The Driskill is a grand hotel located in the centre of Austin, very old worldly. The staff are wonderful, particularly at the front desk, who had to deal with some sensitive issues with our booking and did so in a stress free manner. The public rooms are very attractive with high ceilings although the bedrooms are certainly not nearly as grand. In our case we endured very cold and noisy air- conditioning and also found the lighting to be unsatisfactory. There were plenty of lights but even when all were turned on we found it difficult to see.
The breakfast was in a restaurant open to the public and consequently no buffet was available. For travellers who need to get on the road early this represents a problem because it takes much longer to be fed. Also the system of allocating tables to particular servers can create problems if big groups sit together.
Our experience checking out was mixed. One item on the bill needed to be reversed and although the staff were great it took too long. It also took too long for our car to arrive from the valet parking.
Austin is a great town and the Driskill well located but its perhaps more suited to business travellers than road trippers
- 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