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A guide to the city's best digs

Because the only way to keep Austin weird is by having you visit, we went ahead and dug up the coolest, craziest, most Diplo-party-hosting accommodations in the city. From Downtown luxury to a saloon-themed bachelor pad, everything your heart desires lies just ahead.The Omni700 San Jacinto Blvd; 512.476.3700Lauded in 2012 by J.D. Power and Associates for having the "Highest in Hotel Guest Satisfaction Among Upper-Upscale Hotel Chains", the Omni is a downtown behemoth with nearly 400 rooms and a heated rooftop pool.Read the full review...Hotel San Jose1316 South Congress Ave; 512.444.7322Located in the heart of South Congress, Hotel San Jose was transformed in the late '90s from a run-down motel into a destination for the traveler with a keen eye for design, and a desire for hip-but-unpretentious lodgings.Read the full review...The W Hotel200 Lavaca St; 512.542.3600Just a few blocks from the mansion where another famous W rested his head as governor, the W's Austin branch has helped define the downtown 2nd St District.Read the full review...The Kimber Modern110 The Circle; 512.912.1046Built from the ground up rather than by some reverse anti-gravity construction method, the Kimber Modern is a totally custom, meticulously designed marvel of modernism close enough to walk to South Congress locales like the Continental Club.Read the full review...Firehouse Hostel & Lounge605 Brazos St; 512.201.2522For a lodging option within stumbling distance of Dirty 6th that won't judge you for said stumbling, check out Firehouse Hostel: a wallet-friendly downtown abode built in the longest-standing firehouse in Austin.Read the full review...The Wild West CompoundWillow St; Email for reservationKnown for hosting ridiculous private SXSW parties featuring the likes of Diplo, this three-house compound is the perfect pace to bed down for a bonkers bachelor party.Read the full review...Hotel Saint Cecilia112 Academy Dr; 512.852.2400Envisioned by the same woman behind Hotel San Jose, Saint Cecilia is named after the patron saint of music and poetry, and encapsulates the aura of the larger-than-life musicians that defined what it meant to be cool in the '60s and '70s.Read the full review...The Driskill604 Brazos St; 512.474.5911Built in 1886 as the "showplace of a cattle baron", the Driskill still stands proudly in the heart of 6th St as Austin's most opulent lodging.Read the full review...