Hotel San Jose

Exterior of Hotel San Jose from S. Congress (credit Jennifer H. @

Exterior of Hotel San Jose from S. Congress (credit Jennifer H. @

I love, love, love Hotel San Jose! Located on South Congress across the street from the Continental Club Hotel San Jose is an awesome spot to have a relaxed drink with a friend or spend the night.

Originally built in 1939 as the San Jose Motel, it became dilapidated and used to be a place where prostitutes and drug users stayed until gentrification began to occur and this are of Congress became known as ‘SOCO’.  In the 1990’s the hotel was purchased by Liz Lambert a Lawyer from NY. She planned to do an over-haul of the property and convert it to what it is today.

It took Lambert 2 years to get a bank to loan her money. So, in the meantime she decided to manage the old motel to make ends meet. She used a video camera to document many of the colorful characters and odd experiences she encountered during that time. She cut it into a documentary called: “Last Days of the San Jose.” The film premiered at SXSW in 2005.

Hotel San Jose is a boutique hotel oasis. There is an outside patio open to the public that serves drinks and snacks, occasionally the patio features local DJ’s.

Interior of a suite at Hotel San Jose (credit Clarissa R. @

Interior of a suite at Hotel San Jose (credit Clarissa R. @

The rooms are modern and simplistic. The décor is mainly comprised of vintage posters of musician’s that have preformed in Austin.

As a hotel guest you can:
Check out music and videos
Rent bicycles
Barrow a manual Remington Premier typewriter or Polaroid camera

Hotel San Jose is dog friendly and room range from $95-$375 a night.


2 Responses to “Hotel San Jose”

  1. 1 Laura C. November 12, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Okay, this post is amazing. I am obsessed with all things design and I LOVE boutique hotels. I didn’t know about San José… I had seen it on Congress before so thank you for telling me about it! I think it’s going to be my new haunt…

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