Another newcomer to the Austin scene, the South Congress Hotel
is a real showstopper. For starters, the pool deck is capital-E Everything. It’s like Palm Springs meets musicians’ paradise. The rooms and suites are well designed and boutique feeling, very well thought out. And unlike most hotel restaurants, Café No Sé downstairs is honestly phenomenal. The flavor combinations on the menu are fun and interesting, while the space is perfectly curated. There’s also a Japanese restaurant and an American Bar & Grill, yet this hotel doesn’t feel overwhelmingly huge or inconsistent with its stomping grounds. It kind of just works with the SoCo neighborhood, and each of the restaurants could be a great spot to host an event during SXSW.