There's no doubt the Driskill is one of the premier hotels in Texas. Since there are lots of ways to review a hotel, this review covers only the way in which my company used it, which was for impressing clients from out of town. And this property will impress even your pickiest of VIPs. I promise you even the most chic client, no matter how much they love boutique properties or swanky club scenes, will enjoy a Driskill experience. You're paying for A) the service and B) the history (and it's accompanying charm).
It's got a hundred years of history in it, and you can tell, from the pro's (beatiful fixtures, grand entrances, ornate details) to the con's (some creaky doorways, thin interior walls, interesting modern lighting choices, etc). Make sure you get your money's worth and only get rooms with views. Otherwise you will be looking out onto a dirty, pigeon poop filled brick wall.
Service is beyond compare. Valet is attentive, front desk is prompt, housekeeping has anything you could ever want. You can't beat the location if you're going out on the town. I would highly recommend this property for a romantic getaway, a bridal suite, etc etc.
However, good luck with accounting. Getting folios is easy, getting discrepancies fixed is a chore. At one point, a guest in our group was given a credit on his personal credit card (which he gave for incidentals) for something he never paid for. Free money basically. I called them to remedy the situation and make sure they got their money back...and was treated with brusqueness, as if I was taking up THEIR time. Next time you guys put $1,000+ on one of my company credit cards, no worries, I won't let you know, we will just keep the credit.
I have personally stayed in this property. Would I chose it if I myself were traveling for business? No, not worth the money. Would I put another group of VIPs here for SXSW, ACL, or a business conference? Absolutely.
- 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