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“Never Again”
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Hotel San Jose
Ranked #67 of 203 Hotels in Austin
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“Never Again”
Reviewed January 25, 2005

Did not like the fact that animals could swim in pool - dirty! Also, did not like the cement floors. Think people like this place because someone said it was "cool," but it's way down on my list of places to return to.

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Reviewed November 28, 2004

San Jose is way over rated in my opinion. About the only good thing is the bed and it is comfortable. I hate stepping on to a hard, cold floor and the bathroom is not traveler friendly. There is no counter/vanity space and the lighting in very poor. For 12 bucks, I would expect a gourmet breakfast not some granola and a piece of fruit.

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Reviewed November 21, 2004

I travel 300 days a year. I have stayed in all sorts of hotels; Ritz Carelton (Doha Qatar and NY, NY) to motel 6 to scary 1950's motels in rural Ohio to W's, Westins etc etc. The Hotel San Jose is the finest anywhere. It is the definition of pleasent in one of the best neighnorhoods in the US. There are cooloer cities than Austin but they are an awful lot of hassle. Austin is the opposite of hassel, the definition of ease, and the Hotel San Jose embodies that. I am in the Zen (gawd over used word but that's what the designers call this) cool lobby right now w classic Waylon playing quietly in the background (don't fear if that's not your thing, the music was electronic moments ago). This trip I'm working here, trying to finish a book; I've partied here, worked, seen some amazing highs and some bone crushing lows, but that's what great about life, and I know of no better space for living. The patio scene is an added bonus, sort of cool because its the one place in Austin where there is no live music. Right across the street is the contenintal club; good music there and the occasional jack nicholson.

I'm from Texas originally (Cuero, near Austin) and I am proud to say the San Jose embodies a lot of what is good about Austin.

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Reviewed October 24, 2004

I recently stayed at the San Jose for two nights. As a native Texan and frequent Austin visitor, I was excited to stay at the hotel because I'd read all the good reviews. I have to say, this hotel is absolutely ridiculous. They charge as much as any luxury hotel downtown and the rooms actually have a cement floor! I just couldn't bring myself to order $12 granola for room-service breakfast so that I could eat it in my plastic chair on the cement floor! I know people with nicer garages than this! I know it's supposed to be "urban minimalist" but my interpretation was that some genius must have thought up the concept so as to buy the cheapest furniture possible and no decorations and charge really high prices for it in an effort to make people think they're being "cool." He's laughing all the way to the bank. This is not Austin--this is something trying REALLY hard to be something it's not. It's not "zen"--it's cold and bare and really boring. The outside area was okay but nothing spectacular for the price. The pool is tiny and the water didn't look all that clean. On a positive note, the beds and pillows were comfortable and the sheets were high quality--I could have slept really well if I had been able to tune out the guy in the next room blowing his nose! Yes, bare cement floors carry noise--you can hear EVERY move made by your neighbors, especially if they're wearing boots! In a nutshell, if you like to throw around cash to stay in a garage with nice sheets, this is definitely the place for you! If not, go stay at the Four Seasons and just drive down to South Congress to go shopping and clubbing!

  • Stayed October 2004, traveled on business
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Property: Hotel San Jose
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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