Austin’s South Congress neighborhood is lined with independent shops, first-class restaurants and world-famous music venues. It’s also home to some of the city’s best accommodation, including the retro Austin Motel and the zen-like Hotel San José.
Hotel Saint Cecilia
Boutique Hotel, Hotel
Hotel Saint Cecilia has its own lending library | Courtesy of Hotel Saint Cecilia / Booking.com
Built in honor of the patron saint of music and poetry, yet inspired by counterculture characters like Jack Kerouac, Hotel Saint Cecilia represents elegance with a touch of rebellion. Each of the 14 rooms come with a turntable and an excellent sound system, so be sure to grab a couple of vintage vinyls from the hotel’s lending library. Or, if you’re more of a reader, take any of the poetry collections or music biographies and hit the pool. A room at Hotel Saint Cecilia isn’t cheap, but you can’t put a price on the memories you will create during your stay here.
This hotel takes its guests out of the modern outside world and drops them into a mid-century haven, right in the middle of the city’s favorite entertainment district, the South Congress neighborhood. The hotel’s aesthetic is sleek and simple yet intricate and eye-popping. The leather couches, wooden floors and furniture in the suites provide a Southwestern vibe that complements the surrounding area nicely.
Hotel San José houses 40 motel-style rooms | Courtesy of Hotel San José / Hotels.com
Right next to Jo’s Coffee and the famed “I Love You So Much” graffiti mural, the Hotel San José creates its own universe for its guests, plucking them off the busy South Congress Avenue and into a zen-like retreat with ivy-covered walls interrupted by private bungalows. The hotel worked to keep its ‘modern’ look from its construction in 1936, and now it boasts one of the most unique atmospheres offered by an Austin hotel. The Hotel San José’s bar is often a hotspot for the who’s who during the city’s South by Southwest and Austin City Limits festivals.
If you pass the Austin Motel during your stay in the city, chances are that you’ll remember its distinctive neon sign and marquee. But that’s just the outside. A visit inside the motel promises to be even more memorable. Built in the 1930s, the Austin icon has remained in trusted family hands for decades. Though there is a modern feel to its design, the motel adheres to the city’s promise to “Keep Austin Weird” via its kitsch furnishings that feature throughout the space. The motel is a stone’s throw away from the city’s best restaurants, bars and shops.
Only a short car ride away from the heart of the South Congress neighborhood, Casulo Hotel gives its guests true bang for their buck. Among the more reasonably priced hotels in the area, Casulo Hotel offers a variety of accommodation options, from cozy rooms to Jacuzzi suites. The hotel also serves a complimentary hot breakfast and has a comfortable pool patio.
Embassy Suites’ hotels are always of the highest quality, and the chain’s Austin offering, with its perfect location between two of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods, is no different. The hotel sits on nearly the northernmost tip of the South Congress neighborhood, so guests are within walking distance of South Austin’s various restaurants, live music venues and shops. However, the hotel is also a short walk across the South Congress Bridge to the city’s bustling Downtown area.
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