Cosmopolitan Hotel

 Cosmopolitan Hotel

The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town San Diego, California

Cosmopolitan Hotel

The Cosmopolitan’s history goes back to a man named Juan Lorenzo Bandini, one of San Diego’s pioneers who settled here in the 1800’s and who was a colorful and important player in San Diego’s early development. The name is very well known here in San Diego and a great deal about Bandini’s life is a very interesting historic read. He designed and constructed his grand residence, the largest in Old Town at the time, between 1827 and 1829. The single-story home was built around False Bay, later named Mission Bay in 1944.

The original bar in teh Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town San Diego, CA

Original Bar

If you are planning on visiting San Diego, now is a great time of year to head out for a road trip to another haunted location.  During the winter months in San Diego, there are many windy, cool nights that add to the creepy atmosphere for paranormal investigations. I would like to suggest that you visit Old Town, San Diego and walk through this beautiful historic area that is beautifully maintained and landscaped and head over to the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Built in the 1800’s, the dwelling was originally a single story home. It was built by Juan Lorenzo Bandini, an original pioneer, for his wife and two daughters. They all resided in the home until his death. Emily and Albert Seeley obtained the building and created an Inn for travelers who enjoyed class, elegance and entertainment. A grand opening was held in 1869 and the Cosmopolitan Hotel now included the addition of a second level with a grand balcony.


another photo of the renovated Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town San Diego, CA

Cosmopolitan Hotel


In 1870, there were a series of devastating fires in the Old Town area and the hotel became a canning factory. It was recently restored back to it’s historic beauty and offers fine dining with beautiful patio views, piano entertainment as well as traveler’s accommodations!

There is a haunted history to the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

Beautiful Bar

Today, there are reports of full bodied apparitions, a residual and intelligent haunting and phantom specters throughout the building and grounds. It has been reported that Room 11 is the most haunted location in the hotel. The video I have posted below takes the viewer right into Room 11 and they do have EVP recordings of their experience. The Cosmopolitan has been featured on paranormal investigative shows and is regularly toured by ghost hunting groups.  I have visited and eaten at the hotel several time and I took these photographs. It is a spectacular hotel and restaurant and one definitely feels like they have just stepped back in time upon entering. The restoration that took place was completed to perfection. 


There is a long history to the Cosmopolitan Hotel.


After heading through the main lobby of the hotel, there is usually someone at the piano playing old period tunes. Many are students. The Cosmopolitan Hotel truly is an enchanting establishment with a deep history. People come from all over the world to visit Old Town, San Diego. How about you?

Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment below!

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  1. Robyn

    We rented the hotel and restaurant for our daughters wedding and reception. The reception moved ro the bear in old town. I went back to the hotel early, about 1:30 am. When passing the first window in the right, there were two men sitting at the table inside. They were dressed in period clothing and watched me walk by. The next morning, I found out that there was no staff working at that time of night and the room was roped off due to its historical significance.

    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Wow! What an experience Robyn.. I’ve been there several times. A beautiful, historic place.

  2. Mark

    Old Town is great for history buffs and there is so much there. The Cosmopolitan was still under renovations the last time we were in California. Too bad because it sounds and looks like a beautiful spot.


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