After a decade of relatively regular business travel, rarely does a Monday airport check-in come that I’m not already longing to land back home. But something happened this past week that hasn’t happened in recent memory: I was in no rush to leave my hotel. In fact, after a few cocktails on the patio of my poolside bungalow, I was doing sloppy mathematical calculations about how long I could live at the Hotel Saint Cecilia if I liquidated all of my assets.
But let’s rewind a little. In response to a last minute production, I was searching for a home base for my team for the week. I contacted several properties in Austin and got the same general, unenthusiastic, disinterested response. Merely out of curiosity, I contacted the Hotel Saint Cecilia even though I was doubtful we could get in at the last minute. They were by far the most helpful and quickly rose to the challenge calling me back within a half hour with an agreeable solution. That’s service.
From the moment we were buzzed in to the parking area, I was hooked. Tranquil, stylish, the perfect size – and I didn’t even know that there was such thing as an ideal hotel size. Eric from the front desk came to greet us. He’s terrific, personable, never without a smile. As we walked toward the front desk area through the grounds, I could feel myself melt in to a happy and relaxed state of mind. There are stunning trees, many places to sit and relax – even the color palate of the buildings and the natural surroundings seemed to somehow be coordinated. I was shown to my room and I think, as the door was opened, I might have laughed out loud (in a good way). Nelson benches, a turntable, a beautiful chandelier…and that was only the living room. The bedroom was a peaceful and stylish room enveloped by trees out the many windows that made it feel private and like I was in the world’s most stylish treehouse. The bathroom was larger than my college dorm room.
As far as the nuts-and-bolts go, the bed was insanely comfortable. The towels smelled so good I kept holding them up to my face (yes, I realize that’s weird). The soaps and shampoos were delightful. The morning coffee was lovely. The pool was clean and inviting. My room was quiet for sleep, alive with classic vinyl on my record player in the morning as I read the paper on my (large) patio. Jenne, Eric, Lynne – the entire team that manages the property are professional, personable, and committed to making the stay a memorable one. Personally, I found the items for sale in the room and front desk area a normal practice for high-end boutique hotels and not obnoxious at all. I actually thought they had some really cool items at the front desk.
I can’t emphasize enough the transformative vibe that happens after a stressful day when you enter the courtyard of the Hotel Saint Cecilia. Grab a drink and sit outside of their café. Or take it to your room and melt into the hip, comfortable energy. Either way, I’m pretty confident you’ll not want to leave.
- 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