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“"The San Jose is about ambience and attention to detail.”
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Hotel San Jose
Ranked #73 of 203 Hotels in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 12, 2014

What's the mystique?
Every time we go to Austin, we try to get a room at the San Jose. They're always fully booked or very expensive. I was so exited to get a room for under $200.00 on a Sunday. The lobby, gift shop and bar were warmly lit with candles, when we arrived at 8pm. The bar was open for a glass of Ramsay Cabernet and Fireman's 4 brew, nice. Because of our late arrival, we were upgraded to a grand standard queen room, upstairs, #55, no elevator. Upon entering our suite, we understood why people are drawn to this place. Spotlessly clean, minimalist modern, and details like no other hotel. Cement floors, 32' flat screen TV, kimono robes, and spotless towels. Malin+Goetz shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and hand lotion. Plus, a chunk of handmade San Jose blend soap, and Castile hand wash.
Best of all, the queen bed was very comfortable, and the sheets were ironed, and butter soft.
The snack basket was full of southwestern and local products for sale, and a few unmentionables, just in case you need them! The mini-bar had Modelo beer, and Mexican coke, just to name a few items. Fresh flower and large bottle of Rainwater to drink was classy. Also, in-house room service breakfast, and Jo's coffee and treats from next door are available. Could be noisy here, if there was a party crowd, in house. Location on Congress was great for shopping!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Liz G
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

This boutique hotel bursts character, much like the city of Austin itself. The rooms are full of little touches, from the free bottled rainwater to the high quality hand wash. The artwork is also funky and modern. The reception staff were very helpful and full of good suggestions on where to go. We had a petite suite but didn't really use the couch. The floor is cement and freezing in winter. One suggestion would be for the hotel to provide slippers. The coffee place next door called Jo's is highly recommended and there is jazz in the car park on Sundays. The famous Continental Club is opposite and good shopping up and down the strip near the hotel. Make sure you grab a burger at Hopdoddy's a few doors up. One of the best I've ever had, despite the queue. Overall, a great experience. Highly recommended even if a little noisy.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
2  Thank Brad B
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Reviewed December 17, 2013

I've stayed here a few times. It's a very small hotel so you'll be lucky to get a room during sxsw but if you are visiting Austin during a normal week you will enjoy the laid back atmosphere of South Congress.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank JHKramerica
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

I only stayed for a night, but instantly loved both the hotel itself and the surrounding area. The rooms are simple and modern, but have all the amenities you could want/need. The Malin + Goetz bath products are the icing on the cake. The hotel is set up with a focus on the outdoor spaces - the rooms are all set off of shared patios and balconies, and the restaurant is in an outside courtyard. The location is ideal, smack in the middle of the fun South Congress strip with dozens of restaurants and shops.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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2  Thank slsnyc
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

We spent 2 weeks travelling around Texas and this was by far our favourite hotel (even more than the 5 star places in Dallas and Houston). We were a little worried the San Jose might be a bit too "hipstery" for us but it was perfect. The guy at the front desk was charming and friendly throughout and immediately dispelled any worries we might have had about not being trendy enough to stay. I booked through Mr and Mrs Smith and I though the price was very reasonable for the location.

We had room 23 which was close-ish to the courtyard but set back from Congress so although there was a bit of noise from the courtyard at night we slept really well. The bed was relatively small for a US hotel but super comfy and I lovely the minimalist decor and gorgeous bedspread and robes. The bathroom was a great size and as many have mentioned the M&G toilettries were fab. I loved that we could buy all the various things from the room at reception if we wanted.

We got some great recommndations from the front desk for places to eat on S Congress- we LOVED Gueros - and spent an excessive amount of time at Jo's next door and Amy's ice creams opposite.

Parking was so easy as well and there were loads of spaces. The sign for the hotel is hidden amonst the Ivy so it was a bit tricky to spot at first but it's literally right next to Jos which you can't miss. We were a short drive from Barton Creek and from the swimming pool which we loved and we walked into town and up to the university one day. It was a longish walk but with plenty to see and we felt safe walking back late at night.

Anyway, we had a superb time. I can't recommned the hotel enough. Maybe if you like super luxurious type places then this wouldn't be right for you but it is quirky, comfy and fun and as someone else has written, was basically "Austin in hotel form".

Room Tip: Room 23 was good for us!
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank 4MR
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Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

This has become our favorite spot for a getaway weekend. Love the rooms, the breakfast, the service and the ambiance! The grounds are also amazing!! It's location is perfect as you can enjoy south congress and all it has to offer right outside your room!
Have stayed three times in 6 months and want to go back again soonest!

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
3  Thank Michele F
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

After living in Houston for two years we finally went on the weekend trip to Austin. The location is so close to anything you could be looking for on a visit to Austin. Great area for walking to shopping, restaurants, bars/nightlife. Not to mention the atmosphere. Staff was helpful and friendly, service was amazing and the room service menu had the food to match. While the price point is high, it was more then worth it and can't wait for another visit!

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Jehnna M
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Address: 1316 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-2433
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Location: United States > Texas > Austin
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#20 Romantic Hotel in Austin
#54 Business Hotel in Austin
Price Range: $215 - $522 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel San Jose 2.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel San Jose is located on South Congress Avenue, a few blocks south of where the Colorado River runs through downtown Austin. Originally built in 1939 as an "ultramodern motor court," the San Jose has since been transformed into a secluded urban bungalow-style hotel in the heart of one of the city's most beloved neighborhoods. ... more   less 
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