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Cosmopolitan - Casa de Bandini

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The Cosmopolitan began as a one-story adobe home to the prominent Jose Bandini who sold it to Albert Seeley. Albert Lewis Seeley (1822-1899) was born in Illinois in 1822 and became a stagecoach driver in Texas and Los Angeles. He came to San Diego with his English wife, Emily, and their six children in 1867. He started the United States Mail Stage Line and later gained the contract to carry mail over the San Diego to Los Angeles section of the Tucson to Los Angeles mail run. He also carried passengers between Yuma and Los Angeles. Road Trip when this place was visited.
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On May 1, 1869 he purchased the Bandini residence to use as a depot and for accommodations. He added a second floor of wood to the original adobe structure and opened it as The Cosmopolitan Hotel. It was judged "one of the roomiest and most comfortable hotel buildings in Southern California" by The San Diego Union newspaper. The two-story building is an L shape with a court yard behind. Adjacent stables were also built in 1869 to support the stage lines. Over the next ten years, Seeley's business expanded to included more runs to more locations including Julian. The railroads cut into his business such that by 1887, the only remaining run was from San Diego to Ocean Beach. Later in 1887, Seeley sold the Cosmopolitan and the stable and he and his wife moved to San Francisco.

After, the building became an olive packing plant (1900), a hotel, motel, and restaurant. The building was extensively restored in 2010 as a restaurant and saloon with entertainment.

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Monday - Friday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (brunch menu)

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2660 Calhoun Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: 619-297-1874
Located in Old Town San Diego.

Cosmopolitan - Casa de Bandini

Casa de Bandini
Casa de Bandini. Photo Date: 1-11-04.
Casa de Bandini
Casa de Bandini. Photo Date: 1-11-04.
Casa de Bandini
Casa de Bandini. Photo Date: 1-11-04.
Casa de Bandini
Casa de Bandini. Photo Date: 6-13-04

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