Concierge.com's insider take:
An eternal favorite among tourists and locals alike, the Hotel San José epitomizes Austin cool from the vintage music posters on the walls to the typewriters and Polaroid cameras on hand to help you capture the experience. Room decor is some of the most tasteful aroundsimple, modern, and tastefully retro with Bertoia side chairs and platform beds. You won't be as pampered as you would at one of the city's froufier hotels, but that's not the point here. Instead you'll get a true taste of local color. Pull up a chair in the courtyard, and join the neighborhood types for nightly happy hours. The location, on the hippest block of South Congress Avenue, puts you within easy stumbling distance of the legendary Continental Club, where you can party all night to live music, and the equally legendary Jo's Coffee, where you can rejuvenate the next morning.