The Driskill Hotel

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Austin, Texas' historic Driskill Hotel, a beloved local landmark, opened to much pomp and circumstance in 1886, some two years before the nearby Texas State Capitol building was completed. It was always a political hub, and the Senate even met on the mezzanine floor for a year while the Capitol was being finished.

The grand foyer boasts a large, beautiful glass lamp that has become a signature of the hotel. Tall oil paintings depicting politicians and socialites of days past hang against the walls. Ornate armchairs peek out of dark corners, and brocaded chairs pull up to desks displaying antique telephones.

The Driskill features 15 meeting spaces and 189 rooms, with 14 suites. There is a fitness center with a view of the city and two rooms available for massage treatments. 1886 Cafe and Bakery provides breakfast, lunch, dinner and a 24-hour, in-room dining menu, while The Driskill Grill offers fine-dining for those traveling for business or pleasure.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The Driskill Hotel is located at East Sixth and Brazos streets. It couldn’t be more in the center of the action, with colorful Sixth stretching east and westward, the Texas State Capitol and historic Paramount Theater mere blocks away, beautiful Lady Bird Lake and the hike and bike trail nearby, and the Convention Center conveniently situated as well.
  • Six blocks south and one block west of the hotel is the Congress Avenue Bridge, where tourists flock to watch Austin’s famous Mexican bats make their nightly voyage at dusk. Cross the bridge and continue up the hill to find the South Congress district, which is filled with shops, artisan vendors, restaurants, live music and some of the best people-watching in town.
  • Live music can also be found at nearby Cedar Street Courtyard, a spot known for its outdoor performances, The Elephant Room, an underground jazz hangout, and Austin City Limits at the Moody Theatre, a venue renowned for its fantastic sound system and sold-out shows with nationally recognized acts.
  • Texan influence can be seen throughout the hotel in features such as cowhide- and fragrant leather-covered furniture, and Longhorn heads mounted at strategic spots along property walls.
  • The Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson Suite pays homage to the past president and First Lady who had their first date at the luxury hotel’s dining room. Unique features include bluebonnet-colored silk draperies in honor of the state flower, the Texas bluebonnet, a balcony overlooking Sixth Street, a 10-foot stained glass window with the Texas Lone Star symbol etched in, a Jacuzzi and rain shower, and a knotty pine fireplace.
Things to Know
  • Because of its very central location and proximity to Sixth Street and the Paramount Theatre, The Driskill Hotel is the perfect place to stay for festivals such as South by Southwest in March.
  • There’s also The Moontower Comedy Festival in April, the ATX Television Festival in June, Austin City Limits and the Austin Film Festival, both in October, and the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November.
  • However, for a less crowded experience, plan on visiting in late September, April or May. The weather is most ideal at this time of year, too, making for great lounging on the Sixth Street or Brazos Street balconies of the hotel, or for strolling through downtown and exploring the many outdoor activities Austin has to offer.
The Rooms
  • There are 189 rooms in The Driskill Hotel, each one exuding Texan luxury with its plush bedding and thoughtful design, while iconic Austin charm shows through in the unique artwork and the country music that welcomes each guest.
  • Rooms are decorated in golden hues, with the Driskill “D” emblem etched on the glass shower panel, in the doorway and on a decorative pillow.
  • Bathrooms also feature black Brazilian marble, black and white art deco tiling and an intricate sink inlay. An illustration of the historic hotel can be found on the armoire and across a valence. City-view rooms are a bit larger than the vintage ones.
  • The Cattle Barons Suite, where proprietor Jesse Driskill used to stay, is a particularly special four-room arrangement often booked for wedding parties or honeymoons.
  • The Yellow Rose Bridal Suite is another coveted room for wedding parties, and it’s no surprise with the gorgeous lace draped around the poster bed and antique armoire perfect for photo opportunities.
The Food
  • 1886 Cafe & Bakery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the weekdays, but perhaps one of its most popular meals is the decadent weekend brunch.
  • Two of the best seats in the restaurant are the bar chairs facing a window where pastry chef Tony Sansalone expertly crafts sculptural wedding cakes and all the decadent pastries served in the hotel.
  • The Driskill Grill, is a portrait of dining at its finest. The grill includes touches such as a dark wood bar cart, ornate carved wood ceiling tiles and red velveteen curtains, the latter allowing sections of the restaurant to be sectioned off for privacy.
  • Executive chef Troy Knapp and chef de cuisine Skyler Golden prepare a nightly four-course market menu and five-course tasting menu, both employing locally sourced meats and produce. Recent menus have featured grilled Strube Ranch wagyu flatiron steak with truffled purple potato puree, Bordelaise, collard greens and maitake mushrooms and grilled Texas quail with creamy polenta, pan roasted cauliflower and a black currant demi-glace.
  • The traditional pub menu and atmosphere of The Driskill Bar is much more relaxed. There are daily food and drink specials from 4 or 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., as well as live music most days of the week.
Getting There
604 Brazos Street, Austin, Texas 78701
AUS (18-26 min)