The first night I arrived in Austin, a friend took me out and wanted to show me a few spots in town. The first place we hit, I could've stayed all night. The Hotel San Jose in the hip South Congress neighborhood is a 40-room zen palace that used to be a rent-by-the-hour crack hotel. Refurbished in 2000, this former motor court is a boutique bungalow-style haven in the heart of the city. Gravel pathways lit by subtle lanterns lead guests through peaceful maze-like paths to their rooms. The centerpiece of the San Jose is the pool and adjacent courtyard where guests and locals linger into the night, chilling out with beer, wine and selections of cheese and olives under the Texas sky. And where Austin is known for fostering one of the world's best music communities, the San Jose has an artist-in-residence program where it features different artists' work every few months. It even hosted a range of parties during SXSW featuring the "South by San Jose" music series. Rooms range from the low $90s to the low $300s and all include free DSL and WiFi access
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