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Austin Hotels

Hotel San José

  • 1316 S. Congress Ave. Map It

Pros

  • Epitome of South Austin cool and the antidote to antiseptic motels everywhere

Cons

  • Not for those who don't appreciate Zen-style simplicity

Updated 02/05/2013

Fodor's Review

This quaint-but-hip stand of 1936 bungalows, in the middle of the action on South Congress, was transformed from a derelict motor court into a warren of rooms and suites done up in South Austin chic: a modern, minimalist style adorned with balconies, patios, and tropical vegetation. Rooms have concrete floors, flat-screen TVs, and pine furniture created by a Marfa, Texas, artist. Butterfly chairs abound inside and out. The pool is small (and could be cleaner) but pretty,

and there's no on-site restaurant but ever-hip Jo's Coffee Shop is just across the parking lot, and many good eateries are a brief stroll away.

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Hotel Information

Address:

1316 S. Congress Ave., Austin, Texas, 78704, United States

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Phone:

512-444–7322

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 40 rooms

Updated 02/05/2013

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Jun 12, 2007

don't think twice before booking your room!

Loved every detail of my stay at the Hotel San Jose. Attentive staff, great atmosphere (especially in the patio at twilight), comfy beds, impeccably clean, artful design, unforgettable breakfast in bed, great location, and totally different from any place I've ever stayed. We want to go back again and again and again . . .

By Laura

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Apr 7, 2005

Very Zen

This hotel is so beautiful. The landscaping is gorgeous, the pool ( althoug tiny) is gorgeous- and heated. Landscaping is the best. It is simple and zen. They have mop hair products and Dr bronners liquid soap in the rooms and fresh gerber daisys. Beds were SO COMFORTABLE and it was very very clean. The lounge was so very hip and you can bring your own or order from their menu. They have edamame to snack on as well. And in the morning Joes next door

is a great little sidewalk cafe ( this is also owned by the hotel)with gourmet coffee and pastries. Sometimes they have a Jazz band playing in the early part of the day. I had a great time and would definately stay here again.

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Feb 12, 2005

Fodor's: Please Update the Review for this Hotel!

Dear Fodor's: You are a bit behind. You need to update your review of the San Jose Hotel. Their prices for a regular hotel room now go from $145 - 195, more for suites - and they have eliminated the complimentary breakfast; now they charge about $16 - 20 per person for breakfast, in room only. This place, although fashionable looking, is a former motor court with a pool the size of a hot tub, and yet has prices that exceed those of real hotels with

far better amenities. I have not stayed at this place, but we're currently shopping; I did not find another link on your site to submit my comment, thus my across the board "3" rating, required for submitting. Thanks.

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By Kate

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Jul 24, 2003

Urban Chic, Relaxed & Gorgeous

This is a fabulous fun and funky hotel. If you're 22-39 and you're looking for a terrific place to stay in the heart of Austin, this is it. The rooms are hip and really comfortable. The garden patio hums at night with great music and lively conversation. The area around the hotel is full of galleries and neat little shops. Walk across the street to Amy's ice cream -- an Austin institution -- and have the Mexican vanilla waffle cone. Then, walk

5 minutes to the Congress street bridge to watch the bats every evening. For business travelers like me, the entire hotel has high-speed wireless *and* wired DSL internet access. I travel once a month to Austin on business - and there's no where I like more.

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Apr 1, 2002

Wonderful hotel!

Excellent, funky place to stay. I loved the atmosphere of this place! Great outdoor patio with cocktail service surrounded by much green vegetation. Nice little pool to dip in, and the rooms were spotless. Mimimalist, simple rooms were very unusual. Some have called the room decor "stark" but I found it very refreshing. Great location surrounded by a few great Mexican restaurants, antique/junque stores, and the Continental Club for live music. Great

coffee shop in the parking lot with the best banana nut bread on earth. Very close to downtown.

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