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
- 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.
How to Get There
This place is awesome and so different than the traditional chain hotels. I really enjoyed my stay here and the overall vibe at this property. The room was outstanding and very comfortable and the courtyard area was a fun place to unwind and relax. Also, there is so much to do in the neighborhood around the hotel with shops and restaurants. I sure hope to visit here again.
The lay out of the hotel, the room, the lounge and pool were all so beautiful. So much greenery and wildlife (birds chirping, decorative fountains, etc.) We felt very relaxed our entire trip. The staff was so friendly, allowing us to park on the premises prior to our check in and getting us an early check in and late check out (so helpful!). The location was perfect for everything we wanted to do and so much prettier than staying down town. Our room was back away from the lounge area so we did not have any issues with noise that other reviewers have complained about. I would say, the room walls do not insulate noise so there was one night where the room next to us woke us up with talking (nothing extreme so we didn't complain, they should be able to talk in their room!). So be aware that if you have a party room next to yours, you may have trouble sleeping. Great stay and we were sad to leave!
Always want to checkin here just to experience an overnight stay. Every time I walk by I go inside to peek around. I did it again on this day and like always envy their gardening and landscaping skills. Every girl always stops in front of the ivy wall outside on the sidewalk and either take a selfie or have a friend take a portrait shot. The courtyard lounge was packed and people hanging at the pool. There was a lot of activity here meaning it is doing well. The rooms looked very nice from the outside and bet even better on the inside like a geo crystal.
This is considered a luxury hotel with lots of character for you are close to downtown and in the middle of South Congress. On the website it said it had a shop and saw something I wanted, so now feel I missed out on something. I will be back on South Congress soon so will have go back in to find it.
Superb staff and comfy accommodation awaits as you explore Austin in style 👍
Wonderful beds, towels, and robes
Outdoor lounge and soaking pool are bonus! Creative adult libations menu and tasty bites make this destination a leisurely getaway & fun place to unplug from it all
Of note: Fairly quiet yet open to the public
Hotel was very interesting. The location is great. Walkable to everything and the immediate area has a lot of great places as well. The hotel itself is quite ecclectic. The rooms are concrete and cold, but spacious, clean, decor is def local flavor. The pool area (pool is very small) seems to be the place to be at night as it was def hopping every night. And the champagne breakfast (room service) was great - prob the best croissants i've ever had in the states (sorry DD - you didn't make the cut). Hotel did lack amenities, but they do have arrangements for whatever you need. In the end, i liked the stay, loved the area, but would have been super disappointed if we paid a lot for the room.