If you want a bit of style and luxury, but without the bustle of a big establishment, try these hip city boltholes
• As featured in our Austin city guide
Appropriately named for the patron saint of music and poetry, the Hotel Saint Cecilia is an inspiring oasis in the middle of downtown Austin. Set on a secluded compound blocks from the South Congress shopping district, the hotel's suites, studios, and bungalows blend rustic accents with colourful, pop culture-inspired modern flair; think black and white tiled floors, chrome and neon lighting, and retro rock'n'roll memorabilia. If you're up for exploring, they have a fleet of bikes guests may borrow, or if you feel like staying in, browse the Saint Cecilia Library's carefully curated shelves of books, films, and records – rooms come equipped with soundsystems (and goodie baskets stocked with local snacks).
• 112 Academy Drive, 512 852 2400, hotelsaintcecilia.com. Doubles from $295 a night, breakfast not included