Built in 1936 as an “ultramodern” motor court, the property has been transformed into a 40 room urban bungalow-style hotel tucked behind stucco walls and set amidst lush garden courtyards. The Hotel San José is located on South Congress Avenue, a few blocks from downtown and Lady Bird Johnson Lake in the heart of one of Austin’s favourite neighbourhoods. In addition to being a unique place to sleep, the Hotel San José serves as a gathering place and occasional hub of community activity for locals and visitors alike. As other hotel projects by Bunkhouse, the Hotel San José aims to build memorable experiences that offer more than just a good night’s sleep and a great cup of coffee. Passion for design, tireless attention to detail and a commitment to creating authentic culture have earned its diverse properties a unique place in the hearts and minds of those who visit them. Bunkhouse’s work is rooted in the communities in which we exist, and they believe above all else in creating an awareness of and connection to a sense of place in all that they do.

Once funding came through, Liz Lambert, owner of the hotel, worked with celebrated San Antonio architecture firm Lake/Flato on the transformation of the motor court property into its current incarnation as a great example of Texas minimalist style and Liz’s unique design voice. From bed platforms made of reclaimed native hardwood to custom saddle leather chairs by artist Jamey Garza or classic lighting designs by Santa & Cole that enrich the space and help create its warm atmosphere, from granite pathways to the impeccably curated landscape designed by artist Mark Word – the San Jose’s design reflects a voice that is proudly local and uniquely Texan.

Design Team

Lake | Flato