We recently returned from two nights in this charming hotel. We absolutely loved it! The room was small but was the cleanest of our recent vacation, during which we stayed in three different hotels. The antique furniture and décor was very charming. We didn't miss having a phone or TV in our room; in fact we quite enjoyed the peace and quiet. The scones on the patio were the best scones I have ever eaten. The marmalade was delicious. Hazel, our inn keeper, helped to make this such a pleasant stay for us. We had dinner one night in the restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed this. The hotel grounds and ambience are so charming, and it was great staying right in Old Town Historic Park. We also walked to the public "trolley" and took that up to the Maritime Museum and also Seaport Village. After we figured out how to buy tickets and which line to take, it was a very easy and efficient process, and way more enjoyable than dealing with parking on both ends. The public "trolley" (which is more like a train and not to be confused with the Old Town Red Trolley sightseeing tour) runs about every 10-15 minutes depending on the time of day etc.
Our first night's sleep was a little noisy, as there are some people downstairs in the lounge who like to party, and this is an old creaky wooden building. Some late returning guests stumbling along the upper walkways about 2 am definitely woke us up, but this won't deter us from returning to the hotel. If you are a light sleeper, might be a good idea to pack earplugs. There is also a "ghost tour" that comes by this hotel late at night, and there was a crowd of people who stopped right outside our balcony area to hear about the apparent hauntings in the Cosmo. While it was nice to hear the tour guide's speech for free, it was disturbing to us since we were in bed early, and I wish the Cosmo would require this to happen at a little earlier hour (like before 9 pm or so).
In spite of its noisiness, we thoroughly loved our stay at this little hotel, and we can't wait to return!
- 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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