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  • Charming, Victorian-style rooms with flat-screen TVs
  • Free, delicious made-to-order breakfast
  • Free daily wine and cheese tastings
  • 2 blocks from Balboa Park
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Small bathrooms
  • No pool, spa, business center, or fitness center

Bottom Line

This romantic Victorian inn near Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo has nine quaint, richly decorated rooms with flat-screen TVs, luxurious amenities (including decadent bedding and butler service), and free Wi-Fi. The free, delicious breakfast is made to order, and free wine and cheese is served each evening in the parlor.

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Charming Victorian grandeur

Built in 1887, this inn has preserved its original Victorian grandeur, with features like stained glass windows, a hand-carved oak staircase, an 1883 Steinway grand piano, and seven roof gables. A free cook-to-order breakfast and free evening wine and cheese tastings in the parlor provide bed-and-breakfast charm.


Bankers Hill neighborhood near Balboa Park

Map of Britt Scripps Inn

The inn is located in Bankers Hill, two blocks from Balboa Park with its many museums and gardens, and near the San Diego Zoo and Little Italy. The historic Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town San Diego are also a short drive away.

  • 10-minute walk to Balboa Park
  • 6-minute drive to Little Italy
  • 7-minute drive to the San Diego Zoo
  • 8-minute drive to Gaslamp Quarter
  • 9-minute drive to Old Town San Diego
  • 9-minute drive to the San Diego International Airport
  • 15-minute drive to Coronado Beach

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Luxurious rooms with rich antique-style decor and flat-screen TVs


The nine rooms in the Britt Scripps Inn are equipped with flat-screen TVs, high-end bath products, and elegant antique-style furnishings. Each room's decor is different, with styles ranging from renaissance to Asian, and all have a quaint, romantic vibe. Rooms on the second floor tend to be a little quieter.

All rooms include:

  • 1,000-thread-count sheets
  • 24-hour butler service from a full-time butler (who also serves breakfast)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Gilchrist & Soames bath products
  • 19-inch or larger flat-screen TV
  • DVD player
  • Robes
  • Heated towel rack

Room types:

  • Renaissance: Queen bed; located on the second floor; claw-foot tub with a rain showerhead
  • Balboa: King bed; located on the second floor; claw-foot tub with a rain showerhead; balcony with furniture
  • Governors Room: Queen bed; located on the second floor; rain showerhead; decorative fireplace
  • Library: Queen bed; located on the first floor; tub with rain showerhead; bay window; wheelchair accessible
  • Garden: Split king bed; located on the first floor; rain showerhead
  • Aesthetic: Queen bed; located on the second floor; claw-foot tub/shower; Asian-influenced decor
  • Gothic: Queen bed; located on the second floor; claw-foot tub/shower; balcony/porch
  • Carriage House: Queen bed; located in a separate garden cottage; Jacuzzi tub; front porch
  • Golden Oak: Queen bed; located on the first floor; rain showerhead; walk-out porch

Rooms and Rates


Free made-to-order breakfast and wine tastings

  • Free wine and hors d’oeuvres served in the parlor from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Free hot American breakfast with a la carte menu served daily. The menu is different each morning, but might include items like croissant french toast or two eggs any style served with bacon or sausage.
  • Free parking
  • 24-hour butler service from a full-time butler
  • 24-hour front desk staff


Key Features
Hotel Services
Free Breakfast
Family Services
Kids Allowed
Things to Do
Tennis Court
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
406 Maple Street, San Diego, CA 92103
Room Types
  • Aesthetic Room
  • Balboa Room
  • Garden Room
  • Golden Oak Room
  • Gothic Room
  • Governors Room
  • Library Room
  • Renaissance Suite
  • The Carriage House

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