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The Driskill

The Driskill

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Downtown Austin, Austin
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  • May ♍.
    May ♍October 29, 2015
    The Driskill is a historic classic boutique hotel of Austin. Lots of variations in the rooms but the Brazos suite was perfect. The large balcony overlooking 6th street and the live music made the stay
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • John P.
    John Pruitt 👍June 24, 2012
    This is the spot where you want to come and enjoy a great classic hotel. The bar is phenomenal and a great place to start early and end late! My top spot to stay when in Austin!
  • Jamie H.
    Jamie HoangMay 30, 2013
    Request room 535 if its available or any of the corner rooms facing 6th street. You won't regret it. Then, look out for the friendly ghost! :)
  • Art D.
    Art DreherDecember 6, 2012
    The 7 course wine pairing was awesome! Celebrated a belated anniversary and made us feel at home. Meal was exquisite and wine took it home. If you're in the area, this is a must!
  • Lauren P.
    Lauren PerlowNovember 11, 2012
    Tin ceilings. Cast iron statues. Crossed pistols. Glass done ceilings. And when you get to the bar, Rachel, I recommend a bourbon and elder flower liquor. It's sweet, but delicious!
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkAugust 14, 2013
    Perfect for wedding receptions, company parties, or just brunch on a Sunday morning. The best thing about this place? Word has it that Room 429 (amongst others) is haunted!
  • Roberto Y.
    Roberto YanguasJuly 6
    Been here 5+ times
    They say it's haunted. I say it's super classy. Totally recommended. The only 'but' is that they don't have a swimming pool, which in Texas summer should be almost mandatory.
  • Dilara Sultan
    Dilara SultanOctober 11, 2011
    Texas Sized Hospitality. Sets the standard for elegance & offers a restaurant, bakery, piano bar and GHOSTS. Budget travelers, this is NOT your scene. But sometimes you just gotta go for it!
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonMarch 10, 2011
    The Driskell Bar makes me swoon (when it's not SXSW mobbed). Great live music. Revolver light fixtures. Killer bartenders. (And don't miss the cupcakes sneakily for sale at the bar)
  • JJ
    JJOctober 25, 2015
    great hotel for a visit in Austin. If not staying here still a must see for its beauty and history. Grab a great cocktail in the bar while here.
  • Austin American-Statesman
    Austin American-StatesmanFebruary 22, 2012
    Built in 1886 as the showplace of a cattle baron, the hotel stands as a landmark of Texas hospitality. The luxury hotel is close to the Capitol, Convention Center and entertainment districts.
  • Austin American-Statesman
    Austin American-StatesmanFebruary 27, 2012
    This is the granddaddy of luxury hotels in Austin. Located right at Sixth Street and Congress Avenue, the Driskill has been showing off the best side of Austin since 1886.
  • The Most Interesting Man in the World
    They say this lovely Texas landmark is haunted. Me? I don’t believe in ghosts, and I had a lengthy debate about this very topic with a rather opaque visitor one autumn night in room 319.
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie BrownMarch 13, 2012
    Favorite spot for late night drinks. The buffet brunch is insanely popular. There is a great taxi pull up area on the side entrance.
  • Jessica J.
    Jessica JazdzewskiAugust 27, 2011
    The food here is awesome. Order a delicious cappuccino and a cranberry orange scone in the cafe if you're on a budget and enjoy the atmosphere.
  • Anna F.
    Anna FrenkelMarch 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    pro tip: if you need to store jackets/laptops for a few hours or so, ask the concierge outside. there's a storage area in back. be nice and tip well!
  • Steve S.
    Steve SmithJune 14, 2015
    Beautiful lobby but rooms falling apart. Nicks and scratches and just feels old. No water glasses provided in room. Took three calls to get a Housekeeping request.
  • CNN
    CNNMarch 6, 2012
    Opened in 1886, this is the oldest operating hotel in Austin. Legend has it the original owner, cattle baron Jesse Driskill, lost the hotel to his brother in law in a poker game in 1888.
  • Luqman H.
    Luqman HAugust 17, 2014
    plush and well furnished rooms. lift to the rooms opens in the middle of the lobby bar. great ambiance with live music
  • Room 77
    Room 77February 23, 2012
    This historic hotel happens to be one of the few hotels in Austin that offers free Wi-Fi in both the rooms and the lobby – now that's what we're talking about! Read more
  • Hanna M.
    Hanna MaierFebruary 18
    We choose it for our engagement! Loved it! Only thing I want complain about; I asked them for a upgrade but we didn't get one
  • Lianne
    LianneApril 21, 2013
    Beautiful historical hotel with an interesting history. Had lunch here and the service left something to be desired but the food was great.
  • Miriam G.
    Miriam GoldmanJanuary 23, 2015
    A true historic gem, right in the middle of downtown Austin. Be sure to inspect the statues and artwork closely.
  • Nicole
    NicoleFebruary 12, 2015
    Historical luxury at its best! Beautiful lobby and common areas, and great rooms with very attentive staff. #BestOfTexas
  • Amy L.
    Amy LebowskyApril 14
    Bar is lovely upstairs. "Sage Advice" cocktail perfect. Love all the memorabilia about POTUS and FLOTUS Johnson.
  • Nelson @.
    Nelson @teamClermontMarch 19, 2011
    Here's a tip for the Driskill. Serve some decent top shelf in the venue. This JimBeam only crap only degrades your once impeccable name. If it is sponsorship then tell SXSW to kissyourass!
  • Irina
    IrinaAugust 16, 2014
    The lobby is absolutely majestic. Very well-preserved and maintained hotel. If you can, staying here is a must.
  • Kelly K.
    Kelly KrauseMay 19, 2013
    the baked huevos rancheros & hangover burger are amazing at brunch.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DJune 16, 2013
    Upstairs Balcony is believed to be haunted as well as room 308. Also they have Chimay on tap!
  • Saving Places
    Saving PlacesApril 22, 2012
    Busts of Driskill and his two sons are located high atop each entrance, along with stylized heads of Texas longhorn steers.
  • DarkSkin 🌺 Q.
    DarkSkin 🌺 QueenNovember 8, 2013
    Make sure you visit the the Driskill Grill the food is amazing and the ambiance is very inviting.
  • Emily
    EmilyJanuary 22, 2013
    Great place to host an event. Very historic looking and is of course and the staff is great.
  • megan e.
    Interesting activity in the ballroom...swaying crystals in the chandelier and some flickering electricity. Had a friend feel a close brush or scrape by her shoulder...
  • Charlotte Ø. S.
    Charlotte Ø. SteentoftSeptember 26, 2012
    Eat at the 1886 Cafe and bakery for breakfast. Try the Brazos Huevos Rancheros - It's amazing.
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BrileyNovember 19, 2014
    Cozy and classy, but probably best to avoid on a weekend night if you want to get s spot to sit.
  • Chris V.
    Chris VicenteMarch 29, 2015
    Beautiful classic hotel with a great cafe restaurant In it
  • Frank L.
    Frank LizzadroApril 12, 2012
    Like the hotel but should be warned about the view when booking, something like "Hey dummy be happy to get some sunlight."
  • Xenia
    XeniaFebruary 28
    Been here 5+ times
    My only complaint is not experiencing a haunting...other than that..first class cattle baron style
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYApril 7, 2010
    Built in 1876 by a cattle baron and has hosted a history of political parties and inaugurations.In the 1970s this hotel was a hangout for musician, humorist, and journalist Richard "Kinky" Friedman.
  • Xenia
    XeniaMay 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful building, attentive staff and kick ass bar. Didn't see any ghosts but enjoyed every minute of my stay so far.
  • Briana W.
    Briana WuagneuxDecember 25, 2014
    The bakery has a great brunch, and the bread pudding French toast is amazing!
  • TechBread
    TechBreadApril 19, 2012
    "Opened in 1886, this is the oldest operating hotel in Austin. Legend has it the original owner, cattle baron Jesse Driskill, lost the hotel to his brother in law in a poker game in 1888."
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy StewartAugust 16, 2012
    One of the best places to go in Austin. A must see if you're a visitor.
  • JP S.
    JP SnowOctober 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't count on the Foursquare check-in special about a pineapple-jalapeño soda. They've been out of ingredients for it.
  • Brett B.
    Brett BoreingMay 5, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Best secret Austin spot for live music. A-list musical talent, but cool conversational atmosphere.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    Don’t be fooled by the ostentatious surrounds—this place is soulful (literally; some say it’s haunted). Read more
  • Larry L.
    Larry LaBurrJuly 6, 2015
    Beautiful hotel!! Absolutely stunning and in central downtown Austin, smells like a dream and the bathrooms are photo shoot ready!
  • Leslie C.
    Leslie CarboneMarch 9, 2013
    Elegant hotel with a great central location and a classic old-style bar.
  • Karla R.
    Karla ReddropDecember 2, 2015
    Haunted by the man himself and his daughter.
  • JoVonna C.
    JoVonna CarterMarch 11, 2012
    One of best places in downtown Austin for an amazing meal! Great piano bar as well!!
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