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Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

great experience, beautiful & comfortable room with basics & simplicity. Friendly staff & welcoming. Arrived very late on a pouring rain evening but enjoyed our stay. Our only suggestion is to offer some "protein" for breakfast: excessive carbs only. thank you!

We enjoyed two nights at this charming hotel, built in 1829 and furnished in late 19th century style with 21st century comforts like pillow topped mattresses and heating!(it was unseasonably cold during our stay). The highlight was the pine tub (which we paid a bit more for but worth it). Very comfortable and, of course, not something you find at the Hilton! The breakfast was tasty featuring homemade scones and granola, good coffee and tea selection, and fresh fruit. The staff were very accommodating and the location in Old Town is fun....but noisy as it is surrounded by freeways, Amtrak and the airport is near....not sure there is a quiet place to stay in San Diego, for that matter!

Super friendly staff. We arrived late and had to go really early. The staff offered us a free breakfast to take out and even brought it to our room. Really sweet. And read all the books in your room! You probebly won't sleep anymore but the stories of other guests are beautifull. History of the hotel and their owners is beautifull too.

I stumbled upon this hotel while web browsing. Lucky for us they had room for us so I booked right away. Pulling onto the Hotel grounds we were pleasantly surprised with our surroundings. We approached the young lady standing at a podium near the restaurant/ bar area. She was very friendly and welcoming. A sign next to her welcomed the guests checking in. She escorted us to our room and gave a brief spiel of the hotel itself. The room definitely unique, and was clean as well as comfortable. We showed our appreciation to our housekeeper. The table and chairs on the veranda was nice touch to enjoy the wonderful sunsets. The staff at the restaurant were attentive however nothing on the menu that evening really impressed me. Every staff member that we encountered was very pleasant. Hats off to them. We will definitely be back one day for a longer stay. Thank you Cosmopolitan Hotel SD !!

Grade - C: I had a great time in San Diego and stayed at The Cosmopolitan Hotel because I was looking for a unique experience. The Cosmopolitan delivered a unique and enjoyable stay. Be aware the hotel tries to stay true to it's 1800’s roots. That being said there are no TV’s, Phone’s, Wet Bar’s, Ice, or Refrigerators in any of the rooms. The Continental Breakfast is simply scones and coffee. Although there were signs saying the second level was for hotel guest, and having no security, several people still make it upstairs, try the door handles to the rooms, then pressed their faces against our windows looking inside thinking its a museum. So keep the doors locked at all times as usual but you also have to keep the blinds down all the times. Pros: -Antique Furniture -Fireplace -Clawfoot Tub -Unique Experience -The light Continental Breakfast was tasty -Maid Service is one of the best I’ve experienced Cons: -The Fabric on the Antique Furniture is covered in wet stains… really gross -Wifi signal is very weak (You’re really stuck in the 1800’s). -Showering in the Clawfoot Tub was torture, the shower curtains don’t give you any room. So the shower curtains literally stick to your wet body while showering, I hope they were cleaned before I showered! -The room is very very drafty having original windows and doors. The weather dropped down to the forties and the room got cold very easy. Restaurant -Food wasn’t good at all. They either need a new menu or chef or both.

What drew us to the Cosmopolitan is its location in the heart of Old Town San Diego. What keeps us coming back is the friendly staff and lovely, old fashioned rooms. We still appreciate how centrally located it is--park once and amble around the area to our hearts content. We usually get the dinner package that gets us a coupon for Casa de Reyes restaurant and have dinner there. In the morning, we have a quick, light breakfast downstairs (included in the room rate), which is convenient. We don't mind that there are no tv's in the room. They do have wifi, so bring your favorite device if you want to stream entertainment. Or just sit on the balcony and people watch. Our only complaint--we haven't had a ghost in our room yet! :-)

My stay in Old Town at the Cosmo started strangely, wonderfully, disconcertingly well enough and veered along that way for 2 nights and 2 days. When I arrived a HUGE Thanksgiving buffet FEAST! was on at the restaurant with over 50 dishs at over a dozen stations. The place was packed and you need to understand that the restaurant is the draw here....the hotel is only 10 rooms and a bit of an afterthought. There is no lobby or arrival desk. I walked right past the little podium where you are checked in via a tablet. The wonderful 'Woman in Charge' type set me straight and INSISTED that I hustle my butt back down after dropping off the luggage so she could comp me the buffet that was closing. But the rather officious young guy who took me upstairs just went on and on about the room. Finally I just told him to wrap it up and ran down to get the last of the goods. But the bar was great and what a wonderfully odd night. It goes on and on like that. The next morning, the few of us guests were VERY all alone in an open air room that was freezing...but the scones, coffee, and juice were great. My room had only SUPER thick pillows and our officious fellow told me there were NO other pillows. But the rest of the staff ran around and found me something. I later had lunch and the waiter was one of those incredible throwbacks to a time when service was an honored profession...flawless. My room and the Cosmopolitan as a whole made it easy to read up on the amazing history of this most historic of buildings. It IS the history of San Diego...take time to read all about it. But I might enjoy the lovely grounds and terrific food by visiting just the restaurant. The rather austere room and mixed hotel service was charming but not really why you would come here.

Always a fun place to drink and nosh economically during happy hour. Central outdoor bar/pub atmosphere. My only gripe is the seating - it's cool looking but cowhide is scratchy and not comfy at all. The bartenders are always friendly, too.

My wife and I stayed at the Cosmpolitan during early December for two weeknights and it was fantastic! We literally felt like we were staying in a museum exhibit with very nicely restored furniture and amenities. The staff was genuinely very friendly, cordial, and accommodating. The room we stayed in (The Seeley Suite, rooms 4 & 5) is nearly the same as it would have been back in 1870 with a few exceptions geared towards modern comforts, namely electricity, indoor plumbing, AC/heating, and free Wi-Fi. There is no television or in-room phone so those expecting these might be disappointed; we weren't. We refrained from using the heating since the Seeley Suite is the only room with a fireplace (remotely controlled and fully screened) and we felt using it instead was more in keeping with the theme of an 1870s hotel stay. The table and chairs outside the room on the second floor landing were a lovely addition and afforded a panoramic view of the western area of Old Town. I was able to bring a tray with the continental breakfast goodies back to the room and we ate at the table. Old Town station which is used by Amtrak, the San Diego Coaster, and the San Diego Trolley is a few hundred yards from the hotel and really enhanced the whole "stepping back in time" experience (that's actually how we got to the hotel, no personal vehicle use for this trip). Hearing the chiming of the train crossing and the bell and horn of the trains as they pulled into the station caused me and my wife (rail and train aficionados) to smile or sigh pleasantly every time we heard them. Having an operational and frequently used train station may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it added to our experience. If there were any downsides to the visit it is the shower which is an add on to the claw-footed tub. It was next to impossible to keep the shower curtain which encircles the tub, inside the tub and closed simultaneously so no spray gets out and onto the flooring or walls. We solved that by just taking baths, as they would have back in the day. The other was the couch and the chairs in the parlor room. They are absolutely gorgeous but they felt too old and weakened to really stretch out on or in as you would with your home furniture. I sat on the couch a few times to read and mess about on my cell phone but otherwise just crashed on the bed. Last note, the hotel is allegedly haunted. I say "allegedly" because not everyone believes in ghosts or spirits but we both heard noises/voices from unidentified sources within the room (not from people walking by outside) and I took a photo of my wife at the hotel's courtyard restaurant during dinner which contains an unexplained transparent purple form behind her - not a light reflection or an employee or fellow patron passing by, I took subsequent shots with people passing by and couldn't duplicate the original. LOVED OUR STAY! We're going to book another visit for our anniversary in a few months!

Love this place! very unique and staff is very friendly and helpful' Location is great, the Hop On/Hop Off is just a block away and lots of shops and good restaurants. I didn't eat at hotel so not sure if food is good or not. if you want a peaceful place this is the place for you: no TV no phone Didn't put 5 stars because of a few things: Doesn't have a no disturb sign and in the room;the bathroom lamps were dusty and sink was clogged - they should check all this before a new guest comes in But saying this if I come back to San Diego I will sure come and stay at your hotel

2660 Calhoun Street San Diego CA

Located in Old Town, Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant is adjacent to Old Town San Diego State Park with other popular attractions like University of San Diego within a couple of miles (3 km). This 10-room hotel has free breakfast along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free self parking. It's also close to Seaworld and San Diego Zoo.


Dining

Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast, served each morning from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at Cosmopolitan Restaurant , the hotel's onsite restaurant.


Rooms

Guests can expect to find free WiFi.


Property features

At Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas and a terrace. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. Friendly staff can provide front-desk service during limited hours, and also offer advice about sightseeing.

Room options

Deluxe Suite, 1 Queen Bed, Balcony, Park View (Pine Tub Suite)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, 1 Queen Bed, Balcony, Park View (Josefa Bandini)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, 1 Queen Bed, Balcony, Courtyard View (Estudillo)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Grand Suite, 1 Bedroom, Balcony, Park View (Seeley Suite)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

90% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 214 reviews