We stayed at the Driskill during the first weekend of the recent Austin City Limits festival. It was fun, campy, Texan... and added to the overall ambiance of our trip.
We stayed in a corner room. As noted, the rooms are small, the fixtures are old, but this is part of the charm of the Driskill. The corner room was sunny, but the windows did not open. This led to the room being stuffy, and frankly almost moldy. My allergies (which are usually kept in check, flared up.)
Upsides include the true Texan cowboy decor, the cafe, the central location.
Downsides include the slow elevator, the small and somewhat stuffy room.
- 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