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June 19 / Places to Visit
“San José embraces a holistic attitude of clean and minimal aesthetics that meet with distinct flourishes”

Austin: Hotel San José

Words & Photographs by Michael A. Muller

On your next trip to Austin, stay at the charming Hotel San José.

In the middle of the busy South Congress Avenue thoroughfare in Austin sits Hotel San José. As an antithesis of the standard corporate hotel, San José is a longtime earmark for design-minded travelers to the state’s capitol city. The 40-room hotel was originally built in 1939 and remodeled in the late 1990s by the multifaceted owner Liz Lambert and the expert hands of Lake Flato architects. San José embraces a holistic attitude of clean and minimal aesthetics that meet with distinct flourishes such as rentable Polaroid cameras, typewriters and bicycles, as well as extensive music and video libraries. A bamboo-lined wading pool and a large outdoor patio area are highlights mixed between the muted stucco walls with terra-cotta-tiled roofs and gravel trail that runs throughout the open-air corridors of the property. Cool gray with hints of soft green blend nicely with the foliage and ivy growing on the premises.

1316 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704

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