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Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin

by Amy Azzarito

When Liz Lambert, designer/owner of the Hotel Saint Cecilia, bought the property and its sprawling Victorian house, she immediately started plotting the design of the hotel. At the time, she had an engraving on her bulletin board of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music and poetry, which led to the first initial concepts. An Old World European feel conveyed mostly through color (the primary color choice in the hotel is blue). But this would be Old World European taken over by rock ‘n’ roll decadence. The vision was the Rolling Stones hanging out at Nell Cote, or the Beatles staying in grand palaces while on tour in Europe – it was rock ‘n’ roll meets royalty with vintage hotel silver, beautiful china, marble, velvets, mohairs, mixed with the ever-burning Nag Champa incense, a record player in every room, books on poetry, music, art. All of the furniture, color of drapes, the light fixtures, were derived from rock ‘n’ roll and Victorian imagery – where rock ‘n’ roll meets elegance.

The five rooms of the old house and the lounge are full of beautiful (but not too precious) antiques and light fixtures, and Designer’s Guild wallpaper and fabrics, while the nine poolside bungalows and studios offer more of a bohemian-modern feel, with warm wood floors or beautiful blue encaustic tile, blue velvet sofas and huge windows with natural window shades. Even though the hotel is right in the middle of Austin (just off South Congress), the large property with grass lawn and a huge old oak tree make it feel like an oasis in the middle of the city. –Amy 

Image above: Hotel Saint Cecilia lounge. 85lamps by Droog chandelier, custom paint color (Venetian plaster). The French café chairs are from Maison Desalle in France, and custom encaustic tile from Mexico. It’s pulled together with various vintage pieces.

Image above: The sitting room of Suite 1. Antique settee covered in Maharam Mohair Supreme in Ruby, Designers Guild wallpaper – Durbar Hall in Turquoise, original “Thompson for Sheriff” print.

See more of this Austin hotel after the jump!

Image above: Every room in the hotel features an exclusive Hastens bed. (This is the only hotel in North America to do so.)

Image above: Suite Seven: Custom light cluster pendant, custom carrera table, bentwood chairs, and woven wood shades.

Image above: Suite Five in the old house – we needed to cover the windows, so Liz tore out pages from vintage Rolling Stone magazines and pasted them on. Custom headboard in Maharam Mohair supreme in Cerulean.

Image above: Poolside Bungalow 14 has treehouse feel, Hastens mattresses, great view of property, Suar side tables by Andrianna Shamaris.

Image above: Poolside Bungalow 10 – pendant shades by Innermost, white leather headboard from Ligne Roset.

Image above: Suite 5 – vintage Indian prints, vintage red leather Chesterfield, Togos in sitting room, yellow chair – Keinu, rocking chair designed by Eero Aarnio, Nelson wall pendants.

Image above: Poolside Bungalow 14 – blue velvet couches, Parson table, Swan chair, custom pendant, Rega P1 record players and Geneva speaker, vintage rugs.

Image above: Suite 3 – vintage clay tub, black penny tile, brass fixtures.

Image above: Suite 5 bathroom – floor to ceiling penny tile. Every room has “spa minibars” stocked with Santa Maria Novella. The bathroom amenity is Le Labo Santal 33, which we also carry in our lobby.

Image above: Suite 4 bedroom – vintage Bitossi lamps, custom headboard in Maharam Mohair Supreme in cerulean.

Image above: B&B Italia UP5 chair by Gaetano Pesce, antique crystal chandelier, white cowhide, Designer’s Guide fabric for drapes.

Image above: Suite 3 – vintage green leather sofa, Designer’s Guild fabric for drapes, custom headboard in Maharam Mohair Supreme in Ruby, vintage Turkish Rug.

Hotel St. Cecelia. Austin, Texas. photographed by Allison V. Smith
Image above: Pool at night with SOUL sign. Sign was purchased from neon sign designer/artist Evan Voyles. He constructed it out of old highway sign that read LOUISIANA.

Image above: View to Hotel Office & Lounge (Studios are above).

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  • Suite Five might be my favorite due to the use of blue, Rolling Stone and that penny tile! But they all look really great and stylish!

  • Liz is so talented. She knocks the design on all of her hotels out of the park. I live down the street from 2 of them in Austin (San Jose Hotel & Hotel Saint Cecilia)…so cool and unique!

    Great post!

  • If you’re going to Austin, but St. Cecilia’s rates are too steep for you, Liz Lambert’s other hotel on South Congres– Hotel San Jose– is just as cool and more budget-friendly. Pet-friendly too! Hotel San Jose is probably one of my favorite places in the world.

  • I’ve lived in Austin all my life…how did I not know about this place? ( ok in my defense, I live in North Austin and you don’t look for places to stay -usually- when you live in a place ). Very, very cool.
    I was named after St. Cecilia

  • My husband and I stayed in Suite 3 last year, even though we live in Austin (stay-cation birthday fun). Most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept on. And the bath tub was a dream, though I recommend bringing your own soaking/bubble bath supplies. The spa-mini bar pricing is what you would expect; insanely high mark-ups.

    Steep prices for what you get, but we had fun indulging. We’ve also stayed at the Bunkhouse Groups’ “El Cosmico” in Marfa, TX. The trailers are novel, fun.

  • I stayed here last year with my husband in Suite 3 as well. Comfortable bed, lovely bathroom, and the overall vibe was just so cool. HIghly recommend staying at this amazing hotel!

  • We stayed in suite 3 for our mini honeymoon after our wedding in 2011. I’d LOVE to go back! It’s magical!

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