Travelers can borrow records from the front desk to play on turntables in their rooms
The hotel’s quiet exclusivity: Only guests (and with prior notice, a friend or two) are allowed on property
Individually designed rooms with plush touches such as Hästens mattresses, letterpress note cards and Glassybaby candleholders
What To Know
Signature cocktail prices start at $16
There's free parking in an enclosed lot
Up to two dogs are permitted at an additional cost of $25 per day
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A private estate anchored by a live oak–dotted 1880s mansion in the heart of South Austin
You’ll want to steal the look book of ideas from the Saint Cecilia’s public and private spaces, all of which exude an air of sophistication with an undercurrent of rock and roll. There's a white peacock perched over the elegant bar in the main lounge, where you’ll also find royal blue walls, patent leather couches and a stark white fireplace stained with ribbons of smoke. At the check-in desk there are bookcases loaded with books, DVDs and records for guests to borrow. The outdoor areas are dotted with marble tables, red wicker chairs and lanterns that hang from live oak branches.
Bed and Bath
Each of the 14 guestrooms, which are split between the grounds' original 1880s mansion and a slew of contemporary bungalows, is individually designed with an edgy, sophisticated aesthetic. Think original art, marble breakfast tables, blown glass light fixtures, Persian rugs, fireplaces and mohair headboards. All have Hästens mattresses from Sweden (this is the only hotel in North America with these feather-soft beds) fitted with Rivolta Carmignani sheets, and Rega turntables and Geneva soundsystems for playing the LPs that guests can borrow from reception (among them are Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks and the Police's Synchronicity). The minibars are stocked with tasty picnic provisions and Italian delights such as goat cheese, prosciutto and hazelnut cream–filled wafers. The bathrooms are equipped with indigo-dyed batik robes, fluffy Anichini towels and Le Labo bath products.
Travelers can retreat to the handsome lounge to nosh on charcuterie plates and white bean, artichoke and parmesan salad, or sip cocktails that are often dressed up with fresh fruit or housemade bitters and served in vintage classes. Jasmine and fig vines climb up the walls around the rectangular 50-foot pool, which is surrounded by white loungers and black-and-white striped umbrellas. The tone in the public spaces is set by a hip soundtrack, and there's also a vintage neon sign that spells out SOUL and a new pavilion designed by San Antonio-based architecture firm Lake Flato. Guests can also check out cruiser bikes and buzz around the neighborhood.
In the Area
The Saint Cecilia is ideally located off South Congress Avenue, a hip central thoroughfare loaded with some of Austin’s best restaurants and independent boutiques. Head to the San Jose, the hotel’s sister property, for a refreshing michelada (beer mixed with hot sauce and lime juice). For oysters on the half shell and fresh fish, snag a patio seat at Perla’s. For pop and fine art, visit Yard Dog. And if you’re in the market for cowboy wear, stop by Allen’s Boots. While the Sicilian pizza at Home Slice is good, the turkey subs topped with hot cherry peppers on warm sesame buns are even better.
Hotel Saint Cecilia
112 Academy Drive
Austin, Texas 78704
How to Get There
Flights are available to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from AUS, about eight miles away, are not available through the property. Taxis to/from AUS are approximately $25 to $30, each way.