Do you remember, as a child, that place you would retreat to when you had played too hard? For me it was a giant tree in my Grandma's back yard. I would go lie underneath it's low sweeping branches when I had tired of my cousins. I remember how the cool and solid the ground felt, how the filtered light danced in the leaves, and how earthy the air smelled in the shade. This is what it feels like to stay at the Hotel San José.
The Vibe: The super cool while not trying too hard vibe is essential Austin.
The Details: Smooth cement with rounded edges. Succulents growing out of every crevice. Vintage concert posters and just the right amount of Southwestern textiles.
The Must Do: Grab a glass of champagne, sit outside in the hotel's central courtyard, listen to the gravel crunch underfoot and pretend you're an Indie rockstar in town for SXSW.