Hotel San José in Austin, Texas

Home Away From Home: Austin's Hotel San José

It's no secret I'm a wannabe Austinite. The eclectic town that surges with live music, funky artists, and gorgeous landscape always tugs at me when I've got a few days off on my calendar. What makes the pull to Austin even stronger? Hotel San José.

Situated right in the heart of the folksy part of town with delicious eateries, music venues, fab vintage shops, sweet boutiques, and cupcake vans, the real estate couldn't be better. Having said all of that, I'd be perfectly content to stay on the hotel premises for an entire weekend. A green hotel in many respects, the San José uses only biodegradable cleaning products, employs Austin's renewable resource program, and offers organic food. A less is more kind of place, the chic digs are outfitted with craveworthy Bertoia and Eames chairs, animal print rugs, blockprint linens (think John Robshaw), mounted concert posters, platform beds, and cement floors. And it doesn't stop there. The gravel patios, cheeky cacti, quaint pool, butterfly chairs, and hot Texas sunshine make for a pretty sweet afternoon outdoors. Follow that up with a margarita-infused vintage shopping spree where you can score second-hand milk glass vases and used Levi's. After that? Catch a live show at the Continental Club and stumble back to your home away from home. Not too shabby for a place that charges about $100 a night, no? Ding! I'm calling the airlines right now. 

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Photos courtesy of Allison V. Smith