Austin’s a big, big city and finding the perfect place to stay can be quite a task. Amongst the numerous hotels and inns, shines The Driskill, a Romanesque styled hotel that dates back to 1886. It’s the oldest and most famous hotel in Austin, an ideal place to keep your luggage safe while you’re out on your sightseeing sprees. Right at the heart of downtown Austin, this big, caramel coloured hotel comes with luxurious rooms, efficient staff and a host of beautiful architectural treats sure to please your eyes.
Jesse Driskill was a successful cattle baron and built the hotel on the 20th of December, 1886. In the ’87, the governor held a ball in the hotels ballroom, beginning a tradition for every Texan governor since. Following financial difficulties, Driskill was forced to close the hotel down and later lost it in a poker match to his brother in law. The hotels ownership changed several times and today, it’s owned and operated by the Hyatt. The hotel was a favourite with ex American President Lyndon Johnson and its restaurant has appeared in the movie ‘Miss Congeniality’. Today, it’s listed in the National Register of Historic Places, as a tribute to Austin’s colourful past.
Four stories high, The Driskill occupies half a block, with three entrances placed in different directions. As you enter, you’ll se intricately carved, white limestone busts depict Col. Jesse Driskill and his two sons, the original creators of this marvellous building. You can book a room out of the 60 lavish rooms housed by the hotel and relax at the cosy lobby downstairs, which is brilliantly lit up by a domed skylight. The rooms are fireproof and have marble washstands and basin, as well as electric bell system, steam heating and gas lighting. There are two restaurants and a bar as well, so you can dine indoors if you feel like spending a quiet day inside. The land on which the Driskill was built is supposed to be haunted so if you’re a history buff or a fan of the creepy, you can always find out the story behind that from the friendly staff. Whether you want to stay here for days or just grab a snack at the restaurant and admire its beauty, The Driskill will prove to be an interesting place to visit.
The Driskill in Texas is a great example of the impressive Romanesque architecture and although there are no tickets for the Driskill, it is recommended to buy tickets for the Driskill from the tickets section to get a comprehensive look into the story of the marvelous hotel. Driskill ticket prices are a great steal and the Driskill tickets come with a well-educated local guide who will take you through the intricate details of the building. Tickets for the Driskill are one of the top sellers and it is advised to book it right away!
- Recommended time to visit and the duration depends on how long you want to stay. It is open 24/7.
- If you don’t want to book a room, you can visit their famous bar and restaurant, the Driskill Grill, and grab a bite to eat after taking in an eyeful of their beautiful architecture.
- If you do book a room, you’ll be delighted to know they have guestrooms, suites, a fitness and massage center, a pet spa, live entertainment and all the most basic amenities.
- You can also host parties, weddings and business engagements in their beautiful conference rooms.
- By Bike: Yellow Bike Project, Phone- 512-457-9880, Bicycle Sports Shop - Bike Rentals, Phone- 512-477-3472.
- By Taxi: Yellow Cab, Phone- 512-452-9999. website includes fare estimator and online booking.
- You can travel Austin by car and taxi as well.
- Driskill Bar & Grill
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95% of people who visit Austin include The Driskill in their plan
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30.84% of people start their The Driskill visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see The Driskill
88.89% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Driskill
One of the most fascinating places in Austin. It's the oldest operating hotel in town. It first opened in 1887. You can see some of the original architecture. It's a gorgeous place to visit and be swept away to a different time. Locals love visiting the bar.
Our experience here was so lovely. The hotel is incredibly beautiful and full of history. The staff was wonderful. Do yourself a favor and eat at the cafe as much as possible because the food is delicious. Our room was comfortable and even though we were by the elevator, it wasn’t bad. I highly recommend staying here if you can, you will not regret it.
Fantastic service and a very nice room. The service in general was great. No ghosts, as I suspected. Unless the crying baby I heard was a spirit. I wouldn't put this historical place past that.
I passed by the Driskill as I was out walking. The outside of the building caught my attention and so I had to see the inside. It was absolutely stunning! There's a cafe as well as a bar and grill inside the hotel. I didn't try either but will definitely be coming back for drinks and or dinner. The staff was super friendly as well.
There's a cafe in the lobby with amazing breakfast. Had the best scrambled eggs of my life there the other day and I've been trying to replicate them at home but can't seem to get the delicateness just right. One of my favorite places downtown for sure.