Sarah Owen

Hotel San Jose

with Sarah Owen
  • Where:Austin

  • 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.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 43/50

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.

tasty seafood spot with a killer <br>brunch menu


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

tasty seafood spot with a killer
brunch menu

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

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Hotel San Jose

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