Hotel Saint Cecilia
What We Love
- 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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- Free WiFi
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.
How to Get There
This hotel is funky and cute. The grounds are lovely. The pool is a hot Instagram spot. There is a little bar. The rooms are few. This entire property is old and refurbished as most of the properties in the owners portfolio. We enjoyed our stay. The property is overpriced but fun to try out.
Great grounds...great location...great staff...great food...and great rooms - this place is one of the best hotels I’ve ever visited. Hotel Saint Cecilia is a perfect secluded oasis in the middle of Austin. I couldn’t imagine a better way to experience SXSW. I’ll be coming back time and time again.
Beautiful grounds in a great location right off South Congress, but way too much money for trying to be extra hip. Comfy beds, food is nice. But here's our bad experiences: Pool wasn't heated. Some hotel employees were having a "staff meeting" in the middle of the really cool bar/restaurant taking up half the place and being obnoxious during dinner hours. The actual working staff was friendly. Horrible humming noise all night near our room. Loud construction first thing in the morning. For the amount of money paid, there should be several more amenities other than old records to listen to. Don't feel it's worth the hype or price to come back, but it is a beautiful.
This was the second time we stayed at Hotel Saint Cecilia and it was equally great this time as last! Great location, quite spot, really cool rooms and super friendly staff! Can’t say enough good things about this place!
This is one of the best intimate boutique hotels in the world, hands down. From the moment I contacted HSC for a last minute availability to the check out on the last day, the service has been exemplary--especially with Jay, Sara, and Matthew. They truly make sure you are happy and to have your needs met. This heaven is right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Austin but you are in a secluded, private and charming oasis. Once you are on the grounds, you won't want to leave. You have everything you could ask for right there! It feels right at home, and you have the wonderful bar and poolside service. The drinks and food were excellent. My #4 room was so magical and romantic...I am still dreaming about it, and the bed and pillows....oh my god, you cannot leave the bed at all. It was because of that I had to stay for another day! They were great to accommodate my request and I tried out the poolside bungalow, which was terrific too. You can't go wrong with either room, but #4 is definitely my favorite. Every single detail was not overlooked. The design and aesthetics of the hotel is gorgeous, and I loved relaxing by the pool, when I was able to pry myself away from the fabulous bed. The whole experience was incredible, thanks to the wonderful service from the staff and I definitely plan to be back. This hotel is the epitome of Austin. Thanks so much, Jay, Sara and Matthew!