Swisher Sweets flew me out to SXSW for a project and blessed me with the hotel of my choice. After scrolling through Hotel Tonight and Tablet, I decided to post up at South Congress Hotel in Austin, Texas. When I pulled up, the bellboys were awaiting my arrival with a very warm "Welcome Ms. James." I stepped out and knew that I chose the right place, further proven when on my tour of the property, the manager said "this is where Young Thug performed last night." I was home.
During my guided tour of the hotel I had the opportunity to see every inch of this space – 3 restaurants,1 coffee shop, Ten Over Ten nail salon, and Sunroom, a women's boutique that had me contemplating a real cash drop. Did I mention the rooftop pool? At every turn I was admiring the hotel's design. There were elements of the property that reminded me of architecture in Mexico City, mixed with heavy Los Angeles vibes. The interior was executed by Studio MAI (Hinoki & The Bird, Gjelina) and their custom scent developed by Air Aroma. I live for a hotel scent and I loved the one at South Congress.
There are few things that make me happier than a heated hotel pool, one of the main reasons I chose this property. The pool deck was quite the reprieve from the hysteria that is SXSW – with a bar, lounge chairs, and plenty of shade for those not trying to get toasty in the Texas sun.
I was pleased to hear that my room had been upgraded and much to my delight, there was plate of treats awaiting me. There was also a mini-bar and snack station packed with Haribo gummies, coming correct with a juicy bag of my favorite Gummi Peaches, which I devoured after an amazing day of seeing 21 Savage, Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert at Def Dam Digital and the Swishers showcase where Waka Flocka closed the night.
Room service is a must for me while nestled in at a hotel, and at South Congress they tap into their restaurant Café No Sê for their door-to-door delivery. For breakfast I made that call and ordered avocado toast with soft boiled egg, crème fraîche, upland cress, aleppo carrots, red quinoa porridge with almond milk, cocoa nib, papaya, kiwi, pistachio and freshly squeezed orange juice. Light, delicious and healthy – this made for the perfect breakfast while wrapped in my robe and preparing for the day ahead. I've since started making quinoa porridge at home, as I love a warm bowl of cereal.
South Congress Hotel | 1603 S Congress Avenue, Austin TX 78704