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Cosmopolitan Hotel

01 Nov 2017

written by Cindy Matalucci


Intro and enter the hotel

Parlor and Saloon

Old Town San Diego: Cosmopolitan Hotel
660 Calhoun Street
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 297-1874

The Cosmopolitan Hotel sits atop the former home of San Diego pioneer Juan Bandini. Constructed in 1827, the original adobe home is the second-oldest building in Old Town and one of the oldest in San Diego County. They offer a unique bed and breakfast experience with Victorian-style bedrooms and baths, private dining rooms and a historic saloon.

We love the Saloon for a cocktail and love the decor in the Parlor.

Bandini’s three daughters from his first marriage — Josefa, Arcadia, and Ysidora — were fabled to be the most beautiful women in California. The youngest, Ysidora, fell from the roof of their home into the arms of Lieutenant Cave Couts while he was on horseback – or so the legend goes. Ysidora’s ghost is thought to visit room 11 at The Cosmopolitan Hotel, turning lights on and off and engaging in other spritely mischief.

There is quite a history of this spot being haunted! The general manager says one room in the hotel is the most haunted spot and does not like to be in there alone. According to him, spirits roam the property. Once the hotel opened, guests started to share their own stories as each room has a journal where they can write their experiences. In one room, the experiences are terrifying! It is called the Ysidora Bandini room.

Once the building was converted to a hotel, Bandini’s daughter used to go there to remember her childhood days. She used to stay in the same room at every visit. A lot of people believe her spirit is still in the room. The ghost likes to open the curtains, move the position of the mirror and put the bathroom robe on the floor (this is what guest and hotel staff has experienced). Guest can also hear a cat purring at night.

Paranormal activity experts have examined the room. When they started to get readings and ask questions, they weren’t getting anything. Then, they realized that Ysidora spoke Spanish when she was alive. They started to ask questions in Spanish and, at that moment, she told them her name.

11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday- Friday
10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday
10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday

10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday (menu)

Happy Hour
Monday – Friday 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

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