Fodor's Expert Review Hotel San José

1316 S. Congress Ave., Austin, Texas, 78704, United States See on Map Fodor's Choice

Lauren Modery

This uber-hip, bungalow-style boutique hotel, in the midst of the South Congress Avenue action, features a modern, minimalist style, adorned with balconies, patios, and tropical vegetation. Rooms cater to the young and beautiful, with concrete floors, flat-screen TVs, locally-stocked mini bars and spartan, artist-driven interior design, like pine furniture created by Marfa, Texas artisans. The pool is small but pretty, and the courtyard lounge serves bar snacks, beer, wine and select cocktails, like their signature champassions (champagne and passion fruit juice with raspberries). Jo's Coffee occupies the same lot and several first-rate eateries are a short stroll away.


Less is more at Hotel San Jose. Rooms feature modern furniture, custom Sferra linens and Instagram-worthy lighting.


Large and sleek white-washed bathrooms offer Malin + Goetz amenities and serape bathrobes which are available for purchase.


Fresh fruit and classic rock music posters welcome guests to the small and intimate check-in area.

Guests are welcome to rent bikes and travel around the neighborhood, or borrow a typewriter or Polaroid camera.

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Located in the lush courtyard, the small pool is perfect for sipping cocktails next to or cooling off on a warm Austin day. If you forget your bathing suit, the front desk can supply you with a disposable one.


Grab a cocktail or a cheese plate in the hotel’s romantic outdoor lounge. Guests are invited to sip froses or frozen mojitos next to the pool or under lush green overhang. It’s not uncommon to have live entertainment and a crowded scene until the doors close at midnight.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Located next door is Jo’s Coffee, a perfect hangout for people watching and sipping on Jo’s Iced Turbo--coffee, hazelnut and cream deliciousness.


Getting Around

Leave your car parked on the hotel grounds or on a nearby street. It’s easy to walk the entertainment strip of South Congress Avenue, or if you’re feeling adventurous, walk to Downtown Austin. Bike rental are also available. If the puppies are barking, jump in a pedicab or Uber to take you to all the sights, sounds and smells of Austin.


Located next door is seafood restaurant Perla’s (1-minute walk), who is known for their delicious oysters and patio perfect for watching the excite of the neighborhood. Head down the street a little further, and you’ll hit Italian eatery Vespaio (5-minute walk). Indulge in their homemade pastas and desserts in a romantic atmosphere.


Hop on over across the street to the iconic The Continental Club (1-minute walk). Opened in 1955, this classic joint regularly sees local names and headlines on a daily basis. If you’re jonesing for a margarita, search no further than Guero’s (2-minute walk). Try their jalapeno ‘rita, or for something a little sweeter, their sangria frozen ‘rita.


This charming boutique may be in the middle of bustling South Congress, but it feels like a secret paradise. It’s not uncommon to see a celebrity or two sipping cocktails in the lounge, and the sleek, luxurious rooms will make you feel like a celebrity yourself.




Phones: 512-444–7322

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