Every year for our anniversary, my husband and I indulge on a boutique hotel experience. We have a shared desire to one day design and operate our own. This year, we returned to my hometown of Austin, Texas to stay at the San Jose Hotel. When I was in college, I worked next door and I’d often meet friends for drinks on their patio after work. It’s a magical mix of Japanese, Mexican, and Mid-Century Modern influences.
As you enter it feels like a secret garden with mature ivy and bamboo that creates an outdoor courtyard. The pathways are a mix of smooth gray concrete and crushed granite. Overhead, arbors create a romantic experience of light and shadows that dance around as you navigate through the paths to the rooms. A Koi pond and fountain add another layer of sensory delight as the sounds of live music fade into the background. The glistening pool is small but zen.
Inside, the rooms are simple and classic. The walls are adorned with iconic Austin Band posters. It felt serendipitous that we got the room with a Patty Griffin poster. I’ve been a fan since I was a kid and it was the soundtrack of my college days.
The white walls allow the natural wood furniture to pop. The nightstands hold a vintage green touchtone phone and a bright red speaker - in keeping with the brand colors. Classic Mid-century lamps and molded Eames chairs are a nod to the industrial thread. Soft cotton bedding is a custom design of tiny flowers that look vintage. You can score a set yourself in their gift shop or their online store. Behind the blinds is the classic arched window iconic to the building. In the bathroom, the only color comes from the serape striped Mexican robes that hang on the wall. The flooring is a simple industrial mix of white tile and concrete. The entire experience was serene and welcoming.
Our stay was brief, but I can’t help but think about how to bring the look of the San Jose Hotel to my home. So I put together a lookbook of classic San Jose elements. I’ve already ordered some of the pillows you see here.