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South Congress Hotel 4.0

South Congress, Austin, Texas

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Pros

  • Trendy boutique with hip and thoughtful design throughout
  • Excellent South Congress location near restaurants, bars, and shops
  • Modern, elegant rooms have minibars, LED TVs, and Aesop toiletries
  • Several excellent restaurants and bars, including Japanese eatery
  • Pretty outdoor swimming pool with loungers and adjacent bar
  • 24-hour fitness center, plus electric bike and motorcycle rentals 
  • Free high-speed Wi-Fi throughout 
  • Valet parking, as well as free BMW car service within three miles
  • Artistic Drafthouse Films selections available on demand 
  • Pets allowed (for a fee)

Cons

  • No full spa
  • Expensive parking 

Bottom Line

This trendy, 83-room boutique opened in 2015 and has made a name for itself thanks to its stunning design and excellent location on Austin’s bustling South Congress Avenue. Its proximity to popular bars and restaurants, as well as the hip, sophisticated vibe largely with couples, though business travelers and families can also be spotted. Modern, minimalist rooms have sleek bathrooms, LED TVs, free Wi-Fi, and minibars. Solid features include several excellent bars and restaurants, including a Japanese eatery and rustic cafe. An outdoor swimming pool with lounge chairs, 24-hour gym, and free shuttle service round out the amenities. There's no full spa and parking is pricey, however. Travelers looking for a bit more intimate stay may prefer the 14-room Hotel Saint Cecilia nearby, which has quirkier rooms. 

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Scene

Trendy, design-centric boutique with bustling bar and custom-made furnishings

This boutique opened in 2015 and has a trendy design that reflects its location on hip South Congress. According to architect Michael Hsu, the design “strives to reflect the culture of Austin that is simultaneously laid back and progressively sophisticated.” Every area of the property is thoughtfully decorated with custom-made furnishings that are certainly upscale but cozy. The sunny lobby area has hardwood floors, plaid chairs, and a woven-leather couch, complemented by abundant potted plants, curios, and colorful abstract prints by local artists on the walls. The adjacent bar is outfitted in similarly comfortable trappings, making it unsurprising that it's a popular spot for both locals and tourists; it's often buzzing with cool young people drinking craft cocktails. A courtyard with picnic tables and small pool with adjacent bar provide outdoor spaces -- with shade -- to sit. Guests here range from vacationing couples, business travelers, and festival attendees. 

Location

Pedestrian-friendly area with cool restaurants, music venues, and quirky shops

This upscale hotel is in an excellent location on the famous South Congress Avenue, making it a great spot for those who want to explore some of what Ausitn has to offer on foot. South Congress is lined with vintage shops such as Uncommon Objects, popular restaurants such as Hopdoddy Burger Bar and Guero's, and music venues such as The Continental Club. The popular downtown area -- where the bar-filled Sixth Street is located -- is about a 15-minute drive away, while Zilker Park and Rainey Street are about 10 minutes. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is about 20 minutes away by car. The hotel offers pricey valet parking and free car service within a three-mile radius.

Rooms

Hip design with industrial flare, custom-designed furniture and impressive bathrooms

As expected by the rest of the property's design, the 83 rooms are minimalist and hip, with an industrial flare (think concrete ceilings) and rustic touches such as reclaimed wood benches with leather seats. Rooms have hardwood floors, white and gray-accent walls, handsome custom-designed furniture, and minimal artwork. Rooms start at 282 square feet, while larger suites add sitting areas with charming curios. Rooms have views of either the city or the courtyard, and suites add furnished balconies. Beds have comfortable Matteo linens and there are plush bathrobes. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, LED TVs with free Drafthouse Films to watch, bluetooth alarm clock radios, and minibars with local products.  

Spacious bathrooms are pristine, with white-tiled floors, lots of mirrors, free high-end Aesop toiletries and large walk-in showers with powerful showerheads. Some add large soaking tubs. Note that showers have partial doors, which may hinder privacy if guests are sharing a bathroom. 

Features

Highlights include multiple well-reviewed restaurants and bars

This four-pearl hotel has several quality features, particularly in terms of dining. The lobby bar is a gathering place for both locals and tourists, who come for the hip ambience and craft cocktails. Cafe no Se is an all-day restaurant with fresh, seasonal items, rustic decor, and room service. Otoko is an exclusive, 12-seat Japanese restaurant; Central Standard is an American bar and grill; and Manana serves coffee, baked goods, and juices.

Other features include a pretty, small outdoor pool with adjacent bar and cushioned loungers. There's no full spa but in-room treatments can be arranged. The 24-hour modern fitness center is small but well-equipped, plus guests can rent bicycles and motorcycles. Pets are allowed for a fee. Wi-Fi is free throughout.

Additional on-site perks include a stylish women’s clothing and accessory boutique, a motorcycle shop that specializes in vintage restoration and custom outfitting, and a New York-based nail salon featuring a line of natural products.

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Address

1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, Texas 78704-2475, United States

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