Hotel San Jose

1316 S. Congress Ave, Austin, USA
South Congress
40 Rooms
Contemporary Classic & Lively
Starting at:
taxes included per/nt
18.8 /20
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Overall Experience

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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.
Check in: 3 pm
Check out: 11 am

Credit cards accepted

  • Petit Suite and Suites include a twin size day bed. Rollaway beds are available on request at 10 USD per night.
  • 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.

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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 (seasonal)
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • ATM/bank office
  • Garden
  • Wake-up service
  • Lounge
  • Pet Friendly
  • Pets allowed (charges apply)
  • EV Charging Station
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Designated smoking area