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“Sleek modern simplicity crossed with southwest charm”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel San Jose

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Hotel San Jose
Ranked #71 of 200 Hotels in Austin
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New York City, New York
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“Sleek modern simplicity crossed with southwest charm”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2013

I only stayed for a night, but instantly loved both the hotel itself and the surrounding area. The rooms are simple and modern, but have all the amenities you could want/need. The Malin + Goetz bath products are the icing on the cake. The hotel is set up with a focus on the outdoor spaces - the rooms are all set off of shared patios and balconies, and the restaurant is in an outside courtyard. The location is ideal, smack in the middle of the fun South Congress strip with dozens of restaurants and shops.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

We spent 2 weeks travelling around Texas and this was by far our favourite hotel (even more than the 5 star places in Dallas and Houston). We were a little worried the San Jose might be a bit too "hipstery" for us but it was perfect. The guy at the front desk was charming and friendly throughout and immediately dispelled any worries we might have had about not being trendy enough to stay. I booked through Mr and Mrs Smith and I though the price was very reasonable for the location.

We had room 23 which was close-ish to the courtyard but set back from Congress so although there was a bit of noise from the courtyard at night we slept really well. The bed was relatively small for a US hotel but super comfy and I lovely the minimalist decor and gorgeous bedspread and robes. The bathroom was a great size and as many have mentioned the M&G toilettries were fab. I loved that we could buy all the various things from the room at reception if we wanted.

We got some great recommndations from the front desk for places to eat on S Congress- we LOVED Gueros - and spent an excessive amount of time at Jo's next door and Amy's ice creams opposite.

Parking was so easy as well and there were loads of spaces. The sign for the hotel is hidden amonst the Ivy so it was a bit tricky to spot at first but it's literally right next to Jos which you can't miss. We were a short drive from Barton Creek and from the swimming pool which we loved and we walked into town and up to the university one day. It was a longish walk but with plenty to see and we felt safe walking back late at night.

Anyway, we had a superb time. I can't recommned the hotel enough. Maybe if you like super luxurious type places then this wouldn't be right for you but it is quirky, comfy and fun and as someone else has written, was basically "Austin in hotel form".

Room Tip: Room 23 was good for us!
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2013 via mobile

This has become our favorite spot for a getaway weekend. Love the rooms, the breakfast, the service and the ambiance! The grounds are also amazing!! It's location is perfect as you can enjoy south congress and all it has to offer right outside your room!
Have stayed three times in 6 months and want to go back again soonest!

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

After living in Houston for two years we finally went on the weekend trip to Austin. The location is so close to anything you could be looking for on a visit to Austin. Great area for walking to shopping, restaurants, bars/nightlife. Not to mention the atmosphere. Staff was helpful and friendly, service was amazing and the room service menu had the food to match. While the price point is high, it was more then worth it and can't wait for another visit!

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

I have stayed at this hotel four or five times over the last several years. This time I returned with my boyfriend. It was his first time in Austin and the hotel definitely had enough character and charm, as well as an excellent location, to give him a good taste of Austin. The hotel is very clean and I love the Austin-y decor. I also really enjoyed the wine/beer area and outdoor "patio" seating, the bed was super comfortable too. However, Hotel San Jose-and I am reluctant to say anything negative- but for over 300 a night, I guess my expectations are a little higher and I think there are a few things you could do to be warmer and more welcoming. For instance, what about giving your repeat guests a bit of a discount or something a little special to let them know they are appreciated? Our room was also located right on the street which was noisy...so the price seemed a bit high. (I live in Chicago, so I'm used to the noise, but I think it would have been helpful if I had been told this when I booked the room) Despite all of this, Hotel San Jose is a great place to say if you want to share Austin with someone you love-just be ready to spend a bit extra.

Room Tip: Request a quiet room! Rooms on Congress Avenue are noisy.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

The San Jose is a funky, retro hotel in a great location just a 15/20 minute walk from downtown Austin. You don't actually need to venture to downtown as there are an array of bars, restaurants and shops on the hotel's doorstep. Our room (32) was very private in the corner of the pretty, leafy and tranquil yard. Being tucked away meant there was no noise and a private doorway off the main street meant you didn't have to go through the hotel to get in and out. The room was clean and bright and the bed was super comfy. The bathroom was light and the complimentary products were divine. The room had an array of drinks and snacks but you have to pay for these. Given the price of the hotel each night, it would have been nice to have at least some water thrown in. The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. We had a problem with our credit card and they could not have done more for us to help us sort it out. They also provided great tips on where to watch live music. Overall the San Jose was on the more expensive side but in line with other upmarket hotels in Austin. We would definitely recommend it.

Room Tip: Ask for an off street room to minimise noise.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

Swam and lounged in the pool in lovely out there dressing gowns. Had micheladas and felt fabulous! Some might say it's painfully hip, but I enjoyed it. Get over it people! The rooms are polished concrete but I liked the cool-to-the-touch after the Austin sun. We had friends come for drinks in the wonderful backyard. Not really a food place, but Jo's coffee was right next store and the place is dead in the middle of a ton of great restaurants. Lovely location. The grounds were beautiful too.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Property: Hotel San Jose
Address: 1316 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-2433
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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 (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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