Hotel San Jose
A Motor Lodge, Reborn
What it is
A 40-room 1936 motel revamped into one of the hippest stays in the state, with verdant courtyards and a pristine pool.
What it isn't
Resembling anything close to a roadside motel of yore. You’ll find Malin + Goetz bath products, custom Sferra linens and everything from typewriters to Polaroid cameras on-loan.
What we think
The property that effectively launched Liz Lambert’s empire more than 20 years ago is still an Austin icon, thanks to a rotating roster of locally-loved events (like regular DJ appearances in the leafy outdoor lounge) and coffee shop Jo’s, where caffeine addicts regularly line the block for their fix. Rooms are streamlined but not cold, thanks to colorful Mexican pillows, vintage black and white prints (John Lennon here, a poster for Easy Rider there) and only-in-Texas touches, like cowhide rugs, adoring the polished concrete floors. Wifi is free and fast, and guests can have Jo’s delivered to their room every day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
You're here because
You love nothing more than a comeback story, and this is the ultimate: a former drug den motel turned into the hippest place in town by one forward-thinking former Manhattan District Attorney prosecutor.
You almost never visit hotel shops—who needs the same touristy schlock they sell in the airport? But something was calling to you from this one. Now, you want everything here—from the ombre rope dog leash to the striped Mexican-inspired kimono (the same one that hung in your room, beautifully made by an Indian weaving co-op). Time to invest in a larger carry-on.
Restaurants & Bars
Lounge - Serves beer, wine & a selection of light fare.
On Austin’s bustling South Congress Avenue, across the street from Amy’s Ice Cream and down the block from Allens Boots—where 4,000 boots await for your shopping pleasure.