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January 22, 2007
From journal Austin Weekend
July 1, 2005
From journal Austin Trip
Charlotte, North Carolina
July 6, 2004
There is a great outdoor area for drinks and meals. I highly recommend you have breakfast here (or delivered to your room on funky boxed food trays), because the food is excellent. But the bar area also attracts a really laid-back, hip crowd, so have a couple of drinks before you hit the town.
You can stay in a few different types of rooms. There are bungalow-type units, which are very spacious and next to the pool area. Or you can stay at one of the smaller rooms above the front desk area. I stayed in one of these rooms and thought it was really cool. They are pretty sparse, but the colors, the furniture, and the little touches (i.e., the funky list of music and movies you can get at the front desk) make it a neat place to stay. Interestingly, you share a bathroom if you are in one of these smaller units. But it didn’t feel weird, and I liked the change of pace vs. other hotels I had recently stayed at. Having said that, book early so that you can get a bungalow, because they have their own bathrooms and they are pretty special.
The hotel is in a great area of town. It is located in the SOCO area, which has some funky shops, bars, and clubs. Right across the street is the Continental Club (which is a famous Austin institution that is a great place for live music). Make sure you try Jo’s for coffee in the morning. It is a neat outdoor takeout coffee and snack shop that is owned by the owners of the Hotel San Jose.
All said, I can’t recommend this hotel strongly enough. But plan ahead, because it books up a bit in advance.
From journal A UT Alum Returns
March 18, 2004
It has received different awards like a "Best Small Hotel" in 2001 from Interior Design Magazine and comments from Men's Journal "the anti-boutique boutique hotel;" and Hank Williams III says "...it's Mexico meets Japan..." but I don't necesarily agree with him, being myself from Mexico.
I spoke with Juannes from Belgium, one of the managers at the hotel, but you can also speak with either Karen Sexton, manager if you happen to get in touch with her. I just love the view comming out of the San Jose; turn North on Congress and you will see the Capitol at the end of the avenue.
From journal Keep Austin Weird
April 29, 2003
The property is very modern, with a nice pool and bar in the center. At nighttime, the bar is one of the most interesting places in town to have a drink -- or six.
On Thursday nights, the hotel shows movies in the parking lot on a large outdoor screen. In your room, you can borrow CDs or videos from the well-stocked library.
Budget tip: There are four rooms in the hotel that share a washroom, but they are less than half the price of the standard accommodations. So, if you don't mind pretending you're in Europe, this is the way to save a few dollars.
From journal Yeehaw Austin