Hotel San Jose
Austin, TX 78704
Step out of the boho-chic shops of South Congress and into the urban oasis that it Hotel San Jose. Built in 1939 as a motor court, the refurbished bungalow-style rooms circle a postage stamp pool and courtyard, where you can drink sangria and nibble on appetizers before hitting the town. The décor is rustic Texas modern with low-lying platform beds, Eames chairs, concrete floors, cowhide rugs, and vintage rock posters. Plus, each room has a front porch and chairs; it’s a mini Southern home away from home, only with a better decorator. Low-key luxury is the key here: mini-fridges are packed with Texas Amber Bock and other local brews, along with sparkling Topochiko, and the bathroom is stocked with herbal Malin and Goetz soaps and shampoos. For breakfast, and a taste of the Austin community, just cross the parking lot for a coffee, an egg and bean taco, and an hour or so of people watching at Jo’s.