The Driskill, Austin
The Driskill, Austin - Address, Phone Number
Address: 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701, United States
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About The Driskill, Austin
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!
The Driskill Information
- 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.
How To reach The Driskill by Public Transport
- 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.
Restaurants Near The Driskill
- Driskill Bar & Grill
- Eddie V’s Edgewater Grill
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The Driskill, Austin Reviews - Write a Review
Had a work conference hosted here and it was a great experience. I'm a nursing mother, and they were able to accommodate my need to pump throughout the event by allowing me to use one of the massage rooms, which has an outlet and a small sink. They also provided a refrigerator so I didn't have to rely on cold packs. I really appreciate what they did for me, plus the venue was great for our events. The staff is very friendly and professional, the chairs are way more comfortable than your average conference chairs, and the catered food was great. Definitely recommend for events!
We live in Austin, but decided to stay downtown to attend a 1920s-era ball for charity. Naturally, the Driskill was the go-to place to add to our experience, and wow ... it totally delivered. We stayed in the Heritage Landmark suite for one night. It was a good sized room, well adorned in antiquity, and tidy. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a trip back in time. The staff were friendly, attentive, and helpful, and the large cafe served up a solid breakfast in the morning once we staggered our way there. It definitely is one of the best hotel experiences I've had in the US, and even though we live in Austin we find ourselves occasionally looking for a reason to stay.
I visited the bar so I can't really give feedback on the hotel rooms. This place has an old school big Texas oil money kind of vibe. It is more upscale so don't come in wearing flip flops and a tank top!! They make good drinks and have good service. From time to time they have live music, but there isn't a lot of space and the older drunk folks start to dance it can get a but crowded and overwhelming. It is an experience you wont forget.
This is a very historic site with some extremely unique scenery. The hotel features some 18th century architecture with some presidential figures and other historical icons throughout. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re not going to be staying in this area to come over and see the architecture here. The owners of done a good job of taking care of the property and trying to restore it to its original look and feel.
Lovely hotel. All gold fixtures and soaring chandeliers, and very close to all the action on 6th street. While the staff wasn't rude or anything, I didn't find them to be overly helpful either - hence the lack of a fifth star. We stayed for three days, and was h day we came back from our adventures, the line at the valet was huge, and not once did we receive help with our stuff, not even the first day when we had all our luggage.