The Driskill is an architectural wonderland, and the minute you walk through the door you become part of its grandeur. And yet, the people who work there are friendly, helpful and down-to-earth. We were made to feel comfortable in every way. (Thank you, Antoinette, you made me feel like a queen.) Everyone was great--the servers at the bar, room service attendants, valets, and a helpful concierge who understands not everyone owns a GPS and printed out directions to the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center for me.
We had a tower room on the 10th floor, and it was a good, quiet choice given there were two weddings at the hotel over the busy Memorial Day weekend. Very comfortable beds, bathrobes and nice room layout.
Tips: take advantage of the great amenities this hotel has to offer: have a 'Batini' or "Orange Blossom" at the bar--there is live music there most nights, enjoy the excellent location close to the Capitol and Sixth, eat at their restaurant serving some of the best Southern food you can get anywhere (try the fried chicken, mashed potatoes and pecan pie or banana pudding---go ahead, it's your vacation.) If you are disappointed that there is no coffee-maker in your room, do not be too down. There is free coffee in the lobby in a hutch across from the stairs.
This was one of the most memorable hotel stays I can ever remember. Thank you, Driskill Hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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, including the Texas State Capitol, convention center, opera, symphony, fine dining, shopping, and Austin's 6th Street music scene. Known as the "Live Music Capital of the World,®" Austin is home to nearly 200 music venues, many within walking distance of The Driskill. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Driskill Hotel Austin
- Driskill Hotel Austin
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