Luxurious Portal to a Bygone era, Britt Scripps Inn Opens February 14, 2005

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ — Valentine’s Day will see the rebirth of one of San Diego’s most resplendent historic landmarks. The Queen Anne-style Victorian mansion, built 118 years ago for the then princely sum of $3,000, has benefited from a $6 investment resulting in the grand Britt Scripps Inn with nine rooms that marry old-world styling and elegance with modern conveniences.

Guests will feel transported to the 19th century as they gaze upon the charming multi-gabled house with striking turret and wrap-around porch. Guests enter into a vestibule area with 12-foot-high ceilings. Ornate wooden-beaded fretwork accents hallways that lead to the opulent parlor, quaint dining room and stunning hand-carved oak grand staircase with adjacent music alcove, where an historic Steinway Art Case piano, circa 1883, resides. All of this is framed by a dazzling two-story stain glass wall comprised of three panels depicting morning, afternoon and evening settings.

Each of the Inn’s nine rooms is uniquely adorned with period-appropriate furnishings that will have guests waking and wondering if H.G. Wells and his time machine abducted them during the night. Each room’s bathroom is equally adept at bringing the 1880s to mind, with many sporting claw-foot bathtubs and pedestal sinks.

Artfully hidden in each room is the 21st century, in the form of high speed, wireless Internet access, flat screen televisions and multi-line telephones. The bathrooms have towel-heating racks.

To offset this jolt of necessary convenience and reality, the Inn’s amenities return to the age of opulence with 1,000 thread count bed linens and Aviana bathrobes with felt-like lining. Even the Inn’s remarkable Kiehl’s bath products draw guests back to the era as the shampoos, conditioners, bath gels and lotions have retained the subtle smell and texture from the company’s founding in 1851.

The manicured lawn area with brick patio, romantic fountains and wedding arbor is available for special events, such as wedding ceremonies, social happenings, and elegant sit-down dinners. The grounds feature a Camphor tree planted in 1865, the first in North America.

Britt Scripps Inn, at 406 Maple Street, is just steps from Balboa Park museums, gardens and the San Diego Zoo. Rates start at $299 and include full American breakfast and evening wine and hors d’oeuvres. For reservations call 888-881-1991 (toll free), 619-230-1991 or visit the website at

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