Old Town’s Cosmo Hotel Slated for Mid-June Opening

May 11, 2010

-Oldest Surviving Building in San Diego Announces June Opening –

The multimillion-dollar restoration of Old Town San Diego’s Cosmopolitan Hotel was celebrated recently with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 175-year-old building.

The Cosmopolitan, which was toured by guests of the event, includes an indoor and outdoor restaurant by the same name, boutique hotel with 10 rooms on the second level, along with private dining rooms for special occasions. The hotel is planned to open in mid-June.

The celebration kicked off with speakers and dignitaries arriving in a horse-drawn carriage through the middle of the state park and interpreters dressed in historic garb adorned the hotel’s veranda and balcony.

Chuck Ross, the owner and concessionaire of the Cosmopolitan Hotel, had a few words to say about the historic building.

“What a difference a year makes,” Ross stated. “In one year’s time, we have brought a new energy to Old Town.  We have dug in our heels and demanded that The Cosmopolitan be the best that it can be.”

Chuck Ross also introduced Joseph Melluso, the operator of The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant.

“The Cosmo will honor all of the people of the past such as Albert Seeley and Juan Bandini, but also be a place that many generations will enjoy for years to come,” Melluso stated.

The building was originally constructed as the home of San Diego pioneer and early settler Juan Bandini in 1827, Seeley added the second floor and ran a stage stop and hotel on the property in 1869.

The ribbon was cut by Ronnie Clark, southern division chief of California State Parks, Bill Mennell, the state’s project manager for The Cosmopolitan, David Marshall of Heritage Architecture, architect, Bruce Coons of Save Our Heritage Organisation, Chuck Ross and Joseph Melluso.

“This building is one of the most important projects that our company has ever worked on,” stated Bruce Coons. “We are excited to take part in the renovation of one of the most significant buildings in the state of California.”

The renovation was funded by California State Parks, a California Cultural and Historical Endowment, Delaware North Companies and Old Town Family Hospitality Corp. General  Contractor was Soltek Pacific.

For more information about Old Town’s Cosmopolitan Hotel, visit oldtowncosmopolitan.com.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel ribbon was cut by (from left to right) Ronnie Lee Clark, California State Parks Southern Division Chief, Bill Mennell, California State Parks project manager, Bruce Coons of Save Our Heritage Organisation, David Marshall of Heritage Architecture, Chuck Ross of Old Town Family Hospitality Corp. and Joseph Melluso, The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant.

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