Personal favorite A review of Hotel San Jose
This is easily one of my favorite hotels in the world. Worth the extra dough if you're comparing to the Austin Motel, worth the character if you're comparing to the downtown chains. The place is very tastefully decorated in slightly retro/minimalist cool, the wine/beer hour is very mellow, the breakfast is healthy and delicious, the location perfect.
This isn't just somewhere I want to visit, I'd like to live here: the staff is helpful, cool and courteous, the CD/DVD collections are so startingly good the staff gave me the lists so I could begin collecting ones I didn't know or have, their restaurant recommendations (including getting me into "booked solid" places with special welcomes from the hosts) were fantastic. Although I have friends with whom I can stay in Austin gratis, I yearn for life at San Jose!