Hotel San Jose

1316 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX, USA
South Congress

Action Bar

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Hotel San Jose offers the following privileges to Tablet Plus members:
  • Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability

  • 2 complimentary Shiner’s in our courtyard wine + Beer lounge

  • Guaranteed 1pm late check-out

  • A signature Iced Turbo, coffee drink at our coffee shop, Jo’s (one per guest)

  • Please note: Complimentary upgrades are not available during SXSW or ACL Music Festival

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18.5
Rating

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Ratings Breakdown

  • Rooms18.5
  • Public Spaces19
  • Service18.5
  • Overall18.5
73
Reviews

Most recent review:

What I liked:

The architecture and landscaping blend indoor and outdoor spaces perfectly, its an ideal expression of Austin's outdoor/indoor vibe and communal friendliness.

What the hotel could do better:

N/A

John Christian C.

Stayed August 2015

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Hotel Description

A half-mile south of downtown, in Austin’s authentically funky South Congress neighborhood, the San Jose perfectly fits its location: it’s unpretentiously stylish, relaxed and comfortable, and surprisingly easy on the budget, cheaper even than the big chains downtown.

Once a Thirties motor inn, it’s been renovated in a sort of Texas-Zen style, with bare concrete exterior walls under red tile roofs and crushed granite walkways traversing a courtyard garden planted with native vegetation. The former motel rooms and bungalows have been redesigned in a stripped-down modern style, with queen beds, sparkling white bathrooms stocked with Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap, writing desks with Eames side chairs, and not much else.

Five-star amenities, of course, are not what this place is about. Here you have a shot at seeing some honest-to-goodness local color, whether socializing in the lobby lounge or sipping iced coffee with the locals at Jo’s, the coffee stand/sandwich shop across the parking lot, with outdoor seating and a front-row view of South Congress. The essentials are all covered: high-speed internet access, room service breakfast, even a modestly sized swimming pool in the courtyard.

There’s a ten percent discount for traveling musicians, which may not apply to most guests, but at least makes for interesting lobby-bar conversation, and the San Jose is just far enough from downtown to avoid most of the conference business.

Best of all is the price: it’s possible to spend close to three hundred dollars a night for one of the suites, but standard rooms are well south of that figure, and the three “European-style” rooms above the lobby lounge can be booked individually (with shared bathrooms) for under a hundred dollars.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 40 Rooms
  • Style: Modern Design
  • Atmosphere: Lively

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Bar
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Lounge
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool (seasonal)
  • Pet Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Wake-up service

Need to Know

Valid credit card required. Petit Suite and Suites include a twin size day bed. Rollaway beds are available on request at 10 USD per night. **Please note that during March 12th to 22nd, Hotel San Jose holds a music festival called South By San Jose in the parking lot. The live music ends at 10pm, however parking will not be available during this time. Recommended parking includes along South Congress where there is unmetered complimentary back-in parking.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's Club

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

11am

Hotel Booking Widget

Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Bar
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Lounge
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool (seasonal)
  • Pet Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Wake-up service

Need to Know

Valid credit card required. Petit Suite and Suites include a twin size day bed. Rollaway beds are available on request at 10 USD per night. **Please note that during March 12th to 22nd, Hotel San Jose holds a music festival called South By San Jose in the parking lot. The live music ends at 10pm, however parking will not be available during this time. Recommended parking includes along South Congress where there is unmetered complimentary back-in parking.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's Club

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

11am

Map