The Live Music Capital recently welcomed a new boutique hotel that equals its "rock star" status. The Hotel Saint Cecilia exemplifies everything you'd expect in an eclectic, decidedly Austin accommodation, from its Art Deco-style bar right down to the bright neon lights hung prominently above the heated pool that read S-O-U-L. This swank hotel has soul indeed. After all, it is named after the patron saint of music. And though guests may visit Austin to enjoy the sights,
every inviting detail of this locale makes it difficult to leave. No two rooms are alike on this expansive downtown property, from the newly built contemporary bungalows to the jazzed-up suites in the historic Victorian building, though each room reflects vintage style blended with vivid color in a whole rock 'n' roll meets turn-of-the-century France package. All have luxurious, all-natural Haastens beds from Sweden, a mini-bar stocked with local cheeses, flatbreads, pâtés, and fine wines, uniquely refinished antiques, and artwork ranging from rock photography of Keith Richards and Neil Young to old Cuban movie posters. Bathrooms are clean, spacious, and display vibrantly colored tile.