast (included in the room price) was outstanding!  Compliments to the chef! Also complimentary wine and cheese in the evening.  Great location.  Worth every penny!  We can't wait for our next get away.

19/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Sue S.
Have not stayed here - live on the next block - stars for gorgeous but very expensive.

11/04/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
3. K D.
The room was comfortable. Hostess had a bit of an attitude problem, but it didn't affect our stay. The decoration of the room was well thought out (Aesthetic Room). The best part of this B&B is it's proximity to everything SD has to offer visitors (i.e. Balboa park, Gaslamp, the Zoo, etc.). The breakfast was ok. Free wireless internet is a plus. I might stay here again.

01/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Kris R.
Horrible beds! My husband and I went for our 1st year anniversary and didn't sleep at all. We stayed in the Carriage House and the bed was very uncomfortable. The customer service was lousy too. When we explained the situation to the butler she fumbled around and offered us scones to make it all better. Later I called to speak with a manager and the woman who answered the phone thought she had already transferred my call, WRONG! She was bad mouthing me while I waited and then I got disconnected! It's not worth the $300+ you'll spend. They RUINED our anniversary!

22/07/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
5. Nancy L. S.
The Britt Scripps Inn has now set a new standard of lodging for me.  It is tastefully appointed in the true Victorian style, with genuine antique furnishings, wall coverings, draperies, etc.  Linens were crisp and clean, and towels were plush and inviting.  Bathrobes were provided as well.  Fresh flowers created an inviting scent within the inn, and the garden area was peaceful and inviting.  Service was tremendous, and the staff was extremely helpful answering questions about the area, calling a cab, etc.  The gourmet breakfasts were delicious - entrees as well as homemade scones served with fresh fruit and fresh whipping cream.  I have never stayed in a better inn!

02/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Jim S.
Do you know how when you have a great experience, every now and again, even years later, that memory continues to return and you long to re-live it. Well, a while ago my wife and I stayed at a good one, namely the Britt Scripts Inn.

And it has been far too long since we last stayed at the Inn so we are going back again this weekend and take in all the sights and pleasures that San Diego has to offer...and there so many within minutes from the Inn such as Sea World, Old Town, Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park and its many museums, tour the aircraft carrier USS Midway, and many, many more. But I digress.

Gentlemen, if you really want to impress your lady then surprise them with a night or two at Britt Scripps Inn. I did, and my wife was! This Inn is an immaculantly restored grand example of an old victorian home, with all the upgrades of the time that was humanly possible (to my knowledge), including a grand piano off the entrance. Now, I can't play up how gorgeous and lavish this Inn is except to say that, if memory serves me correctly, it cost no less than six million dollars to restore this home. That's a lot of gorgeous and lavish!

Each of the nine private rooms are uniquely decorated also in the same lavish fashion. My wife and I know, we toured all of them and it took awhile to pick one!

OK, to cut this review short, you also get a full, and fine, American breakfast and special cheeses and wine in the evening.

I can't wait to relive with my wife what we have been dreaming of for waaay too long now!

21/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Steve B.
First time at a B&B and we didn't know what to expect. All I could think of was the movie "Groundhog Day" with Bill Murray. My wife and I were pleasently surprised. The attendant was pleasant and extremely helpful, she even moved us upstairs away from the kitchen. We stayed in the Gothic Room. The old fashioned claw foot bathtub was fun and the bed was so comfy I slept like a baby. Breakfast was great too. Started off with a scone and fruit, then choice of 3 main dishes. The food was well prepared and tasted delicious. I now want to go back and stay in the different rooms. You should go too.

03/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Jennifer M.
Only stood here for one night but seriously it was amazing! The staff is very nice and helpful.  it was a bit pricey, however booked it online and got a great deal. Totally worth it, the breakfast was amazing especially the coffee! Stood in the cottage room and everything in the room was great: clean, great jet tub and best of all free water & chocolates!

If you have some extra money spend it at this place!

22/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Ping P.
We just stayed for 4 days - amazing.

The entire home was renovated 3 years ago as a B and B. The cost: 6 million bucks! And it shows!

Down to the last detail - this is period. You feel like you stepped back in time. But don't be fooled! The modern luxuries abound:

Free wireless (yes! avoid those nasty hotel daily charges!)
Free parking
Complimentary wine and cheese at 5 PM (The wine is delicious as are the cheeses and spreads)
Complimentary breakfast (amazing scones, choice of three entrees that are all to die for - and the COFFEE OMG - this is as good as it gets... move over Peets and Starbucks)

Anything you could want they anticipate and deliver. All the people who work here are friendly and striving to make your stay very memorable.

One trick: I highly recommend booking over the net you can save nearly half on the daily rate. We paid 179 a night with tax - and the going rate was 249 (not including tax) The downside to this: you won't get the Penhaligon bath toiletries. Big deal... we got Caswell and Massey and were very happy.

Oh one very cool thing - I stayed there with my Mom and the only room they have that can have two beds is the Garden Room. They were more than happy to make sure we had that room. Also Mom loves coffee and we got home from dinner quite late on Saturday (after 9 PM) late for the kitchen. They happily made her a pot of french pressed coffee and delivered it to our room. WOW.

One last thing - since these people clearly go out of their way to make the stay as memorable as possible - please do tip well. We don't normally think of this when staying in a chain because they don't really do that much for us. Make the beds and such - but that is minimal tipping in my opinion.

17/11/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Karina O.
My husband and I stayed here to celebrate our wedding anniversary.  We stayed in the Aesthetic room and really enjoyed everything about our stay.  It's evident that they work very hard to cover all of the details.  

Pros/highlights: Delicious breakfast, friendly and helpful staff, beautiful Victorian home and EXCELLENT location.

Cons:  The bed was a little too soft for my liking and a little squeaky.  The only other thing that comes to mind is the lack of on-site parking for all of the guests, but then again, didn't really have an issue finding street parking right next to the Inn.

We got a really good deal for our stay through Living Social, and can't wait to go back, even if it means paying the regular rate per night.  Definitely worth it!

19/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
11. Angie Z.
I have very fond memories of Britt Scripps Inn. It is truly a gem - from the stained glass window that forms a perfect backdrop to the spiraling staircase, to the baby grand piano actually signed by Steinway, to the beautiful period furniture that is in each and every room, this B&B is unlike any other I've seen.

In addition, the breakfast is WONDERFUL. I had the Porky, which is basically eggs benedict on bacon and ham. Presentation + flavor = perfect!

The butler (I think his name was Martin) was nice and friendly, so don't forget to give him a tip. The cleaning ladies were really nice as well, they told me to peak inside the rooms they were cleaning so I can see what other rooms look like (each has a different "theme").

Basically, if you can afford it (I got a deal on a sample site... I am hoping the deal again so I can come back soon!), this would be a great place to spend a few days. You are also literally 2 blocks from Balboa Park. Romantic weekend away, anyone?

Also, if you are interested in having an event here, I think you can buy out the entire B&B for $3,000/day.

09/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Michael B.
WOW...This is the most amazing Place I have ever stayed...You really don't  feel like you are staying in a hotel but in a beautiful private home decorated with amazing antiques and art.
The Staff is very knowledgeable and caters to your every whim.... Paula's Breakfast can not be missed....This lovely Lass makes the most amazing Scones this side of England.

26/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Marianne L.
Spent 2 nights here last year. Hands down one of the best places I've ever stayed. The most memorable time of my life.

I had a lovely room. The complimentary wireless internet is very much appreciated, but the included breakfast was FANTASTIC. I had the french toast with sausage both mornings.

I will stay here again if the opportunity presents itself.

08/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Christina K.
My fiance proposed to me here and it was really romantic. I loved all the character in this house and outside of it. I have never stayed in a bed and breakfast but I am sure this is one experience you won't forget!

We stayed in the Renaissance room and it was so beautiful! Before we went out downtown they had a wine and cheese tasting downstairs and that was great! All the butlers were SUPER nice and SUPER helpful! After a long night out on the town we headed to our room. Let me tell you that was the most comfortable awesome bed I have EVER slept in! I got such a good nights rest!

When we got up we got three choices for breakfast and while waiting we were served a blueberry scone with fresh berries and whip cream. SO GOOD!

Our stay was awesome and if you would like a unique awesome experience in San Diego it is a must to stay here. If you want to enjoy nightlife downtown it is still pretty close and is only a 6 buck cab ride!

16/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. Ava L.
My husband decided to book us a stay for a quick getaway to San Diego. It was a surprise so I didn't have any idea where we were going. I should preface the review by saying that because I usually do a lot of research on the hotels and what is nearby and other notes of interest. That being said, my sweet husband didn't notice when he booked through a third party website that the B&B does not allow anyone under the age of 18. We have a 9 month old that we brought with us since the whole point of the drip was to take her to the San Diego Zoo.

After schlepping all of our things into the front lobby - which was very difficult and confusing to get into with their PA system that unlocks the front door - we gave the MOD our driver's license and credit card and proceeded to check in. It wasn't until he had our payment information that he decided to tell us that the Inn does not accept children. We were very clearly unaware since we had our daughter and all of her stuff in our arms. Upon finding this out we asked what we should do. Being that it was a Sunday evening I knew we would be able to find a last minute hotel room elsewhere. The MOD informed us that he would not be able to cancel our room with refund because we were within the 7 day cancellation policy. His suggestion was to try staying the night but to be aware that if anyone complains about us having a baby he would have to ask us to leave. I was completely pissed! Obviously we didn't want to be where we weren't welcome and I didn't want to feel stressed on my relaxing stay that at any moment my baby could make a peep and we would be escorted out. Needless to say, I could not enjoy any part of the experience because I was so worried about my daughter making noise - something that any parent knows is completely out of your control.

After deciding that we couldn't afford to pay the overpriced rate to stay in the very old and somewhat run down B&B while also paying for a room elsewhere that my daughter would be welcomed at, we decided to chance it and stay the night. Thank God my daughter was very well behaved that evening and we did not have any issues getting kicked out.

Even if my daughter was not with us and this problem never arose, I would still notice that the shower in our room did not work, there was a light out in the bathroom, the curtains had holes in them and the front door's knob was broken and pointless.

Bottom line, we will never be returning and in my fury, I was sure to tell everyone at the restaurant we went to dinner at that night (who happened to be complimenting my adorable baby) what a bad place we picked to stay. I just wish the manager handled it differently...

19/04/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
16. Lana G.
Britt-Scripps Inn is an upscale Bed and Breakfast with a turn-of-the-last-century theme. Every room -- we saw three in addition to our own -- is lovely, and each one is different in design, with a decor all its own.

The Inn is an outstanding example of Victorian architecture in the Queen Anne style. It is in excellent condition, inside and out. Extensive remodeling has incorporated a private bath into each of the nine rooms while equally extensive purchases of expensive antiques and restoration hardware have maintained the 1900's theme throughout. The service is great, the beds are luxurious, the breakfasts are delicious, the garden is lovely and the whole of it is located just two blocks from Balboa Park, the gem of San Diego.

Most of the service is provided by a full-time butler who not only serves breakfast but stands ready to help and advise with just about anything, twenty-four hours a day. In addition to breakfast, the inn provides a relaxing wine and cheese tasting every afternoon.

Downsides? There are always downsides, but here they are minor when compared to the overall ambience. Moreover, they are compelled by the age and antique theme of the inn. The immediate neighborhood, which was sparsely settled countryside when the inn was built in the late 1800's, is now high-rise with secondary arterials. The baths, in keeping with the theme of the inn, lack counter space and good lighting; and, while a claw foot tub may be modified to include a shower, it is a clumsy arrangement. Finally, parking is either on the street or in the driveway.

10/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. scott e.
This was the first bed and breakfast both the wife an i had ever experienced. Safe to say that it will be the last. Just not our thing, if you love bnb's than you will probably like this place.

Location, location, location. This building appears to be misplaced as a historic landmark amongst giant condo buildings, a financial building, a senior community center and from the sounds of it a hospital nearby. When you wander outside into the beautiful courtyard you cant help but to bask in the glow of the giant cox communications billboard next door. Parking was confusing. Finally figured out that you park tandem in a one lane driveway in the back and surrender your keys to the manager.

When we first walked in we didn't understand where to go or what to do. There isn't a front desk, so we wandered a bit to finally be greeted and come to find out that someone hadn't closed the door all the was and we shouldn't have been able to walk in...Nice

We were checked in and promptly shown our room and despite arriving at the end of the wine and cheese hour she stated they would leave out the food and wine for a little longer for us. Free wine and cheese? yes Please!

The interior of the Inn is out of a Jane Austin book, beautiful, old and full of character. Our room was the Golden Oak. A bit on the small side, but a spacious private bath with shower. We also had a door to our room that led to the back area, but when i inquired if the key worked for that door, i was told no, we would like all guests to come in and out of the front door. I wanted to point out in the brochure the part that says private entry, but i did not.

We were given a list of restaurants within walking distance of the inn. Since we were tired and the wife was still recovering from being sick all week we decided to give one a try instead of venturing out to far.

One thing that appears to be left out of everyone Else's reviews and was unknown to me until my wife pointed it out as we were driving into the area is the Inn i located next to Hillcrest, which appears to be a very populated gay community. I do not mean to write this to be negative in anyway toward the gay community, but someone may want to point this out to people that intend on going to nearby restraints and bars. We had an interesting experience at a nearby restaurant.

The walls are kind of thin and we were on the back side of the kitchen. So, come 6am we were woken by the clang bang of breakfast being prepared. Not what i want to hear when i barley ever have an opportunity to sleep in.

Breakfast was confusing, there's no one to greet you and all the tables are taken...uhh what do you do. We grabbed some coffee and headed to the porch and waited, and wait and waited. Finally we had to alert the staff in the kitchen that we were outside, despite being in plain view from the dining area. Coffee was terrible, tasted earthy ad a little like cardboard. Oj was Oj, but the scone was AMAZING. Breakfast was quite disappointing. I expected more and to be honest we've whipped up way better fared while camping in the dirt.

I could think of much better places to stay for 300$ a night, thankfully i got a living social deal and didn't pay that much. Like i said before if you are into bnb's you may love this place, but me not so much!

13/02/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
18. John K.
This place is awesome!  They have 9 different rooms and none of them are the same.  Not too close to downtown, but not too far!  It was a $6 cab ride to downtown so this place is great if you want to go downtown but you don't want there to be people and lights EVERYWHERE.  

Check-In time was 3pm, but I called at 9am and asked if anyone was staying in the room before me, and they said "oh no come on in right now if you want!"  which was great!

The parking situation was a little slim but hey, it was free!  The butlers were all very nice, and we had free wine and cheese which is served from 5-7pm.  

The bed was amazing, we slept GREAT.  In the morning we went downstairs and had breakfast.  We had a choice between 3 different entrees and the scone they gave us before our entree was sooo good!

If you are looking for a place to stay for an anniversary, a special occasion, or you just want to romance someone, this is the place to go!  

Britt Scripps is the best!

07/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. Colin F.
Beautiful place, gorgeous old Victorian home built in1887. The staff was very very friendly,  it was extremely welcoming and inviting. It felt like you were at home. Very clean.   I read a lot of reviews where people complained about the noise, but remember you're in a house built in 1887, you have your private room so you have to imagine that you're in your own home so you will hear other people walking up and down the stairs, etc. That's part of the charm of the place though.  If you want a soundproof hotel, stay in one. This is a restored home! We stayed in "The Library" room, which we absolutely loved,  and the pictures online did not do it near justice. The bathroom was big and charming.  The wine and cheese and appetizers when we arrived were delicious and it was nice to sit in the front room and enjoy them with other guests. The breakfast the next morning was delicious, and my favorite part was the delicious raspberry scone. We also asked for a late checkout time and they happily granted it. We will definitely return and try another room.
Cons: The room got very cold at night, but it was also extremely cold outside that night. We could not adjust the heat and when we called the hotel operator they said they couldn't do anything about it.  Also, the coffee was horrible. And the plasma TV in our room was an itsy-bitsy dinky little thing, but then again you don't come here to watch TV in your room

01/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
20. Alexander M.
My first B&B... WOW! I loved the visual appeal, location, and attention given. As far as the breakfast goes, it was delicious; I just wanted to keep eating more and was saddened when my plate was clean. This B&B gathers most of an older crowd 35-50 years, from little ole me at 29. But its good because its not a party hotel and is within four blocks of the gas lamp area and down the street from the Museums. The women working at the Britt are elegant and beautiful. This is definitely, a place I would stay again. FYI book on expedia, I found it lower per night than booking directly from the Britt Scripps site.

10/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Monique D.
OK, what hotel gives you complimentary water, let alone a giant bottle of Voss water? What's not to love? :D

I can't think of anything negative to say about this sweet and charming Victorian B&B. Homely, cozy, friendly, warm, eclectic, quiet. It doesn't even feel like a hotel. It's like stepping inside an upper-class person's home in the 1800s. I feel like I should've been wearing a poofy drapery bustly gown, a big hat, sitting in the breakfast room sipping tea and gossiping about everyone I know. LOL! I love the fact that the entire inn - well, more like, castle - is detailed with Victorian-era decor, from furniture to wall art down to keys and doorknobs.

I got a great Living Social deal for $149 per night (almost half of their regular rate) that includes delicious breakfast -- yelp.com/user_local_phot… -- yelp.com/user_local_phot… --

The service is superb! I called front desk as we pulled up outside (yes, parking can be a challenge), a girl came out to our car to assist us with check-in! You can't get any more personal attention than that. She checked us in and let us know where to park, gave us our key, door access code, and minutes later we were settled. Fast and friendly.

My Golden Oak room was pretty, cozy, and bigger than I thought. The queen size bed is slightly smaller than a normal queen bed but I assume people back then were more petite? Haha. It's a little squeaky but super warm and comfy. The bathroom and shower are spacious. Two shower heads - one giant one right above your head and one little one mounted on the wall for all your water splashing needs. :) It'd be nice if you can turn both of them on at the same time but it appears only one at a time? The towel rack is heated so it really helps keep you warm after showering.

Since it's a cozy castle-like place, you expect to hear some inside noise. I'd wake up to the sound of the chefs cooking in the morning. I didn't really have a problem with this because they're just preparing my breakfast :), which is served between 7am & 10am. There are only 3 tables, so the service guy offered us coffee and a delicious scone -- yelp.com/user_local_phot… -- to eat in the lounge while we waited.

Nikki, the manager, has been pleasantly helpful, sweet, and patient in assisting me from the day I bought the deal to the last day of my stay. Right from the start, she assured me to not worry about not being able to get a room (they sell out fast), she will get me in no matter what. There were a few problems on my end on the day of checking in and I was on the verge of cancelling/postponing my reservation. But when I talked to her about it, she was super patient with working with me to make sure things work would out. On the last day of my stay, I got a personally hand-written note card from Nikki saying she was glad I came and hoped I enjoyed my weekend. WOWZERS! I was deeply touched... ;) Where else would I get this kind of personal attention from hotel managers!?

Bottom line: I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place and will definitely come back the next chance I get.

03/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. Michelle M.
The Britt is my new home away from home!  It's the perfect place to escape and truly be pampered.  The rooms are perfect for a romantic getaway.  The service was impeccable!  I loved getting the personalized service and attention.  The breakfast was amazing!  The chocolate raspberry scones are to die for!!!

Although we live in the Southbay area in San Diego, my BF & I decided to get away for some quiet alone time and we loved it so much we decided to go again!  We loved the quaint victorian features and the feeling of being in another country and the convenience of being so close to home.  We also liked the convenience of walking around the corner for dinner (many different options available).  

We also enjoyed the perks of the Wine & Cheese hour and enjoyed meeting the other couples that stayed there too.  We shared in a nightcap and enjoyed a restful night of sleep.  We were lucky enough to listen to a rare San Diego rainfall and then waking up to the smell of delicious coffee.  

And finally, the woodwork in the whole house is AMAZING.  Every corner of the Inn is beautifully done!  A feast for the architecutural eye!!  

We highly recommend this place for anyone that wants a quiet getaway and to be pampered!

16/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Scott H.
We stayed at Britt Scripps for a week in early October.  It is located next to the very awesome Balboa Park - where the zoo is, great running trails, etc., and about 6 blocks from the Hillcrest neighborhood, which is the gay area, but more than that one of the more interesting areas in San Diego with great restaurants, shops, and good people watching.  The location of the Inn is perfect.  They have parking for 3 cars.

First off, we showed up with our baby and were told they do not allow anyone under 18 years old (this was totally our mistake we realized, since we booked through hotels.com ).  Anyway, they made an exception for us, which was really wonderful and appreciated!  But KIDS ARE NOT ALLOWED.  I get it.  It's a romantic couples oriented sort of place.  Leave the babies at home.  But again, huge thanks to the Inn for making an exception.

Room - we were in the Gothic Room.  The best thing about it is that this room has a fantastic balcony to hang out on.  It's a reasonable size, and decorated in true Victorian fashion.  Kind of claustrophobic for me, but it grew on me.  Comfortable bed.

Breakfast - good breakfast.  Basic, eggs, omelettes, granola & yogurt, scones.  If you stay for long, you start to see the repeats, but it's still good.

Location - easy to walk to Zoo (one of the best things about the city), Hillcrest, Gas Lamp area (not a fan), Midway museum (awesome) along the water... we walk everywhere, so if you're not a big walker, San Diego is pretty spread out.  The immediate surroundings are out of sync with the house itself, but it still works.

The Inn - true Victorian.  Nicely restored, and pleasant to stay in.  Seemed kind of formal from pictures, but it works well.  We're not formal, and we felt very comfortable there.

The staff - nice balance of professional and warm/friendly.  Made us feel very welcome.  Really fantastic actually.  Someone is there 24 hrs/day.

Hope that's informative.  Would definitely recommend to a friend.

20/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. Tim N.
The hotel was overall interesting, but the "breakfast aspect" of this bed and breakfast needs a lot of work, as do some maintenance and sound insulation issues.

Pros:
+ Interestingly decorated room.
+ Comfortable bed.
+ Well stocked bathroom.
+ Free Wifi, and one free bottled water.
+ Nice snacks/wine at 5-7 PM every day.
+ Free parking.

Cons:
- The hotel hardware (doorknobs, etc) need some maintenance.  The doorknob fell off the front door in my hand, and the toilet flusher broke on the first flush.  The front gate was also pretty difficult to open.
- The Wifi stopped working and was refusing connections after the first day.
- The breakfast was pretty bad actually.  My girlfriend's eggs were salt-bombed, and breakfast service took over an hour (!) after we were seated.  They really need to send the hotel staff to hospitality school as this was unacceptable.
- The age of the building and its 124-year-old insulation means you can hear every lewd detail of the upstairs guests having sex at 4 AM which was sort of jarring.  Unless you're into that type of thing.

Overall it was an interesting experience, but probably not worth the high price compared to much cheaper chain competitors with superior service.  You're paying for the mansion setting here and that's about it.

18/10/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
25. Carolyn G.
I stayed here on my wedding night and loved it!!  We got some awesome pics of me and my bridesmaids on the staircase.  The floor to ceiling stained glass window behind the staircase is amazing!!  We stayed in the Balboa Room, one of only two rooms with a balcony.  It was awesome!!  I loved that balcony!

The staff was super helpful, especially a guy who I believe was named, Martin.  He checked us in and served my husband and I breakfast the next morning.  He was very helpful with taking pics and very accommodating with our odd requests.  Breakfast was really tasty.  The blueberry scones with almond creme were so good!!

I would def recommend this B&B to anyone looking for a romantic getaway!  I am typically thrifty with hotel rooms but Britt Scripps is def wroth the price!!  The location rocks too!  Just a short mile from downtown (Gaslamp) or from uptown (Hillcrest).

18/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
26. Kumi K.
Very conveniently located near Balboa park and $7 cab ride away from Gaslamp Quarter.  It was our first time staying at B&B and it was everything and more that I could have hoped for.

We stayed in the Garden room. The room was very feminine, spacious, had plenty of natural light, and the bed was very comfortable.  We planned on just dropping our overnight bags and go sightseeing but as soon as we lay down on the bed, we didn't get up till dinner time.  And oh, the pillows were soft and fluffy and I loved how nice and clean it smelled.  The good sized bathroom was also very clean and the towel warmer was a nice touch.  BF did say he wished there was a temperature controller so it's possible to warm the towels more.  Another thing about the room is that it's located on the first floor near the kitchen and the back entrance so the room is definitely for you if you want easy access to the garden and like waking up to the delicious smell of bacon.

Breakfast was included and it was nice. BF thought the scone was too tough but he prefers a cake-y texture and I like mine biscuit-y so I really enjoyed it. The chicken sausage was interesting - not sure I liked it. Rosemary potatoes on the other hand were delicious.  After we finished our meal, Martin gave us a little present (courtesy of the chef) because it was Easter Sunday, which I thought was very sweet.    

Overall, our experience at this B&B was wonderful.  I was impressed and very pleased with the little details like the small box of chocolate to welcome us, the complimentary Voss water, and the very nice bath products.  I would recommend this place for couples wanting to spend a romantic weekend together.

27/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
27. Ava M.
My husband (then fiance) and I stayed here a few years back and I was saddened to have just found out about the closing of accommodations of Britt Scripps Inn.  We thank the staff and owners for maintaining such a beautiful, historical, Victorian-inspired B&B in the heart of San Diego.  

We stayed in the private Carriage House where we were welcomed with a well-kept room, rose petals in the bathroom and serenity outside in the quaint garden.  We truly enjoyed the ambiance, the staff's hospitality, service, and made-to-order breakfast.  Everything was within a 10 minute distance: Balboa Park, downtown, the Zoo, Gaslamp district, Old Town and many other landmarks.  Good Luck to the staff and the future of Britt Scripps.

28/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
28. Cassandra B.
After reading that the B&B was closed even though the web page is active, I called the B&B.  The person who answered the phone did not speak English well at all (as noted in another review).  After confirming that the hotel was open, I asked if they had rooms available when I will be in town.  He kept trying to get me to look at the web page (I assume to see the specifics on each room).  I kept telling him that I was looking at the web page.  He kept spelling out the web page link.  I kept telling him that I was there!  I finally hung up.  The web page would not let me select dates to check availability (IE10).  My phone was able to select dates and showed all but one room were available.  The rates listed were very low.  I had to select 0 or 2 guests per room.  When I selected 2 (even though I will be by myself), it doubled the rate to what I was expecting from the other hotel reservation sites.  Since I couldn't find any information about a cancellation policy, I chose to make the reservation through a third party site that would allow cancellation while I considered whether or not to stay here.  Based upon other current reviews, I would be OK staying here for the rate without breakfast and without the "B&B feel", but I don't like the feedback about water temp and the bad attitude of the mgr.  I am concerned that there would be other issues when I stayed.  I will probably be cancelling my reservation.

29/01/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
29. David E.
I love Britt Scripps, this hotel is amazing! I´ve never been in a Hotel with this unique decoration and with an Historical Landmark in the building. The room was really complete with a lot of facilities. Hotel was clean and decoration was unique. Also the details in the rooms really surprise me. If I go back to San Diego I´ll be back to this hotel definitely. Thanks to the staff of the hotel, it was an amazing experience for me and my wife and the staff was really helpful. I recommend this hotel 100% !!

10/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
30. Nida K.
This was my very first B&B experience. The BF and I decided to try something new for our anniversary and I thought this place would've been a nice little getaway in San Diego. The location is very nice. It's tucked away next to Balboa Park and Hillcrest is nearby. The house is beautiful. The outside architecture is stunning and you can tell they maintain it very well.

I know this B&B is going for that old antique-y theme, but after initially walking in, it's what I imagine a haunted house to look like. There are portraits of people staring at you (the ones where you think their eyes follow you as you walk by), antique furnishings, grand piano, and the wall paper... all tell-tale signs of what a haunted house looks like in my head. Maybe I'm just too young to appreciate this kind of place?

Our room was the Garden room. It was downstairs which I was a little disappointed about because I wanted to see the upstairs. The room was nice, but still a little creepy. There was a portrait of a lady staring at us right next to the bed. Let's just say I slept with one eye open...

Since the house is pretty old, you can hear through the walls and footsteps creak and people walk by. After making it through the night, we sat down for breakfast. Our host took down our order and they cooked it in the back. From what I remember, it was pretty good.

It was an interesting first experience. I won't be back here, but I'm willing to try another B&B somewhere else. Probably in another state... in like the country or forest or something.

30/01/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
31. Michael F.
First off, I want to comment on the sheer beauty of the building itself, and the stained glass window was amazing, and more so when there was plenty of sunlight filtering through the stained glass and the imagery that forms on the wall as a result of the reflection of sunlight is beautiful.  Secondly, I am a sucker for history and culture and to have stayed in a place that was commissioned as a Historical Landmark...thus, sleeping in a place right out of the past is most awesome. Now, onto the amenities, there is coffee and tea served in the mornings starting out at 8 A.M. and there is free WiFi that works pretty well, and the furnishings of the room and their aesthetics were gorgeous. There was a considerable amount of remodeling done over the years to upkeep the house/hotel, and it paid off well! I would highly recommend the Balboa or Gothic rooms for the simple reason, best showers and comfy beds, and the balconies with an awesome view of Balboa park and the gardens immediately outside of the building. And all rooms are en suites, which means they have a full bathroom that includes, shower and/or bathtubs, and sinks complete with towels, wash cloths, and toilet paper and dove shampoo/conditioner and body wash, and hand soap.

22/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. Sandra N.
My husband and I staid here for Easter weekend. We loved the vintage look of the inn. It's like staying in a friend's house. We just didn't like that there was no breakfast nor Coffee in the morning. We would stay here again, but bring our own coffee and morning snacks. Staff is friendly and treats you like a guess in there own home. It's nothing like staying in a regular hotel this is a very different experience, but we liked it and will stay here again.

05/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. Jenn G.
The building was great however the Christmas decor was still up. I wish they had a restaurant on site but they do not. I emailed them before our stay to let them know it was our anniversary and asked if they could write a note or something noting it in the room and they did not. They have the potential to be amazing but they are not utilizing the resources they have. Also there is a window in the bedroom above the door that let's in alot of light at night and it would be great to have curtains up there. Parking is pay parking or meter. So bring change...

01/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
34. Nancy B.
We are so disappoint when we get there on Thursday night. It's not like what we saw in the web site with nice pictures and rate 5 star. We got there almost 7 PM. I was shock when they show us the room, it's too small, and look so old, the bed is make noise every time you move plus the noise from the street and people talking at night we could not sleep. We both had to take the sleeping pill to help get thru the night. We woke up early in the morning with all the foot steps from upstairs . The continental breakfast was bad. Totally, I rate this is 1 star motel, that is the best I can do for them. I wish the owner should refund back our money for the false advertising.

09/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
35. Phoenix H.
The location is perfect... 1.5 miles to gaslamp(S), 1.5 to Hillcrest(N), and close to an access point for Balboa Park. The manse itself is amazing. Take some extra time, you will end up exploring the building and the grounds. Staff was super friendly and accommodating, I slept in and they agreed to come back mid day to clean my room. Daniel at the front desk (he's from Spain) was very down to earth and extremely helpful, going out of his way to make sure my needs were met and offer tips about places in the area. Would definitely stay again and recommend.

06/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
36. Adrienne L.
I booked Britt Scripps Inn through a through a third party website in mid-January 2015, about a week before most of the one star reviews on Yelp came out.  I was very excited about the B&B but completely unaware of any of the problems.  I discovered these reviews after trying to contact the place, only to find the initial problem of trying to figure out their phone number.  I land in SD way before the check-in time and need to drop off my luggage, so I wanted to see if that was possible.  I called the first number (provided on my booking confirmation e-mail) but got a machine saying, "The number you have called has not set up a voice mail."  It hung up on me.  The second number I called (from their website and on Yelp) kept ringing until a machine answered saying, "The party you are calling is not answering.  Please hang up and try again."  I called this number multiple times throughout the day and got the machine every time.  It was then where I went back to Yelp and saw the reviews.  
Their Facebook page ( facebook.com/pages/Britt… ) says it's permanently closed.  How is it possible I booked a room in a place that is permanently closed?  How is it possible there are multiple 1-star Yelp reviews all posted just one week ago on a place that is permanently closed?  If it actually isn't closed, they definitely fooled me.  I canceled my reservation immediately.
By the way I just typed in "Britt Scripps Inn" into Google and found a third phone number.  And a fourth number from a different booking website.

04/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
37. Daniel S.
First and foremost, this place is amazingly gorgeous.
That's what you come here for. It's this gorgeous historic building.

The place is very clean, very nice, with nice staff, we enjoyed it.

23/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0