The Driskill

The Driskill

604 Brazos St (at W. 6th St.), Austin, TX 78701
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Welcome to The Driskill Hotel. Built in 1886 as the showplace of a cattle baron, The Driskill remains a landmark of legendary Texas hospitality. Located on Sixth Street in the heart of downtown Austin, the luxurious, historic hotel is convenient to all that the city has to offer.

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  • "Eat at the 1886 Cafe and bakery for breakfast. Try the Brazos..." (2 tips)
  • "... it the original owner, cattle baron Jesse Driskill, lost the hotel to his brother in law in a..." (3 tips)
  • "... in 1886, this is the oldest operating hotel in Austin. Legend has it the original owner, cattle..." (2 tips)
  • HISTORY

    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.

    HISTORY · April 7, 2010
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  • Big Boi

    Go here for a drink or three.

    Big Boi · March 9, 2011
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  • Ted P.

    Have a drink at the bar, feel like an oil baron

    Ted P. · March 8, 2011
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  • CNN

    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.

    CNN · March 6, 2012
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  • naveen

    the little seats near the elevators next to the bar is a nice place to sneak away from the crowds. "elevator alley", i call it.

    naveen · March 19, 2010
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  • Sony

    Welcome SXSW'ers! While admiring the grandeur of the lobby, don't forget to enjoy the Driskill's complimentary in-room Wi-Fi. - Sony Vaio

    Sony · March 12, 2011
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  • Charles E.

    Sweet lobby!

    Charles E. · March 11, 2012
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  • 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.

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  • @iamkhayyam

    Top notch collection of people to connect with.

    @iamkhayyam · March 13, 2011
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  • Nikon USA

    The Driskill Hotel is lit up lovely at night. Consider shooting during dusk, and use a tripod to shoot at slower shutter speeds to avoid camera shake and blurry pictures.

    Nikon USA · March 12, 2011
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  • Dilara Sultan

    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!

    Dilara Sultan · October 11, 2011
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  • Leigh F.

    driskill during sxsw is a quiet civilized stop to meet friends, have a drink, hold a work conf call, charge ur phone & go to the bathroom.

    Leigh F. · March 20, 2010
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  • Derek G.

    Check out the stained glass ceiling in the lobby.

    Derek G. · August 16, 2011
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  • IFC

    Is there a more Texan bar atmosphere? This is one of our top choices for post-show hangouts.

    IFC · March 7, 2013
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  • Anna F.

    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!

    Anna F. · March 12, 2011
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  • Zinio

    Frommer's says, "In the original building, where big cattle baron Jesse Driskill still surveys the scene (in stone effigy), you'll find suites with the most character." Read more

    Zinio · March 13, 2011
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  • John M.

    This place is haunted! So they say...

    John M. · March 12, 2011
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  • Lola C.

    The classiest happy hour in Austin. Awesome.

    Lola C. · March 14, 2010
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  • Vincent B.

    you must try the breakfast burrito at the Driskill hotel, it is kick @ss. you can skip lunch if you can eat the entire thing.

    Vincent B. · February 11, 2010
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  • Austin American-Statesman

    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 · February 22, 2012
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  • Tammy G.

    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)

    Tammy G. · March 10, 2011
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  • PreservationNation

    Busts of Driskill and his two sons are located high atop each entrance, along with stylized heads of Texas longhorn steers.

    PreservationNation · April 22, 2012
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  • The Wild Honey Pie

    A really freaking great brunch will cure that SXSW hangover of yours. Now go on and be your bad self. Party RSVP list: http://bit.ly/guwFIQ

    The Wild Honey Pie · March 12, 2011
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  • Phoenix 💥💥💥

    Historical building

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  • Ryan G.

    Request an UberPedicab to take you over to the Convention Center.

    Ryan G. · March 12, 2011
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  • Sharron💋 R.

    Well-known for being one of the most haunted hotels in America!

    Sharron💋 R. · March 12, 2011
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  • Patrick D.

    Wow. This place is amazing. Beautiful lobby and bar area.

    Patrick D. · October 30, 2010
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  • Alex B.

    Rub shoulders and noses with the glitterati

    Alex B. · March 16, 2010
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  • Michael C.

    The bar burgers here are fantastic. I mean, really: get one. Read more

    Michael C. · November 10, 2009
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  • Michael G.

    Too many people.

    Michael G. · March 15, 2009
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  • @The_Dorkster

    While you're in town you might as well unlock the cities badge, right? http://www.dvdido.com/2011/07/keep-austin-weird.html?m=1

    @The_Dorkster · March 8, 2013
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  • Austin American-Statesman

    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.

    Austin American-Statesman · February 27, 2012
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  • Joseph S.

    The French toast at 1886 is to die for.

    Joseph S. · March 11, 2011
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  • Stephen D.

    Mmmmmm, Driskill. Not sure how to beat this in Austin.

    Stephen D. · January 9, 2010
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  • Tracy S.

    One of the best places to go in Austin. A must see if you're a visitor.

    Tracy S. · August 16, 2012
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  • Kathy G.

    Lounge area off Mezzanine ladies room is very quiet, has sofa

    Kathy G. · March 10, 2012
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  • Danny W.

    Long wait to eat? Go to the bar in the back and grab a table for 2 without waiting.

    Danny W. · March 15, 2011
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  • elizabeth G.

    Stay at the LB Johnson Presidential Suite! The Balcony overlooks 6th street. Read more

    elizabeth G. · March 19, 2010
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  • Theresa N.

    Piano on mezzanine. Read more

    Theresa N. · March 16, 2010
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  • C.C. C.

    Great Manhattens

    C.C. C. · March 10, 2013
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  • Shannen T.

    Must make time for brunch 1886 cafe

    Shannen T. · March 13, 2011
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  • Mark C.

    They folded my wash towels like a swan. What more do u need?

    Mark C. · March 10, 2011
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  • Chris T.

    The cinnamon roll at 1886 is definitely a must.

    Chris T. · March 10, 2011
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  • molly s.

    Have a Texas martini

    molly s. · March 15, 2009
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  • Hamza E.

    do a very nice place I would recommend to proceed :)

    Hamza E. · August 20, 2013
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  • Social News Network

    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!

    Social News Network · August 14, 2013
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  • Mike D.

    Upstairs Balcony is believed to be haunted as well as room 308. Also they have Chimay on tap!

    Mike D. · June 16, 2013
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  • Jamie H.

    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! :)

    Jamie H. · May 30, 2013
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  • Kelly K.

    the baked huevos rancheros & hangover burger are amazing at brunch.

    Kelly K. · May 19, 2013
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  • Megan T.

    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...

    Megan T. · May 5, 2013
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