Last Look | Do Not Disturb: Breakfast at the Saint Cecilia

Few things are more contrary to our frenetic, fast-paced lives than a languid hotel breakfast.

Served with a steaming pot of coffee, a slather of cultured butter and homemade preserves, and a hefty newspaper within reach, it's a meal meant to unfold slowly, with plenty of refills. In the best examples, the meal is as transporting as the atmosphere, offering more panache than you'd ever achieve for yourself at home. In Austin, no one understands this better than Hotel Saint Cecilia (112 Academy Dr). Whether it's served on a bistro table in the peacock-hued lounge, under sprawling live oak branches that reach across the stately patio, or across the starched white linen sheets in bed, a Saint Cecilia breakfast speaks of a less harried time, and feels like an instant vacation.

"We try to offer an experience for the guest that contributes to the senses the property inspires," says Alex Gates, food and beverage manager at the hotel. The full spectrum of that experience includes the "fragrance and design of the luscious grounds and property, relaxed and elegant atmosphere, and nourishment of the soul," she says. "The hope and intention are that the food, friendly service, and elegant presentation become an experience and a fond memory, as opposed to just another meal." A thoroughly curated presentation, from locally sourced ingredients (including seasonal produce, meat, and game from various Texas farms and ranches), and an eclectic mix of ceramics and linens create a mini stage set that's about much more than breakfast—it's a delicious still life that offers a luxurious refuge.


Photography by Kate LeSueur

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