There was really only one destination spot in Austin I knew of since hearing from my friend Juan about his visit a few years back ~ the Hotel San Jose. Architectural inspiration was its attraction for him, but not until we walked its grounds during our stay, did I understand that it wasn't the building itself where Juan saw inspiration but the realized idea of place making - thoughtful design of interstitial outdoor spaces and sequence of entries that was the real architecture. Details such as the vintage music posters as art, mid-century modern furniture, signage, and lighting were just icing on the cake.
Other details that won us over.
~An extremely comfortable bed
~A heated pool
~Affordable room options
~Locally supplied and unique mini bar options
~Toms shoes supporting a good cause
~Breakfast served in a bento box
~Literary excerpt pinned next to the mirror
~Jo's coffee and sandwich shop, hotel-owned, next door
~Hand selected music or DVD collection available for check-out
~Typewriter available for check-out
~Polaroid camera available for check-out
~Located in the South Congress area, full of great local eateries and shops
Hotel San Jose
1316 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704
Film photos by Sophorn except of course one of my feet by Christopher. Stay tuned for Part 5 ~ Around Austin.