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The Driskill
Ranked #27 of 200 Hotels in Austin
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Baltimore, MD
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“INCREDIBLE!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

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!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

My wife and I stayed at The Driskill during SXSW2012. Not only is it the perfect location for SXSW (it's right by the 6th Street action and very close - walking distance - from the convention center), but the hotel is gorgeous. Great bar (and bar scene) on the second level. The food is very good (but it's Austin so you'd be cheating yourself if you skipped the other spots in town). And the rooms were very nice. We stayed in two different rooms - the first was a suite that was plenty large; the second was a very small room, but still sufficient. It's pretty expensive, but so is everything during SXSW.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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LH1886, Guest Relations Manager at The Driskill, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
We appreciate the feedback and hope to see you at the hotel for SXSW 2013!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

I was tough to decide between rating this a 3 or 4. I ultimately decided to go with a 4 due to the great service and staff, but some of the problems we ran into do cause concern. First, I reserved the room online and the online description for an executive suite clearly states that executive suites include jetted tubs. When we arrived at the room it was large and had a very nice balcony, but there was no jetted tub. In fact the bathroom was very small. It just had a shower/tub combo and no double sinks. To the hotel's credit, when I called down to complain they were very polite and quickly sent up a bellhop to move us to another room with an "upgraded bathroom." The new room was a bit smaller, but still comfortable. The second problem was hot water. We spent 3 days at the hotel and could never get the water temperture to work in the shower. It either came out scalding hot or cold. We were staying in the original historic part of the hotel so I guess that may be part of it. I have stayed here in the past in the newer wing and did not have a problem with hot water. Other than these two issues, the rest of the stay was very nice, and the staff did an incredible job. I was very pleased with how they handled the room change, although I do think someone should change the online description for an executive suite. We enjoyed breakfast in the room once and it came on time and was very good. The hotel's complimentary car service was also very nice, and was available every time we needed to use it. The concierge staff also did a great job recommending some local places to try out. If you're planning to walk around and visit downtown, then you cannot beat the hotel's location. One tip, the restaurant is every popular for breakfast on weekends. I think you're better off ordering in-room breakfast rather than waiting in line for a table at the restaurant.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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JSS23, Manager at The Driskill, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Thank you for your feedback. I apologize that you expereienced some issues during your recent stay with us. I'm glad the hotel team was able to accommodate moving you to a different room. The hotel's historic rooms are all very unique with quite different attributes - contributing to the distinctive dedor and ambiance of the hotel. The hotel experienced no water temperature issues whatsoever but will investigate. Thank you for your kind comments - the 1886 Cafe &Bakery is a very popular hotel and local destination due to it's location, great food and service, homemade bakery and pastry items and great value. I hope you'll return to the Driskill when your travels bring you back to Austin.
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

Important point to remember about the Driskill. They have a 48 hour cancellation policy. Not 45 hours; 48. If your plans change abruptly and you have to cancel, and you do so 45 hours ahead of time, you'll be charged 100% of your reservation cost. Not a flat fee to cover their costs, but 100% of your room cost. You could call and ask nicely to consider being flexible on the charge, but more likely (as with me) they'll decline, and simply charge you the $400 that you would have paid for your room if you made it to Austin.

I understand the Driskill is a nice hotel. I hope the room that the Driskill charged me for was nice.

Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012

There is nothing negative to say about our stay at the The Driskill. The staff was amazing, the food was amazing, the room was amazing! We made a reservation for a Signature room and when the staff found out we recently had a baby, they upgraded us to an Executive Suite. I highly suggest the Brazos Suite! Beautiful suite with a huge balcony. Yes, this hotel is expensive, but it is worth every penny!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012

I loved this hotel, from top to bottom. Now, I am partial to historic properties, so I'm a bit biased, but this had it all. An absolutely gorgeous bar - straight out of the old west, but with the all the modern comforts of a bar. Very comfortable guest rooms - quiet, comfy bed, good water pressure in the shower, soft sheets, luxe bathrobe. Good location, right on the Sixth Street corridor and within walking distance of the highrises downtown, the capitol building and a little farther beyond, the University of Texas. And a cute little restaurant for breakfast (though I didn't love the Huevos Rancheros, sadly). Will definitely stay here again when I come to Austin.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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LH1886, Guest Relations Manager at The Driskill, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Thank you for your review, we look forward to hosting you on your next visit to Austin.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012

We loved our stay at the Driskill from the minute I made the reservations months in advance to the minute we departed. Reservation agent was extremely helpful and honest when I asked for a room not facing 6th Street in order to avoid the night noise. They not only promised over the phone but repeated my request to me verbally when we checked in. The staff could not have been nicer or more accommodating. Huge thanks to concierge, Eleni Varnavas, who helped us with recommendations for restaurants and also drove me to a local supermarket to help me find a difficult to locate food item. Wow. Great service. Hotel is old but totally up to date; comfortable bed, lots of pillows, very cozy room. Two suggestions: add a full length mirror in the bathroom (or mirror above the desk) so that two people are not jockeying for mirror time AND put a BOSU in the fitness room. Minor suggestions, not complaints.
We definitely recommend this hotel for comfort, location, history, atmosphere.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: The Driskill
Address: 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701-3212
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Location: United States > Texas > Austin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Luxury Hotel in Austin
#17 Romantic Hotel in Austin
#25 Family Hotel in Austin
#35 Business Hotel in Austin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Driskill 4*
Number of rooms: 189
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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