As an anniversary treat, my husband and I decided to visit Austin, where he went to school. I'd never been there, and when I checked out boutique hotels, Hotel Saint Cecilia came right up. A hotel that quotes William Burroughs, Leonard Cohen and Patti Smith is my kind of hotel. A peek at the suites and bungalows showed funky but elegant furnishings (made me think of Paris hotels) and the sweet pool with its neon sign beckoned. The grounds were lush and playful, highlighted by giant incense sticks stuck into trees and Christmas lights. The usual snack bar offered prosciutto, fine flatbread, exotic tea, and other delights beyond the usual commercial fare. Our bungalow was spacious, including a living/dining room, bedroom and bath with huge shower and separate tub. The bed linens were so divine we ordered two sets when we got home to continue the luxury in real life. I'm wearing a t-shirt with a peacock that boasts the hotel name, and I smell of frankincense and myrrh, one of their signature perfumes. The service was personal and exceptional and the staff did everything they could to satisfy our every need. Located in the chic Soco 'hood, we found plenty of nightlife and interesting restaurants within walking distance and I spent mornings at the South Congress Athletic Club, a friendly no-frills gym with Pilates studio located around the corner. We definitely want to return to Hotel Saint Cecilia for the lush digs, the great vibes and the seriously romantic ambiance.
- 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