Hotel San Jose

1316 S. Congress Ave, Austin, USA
South Congress
40 Rooms
Contemporary Classic & Lively
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MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

A half-mile south of downtown, in Austin’s authentically funky South Congress neighborhood, the San Jose perfectly fits its location: it’s unpretentiously stylish, relaxed and comfortable, and surprisingly easy on the budget, cheaper even than the big chains downtown.

Once a Thirties motor inn, it’s been renovated in a sort of Texas-Zen style, with bare concrete exterior walls under red tile roofs and crushed granite walkways traversing a courtyard garden planted with native vegetation. The former motel rooms and bungalows have been redesigned in a stripped-down modern style, with queen beds, sparkling white bathrooms stocked with Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap, writing desks with Eames side chairs, and not much else.

Five-star amenities, of course, are not what this place is about. Here you have a shot at seeing some honest-to-goodness local color, whether socializing in the lobby lounge or sipping iced coffee with the locals at Jo’s, the coffee stand/sandwich shop across the parking lot, with outdoor seating and a front-row view of South Congress. The essentials are all covered: high-speed internet access, room service breakfast, even a modestly sized swimming pool in the courtyard.

There’s a ten percent discount for traveling musicians, which may not apply to most guests, but at least makes for interesting lobby-bar conversation, and the San Jose is just far enough from downtown to avoid most of the conference business.

Best of all is the price: it’s possible to spend close to three hundred dollars a night for one of the suites, but standard rooms are well south of that figure, and the three “European-style” rooms above the lobby lounge can be booked individually (with shared bathrooms) for under a hundred dollars.

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Hotel San Jose
1316 S. Congress Ave, Austin, USA
South Congress

Amenities & Services

  • Free wi-fi
  • Free parking
  • Off street parking
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Concierge
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • ATM/bank office
  • Garden
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Wake-up service
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Pet Friendly
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • Boardroom
  • Bikes available
  • Shopping area nearby
  • EV Charging Station
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Designated smoking area

Need to Know

  • From the cactus in the corridor to the custom-made kimono bathrobe, the design and amenities at the Hotel San José have been thoughtfully considered in an effort to make your stay restful, enjoyable and reflective of the spirit of Austin.
  • Please note
  • Our Petite Suite and Suites include a twin size day bed.
  • Rollaway beds are available on request for a fee.
  • Eligible Plus reservations: Welcome amenities may be delivered to your room after you check in. A “Do Not Disturb” status may impact the delivery of these amenities.
  • Amenities
  • Swimming pool
  • Lush grounds and courtyard lounge
  • Curated mini-bars in room
  • Complimentary wifi and phone
  • Easy access to Jo’s Hot Coffee Good Food
  • Complimentary drinking water
  • Custom Sferra linens
  • Malin + Goetz bath products
  • Typewriters and Polaroids to borrow
  • Safe deposit boxes available
  • Accessible path of travel to the building entrance
  • Paid parking in our lot
Check in: 15:00
Check out: 11:00

Credit cards accepted

Sustainability Measures and Certifications

We ask every hotel in our selection how they are working to make a positive impact on the planet and in their community. This hotel has confirmed the following measures are in place.
Guest Rooms and Public Spaces
  • Conserves energy when rooms are empty
  • Uses energy-efficient heating and cooling
  • Gives guests the option to reuse linens and towels
  • No single-use plastic straws
  • Farms organic or hydroponic produce on property
  • Sources produce from local farms
  • Offers vegan menu options
  • Composts food waste
Community and Environment
  • Purchases from locally owned businesses
  • Hires locally with fair wages, benefits, and advancement
  • Actively supports the needs of the local community
  • Trains staff in local cultural heritage
  • Provides volunteer opportunities for guests and staff