Hotel San Jose
The epicenter of Austin hip with an undeniable rock star feel.
This urban bungalow-style hotel oozes modern minimalism. The “ultramodern motor court” is hidden in plain view --- smack in the middle of the culturally rich South Congress nightlife --- behind ivy-covered walls. Once inside the granite-pathed and bamboo-shaded courtyard, one can’t help but feel like they’re part of the in crowd. This is where rock stars stay when they’re in town to see other rock stars. That said, this place is not all show. Hotel San Jose is keen on service in all 40 guest rooms, which range from grand suites in the secluded back garden to three budget rooms above the lobby with a shared bath. Most hotels of this ilk offer at least a nod to kitsch, and this one is no slouch, with rentals that include bicycles, music, movies, a Remington Rand typewriter and an old-fashioned Polaroid camera. Just across the street is the famous Continental Club and its newer upstairs jazz lounge The Gallery. SoCo also boasts the town’s top dining scene, ranging from gourmet burgers worth the hour wait to oyster bars to ultra fine dining.
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