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“Not your typical hotel”
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Cosmopolitan Hotel
Ranked #4 of 33 San Diego B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Cross, SC
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46 reviews
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“Not your typical hotel”
Reviewed 24 February 2014

There are only a few choices for places to stay if you wish to stay in Old Town. The Cosmopolitan is your best choice as long as you can live without a TV. Located in the Park, this small Hotel has 10 rooms and is the best location. Each room is different and has 1880's period furnishings. You can't drive up directly to the front entrance as it is a pedestrian walkway, but parking is usually available in the State Park lots on Juan St. A continental breakfast is provided consisting of Coffee/Tea Scones & fresh fruit as well as juice. If you are looking for an alternative to the Best Western and other chain hotels, I recommend staying here.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

Several friends & I had lunch at this beautiful old hotel in Old Town. BTW: its the oldest hotel in San Diego & has been designated a historical landmark by the State. The state has completely restored it to it's magnificent glory & when you go, its like stepping back in time.
But the best part of all was our lunch. We all agreed that this was some of the best food we had eaten in a long time. I started with the spicy Kung Pao Calimari which was served with a delicious dipping sauce & a light palate cooling slaw. It was a huge portion for only $8.95, enough to share with everyone. I then followed with the Pork & Hominy Stew which was DELICIOUS! It was very hearty containing cabbage, cilantro & misc. veggies... and it was only $5.95!!! It was worth 3 times as much. On the side I had the home-made potato chips. That's right... home made! These were so good I could have made a meal on them alone. They were sliced paper thin, perfectly seasoned & wonderfully crispy.
The docent took us for a tour of the hotel, & was very informative. Tho we were unable to see inside the state-rooms because they were full of guests. (lucky few - only 10 rooms)
This would be a wonderful stop-over for tourists. The hotel prices are very reasonable & the restaurant prices can't be beat. Plus kids under 10 eat free! The menu is unique & varied & everyone in our party found something they loved. (Have you ever seen Pork & Hominy stew on a menu?)
However I would highly recommend that even San Diego natives try-out this delicious restaurant. I'm looking forward to going back for dinner. There's also a full bar serving some unique & yummy-sounding concoctions.
The Cosmopolitan is elegant enough for that special occasion & inexpensive enough for a casual outing as well.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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San DIego, CA
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

My husband and I stay at the Cosmopolitan as often as we can.

One of the highlights of our stay was our morning breakfast on the veranda. As of this year, that gem along with the wonderful Hazel have been removed from us.

The Cosmopolitan is a wonderful place to stay, the veranda breakfast made it that much more special. I hope enough guests request this and Hazel back for us to enjoy for years to come.

Room Tip: All rooms are good rooms.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California, United States
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

My 6-year-old grandson and I spent a night at the Cosmo, located in San Diego's Old Town State Historical Park. There are only a limited number of rooms, all on the second floor. The view overlooking the park is lovely, especially when sitting at breakfast outside our room enjoying scones with jam and coffee for me. The furnishings are of an earlier period befitting the park's history; even the bathroom fixtures are quaint. There is no TV, but in this age of electronics it was not missed, and the hotel did concede enough to modernity to have electricity. There are many things for all ages to see in the park and in Old Town in general. There was a mixup as to the payment, but it was straightened out graciously. Staff is friendly and helpful. The hotel has its own restaurant, and there are many other eating establishments nearby. Our only regret is that although invited, the resident ghost did not pay us a visit.

Room Tip: There is an elevator going up to the second floor. All rooms have an interesting view.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

A chilly night and an early dinner before the theatre turned out to be a delightful experience thanks to the efficient and charming Manager and waitress. I had booked for four of us to eat at 5.30pm. The Manager suggested eating outside and took us to the the large fire pit and with many heaters. We were toasty warm and the setting was perfect .Our guests had arrived from the UK and this was an excellent place. The inexpensive menu and wide choice of non Mexican food was perfect. The catch of the day was amply covered with macadamia nuts, the ribs were boneless and succulent . I had my first taste of churros, light as air and sugary, they slipped down too easily, the chocolate dipping sauce made it even more sinful but delectable. For what I consider to be a very reasonably price dinner I think this is an excellent place, especially if one sits outside.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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San Diego, California, United States
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

My wife and I booked a room at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town, for New Years Eve. Included with the room was a buffet dinner, party favors and champagne at Midnight. The accomodations were wonderful. The bed was quite comfortable and the room overlooked the Old Town Square. The food was excellent and there were quite a few choices. The band played a good cross-section of dance music. In the morning, there was a scone breakfast with coffee, several juices (orange, apple) and mixed fruit.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Diego
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

Spent our anniversary night at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town, San Diego. Have had some not great eating experiences here, but decided to give the hotel accommodations a try and skip the restaurant this time.

Our suite was beautiful, squeaky clean. Bed comfortable but very noisy and creaky. Claw foot tub in bathroom. Wonderful for a soak, great water pressure and it got nice and hot, not that lukewarm water some hotels have.

Fireplace in room, along with a small parlor area. No phones or television as this is meant to take you back to the 1870's. So bring an iPad or laptop with you.

Loved our stay, it was on a Tuesday night in fall so Old Town wasn't too loud or rowdy. Was glad to see that the restaurant has at least gotten rid of the smooth jazz music and provided period correct music that added to the ambience of the hotel instead of detracting from it, as the smooth jazz did.

Two gripes: There is a rapid transit complex within walking distance. The trains run all night and they are LOUD. The horns never stopped beeping and it was like the train was going to run through our room. Hotel cannot help this, and I know now that any hotel in the Old Town area will have this issue. It was 'old time charming' up until 1am and then I was over it.

Breakfast: or should I say, lack of it. This is a restaurant, first and foremost. We were told "breakfast" would be 'served' in the dining room from 7-9am. Misleading statement to be sure.

"Breakfast" is left on a sideboard, self-serve style, and consisted of stale, tough microwaved blueberry scones. Sure, they were fresh baked at one point in their lives, then probably frozen. NOT worth the caloric investment. So stale scones, watermelon, coffee or tea. Blech. Expected better from what's supposed to be a better dining establishment. If you want to eat in Old Town, head down to the Living Room Cafe down the street, you'll have better luck.

Would stay again, perhaps in a room not fronting the plaza and maybe this will reduce the train noise. Will eat somewhere else for breakfast. Pretty rooms.

Oh yeah...our room had an extra person in it that we couldn't see. Nice though, we think it was a little boy or girl. Were told the haunted room is 11. Add 4/5 to the list.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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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 #4 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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