South Congress Hotel

1603 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, USA
South Congress

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19.5
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  • Rooms19.5
  • Public Spaces20
  • Service19.5
  • Overall19.5
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Hotel Description

Austin may no longer be quite as weird as it once was, but don’t throw in the towel just yet. Not all change is change for the worse: enter South Congress Hotel. In realizing its scope and purpose in the established “SoCo” neighborhood, Michael Hsu (architect) and MAI Studio (interior design) set out to accentuate, rather than quash, the character of their surroundings.

The building goes wide and relatively low-slung at just three stories, a conversation piece, to be sure, though not in the obnoxious-façade mode; muted colors and natural materials reign supreme inside and out. One negotiates the public spaces in series, passing through cool and inviting rooms in a tranquil succession of blued steel, rusticated bronze, white bricks, terra-cotta, and cedar accents — we expect it will age rather well.

The guestrooms sublimate those patterns via geometrically calming color blocks, hardwood flooring, and a light-flooded layout. Pillowtop beds with bespoke Matteo linens ensure comfort, as do the walk-in showers with Aesop amenities. You’ll find many a reminder that this is still funky, accessible Austin: caged pendant bulbs, articulated bedside lamps, stationery, locavore minibars, etc. Tech-wise, they’ve set a new standard with room-specific wi-fi networks and LED TVs. Upgrade to a suite for pluses like furnished balconies, full bars, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

There’s a street-level lobby bar, separated from reception via extended bookshelves lined with design and travel volumes. The requisite pool bar graces the second floor, and besides the all-day, continental comfort plates on offer at Café No Sé, a family of additional eateries are in the works; expect haute Japanese, a new American bar and grill, and a by-now-mandatory array of cold-pressed juices and locally roasted coffee. Take your beverage of choice in the courtyard “greenscape,” or, you know, don’t be such a hermit — the South Congress is great as an all-in-one hotel, but let’s not forget that it’s the folks outside who make South Congress (the neighborhood) worth visiting in the first place.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 83 Rooms
  • Style: Modern Design
  • Atmosphere: Secluded

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • Adjoining rooms
  • ATM/bank office
  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Golf nearby
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Restaurant
  • Rooftop terrace bar
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Valet parking (charges apply)
  • Wake-up service
  • Wine tours nearby

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Please note: The minimum age to check-in is 21 years old.

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Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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  • River City Room

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 285 ft²/26 m².
    Amenities

    Views: courtyard.

    This room includes:

    • Aesop bath amenities
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • hardwood floor
    • laptop safe
    • Matteo linen brands
    • minibar
    • phones
    • stand up shower
    • turndown service
    • working desk
  • Bouldin Room

    • Fits 3 people but not more than 2 adults
    • 1 King Bed
    • 350 ft²/32 m².
    Amenities

    Views: street or city.

    This room includes:

    • Aesop bath amenities
    • arm chair
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • hardwood floor
    • laptop safe
    • Matteo linen brands
    • minibar
    • phones
    • South Congress Avenue and Bouldin Creek neighbood view
    • stand up shower
    • turndown service
    • working desk
  • Heights Room

    • Fits 3 people but not more than 2 adults
    • 1 King Bed
    • 350 ft²/32 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • adjoining room on request (charges apply)
    • Aesop bath amenities
    • arm chair
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • hardwood floor
    • laptop safe
    • Matteo linen brands
    • minibar
    • phones
    • stand up shower
    • Travis Heights neighborhood view
    • turndown service
    • working desk
  • Poolside Suite

    • Fits 3 people but not more than 2 adults
    • 1 King Bed
    • 550 ft²/51 m².
    Amenities

    Views: pool.

    This room includes:

    • Aesop bath amenities
    • arm chair
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • chaise lounge
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • hardwood floor
    • laptop safe
    • Matteo linen brands
    • minibar
    • phones
    • Private Balcony
    • rain shower
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • sofa
    • stand up shower
    • terrace
    • turndown service
  • Bunkroom

    • Fits 2 people
    • 560 ft²/52 m².
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    This room includes:

  • Congress Suite

    • Fits 3 people but not more than 2 adults
    • 1 King Bed
    • 600 ft²/55 m².
    Amenities

    Views: street or city.

    This room includes:

    • Aesop bath amenities
    • arm chair
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • hardwood floor
    • laptop safe
    • Matteo linen brands
    • minibar
    • phones
    • rain shower
    • soaking tub
    • sofa
    • South Congress Ave view, Private Balcony
    • stand up shower
    • terrace
    • turndown service
    • working desk
  • Poolside Premier Suite

    • Fits 3 people but not more than 2 adults
    • 1 King Bed
    • 700 ft²/65 m².
    Amenities

    Views: pool.

    This room includes:

    • Aesop bath amenities
    • arm chair
    • central air conditioning
    • central heating
    • crib (on request)
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • hardwood floor
    • laptop safe
    • Matteo linen brands
    • minibar
    • phones
    • rollaway bed (on request)
    • soaking tub
    • sofa
    • stand up shower
    • terrace
    • turndown service
  • Monroe

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 735 ft²/68 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • terrace
  • Milton

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 940 ft²/87 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • terrace
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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • Adjoining rooms
  • ATM/bank office
  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free wi-fi
  • Golf nearby
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Restaurant
  • Rooftop terrace bar
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Valet parking (charges apply)
  • Wake-up service
  • Wine tours nearby

Need to Know

Please note: The minimum age to check-in is 21 years old.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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