Sarah Owen

Hotel San Jose

Austin

by: Sarah Owen

  • Why

    Thanksgiving getaway.

  • When

    November 2013

  • Who

    Me and Dotmo.

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Highs + Lows

  • A hipster’s comfort zone with complimentary rentals such as a music library, Polaroid cameras and TOMS shoes in the room.

  • The heated pool came in handy since it was freezing in Austin at the time and although the pool supposedly closes at “10pm,” we managed to take a dip after midnight.

  • Malin + Goetz products in the bathroom; shame they were bolted in though.

  • Closely located to plenty of food trucks and a great seafood + oyster bar, Perla’s!

  • Our suite was a tad noisy – granted we were right next to the pool so no complaints, but we did hear old mate next door snoring away.

  • Room service is only available for breakfast so don’t sleep in, otherwise you’ll only have the corn.

: 43/50
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Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique hotel with a bungalow feel.

  • Vibe

    Texan and Western elements polished with urban, minimal design.

  • Location

    SoCo, known as South Congress in Central Austin.

  • Rooms

    40 rooms and suites.

  • Music

    Loungy, minimal beats with the occasional industrial tune.

  • Year Opened

    Originally a motel built in 1939 and bought by Liz in 1995 who turned it into the hot spot it is today.

  • Designed By

    Owner Liz Lambert worked with Lake/Flato architecture firm and artist Mark Word for the landscape design.

  • Pool/Gym

    Small (heated!) pool.

  • Restaurant

    Breakfast room service only, but the lounge does offer small snacks.

  • Bar

    Minimalist lobby with a weekday happy hour.

  • Wifi

    Yes, free.

  • Children

    Nah, too small and downtempo for the little ones.

  • Price

    Not cheap, but you do get what you pay for. For a suite you’re looking at just over US $300 a night.

In the Area

tasty seafood spot with a killer <br>brunch menu

Perla’s

1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, United States

tasty seafood spot with a killer
brunch menu

Texas only craft store

Parts & Labour

1117 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, United States

Texas only craft store

Unique treasure chest of antiques and junk

Uncommon Objects

1512 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, United States

Unique treasure chest of antiques and junk

Alice in Wonderland hedges surround the hotel.

Hotel San Jose

1316 South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, United States

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