Hotel San José

Hotel San José

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A magnet for music lovers and arty types, Austin's Hotel San José is a masterclass in stylish understatement with chilled-out charm on South Congress Avenue. This is a mellow hangout with retro bungalows and a leafy courtyard. You can borrow a bicycle, tinker on a typewriter or purloin a Polaroid – the extras here are a study in bohemia.

Highlights:

  • SoCo strip location, with the Continental Club close by

  • Regular music and film events are held in the beer garden

  • The hotel’s relaxed style attracts an artistic mix

Smith extra

Two complimentary drinks in the bar

In the know

Also need to know:

Smokers can light up on the outside patio. Dogs are welcome too (as long as owners keep them close by and clean up after them), for $10 a day. Ask front desk to organise a massage, manicure or pedicure for you.

Packing tips:

Sheet music and a guitar for impressing guests during impromptu jams; a dog-eared Penguin Classic to enjoy in the courtyard.

Dress code:

Pyjamas, shorts and surf Ts – nothing is too casual.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

What was I thinking? From what I’ve heard this open-minded Texan town is afroth with great food, friendly people. Yet here we are starting our bohemian city break sitting in a car on the side of a multi-lane carriageway. This is where we’re spending our precious vacation?

Fresh from a flight from JFK and a car-rental upgrade to a Mustang, things had been looking good. Then our GPS steered us to a busy main road leading to a crop of high-rises that loom in the distance like a modern-day Oz. Hip creative hub? Parked past a cluster of shiny food trailers outside a stretch of kitsch stores, our

Accommodation details

Address:

1316 S Congress Ave, Austin, Texas 78704, United States
Austin
USA

Location:

0.7 mi / 1.1 km from city centre

Dining information

Restaurant:

You have the perfect excuse for a lie-in here, since there’s no restaurant – breakfast is delivered to rooms in Bento boxes. There are six different options, including a choice of cold and cooked goodies. The champagne breakfast features strawberries and cream, French toast and a bottle of fizz.

Top table:

Your own plump pillows and duvet-draped bed.

Last orders:

The bar is open from 5pm to midnight every day, and you can have breakfast delivered from 7am to 11am.

Room service:

Your Bento-box breakfast and multi-snack minibar should compensate for the fact that you can’t order in.

Hotel bar:

The Wine and Beer Lounge is a neat, cube-shaped space by reception. You can sit inside, but tables by the garden are a more bright and breezy affair. The courtyard’s simple granite floor is studded with chunky wooden chairs, benches and communal tables, designed for dawn-till-dusk discussions. At night, the fire pit is lit, the pergolas twinkle with lamps and musicians play alfresco – on Wednesdays, house DJ Waxploitation draws in the crowds. Rock ’n’ Reel events are equally popular, teaming live music with a movie under the stars.

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