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Cosmopolitan Hotel - History repeats itself

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - The newest attraction in Old Town is old -- very old.

"Originally [the Cosmopolitan Hotel] was a hacienda built by Juan Bandidi in 1827, but in 1869, Albert Seeley added the second story and opened it as a hotel, saloon and restaurant," Bruce Coons of the Save Our Heritage Organization said.

Next month, the Cosmopolitan Hotel will retain its place of prominence in Old Town. The restoration remains true to the original.

"Ninety-eight percent of that material is all original, all the doors and siding. There's wallpaper, there's period antiques and fantastic stuff from the west inside," Coons said.

Locals will remember the hotel as being the former location of Casa de Bandini. The centerpiece of the bar room -- the bar itself -- is a resurrected relic.

"In its original day it was in Silver City, Idaho in the 1870s saloon, then it was moved to Tombstone to be part of a later saloon," Coons said.

When the Cosmopolitan Hotel opens in June, it will feature 10 guest rooms filled with period pieces. Each room in the hotel will be decorated differently.

"All of the wallpaper in all of the rooms is correct to the 1850s, 1860s," Fiesta de Reyes owner Chuck Ross said.

It is hoped that Old Town's newest attraction will keep visitors in the park well after dark.

"Where else can you stay in a quaint hotel like this and have all the ambiance around you that we have? It's just beautiful," Ross said.

Old Town continues to define its future by rediscovering its past.

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