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.
How to Get There
We stayed 2 nights here after getting bumped from the South Congress. While we enjoyed our stay, the price of $468 a night for a room was extreme for the accommodations provided. An additional $87 for breakfast,which, was 2 bowls of migas was again way pricey. The area was fun, lots of hipsters and cool young Austin folks everywhere on their lap tops,sipping coffe or lattes. We don’t plan on a return visit to this hotel.
Booked a room at this place on a whim for my (now wife) girlfriend and i's first out of town adventure. I could not have made a better choice! We arrived for Fourth of July weekend, parked our truck and did not get back in it for three days. We were in great proximity to great food, eclectic shopping and fantastic entertainment! We will be back!!
Every part of this hotel has been carefully curated. Our room (16) was perfect. We enjoyed the atrium, free coffee in the lobby, free parking, easy access to great food and music. Staff lovely. Found jewelry I left upon checkout and got it to me before we left town.
My husband and I stayed here for a week over Christmas. Excellent service and a really helpful staff, great rooms and bath products, lovely pool area with a nicely heated pool, great lounge with delicious drinks, and access to Jo’s, a super cute coffee and taco place right next door. We will be back!
Love all the little details in the space, from the mini bar area to the robes. If it was a bit warmer I would have much enjoyed the outside spaces. I also enjoyed the proximity to downtown, restaurants, and shopping all within walking distance. Would recommend to others.