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“What a great historic hotel!”
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Cosmopolitan Hotel
Ranked #5 of 33 San Diego B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Westminster
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“What a great historic hotel!”
Reviewed 23 June 2011

The Cosmopolitan's restoration to its previous glory is an elegant and charming place to stay! We loved staying within the historic park. As all the other reviewers said, you can either eat in the hotel restaurant or take a short walk to others.

At night we sat on the balcony overlooking the courtyard, listening to the music down below.

We had a nice breakfast of homemade scones and jam, juice and coffee out on the same balcony, while soft music played in the courtyard.

And if you are a Victorian or Old West re-enactor, they encourage you to dress in the period (1869 through 1888 for this hotel) which is a lot of fun if you love talking to others and having your picture taken! Stores in the historic area offer discounts if you are dressed up.

This was a truly relaxing stay and we will visit again. I understand that Room 11 is HAUNTED with residual sounds (boot steps, children's voices, etc) although it has an obstructed view if that's important to you.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2011

This hotel was a great find. I found it online the day before we were to arrive in San Diego. It is a small hotel with more of a bed and breakfast feel. All the staff wear 'old west' style costumes which for a hotel on a street with no cars just lends to the charm. The building is the oldest surviving in San Diego, which is great for history lovers. It's located about a block from lots of restraunts that are open late - but you can't hear them at the hotel. So, you're not off alone even though the hotel is in the park.
The room was great. We booked a room with a claw foot tube. It also came with a pull chain toilet, and the most comfortable bed I have slept in; in a long time. It's super soft.
I didn't have a chance to eat in the restraunt but, ate some soup at the outside bar. The bar staff was great, and the intresting old style drinks were cool. The breakfast in the morning was served outside the room and came with scones and jam. Tea or coffee. They were very good.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hacienda Heights, California
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Reviewed 9 June 2011

beautiful rooms nice little touches to make your stay perfect. did not get a chance to try the restaraunt however the lady in the bar was a ditz.. have been to san diego several times and usually stay in an uppity over priced hotel from now on we will stay here !!! great value and location

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2011

There aren't many California State Parks that afford you the chance to spend the night in luxurious surroundings. But a stay at the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park provides that opportunity. The late1820s pueblo and second-story hotel have undergone a $6.5 million restoration and been brought back to life as a bed and breakfast.

The ten rooms have been painstakingly restored with period furniture and Bradbury & Bradbury wallpapers. Each room is indifferent but what you'll always find are comfy pillow-top beds, cozy robes, and charming amenities. Homemade scones, OJ, and coffee served to your door each morning or in the historic dining room.

Wake-up overlooking the Plaza de las Armas and explore historic buildings in the park. An old wagon was, without a doubt, the most popular spot for photo-ops. The hotel restaurant is wonderful and includes a lovely courtyard...and they serve some interesting cocktails whose origins also date back to the 1800s -- sample the Bourbon Smash! This is not the Casa Bandini of old. While the menu includes some Mexican favorite, it is so much more. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and weekend brunch. Ask about the monthly Victorian tea especially if you love finger sandwiches and genteel pastimes.

San Diego State Historic Park is an easy touchdown from the airport. Less than five miles away, it's an quick trip back in time from the airport by taxi or rental car. Great shopping, entertainment and dining are a short walk inside or out of the park boundaries. Not to mention museums that showcase the history of San Diego dating back to the early 1800s.

Wedding groups can take over the entire hotel. The courtyard is a perfect setting for all aspects of your special event including the ceremony and reception. The hotel has an event coordinator available to help with all aspects of that special day.

Oh, yes, you can see SeaWorld fireworks from the balcony. Bonus!!

This 4-star review was provided by the CaliforniaTravelinsider.com

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Cosmopolitan Hotel

Property: Cosmopolitan Hotel
Address: 2660 Calhoun St, San Diego, CA 92110-2705
Region: United States > California > San Diego > Old Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Cosmopolitan Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you enjoy being around luxurious vintage ambiance, then Old Town San Diego’s Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant, the oldest surviving building in San Diego, is the place where you want to go. Visit us and we will take you back in time with our Victorian style bedrooms and baths, dining and bar, and lounges. Stroll along the hotel’s second-floor veranda or sit by your room’s window to gaze upon the activity in the State Historic Park or the outdoor courtyard. Each hotel room has a private bath and has been elegantly appointed with fine furnishings from the 1870s. ... more   less 
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