In 1869 Emily and Albert L. Seeley, a stage driver from Texas, bought the once-glorious and then dilapidated Casa de Bandini (1829–1859), renovated the one-story deteriorating adobe home and added a wood-framed second story and new balcony, creating an imposing, two-story hotel.
The Cosmopolitan Hotel, 1869 to 1888, hosted stage passengers traveling to and from Los Angeles and visitors from the outlying areas with business and personal ties to Old Town.
The bar and sitting rooms on the first floor were the public gathering places. As the town social center, it was the scene of raffles, family reunions, dances, Christmas parties, evening balls and weddings.
The original hotel had 18 bedrooms, some facing out to the plaza and some facing into the courtyard. The larger, outside bedrooms rented for $1 a night, and the smaller, inside rooms, 50 cents. None of the rooms had bathrooms. Rooms 4-5 were combined to be the personal suite of the Seeleys.
Now the hotel has 10 rooms, with the smaller 50-cent rooms converted into modern bathrooms, a couple with amazing soaking tubs! All of the rooms are decorated in beautiful, authentic 1870s period antiques, as close as we could find to the original furnishing as described on the manifest.
Today, when guests stay at The Cosmo, they are served breakfast just outside their rooms on the veranda: hot coffee or tea, fruit, and fresh homemade scones with homemade jam, made from whatever is currently growing in the courtyard garden!
Room 11 is known as Isadora's room. She was one of the daughters of Juan Bandini, the original owner of the Casa de Bandini mentioned above. Isadora is long gone, of course, but she apparently lives on in Room 11, as experienced by many of our guests who have stayed in this room.
There are no televisions or phones in the rooms, but there is WiFi.
Your Inn Keepers
Hazel Diaz, the Lead Inn-Keeper, has been with The Cosmo since its opening in 2010 and is responsible for providing hospitality services to The Cosmopolitan's overnight guests in its ten-room historic inn. Diaz's previous experience includes general manager for the American Legion in Colton, CA, and property manager for the Escondido RV Resort. She has worked for Comic Con for over 10 years, managing the programming department staff. Hazel spends five nights a week at The Cosmo, looking after the guests. She loves having this opportunity to work with guests and staff.
Jonathan Child is Assistant Inn Keeper. Child brings 21 years of hospitality experience to The Cosmo, working at venues that include the Renaissance Esmeralda in Indian Wells; the Wyndham Hotel, the Parker, the Chase Hotel, TGI Friday's, The Left Bank-Uptown Grill - all in Palm Springs; and the Sadaf Restaurant and Nightclub, San Diego.
For more information visit http://www.oldtowncosmopolitan.com