I travel a lot and this hotel is one of the stranger ones in which I have stayed and while expensive, not an easy room to live in.
We were there as part of a wedding party, so we saw many other rooms and spoke to other guests about their rooms. Everyone complained that their room did not have enough light. I'm talking so dark that when I dropped the car keys on the couch in my room after dark, I thought I was going to have to find a flashlight to get them. I finally found them by feel.
Almost all the flat space in our room was devoted to selling very expensive things. Most hotels in this price range offer free "disposable" slippers. The Hotel Saint Cecilia has very odd black felt slippers in the closet with a note that if you break the string, you have purchased them for an outrageous sum. In the bathroom there are just the basic toiletries (shampoo, creme rinse, shower gel, and lotion), but there is a huge medicine chest with high priced goodies like a $10 toothbrush and an $8 chapstick. Condoms were for sale, but I don't remember the price. Another large counter in the bedroom is filled with mini bar items including a box of pornographic tapes. The commercialism went way too far in my opinion.
The closets are too short to accommodate dresses, which creates problems for guests at weddings.
The plumbing is problematical. In our room the water seemed to be a single temperature no matter how you set it. The guests next door said that the first night they did not shower, because they could not get hot water.
The service ranged from very accommodating to non-existant. We recieve lots of assistance with problems we reported with the room immediately after our arrival, but when we tried to check-out , they could not produce the final bill and offered to mail it to us later. On the night of the wedding the room was not straightened up and the service was limited to dropping the room service breakfast menu on my rumpled pillow.
The best things about the hotel are its lovely grounds (which is why people like it for weddings) and the fancy mattresses. The front desk said they are Swedish horsehair mattresses that sell for $15,000 to $30,000 depending on the room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Saint Cecilia is a secluded luxury hotel in the heart of Austin's South Congress District. The 14 room property, situated on an 1880 estate, is a tribute to rock and roll opulence and royal elegance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saint Cecilia Hotel