Hotel Saint Cecilia
What is now Austin’s Hotel Saint Cecilia was originally built in 1888 as a Victorian manor by a not-so-distant relative of Davy Crockett. Conceived by Texas hotelier Liz Lambert, and her team at Bunkhouse, the property was renovated and reopened in 2008. Stepping onto the private grounds of the 14 room hotel feels like you’ve just been told the best kept secret in Texas. A stay at Hotel Saint Cecilia makes you feel like you’re part of a great story, if only for a few nights. Guests leave not only with their own stories, but with a charge to live a more purposeful life.
Hotel Saint Cecilia is one of the few hotels that could probably get away without even having a website. The hotel has only 14 rooms, and the average nightly rate is more than most UT Austin students pay for rent in a month. This project was less about selling more rooms.
Indeed, Wallop was challenged to represent this outstanding property to prospective guests, but also to help tell the story of the hotel in a way that was consistent with the brand narrative, captured the physical essence of the hotel, and didn’t dilute the design by trying to do too much.
Having worked with Liz’s team before, we had a good idea of their tastes and preferences. The strong end product was the result of direct inspiration from on-property discovery interviews, clear communication between teams throughout the project, the ability to make timely decisions, and a strong library of photography from Nick Simonite.
The success of the website is that it’s true to the hotel’s spirit. It gives potential guests the chance to explore the hotel even if they’ll only ever dream of staying there.