Hotel St. Cecilia: an Austin Gem Honoring Music and Poets
published on June 20, 2012
Hotel St. Cecilia is a match made in Austin for rock-n-rollers and poets at heart. Writers, musicians, and artists of the 1960s and 1970s inspire a décor that transformed a historic 1880 Victorian home into a boutique hotel of 14 modern bungalows, suites, and studios. St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music and poetry, and, as tribute, every room features a Geneva soundsystem that comes complete with a turntable.
The hotel opened just blocks from its sister hotel, Hotel San Jose, in December of 2008. Its location in Central Austin sets it in the middle of incredible food, shopping, and entertainment, but it is settled so quietly into the neighborhood that it could be an island, all by itself.
All rooms feature handcrafted Hastens mattresses from Sweden (the only North American hotel to offer them exclusively) topped with Rivolta Camignani sheets, La Compagnie de Provence bath products, and Anchini towels. The mini bar is stocked with decadent treats any foodie would adore, like dark chocolate bars made with goat’s milk, artisanal cheeses, and caviar. The hotel also offers breakfast made to order, 24 hour concierge service, twice daily maid service, and a fantastic swimming pool that rests beneath an old Live Oak tree.
If it’s one of Austin’s typical sunny, warm days, an afternoon stretched out at the pool or roaming the lush, green grounds will make for great memories. Even a rare gray, rainy day in Austin can be salvaged by this lovely place, with complimentary umbrellas for guests who still want to venture out and a library of vinyl and DVDs to borrow for those wanting to stay in and cuddle in their plush beds.
Privacy is a key element here, as only those staying at the hotel can enjoy the grounds and a swank bar that features a unique collection of European wines and traditional cocktails. For anyone looking for a rock star experience in Old South Austin, Hotel St. Cecilia will welcome them with open arms.
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