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Hotel San Jose 3.5

South Congress, Austin, Texas

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  • Cool, minimalist rooms with flat-screen TVs and iPod docks
  • High-end Malin+Goetz bath products
  • Outdoor pool in small, private courtyard
  • Popular outdoor lounge with heat lamps, serving snacks and drinks
  • Located in one of Austin's trendiest neighborhoods
  • Close to shops and restaurants on South Congress
  • Locally famous Jo's coffee shop is next door
  • Movies, music, Polaroid cameras, bikes, and even a typewriter available on loan
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Dog-friendly (for low daily fee)


  • No fitness center
  • No spa, though guests can request in-room manicures, pedicures, and on-call massage services
  • Pool is tiny
  • Outdoor lounge can get noisy at night

Bottom Line

They say everything's bigger in Texas, but this intimate "bungalow-style" boutique hotel might be the exception. The 40-room property, originally built as a motel in 1939, incorporates a stylish, minimalist design and sits at the center of Austin's SoCo neighborhood, a trendy area known for great music. The hotel reflects its hipster surroundings by offering lots of cool stuff on loan: an excellent music library (both CDs and pre-filled iPods), a video collection, Polaroid cameras, bicycles, and even a Remington typewriter. There's a small swimming pool, an outdoor lounge serving drinks and snacks, and the locally famous Jo's Coffee next door. Urban-chic rooms have modern wooden platform beds, polished concrete floors, paisley bedspreads and flat-screen TVs, though noise can occasionally be a problem and the bathrooms could use some updating and cleaning. It's an excellent boutique pick overall, and is especially popular during the South by Southwest music festival.

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In the hip South Congress neighborhood, surrounded by bars, restaurants, and shops

Hotel San Jose resides in Austin's South Congress (SoCo) neighborhood. Known for vintage clothing boutiques and a lively music scene, SoCo is home to some of the state's most iconic music venues, including Emo's, the Moody Theatre, the Paramount Theatre, and the Continental Club. The hotel is near tons of funky clubs and restaurants, and is a short walk from Town Lake.

The capital city of Texas and home to the University of Texas, Austin is a kooky mix of straight-laced business types and creative artists. The city gains attention each year with annual festivals, including Austin City Limits and SXSW (South by Southwest).

  • 16-minute drive or taxi-ride to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
  • 2- to 4-minute walk to dozens of shops, restaurants, and art galleries
  • 4-minute drive to Butler Park Pitch & Putt
  • 4-minute drive to the Long Center for the Performing Arts
  • 5-minute drive to Emo's music venue
  • 5-minute drive to the Paramount Theatre
  • 5-minute drive to Moody Theatre, home to the annual Austin City Limits music festival
  • 8-minute drive to Town Lake and Lakeshore Park
  • 37-minute drive to Lake Travis

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1316 S Congress Ave, Austin, Texas 78704-2433, United States


(512) 444-7322

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