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Hotel Saint Cecilia, Austin, Texas 

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112 Academy Drive
Austin , Texas
Tel: 512 852 2400
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Liz Lambert, the hotelier behind Austin's iconic Hotel San José (on South Congress Avenue, just three blocks away), handpicked every detail of her new 14-room gem, an inspired union of old-world decadence and rock 'n' roll cool. In the revamped Victorian mansion, silky drapes and giant chandeliers contrast with Verner Panton lamps and Gaetano Pesce UP5 chairs; in the modern poolside bungalows, retro Spanish film posters and sky-blue tile create a Mediterranean vibe. Pleasingly fussy elements such as monogrammed bed linens and a breakfast tray that arrives with crÍpes and a silver tea set are tempered with photos of The Beatles and Hunter S. Thompson and a turntable in every room. In the library, guests can flip through vintage vinyl, DVDs, poetry, and biographies—almost all related to the music and literature of the '60s and '70s. The lounge serves a charcuterie plate and cocktails and stays open until midnight, something that could be a problem if you're trying to sleep in a nearby room—it can get loud on weekend nights.—2009 Hot List

When to go: Anytime, but reserve far in advance if you plan to attend the annual South by Southwest Music Festival (Mar.).

Which room to book: Room 3 if you want high style with a lower price tag; Suite 4 for a private backyard firepit

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