Hotel San Jose
What We Love
- Key location on South Congress Avenue, Austin’s hipster central
- Minimalist chic, eco-friendly design
- Fab courtyard bar scene in the Lounge
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What To Know
- The hotel is about 10 miles from Austin Bergstrom Airport. A cab will run $25-30 and take about 20 minutes
- No restaurant on site, but you can get room service breakfast or charge to your room at Jo’s coffee shop out front
- WiFi, coffee service, eclectic movie rentals and parking are free
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Hotel San Jose anchors the South Congress district, where hip bars, music venues, eclectic shops and the occasional food trailer make the scene. Its collection of ivy-covered buildings of plain concrete with Spanish-tiled roofs is connected by ponds, arbor-lined walkways and bathtub-sized aluminum planters filled with horsetail bamboo for an Asian-via-Mexico aesthetic. It all encircles a courtyard and bar.
Bed and Bath
Rooms are minimalist cool with a modern hacienda vibe. White walls, polished concrete floors and platform beds create a loftlike backdrop for a globetrotting mix of textiles–think Indian block-print pillows, vintage Turkish rugs and cowhide accents. The vibe continues in the bathrooms, with shower stalls of simple white subway tiles; the San Jose gets both eco and fashionista cred for the large-size bottles of Malin + Goetz bath products. Custom robes are kimono-style and echo Mexican serapes.
More than just a bar, the hotel’s Lounge in its central courtyard is a meeting place for visitors and locals alike; order the Michelada. There are Wednesday DJ nights and occasional events from tarot readings to jazz brunch, and overnight guests can partake of breakfast here – continental to eggs ranchero – or have it delivered to your room. Digging on the hotel’s design? You can take home a piece of it courtesy of the lobby’s small boutique.
In the Area
Steps away, South Congress Avenue is ground zero for people watching and boutique shopping: South Congress Café does nifty takes on locavore cooking, and Guero’s Taco Bar serves up old-school Tex-Mex to everyone from businessfolks to families. A short drive away, Uchi serves innovative sushi and Elizabeth Street Cafe serves as both a boulangerie and Vietnamese restaurant. Avoid the fratty masses spilling out of the massive bars on Sixth Street (nicknamed “Dirty Sixth”), in favor of a bar crawl through hip East Austin, from neo-speakeasy the East Side Showroom to hipster honkytonk The White Horse. Right across the street from the hotel is famed music venue the Continental Club. And it should be stamped in airline tickets that visitors must congregate at the South Congress Bridge for the nightly bat migration; just show up at sundown.
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great location, neat vibe. Beautful gardens, simple rooms with all amenities, but reduced to elemental, hip forms. Loved this place. Lovely garden courtyard for breakfast, late night drinks. Pool is a sliver, but perfect for cooling off
Really liked Austin but not this place! This hotel/motel came recommended so I was really disappointed. It is an old motel that has been nicely renovated into a pretty cool property. Beautiful landscaping and a very minimalistic style for the room. The price point seemed high to me for what we got. The main issue we encountered was noise. People were outside my room, which had an "old style" motel window that was on a shared patio, other guest and hotel staff, talking and disturbing us throughout our stay. To make it worse, the maintenance closet was next to us! The hotel was full so all they offered me was a small reduction to my rental rate. I felt my issues were not very important to them.
I would NOT recommend or stay at this place again. There are several other nice properties along So Congress that I plan to stay at on my next visit.
I’ve stayed here on my past three trips to Austin. The staff is friendly and helpful and location central for shops, dining, etc. They have great breakfast and snack options and just added cocktails. The look of the rooms is very southwestern chic and rooms have great amenities for the price, like Malin + Goetz bath products and robes. Also, the mini bar assortment is the coolest I’ve seen!