You won’t need a fireman’s hat and a Dalmatian to check into the Firehouse Hostel, located near the buzzing bars of 6th Street in downtown Austin
. But you will have to find the door, which masquerades, speakeasy-style, as a bookcase in the first floor’s artisan cocktail lounge. Filling the niche for affordable lodging with Austin-style cachet, this retrofitted Victorian-era firehouse provides two private en suite rooms with fold-out futons and mini-fridges. Additional dorm style habitations are ideal for traveling with your posse if you are visiting during one of Austin’s famous festivals. The first floor lounge books live music, serves locally made snack platters, and whips up some of the best cocktails in town.