Just back from Austin for a work convention. When we got off the plane in Austin...we noticed T-Shirts hanging in the shops that read, Keep Austin Weird." We had no idea what that meant? We rented a new Ford Explorer and drove over the the Driskill. It is a castle in the rough!!!! It's gorgeous and old and haunted....but in a good way. Plenty of stories to check out. You are transported back in time. You can picture the Stage Coaches pulling and dropping off the trunks and the ladies and their beautiful dresses. The hallways are trimmed with paintings and book shelves and antiques. The bar/restaurant is plush rancher style, with cow hyde and revolvers for lights and hanging Long Horns over the fireplace. Plush drapes, Scarlett O'Hara would have been outfitted for years to come! The rooms are spacious and lush. Bedding is dream land...down to the mink blanket draped at the bottom. The cabinet adorns a scetch of the hotel and the <D> for Driskill is on everything....painted porcelain sinks...lovely shower heads, beautiful high moldings and every amenity...including robes and umbrella's. There is not pool or array of shops. They do have some signature items at the front desk. Staff was over the top.
Downtown Austin is up and coming....some new, some old, and major construction. Music Capital of the World is a bit much, unless they are referring to the many different types. You will find ever genre.....but only a few worthy of staying for a few drinks. Very eccentric music and people. Pretty sure no one is actually from there...it's a very transient, "new" town. We totally got the "Weird" after a night out on 6th Street. Country music was hard to find. We ventured up to Rockdale for a Rodeo. It also included a full Carnival, farm/livestock auction, Steve Wariner singing and the most amazing local food ever. BBQ with slaw on a roll as big as your plate....you WILL eat it all!! And we went to The Broken Spoke a few miles out of Austin proper....very honky-tonk and they teach you how to dance an hour before the band starts. The band was amazing, steel guitar and big bass and all!! We got our fix!
The Driskill is worth a night or two....luxury at it's finest!! If you can't stay there, it's definitely a must see!! Take the elevator up a few floors....4th Fl -- Rm 29...you might see a young bride with packages....scurring down the hall......BOO!
- 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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