I was not staying in this hotel but I went there to have a cup of coffe and just have a look. It deserves a look!
Very elegant. I have stared at the outside of this building many times. So romantic. The rooms are a tad expensive, I only stay here for special occations. The location is prime if you are wanting to go out anywhere downtown. It's right on 6th!!!! The rooms are tiny but I think that's because it's such an old Hotel. It is so beautiful at night, and there are always horse drawn buggies outside the door to give you a tour of downtown Austin.
Unique Quality: This probably is the most unique Hotel in Austin.
This IS a unique hotel. We found the staff very helpful, courteous (which you normally expect of a Texan, anyway) and the bar and restaurants, excellent. We received the newspapers of our choice, free; we read the NY Times, and it came complete, not abbreviated, and the Austin paper, each morning at our door. We asked for information about a specific restaurant, and instead received a comprehensive, two page list of the best places to eat in Austin; and they identify those within walking distance of the hotel! This was an excellent list as I had already done my research and found it almost identical to my list...
Parking is a problem, like many cities. We paid for parking and the attendants cost us $5-10 for tips each day to bring our car out to us. We could have perhaps done better with DIY parking, but if you stay at "The Driskill", then you are probably not pinching pennies! They ARE quick about bringing your car around, when you ask for it, unlike many hotels.
This is not a hotel with a lot of rooms. There are only three floors of rooms. Our room, with a king-sized bed, was small and the bathroom too tight for two people. The tub/shower was too small for two. When the next room ran their water for a shower (or bath) it sounded like a jet was warming up for takeoff! It was if you had the TV volume turned way up on a channel with pure static. On the other hand the bed was good and the lighting well done. There is an internet network connection on the desk. It is not free.
If you don't mind being awakened by your neighbor when they take a shower then this place should rate very highly with anyone.
Unique Quality: The look and feel of this old, but renovated, hotel is spectacular. I've stayed in lots of places but this one is unique. Paintings abounded on our (fifth) floor and there were books in a mini library, for you to read. They do have a workout room but no Spa or pool.
The location of the hotel couldn't be better. It is surrounded by good-to-great restaurants and bars and is an easy walk to the capital. The restaurant in the Driskill is first class. The one dinner we had there was spectacular and I have absolutely no complaints about it (and I am picky). Service, food and atmosphere was all top-notch! Ok, I have one gripe: There were almost no mid-priced wines. We struggled to find a good one that was less than $60 (but it was decent). The meal was creatively prepared and served. The portions are not huge, like in some places, but the prices are. Do not go there if you are squeamish about spending big money for a fancy meal. For the two of us, with wine and one dessert, ours was over $200...
Many like the bar, and I can see why. It is really a treat. They have a great selection of liquors and give you free nuts and jalapeno-stuffed olives. There was always a person playing the piano! The decorations/furniture/seating is unique, cozy and comfortable. Much is cowhide.
The 1886 Cafe and Bakery was a nice experience for breakfast one morning, though pricey and the coffee was often cool when they refilled my cup. Service was kinda slow, too; for no good reason. Go to Hoover's instead!
They seem to always have horse-drawn carriages outside for you to take a stroll in.
Directions: Southeast corner of Downtown, on Brazos, between Sixth and Seventh Streets. Very close to I-35 and Town Lake. Within walking distance of the Capital, though the UT Campus is a stretch. Fifteen minute drive to the airport!!
I never stay there, but I do frequent the bar and cafe (Cafe 1886, open 24 hours). Both the bar and cafe are reasonably priced for the downtown area. There are a number of nice hotels in Austin, but this one really has the authentic Texas feel about it. The location is perfect for downtown excitement...or near downtown businesses, federal and state courts if that's why you are in town.
If you are a Texas state employee traveling on official business, the Driskill is on the state contract as of FY 2008. No joke! But, book well in advance because there are limited rooms at the state rate.
Directions: 6th Street
The Driskill is a historic luxury hotel built in 1886. It's been refurbished and offers an elegant stay in a prime location. Sixth street and the capitol building are within walking distance.
We were hoping to stay at the Driskill during our visit to Austin, but they were booked to the roof top. The gorgeous stained-glass ceiling, marble floors, classic columns and comfortable overstuffed furniture all create a welcoming lobby. There are 188 rooms and suites placed in the Historic Wing and the Traditional wing (1929), which features an art deco look.
You can grab something to eat at either the Driskill Grill or the 1886 Cafe and Bakery (see my restaurant tips). There is a fitness room offering a workout area, massages and sauna.
Although we weren't able to lodge here, the concierge was very helpful giving us directions to various sights.
Unique Quality: A historic hotel that prides itself on a luxurious stay
Distinguished hotel with beautiful decor. Does tend to take itself a little too seriously - but a truly elegant hotel.
You want Texas bottled in an expensive Hotel. Here you go. Get ready to open your wallet but it is worth it if you expect to spend the money. Servers were nice but not what you would expect from a hotel like this. But where the servers lack - your room will make up for it!
During the 1800's America was a booming country, and alot of proud Tennessee born entreprenuers made their way to Texas. Jesse Driskill is the founder of this hotel, and he made the money to create this hotel in the cattle industry.
It has been continously operated by 1886, and is considered one of the Leading Hotels in the World.
I would highly recommend going to the Driskill cafe for breakfast!
Directions: $325 a night
Right in the center of downtown and all its madness (6th Street, 4th Street, warehouse district, etc.), lies the Driskill Hotel. Rumored to be haunted, proven to be expensive! If money is no object, or you like ghosts and goblins then this place is for you. It is a very upscale hotel with a renowned restaurant inside. But with so much to do in Austin, who wants to stay inside?
This is the historic driskill hotel, it dates back to 1875 I think. It is very classy with marble and art deco in the lobby. Kind of on the high end for austin - around $100 per night. Right on 6th street, supposed heart of Austins entertainment district.
Unique Quality: Supposed to be haunted by a ghost. Accomodations are nice, if a little dated. There is a very good restaurant and a nice pie/pastry/dessert shop / bar in the lobby. The pecan pie is fantastic. All pies are made from scratch in the hotel.
Directions: 6th street two blocks east of congress, across from littlefield building.
The Driskill brings old world elegance to the Central Texas region. It is THE place to stay when you are in Austin. It has hardwood floors, high ceilings, marble columns, leaded glass and exudes charm and elegance.
It was once the home of a cattle baron and it shows. These newly rich people felt that they had soemthing to prove to the old money from the East and they tried to outdo each other with style and taste. In soem cases it came out gaudy but this is not one of them. The Driskill is an example of one of the shining successes of these empire builders.
Unique Quality: Stately, refined, period piece, genteel.
Directions: 6th Street. Live music capital of the world.
The Driskill Hotel (2007)
We are planning to visit our grandson at the University in September. Can you tell us what hotels are near the campus?
There are numerous hotels in the Austin area. As you probably know, the U.T. campus is located pretty much down town.
Depending on what you are willing to spend, there is the famous Driskill Hotel. The Four Seasons is located on Town Lake (which is basically down town also).
Here is a really long web address that should list just about every hotel in and around the Austin area. One thing I would like to mention is try and stay away from hotels located near the IH 35 & Ben White (also known as HWY 71West) there is quite a bit of construction and it is difficult to get in or out of that location.
The Driskell Hotel would be a wonderful place to stay. You only live once. Good luck.
Your best bet is try the website Austin360.com. Plenty of tips and listings on hotels and other activities going on in Austin.
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Address: 604 Brazos St, Austin, Texas, 78701, United States