I spent 3 nights at the Hotel San Jose. It’s located in a great part of Austin, on South Congress Avenue. The street is popular with locals and visitors for its’ restaurants and shops.
The rates at the Hotel San Jose are reasonable for a boutique hotel. A standard room starts off at $150 and then jumps to $205 for a grand standard. Due to the timing of booking my accommodations and graduation taking place at the time I was visiting, I booked my stay with two nights in one of their standard rooms and one night in the grand standard. Both rooms are similarly decorated; in that minimal and modern design look with a few items that reflect a western flair like the duvet cover or the animal hide rug. The furnishings were a combination of minimalism like the cantilever plank desks and platform bed mixed with vintage modern seating. The hotel reminded me of The Thunderbird Motel we had stayed while in Marfa back in ’05.
The beds are super comfortable and clean. The pillows are big and billowy. The beds are dressed with a sheet and a thicker blanket in a colorful duvet.
The bathrooms are basic with standard quantity of towels and robes. They offer Malin + Goetz beauty products for your showering needs, which I love! Though I must add that it is odd to provide a NYC based product in Texas.
The standard room only had a snack bar, which is a box of snacks that will satisfy your sweet and/or savory cravings. The box also includes other items that you might need during your stay. All items in the box are available for purchase and a price list advises the cost of each item. A mini fridge is provided in the grand standard room. Each room provided a complimentary bottle of rain water. Yes, rain water. Instead of bottled spring water, the bottled water is captured rain water in Texas. It tastes different from bottle spring and mineral water but in a good way. I guess it has to do with it not possessing things that you would normally find in water you get from the earth. The bottles also make great take home souvenir.
I thought the standard room was roomy especially as a single guest. There was plenty of room to accommodate two adult suitcases, and to walk around the furnishings. Though you don’t get a closet but there is a hanging bar and cabinets to hang and store stuff away in the bathroom. The room I stayed in #20 was bright from the natural light coming in from the large arched window and the two smaller windows on either side of the bed. It’s also located along South Congress, which was not too bad. There is even an entrance onto the hotel property next to the room, which made for coming and going easy. There wasn’t much street noise at night though on the second day, I woke up to road construction, which I was notified with a letter left on the desk and two pairs of ear plugs.
The grand standard was definitely an upgrade in room size and amenities. I was given room #41. It is away from the street, which was great though you could still here a bit of the construction but at least it wasn’t next to it. The room is located by the pool and it has an outdoor private patio with plenty of seating to accommodate guests and friends. The room was not as bright because it was further inside the hotel property. Room #41 has a large arched window and the glass door to the private patio, which was the only source of natural light. The room also has a seating area if you prefer to stay indoors. There is also a closet with lower cabinet for storage.
The pool is open to guests. There are chairs around the pool for lounging and sunbathing. There are plenty of fresh towels to use. It’s not a big pool but a cool relief from the Texas heat. The hotel also features a courtyard with seating with tables, which is open to the public and guests to enjoy. This outdoor area is also where breakfast is served. It is also a popular place to grab drinks in the evening as well.
The staff at Hotel San Jose are friendly and very helpful. They are available 24/7 and can supply you with things for your room like an iron and ironing board, or a plunger if you need it. And if you need to print your boarding pass, they can help you with that, too. Wifi is also complimentary!
Yes, I enjoyed my stay at Hotel San Jose. I would have preferred to keep the same room but was glad that I was moved to a better room especially with the road construction. I would not have been happy to wake up from loud grinding noises so early especially after a night of bachelorette partying. When I return to Austin, I would definitely book my stay at Hotel San Jose again. It’s got great value for the type of hotel I like to stay at (design-boutique). It’s in a great location with shops and restaurants all in walking distance.
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