The Driskill was purchased by Hyatt spring of 2013 and they are now managing the property. Word is that Hyatt is planning some updates/fluffing over the next year or two. This is needed to stay competitive with the new options in town, i.e., W and the old standard, i.e., Four Seasons.
The need for a little TLC around the edges is what prevents us from giving this property a full 5 stars. The historic lobby still impresses but the bar has lost a little lustre. The original art collection that the hotel houses is impressive and appreciated. For a little history be sure to check out Carlotta's Mirrors in the Maximilian Room on the Mezzanine Level.
Rooms can be variable in size, view and layout. Be sure to remember your room number when you find your favorite. Historic rooms have period oak and metal bed furnishings. Bathrooms are generally finished with dark marble. We have stuck with Senate Historic Rooms or a Suite when available at check in.
Can't comment on the dining room since we have not eaten there since D. Bull left. Maybe on our next visit.
Location is excellent if you want easy access to 6th street. Staff generally helpful and pleasant.
- 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
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