South Congress Hotel
What To Know
- The hotel has a very hip and young scene but is still family friendly
- When you're hungry, head outside to the aistream campers turned food trucks
- Guestrooms have Apple TV
- If you're a light sleeper, opt for a room that doesn't face the street – they can be quite noisy at night
- Bathrooms are stocked with Aesop toiletries
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Located in Austin, South Congress Hotel is on the Strip and convenient to Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and Austin Convention Center. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Governor’s Mansion and Zilker Park.
Make yourself at home in one of the 83 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and LED televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with down comforters and Egyptian cotton sheets. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and digital programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms have rainfall showerheads and designer toiletries.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities including an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Guests can get around on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 2 mi.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat at one of the hotel’s dining establishments, which include 3 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. Relax with a refreshing drink from a poolside bar or one of the 3 bars/lounges. Breakfast is available for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include express check-out, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Planning an event in Austin? This hotel has 2355 square feet (219 square meters) of space consisting of conference space and meeting rooms.
How to Get There
I have stayed in maybe a half dozen hotels around Austin in the past couple of months, for work. I had heard some great things about South Congress Hotel so when some reasonable rates appeared online ($200 per night) I thought I would give it a go.
I would not stay again.
The hotel is neither practical nor very luxurious. It seems to be built to focus mostly on its day-pool and bar, which are both pleasant. But you could stay at a much better hotel and still come here for a drink.
The hotel rooms are styled in some “industrial chic”. I think they actually just depresssing and shabby, honestly. The ceilings are bare concrete. Bathrooms use stainless steel sinks which look like they have come from prisons. And there was a questionable choice of a rug in my room which looked old, dirty and gave off Lots of dust every time i trod on it.
The rooms have a desk, but no chair to sit at the desk and work (just a back-less bench). My room had an Apple TV connected to the TV, but it didn’t work as it hadn’t been set up correctly. There is a minibar with some basic drinks. There is aircon but my unit was set up in some weird way so I couldn’t control the temperature in my room.
The buildings aircon unit is loud. There’s a constant humming and rattling of the machines. I needed ear plugs to block it out and sleep.
For me the biggest disappointment about this hotel was the gym. It’s a tiny cell without natural light. A few treadmills and a coupe of dumbbells. Really a depressing space. Gyms in hotels in Austin are on average much much much better than this at this price bracket. If you spend $200 to $300 per night and end up at the Omni hotels, the Fairmont or the Granduca you will do a lot better.
The location downtown is ok. There are some restaurants and bars nearby, which are nice. But - Austin isn’t that big and Uber works well. You could stay at a better hotel and then Uber here for dinner if that’s what you want.
The South Congress Hotel just wasn’t for me. I didn’t like the design style, i didn’t like the lack of basic work facilities like a chair and desk in the room, I disliked not having a coffee machine in my room, and I really disliked the tiny gym. If you are planning on just getting drunk in the bar and staggering to somewhere next door to eat, then being hungover by he pool the next day, maybe stay here (but even then, I would choose the fairmont, which is often the same price and much more glamorous).
Pros:. Love the location, had to figure out the SoCo vibe and hidden gems but love it now. The room is clean. Has a younger vibe going on. Happening bar area. Pool is fun (if you can find a chair). Ursa Major product is a nice touch.
Cons: bad check-in process (they never called when our room was ready after check in time), lighting in room is HORRIBLE, hair dryer is low end, no iron in room, concierge is not helpful, the whole place is under staffed. The bartender at the pool could not be nicer but he is one guy serving everyone here - bussing, serving drinks, replacing towels, etc.
Not sure I would stay here again given the price tag.
Love visiting Austin and love staying at the South Congress hotel. Really great space, with a terrific staff.
When I was at the hotel, I spent it poolside relaxing in the and enjoying the fresh air. It's a great place 5 out 5 for me.
The South Congress Hotel is located within walking distance to some of Austin's best attractions. Listen to music and dance at the Continental Club, which was a bit rough when I went to college at UT in the 80s. Not anymore. Eat dinner at the hotel or grab something to eat at the food trucks parked nearby. Buy a hat or boots, eat Mexican. Walk the 20 minutes to the south congress bridge. Great location.
We stayed in a king room with the Travis Heights view. Decorated in a contemporary style with a comfortable bed and a coffee maker in the room. The room was a bit expensive but I checked the internet recently and it looks like prices have dropped. The safe was practically on the floor. I'm sure it's no problem for people younger than myself. The pool area looked nice and has a bar, but it was closed for a wedding the day we wanted to go.
The room was not as clean as I would have liked and talked with the front desk about this. This is why I gave the property 4 stars. A bit of training would solve this problem and I was assured that this would happen. I would stay here again.
The service is unparalleled. Love the location - just walk or take a scooter anywhere. Rooftop pool is a nice quiet oasis. Rooms were so trendy but also QUIET! Concrete will do that. It was a perfect place for a small group / incentive trip.