Everyone Is Staying Here (and Loving It)
More than just a place to spend the night, the South Congress Hotel is the hub of all things cool in Austin right now.
Don’t let the tablet-toting, coffee-chugging VCs in the lobby spook you: This outstanding new hotel is the best place to tap into Austin’s addictive energy. Much of the buzz is thanks to the body anticipated 12-seat sushi counter Otoko, which serves a mind-blowing omakase menu despite being in landlocked Austin (They source the seafood from purveyor around the world).
Two more restaurants, Café No Sé and Central Standard offer staples like avocado toast and wood-grilled chops and steaks. But the true genius of the South Congress extends beyond food and drinks: It’s essentially a town square, with free concerts in the open courtyard amid century modern lobby you’d actually want to hangout in, a rooftop pool an outpost of cult N.Y.C. nail salon Tenoveren, and the West Coast inspired boutique Sunroom, where you’ll find No.6 clogs, sunglasses by Karen Walker, and bikinis by Lisa Marie Hernandez. Subway-tile rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed concrete ceilings, and custom-built wood-and-leather headboards, desks, and chairs offer a calming reprieve from everything happening here.