Picked this hotel because my firm gets a good corporate rate and it looked nice, but I regret it. My room was in the "tower" part of the hotel, which I guess implies punishment. The A/C is very strange, in that it cools the room, but does not take care of the humidity, so the atmosphere was cold but dank, like a cave. There are no slippers, as should be standard in a nice hotel. I was hesitant to walk around barefoot, so I put on a pair of white socks -- good thing I did, because they got very dirty just from walking around the hotel room! I guess that's why they keep the lighting in the room so bad -- so that you can't see the dirt? Anyway, the lighting was awful. The bathroom is also very low-grade, and without essential supplies such as q-tips or even a shower cap. I probably could have called housekeeping to bring me some, but I don't budget time for that in the morning when I am trying to get to a meeting -- I expect the necessaries to be there. Also, the bed was too soft -- no back support whatsoever.
On the positive side, the decor was attractive and room service pretty good. I also enjoyed the hotel's restaurant for dinner. The honey fried chicken was delicious and the bartender makes an excellent Manhattan, which is the reason I am giving 3 stars instead of 2.
- 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
- Driskill Austin