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Hotel San Jose
Ranked #70 of 201 Hotels in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 March 2013

My wife is a spa director of 2 big hotels and I work at a very well known 4 star hotel ( we are experts in the hotel biz :), but we have Never stayed in a hotel that we LOVED more than this one! The pictures do not do it justice. It is an oasis! My wife doesn't even care for the modern look that much but fell in love with the room. We couldnt believe the attention to detail, from the products to the lamps placed perfectly above the beds. It was idyllic and calming and COZY and warm and everything wonderful. Our only issue was that our bed was too firm but that is a preference thing.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

We went in expecting modern and hip and that is what we got. The website is totally cool. Check in and check out was great. Room service very good; breakfast served in a box. Order the broken egg sandwich. Go to Jo's for coffee; it is awesome. We went for a weekend to listen to great live music across the street at Continental Club and to explore all the food trucks along South Congress. The stores and galleries are totally great too, many open at night. Plan on parking the car and not getting back into it until you check out. Lots to do within walking distance for the weekend. Book early. The only rooms available were suites so we opted for the garden suite. It is about the same price as a standard room at the Four Seasons with a balcony. San Jose offers free wifi and parking. Bring slippers because the floor is concrete.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

We stayed here for a wedding weekend in January. The hotel is hip and cozy, but we were disappointed in the quality and service for the price. The rooms are minimalist, but not stark, with concrete floors and an ipod dock, nice sheets, and lovely soft robes. But for the price, the bathroom was a real disappointment. For $330 / night I expect some nice fixtures, a nice bathtub. Instead there is an industrial, teeny sink, a basic toilet, basic subway tile, basic shower head and tub combo. I don't need all kinds of perks, but they didn't have a shower cap at the front desk which is basic when people travel for events. Also we spent Saturday walking around, and when we got back at 3pm to get ready for an early evening wedding the room had not yet been cleaned. All perfectly acceptable for half the price. Location is great.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2013

Love this place! Always great stay for Whole Food's meeting. Its clean, its funky. Simple rustic elegance. Quiet. lots of restaurants around to walk too. All the great food trucks too. And Joe's coffee next door a must!

Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

The Hotel San Jose has become legendary in my house.

I had two trips to Austin last year. Prior to the first, I searched to find a cool place to stay and thought San Jose fit the bill. Sadly, it was completely booked. But when I found out I would be returning to Austin, I made sure to book both nights at the Hotel San Jose.

This place is just about the hippest hotel you can imagine. Our experience: a supremely tasty cheese plate (honestly, about the best I've ever had) served with chilled wine under cool ceiling fans. In the evening, especially on a beautifully clear night, a packed patio -- and they weren't hotel guests! Then, in the morning, a quick walk across the parking lot to Joe's Coffee. Really -- and keep in mind I'm an unashamed coffee snob -- some of the best brew and pastries I've ever had.

More to the point: rooms were sparse and minimalist, *just my style, and filled with vintage Eames classics. The bed was decently comfy. Bathrooms, though, were fairly "vintage" and could maybe use modernization. The grounds, however, are gorgeous. It's worth walking through even if you aren't staying. Gravel paths, silver-toned wood fences, trellises covered with greenery.

Friends and family staying at other hotels in Austin openly regretted not staying with us at the San Jose once they saw the place. 100% recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

My husband and I planned a last minute anniversary trip to Austin and spent 2 nights at the Hotel San Jose. What a great funky, hip little haven. Rooms are modest but purposefully styled - even the mini bar selection and "bottled rain water" fits in with the hip Austin - SOCO vibe. Loved the products in the bathroom - super hipster organic fare. you can even buy a pair of Toms or Haviannas that are in your room. ( My husband joked that the hipster vibe was so pervasive that we were going to wake up in the morning with handlebar mustaches) but its all part of being in SOCO - Can't ask for a better locale. Great restos, shops and bars right near by - literally, Right in the middle of everything. Great patio and night time bar scene. I would have given this 5 stars but the staff was just as other reviewers said - we found them to be aloof and not very welcoming. Like they were too good to be working there. The only exception was the gentleman who checked us out on the morning we left. He was super friendly and actually smiled! But the staff certainly wouldn't deter us from staying there again - in fact we can't wait to return!

Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 December 2012

An oasis among the craziness of SOCO. Rooms are spotless and comfortable. Great restaurants across the street at Boticelli's and Home Slice Pizza (the italian sub is delicious). Guero's is also good for a margarita.

Steer clear of the Asst. Mgr. Meghan. She has no social skills, and manages to be condiscending and rude all in one sentence. Not sure where they found her...was not at a top notch hotel mgm. school.

Aside from her lack of style the place is fantastic.

Room Tip: Stay in the back area. Much quieter.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Hotel San Jose

Address: 1316 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-2433
Region: United States > Texas > Austin
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#20 Romantic Hotel in Austin
#54 Business Hotel in Austin
Price Range: £159 - £559 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel San Jose 2.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel San Jose is located on South Congress Avenue, a few blocks south of where the Colorado River runs through downtown Austin. Originally built in 1939 as an "ultramodern motor court," the San Jose has since been transformed into a secluded urban bungalow-style hotel in the heart of one of the city's most beloved neighborhoods. ... more   less 
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