The Driskoll is a classic and everyone visiting Austin should check it out for at a least a drink in the old school bar. I stayed for one night on business and found the service lived up to the hype. At check-in I received a free room upgrade. The room was enormous and opulent with super high ceilings, extravagant furnishings, and a marble and brass bathroom. I think it’s a cute touch that classical musical is quietly streaming from the small audio system when you arrive in the room. I was psyched!
After a full day of business meetings and a nice meal out, I arrived back at hotel looking forward to a luxurious nights’ sleep. When I arrived that evening there was some sort of college semi-formal event underway. There were tons of college kids streaming into a ballroom next to my room. My room was situated next to event space and a large balcony. My enormous lovely room was engulfed in event noise. I called the desk to see how late the event was going and I would have to wait it out several hours so I decided to move my room.
Staff moved my room to a newer part of the building they claimed was far from street noise, event noise, etc. This new room was a more traditional deluxe room and while it was lovely, it felt tiny and pretty blah compared to the fancy room I was in originally. At any rate it was quiet, the linens were high quality. Unfortunately even this location was disturbed by noise. Around 1:30 a.m. a couple (drunk) were yelling in the hallway and woke me up. I called the desk and they sent security.
So it was a less than perfect experience but service was very, very good. The location is fantastic and the bar and restaurant is very good. I’d absolutely give The Driskoll my business again if the rate were competitive. It’s a lovely hotel with grand style and top notch service. Perhaps there will be an opportunity to better sound proof at some point.