Hotel Saint Cecilia

Rock Out at These Music-Friendly Hotels 

Words: Lizbeth Scordo
Photos: Courtesy of Venues 

Music lovers rejoice! Here are six hotels where you can feel like you’re totally with the band.

From live shows to loaner guitars to an onsite recording studio, some hotels clearly go the extra mile for music fans. If you’re a junkie for good tunes, you’ll want to catch some Zs—along with a hefty dose of rock, jazz and music history—at one of these hot spots. 

Hotel du Triangle D’Or, Paris

Located in the culture-heavy 9th arrondissement, the property worked with a wide variety of artists, including French rapper MC Solaar and American folk-rock vocalist Rickie Lee Jones to create music-inspired styles for some of the hotel’s 48 rooms. Think whimsical murals of gold records, pianos and metronomes, and makeshift nightstands made from real-live drums. The groovy lobby boasts concert footage projections on the wall, rocker coffee table books and multimedia listening stations. 

Sunset Marquis, West Hollywood, California

The legendary hotel off the Sunset Strip has housed Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, Axl Rose, James Brown and tons of other uber-famous musicians over the years. Today, the property, a labyrinth of suites and villas tucked around serene gardens, is still all about the music. Its Morrison Hotel Gallery is worth a stop for gawking at black-and-white photographs of notables like Jimmy Hendrix and Madonna.

The basement recording studio Nightbird has held sessions with everyone from Aerosmith to Pharrell Williams since it opened in the early 1990s, but for live music you can actually watch, there’s an intimate monthly concert series on the pool deck that showcases burgeoning talent from May through October. The outdoor restaurant Cavatina, surrounded by a jungle of lush, plants, trees and trickling waterfall, might feel worlds away from LA, but is always good for a celeb sighting or two. 

Hard Day’s Night Hotel, Liverpool, UK 

We’ll give you one guess which well-known British band this hotel is obsessed with. Its location alone is worth a stop for Beatles fans: The 110-room property is located adjacent to the Cavern Club, where the Fab Four got their start. All rooms feature Beatles-themed artwork and the luxe Lennon suite comes equipped with a white baby grand.

The onsite restaurant, Blakes, is named after British pop artist Sir Peter Blake who created the sleeve for the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album and features wall-to-wall original Beatles art, including 60 images from the album’s sleeve. There are also acoustic bands (often covering you know who) in the lounge on weekends, but as of yet, no actual Beatles have ever played there. Keyword: yet.

Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco 

Just down the block from the Great American Music Hall concert venue, this boutique “motor lodge” in the gritty Tenderloin hood claims to have been the crash pad for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers and Pearl Jam over the years. The hotel has an all-around funky vibe with its midcentury architecture and local art everywhere you turn, including Francis Forlenza’s My Fifteen Minutes/Tumbling Waves underwater mural on the floor of the egg-shaped pool and a guitar-playing freaky frog statue nearby.

Guest room décor might include framed Pink Floyd posters and concert photos while some accommodations come equipped with guitars or record players. Phoenix’s restaurant Chambers Eat + Drink has more than 7,000 vinyl records lining its shelves. 

Hotel Saint Cecilia, Austin, Texas 

In such a music-centric city, this one fits right in. The secluded-feeling boutique hotel (that’s only a guitar pick’s throw from the happening South Congress Avenue) offers Whetstone Audio Rega RP1 and RP3 turntables and Geneva sound systems in every room and has an impressive lending library of albums—mostly focused on classic rock from the 1960s and ’70s— and rocker biographies guests are welcome to borrow.

If you’re looking for something even more exclusive, the Saint Cecilia also has a loaner program partnership with guitar maker Gibson and can set up private vintage vinyl LP shopping services at nearby Breakaway Records, as well as send a wardrobe stylist from Austin boutique By George to your room to help put together the perfect music venue-hopping ensemble for later. And, in a very velvet-rope-like setup, the hotel’s indoor/outdoor bar and lounge is only open to hotel guests and members of its private club. 

Royal Sonesta, New Orleans 

Unlike the other hotels, this one is all about jazz, but anyone who’s into music won’t complain about getting to stay a few floors up from Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse run by the eponymous and acclaimed trumpeter. There are plenty of no-cover shows along with weekly ticketed performances by scat singer Germaine Bazzle and the original Tuxedo Jazz Band, the city’s longest continuously performing ensemble, originally founded in 1910.

If possible, spring for a show on a Wednesday when Mayfield himself, who has 25 albums under his belt and is the jazz artist-in-residence for the Apollo Theater, performs. You won’t have any trouble finding more music day or night as the giant hotel is right on Bourbon Street in the middle of the French Quarter, where the street performers are often as impressive as the guys working the clubs. 

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11/2016 THE RED BULLETIN

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