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
- 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
The hotel is very cool with a great bar scene. However, my room is not comfortable. There is no reading chair, so the only place to sit is on the bed. There is a desk with a leather bench, which is too short for me and waaaay too short for a guy. The plugs are under the desk so you have to crawl under there to plug in. The shower is visible to the bedroom through a glass panel, which also lights up the bedroom right over the pillows. My husband likes to get up early and shower, which wakes me up. Worst of all, there is a loud party going on in the courtyard that the staff unapologetically says is going until 11 pm. It's an expensive hotel and the experience is very disappointing.
We purposefully chose this hotel for their unique vibe, location and fun queen bunk bed suites for our college roommate reunion. We thought the room would be
perfect since we all stayed in bunk beds back in college.
PROS: The bathroom was great and the beds were a dream to sleep on. The staff were friendly and helpful, and the doormen were always smiling. The hotel bar and Cafe No Se were a must visit. It was nice having an outdoor balcony as well.
CONS: There was no where for four adult women to unpack their suitcases in the suite as there was only one small closet and a few drawers available. We had to line our suitcases along the entrance in order to have access to them. It would be helpful to add additional storage, especially since multiple people would be using the room. Also, the rooms were rather dark with no overhead lights, and the top bunks didn't have any places for a light to read at night, nor to keep/charge your phone. The living room furniture was rather uncomfortable, making it hard to enjoy a night in with a bottle of wine and a few snacks. I commend the housekeeping staff for always making our beds and keeping our amenities well-stocked (making the top bed could not have been easy!). There was just one day where it looked like the housekeeping staff used a dirty rag to clean the balcony window as dust was all over the window.
I was booked in this hotel for business and must say that it is probably my new favorite hotel. At first I wasn't sure what to think, because I am so used to typical hotels and this one is anything but that.
Walking in, there is no usual front desk. Instead, the employees are dressed in regular clothing and are on MacBooks.
The hotel gift store is quite unusual and the items are carefully picked from predominantly local places. I bought a travel toiletry set!
The food and many of the items in the hotel are also predominantly sourced from local places. They take pride in that and I loved it.
My room had an industrial decor. At first that seemed kind of cold to me, but that quickly faded when I took a closer look. I really appreciate unique decor and my room was definitely unique. The bed was super soft and I loved my rain shower. I was told that every room is different. I must come back and try a different one!
The staff was exceptionally friendly. In fact, I was so impressed that I asked for the manager. People are always quick to give a bad review, but rarely take the time to give compliments. I truly appreciate what they are going for.
The location of the hotel is also quite convenient. There are tons of cool shops and restaurants in walking distance.
Overall, I wish other hotels would put as much thought into their design and operation of the hotel. It lacked the usual stuffiness that I generally dislike about large chains. I travel a lot for business so this was a nice change of pace and scenery.
I would definitely go back there. It would be great if other hotels learned from their model.
Perfect addition to South Congress. I was afraid this hotel was going to overwhelm Congress Ave, but it fits in perfectly. Great Austin vibe! From the lobby, to the restaurants, to the lovely tea/coffee shop in the courtyard - they did an amazing job. Can't wait to go back again!
Top notch service at this well located hotel. Very modern, well appointed hotel with truly exceptional service. Loved the location in the middle of the South Congress scene. The Lime scooters out front were a fun way to zip to the river.