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South Congress Hotel

1603 S Congress Ave | Austin, TX 78704-2475  [SEE MAP]Austin, TX  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Quirky boutique hotel with a rooftop pool
A little further removed from downtown Austin
This boutique Austin hotel boasts a blend of industrial and rustic interiors. Think: wooden floors, mismatched furniture, steel accents and a color scheme of rich brown, dark charcoal, smooth cream and crisp white. Inside the rooms, you'll find hardwood floors, custom furniture, free Wi-Fi access, LED TVs and minibars. The decor was a plus for some travelers and a negative for others, who said they weren't fans of the darker interiors and insufficient lighting. (However, all guests agreed that the hotel staff went above and beyond.) Accommodations offer views of either the interior courtyard, the surrounding neighborhood, the pool or South Congress Avenue. If you upgrade to a suite, you'll enjoy a furnished balcony. You can also schedule an in-room spa treatment or head to tenoverten nail salon for a manicure and pedicure. South Congress Hotel is also home to a rooftop pool (with cushioned lounge chairs), a juice and coffee bar, a 24-hour gym and three eateries. Café No Sé serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch; Central Standard dishes out classic American fare like burgers, steak and seafood; and Otoko is the exclusive 12-seat sushi and kaiseki bar (spots to dine here must be reserved well in advance).
Austin, TX
Hotel Class
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 83 rooms
Primary View
City center, Neighborhood



  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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In addition to regular cable, the hotel also offers Apple TV, Chromecast and the streaming capabilities of over 40 movies curated by Alamo Drafthouse's distribution company.

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The real action is in the common spaces, though, which include three restaurants – the ultra-exclusive Otoko, classic American restaurant Central Standard, and the more casual Café No Sé – plus local shops like Sunroom and Revival Cycles, and cult New York import nail salon Tenoverten.

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Behind its sleek white facade, you'll find 83 rugged-minimalist rooms furnished with midcentury modern pieces and materials inspired by the Texas terrain (think denim, leather, and unfinished wood).


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.



The trendy boutique hotel sits on popular South Congress Avenue. Several restaurants and shops are located nearby.

AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 414 have reviewed the South Congress Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 414 reviews 4.5 (based on 414 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Guest rooms at the South Congress Hotel feature the same hip, midcentury modern decor (think: streamlined furnishings, hardwood floors and period lighting) that's on display throughout the hotel. Standard River City rooms overlook the interior courtyard, have walk-in showers, king-sized beds dressed with custom Matteo linens, 46-inch LED televisions, Aesop toiletries and minibars stocked with local items. Heights rooms overlook the Travis Heights neighborhood, while Bouldin rooms face South Congress Street. And in each suite, guests will find a separate living room and a private balcony.
  • TAG Approved LGBT hotel
  • Free Wi-Fi provided
  • Some suites come with deep soaking tubs, multiple TVs and bunk beds

Standard room size285 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

This midcentury modern boutique hotel is located on South Congress Avenue within walking distance of some of Austin’s most popular bars, restaurants and live music venues. The other entertainment hub in the city, 6th Street, is less than 2 miles away. The South Congress Hotel offers complimentary transfers in its BMW within a 3-mile radius and also rents electric bicycles and motorcycles.
  • Electric car charging stations available on-site
  • Personal shopping services at property's boutique can be provided for a fee
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is 10 miles southeast
  • 24-hour valet parking ($32)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


Café No Sé, the hotel’s main dining outlet, serves Asian- and American-inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on weekends. The eatery also provides small plates for the lobby and pool bars. For a larger selection of American bites (including a raw bar and steaks) and more than 100 wines chosen by the property's sommelier, there's Central Standard. And at the 12-seat Otoko, diners can savor multicourse omakase meals that include Tokyo-style sushi and Kyoto-style kaiseki. A coffee shop with cold-pressed juices, locally roasted coffees and homemade pastries is located on-site as well.
  • Room service available every day during Café No Sé's restaurant hours
  • Lobby Bar offers weekday happy hour specials
  • Hotel has an artisanal ice cream truck in its courtyard

Number of restaurants3

Cuisine TypesAsian, American

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


The rooftop pool overlooks South Congress Avenue with views of the downtown skyline and the State Capitol. Platform sofas and chairs are arranged for communal lounging in one area, while chaise lounges and contemporary umbrellas line both sides of the pool. A pool bar with food service from Café No Sé makes this a popular gathering area.
  • Pool open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Pool bar open seasonally between 11 a.m. and dusk
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The South Congress Hotel caters primarily to couples and business travelers. However, Bunkroom suites offer extra sleeping space for families, and amenities like cribs and loaner board games are available.
  • Concierge can arrange kayak rentals for exploring the area's waterways
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs


The South Congress Hotel has a small fitness center with cardio equipment and free weights. And on the first Sunday of every month, the hotel hosts a 75-minute yoga session by Wanderlust YOGA for $20 per person.
  • Fitness center open 24 hours a day
  • Bike and motorcycle rentals are available
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


Located a mile from the Austin Convention Center, the South Congress Hotel features a 2,310-square-foot meeting space that includes a pre-function area, as well as more than 2,400 square feet of landscaped courtyards. Up to 300 guests can be accommodated for business functions, and tech amenities like iPads, MacBooks, printers and a Chromebox are available for a fee.
  • Property's BMW offers complimentary transfers within a 3-mile radius
  • Catering, shipping, printing and messenger services available

Number of meeting rooms1

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


Pets that weigh up to 50 pounds are welcome at the hotel for an additional fee of $125 per stay. The concierge can arrange pet-sitting and grooming services, and pets must not be left alone in the rooms.
  • Pets are not permitted for stays lasting more than seven days
  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting (with fee)


The South Congress Hotel offers both indoor and outdoor venues for weddings and receptions. The landscaped courtyards and gardens are popular for both ceremonies and receptions with up to 450 people, and the indoor event space, offering a pre-function area and an in-house sound system, can accommodate up to 180 guests banquet-style.
  • Catering services available

Maximum wedding guest capacity450

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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