I loved the Hotel San José, though it was not the cushiest in a traditional sense, nor the staff the most polished and sycophantic. But then, Austin, Texas is not the Old World and the staff at the Hotel San José are twenty somethings, pleasant and attentive, but not career hotel professionals.
The San José has had a long, checkered past and even in its current renovated, Zen incarnation, it wears its history like a badge of honor. The rooms are vintage American motel in size and configuration. There's a square window on one wall, so there's not lots of natural light. Some rooms are better than others in that regard. If you get a room on the first floor tucked under an outdoor staircase, ask for another, as I did, or you're going to be plunged into 1950 darkness for the duration of your stay.
Decor is Zen monastic, spare and hip, and surprisingly comfortable for all the absence of plush and chintz.
I enjoyed my interactions with the staff. When I found that I'd been given the room under the staircase mentioned above, I asked to be relocated and I was, immediately and pleasantly.
I ordered room service breakfasts each of the three mornings I was there and I was pleased with both the quality of food and the punctuality of service.
I loved the pool/bar area with its attractive plantings and Southwestern garden architectural elements. Lots of people love the bar area, by the way, so be prepared for full tables of other thirsty souls, clamoring for the tasty and unusual drinks that the hotel offers.
The Hotel San José is not a standard cookie-cutter Marriott-type hotel. If you want that sort of experience, you know where to get it. As for me, I'll be staying at this quintessential Austin hotel again and again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- San Jose Austin
- Hotel San Jose Austin, Texas
- San Jose Hotel Austin