The Driskill Hotel

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The Driskill Hotel

, Austin
4 star

Rooms: 189

604 Brazos Street - Austin - Texas - 78701 - United States Hotel Website | | 512-474-5911
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from rcmjr
The Driskill is a beautiful structure, worth popping in for a quick look around. But it was a horrible to stay at. The rooms are inconsistant and noisy - both from the street and from other guests. The staff was inconsistant - some were nice, but most didn't seem to care. Bathrooms are very small. There is no onsite parking and the valet is expensive and slow. One of the interesting aspects of the Driskill, and one they don't advertise, are the ghost stories. We took an Austin Ghost Tour (not through the hotel) and were creeped out to find out there are many ghost legends in the Driskill. Do an internet search to find out some of the stories.

Walk through the Driskill - or stop at the bar - but don't stay here. There are better choices for you money. Check out the Four Seasons or the new Hilton. You can do much better.

Wonderful experience

from smyles2525
My husband and I had the opportunity to stay at the beautiful Driskill historic hotel in downtown Austin, Texas in July, 2003. I can only say it was a wonderful experience.

The hotel was built in the 1800's and has so much history. The beauty has been preserved very well I must say. Hotel has modern conveinences, includes bathrobes and even a phone in the bathroom! There was also a nice workout room too.

If you are military, inquire about their disounts - we received half off!

Breakfast was great, valet parking very prompt, great location. There was numerous resturants and shopping in walking distance.

Was having a nice Texas knockabout until...

from vraiblonde
...we ended up in Austin at the Driskill. Since I work while on travel, high-speed internet is a must. They "said" they had it and, technically, they do. But it blips in and out so much that it's worthless.

The hotel itself is very attractive - old and rich looking. Our room was nicely appointed, with beautiful furnishings and a bathroom to die for. Unfortunately, we were on the mezzanine level, which seemed like fun until we realized that Carol Channing was appearing at the Driskill theater and...well...Austinites must really love her because there were hundreds of them stampeding in front of my room, chatting, drinking and making nuisances of themselves in general until the wee hours.

The staff was very friendly - so friendly that I wanted to hide in the hotel all day because you can't walk two feet in Austin without being accosted by panhandlers. NYC does not have as many bums as Austin. Washington DC might have more bums than Austin, but that's iffy.

So we wouldn't stay at the Driskill again and I highly doubt I'd ever go to Austin again.

Loved the palacial balcony room...

from A TripAdvisor Member
Remarkable restoration of a gorgeous historic hotel provided a luxurious final night to our vacation week. Fifteen-foot ceilings with rich floor-to-ceiling draperies and luxury linens made us feel like royalty. We will go there again for special occasions in spite of the unexpected level of street noise audible in our 4th floor room.

Beautiful Decor Not worth the money to stay at thou!

from Luv2TravelAllOver
We stayed at the Driskell on a Friday night for our wedding anniversary.

The hotel was beautiful, and staff was very friendly. Our room (520) was nice and very clean, bathroom was touted as being so special as it had a spa tub, bathroom itself was very small as is normal in older hotels, and the spa was small and nothing special. Had a "view" of other buildings which wasnt nice at all. There was a creaking noise right above our bed that kept us up all night, ended up being the heat vent. Did hear the fire engines and sirens all night, but since we didnt face 6th street we didnt hear any music (one advantage to the positioning of our room I guess)

Great place to come visit, beautifully appointed, have a drink at the bar, but for the money we would stay somewhere else.

Incredible old hotel!

from asbannerman
We stayed at the Driskill on a Friday night to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I requested a room with a balcony overlooking 6th Street. Our room was beautifully appointed and the bathroom was elegant, but quite small, as is typical of older hotels. Our balcony room was a poor choice, however, as the amplified music, party noise, emergency vehicle sirens, and motorcycle roaring (all typical 6th street sounds) kept us awake ALL night. The smell of brocolli permeated the lobby throughout the duration of our stay. I'm glad we stayed at the Driskill, despite the noise and smell, but we won't go back.

Nice, but not worth it

from A TripAdvisor Member
It's just not worth it if you are at all cost conscious. We got a suite for $500 and it was STILL tiny (two tiny but beautiful rooms joined by a door). Stay somewhere else and VISIT the (beautiful) lobby and bar.

Absolutely Lovely Hotel

from CanadaTraveller44
Stayed at the Driskill January 26th on a business trip. As a frequent business traveller, I have slept in a lot of hotel rooms. The Driskill was like a breath of fresh air.

The room was spotless, hi-speed internet access free (major bonus!), and although I'm not one for the free shampoo, they have an amazing line of products (I stuffed my bag with freebees before I left!).

The staff was great - one minor thing, we came in as a group and had to leave our bags at a side entrance to go down some stairs and check in. Would have preferred to have that handled for us.

Had a margarita in the bar and breakfast in the coffee shop. Everything was great.

Would not even CONSIDER staying anywhere else when travelling to Austin.

FAB!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Best Hotel I have ever stayed in, the only one to rival it was the Havana in San Antonio.

A word about my preferences: I do not enjoy cookie cutter things. I like things with a bit of personality that are still warm and friendly. I would rather try out a mom and pop resturant than eat at a Chili's or a TGIFridays or, god forbid, Applebee's. The Driskill is a wonderful departure from the beaten path, and it really suited my tastes.

The suite was beautiful - the high ceilings, gi-normous crown molding, antique furniture, the biggest most amazing bed I have ever seen in my life covered with absolutely luxurious bedding.

I have incredibly fond memories about the bar downstairs. The drinks are fantastic, the ambiance warm and inviting, and it's always full of a fantastic blend of people, from true Texas Good Ol' Boys to local scenesters to the adorable old couples who still look completely in love to the occasionally extremely chilled out celebrity. (I love you Chris Christopherson!) It really epitomizes how welcoming Austin can be.

Everytime I ordered room service the food was prompt and amazing. I ordered "Mama's meatloaf" when I felt like comfort food and was blown away! I have never felt compelled to use the word "delicate" to describe meatloaf, but it was somehow absolutely homey and chic. I will crave that meatloaf for the rest of my life. The rare tuna was incredible, and it came with a spicey salad of sprouts and cucumber. For a truly Texas breakfast I recommend the jalapeno corn bisquits with chorizo gravy. I have never had a better breakfast ever, and they make a superior pot of coffee.

Everyone was beyond nice. I was getting married and I was a mess. I showed up at the hotel in ratty tee, ratty jeans, flip-flops and wet hair and the valet immediately got someone else to park the car so he could carry up all my stuff because the bell hops were all busy. I looked like an absolute disaster and I was down to single sylables and everyone on staff was so warm and helpful.

And if your still not sold on the absolute warmth of the staff, my husband I reserved the least expensive room in the "old" part of the hotel. When my mother in law told the desk staff we were getting married, they upgraded us to a suite for free. Thanks so much to the Driskill for making our first night of married life so magical!

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from msbetze
I have stayed at your hotel several times, and I may stay there again, because it is a beautiful hotel and the restaurant is great. However, during my stay on Monday, December 6, 2004, while I was in room 444, I experienced a very unpleasant situation. I was awakened at 1:30 a.m. when the band across the street cranked up the volume to play their last set. At 2:30 a.m., some of the bar patrons congregated directly under my window and had a lengthy, drunken conversation. At 3:00 a.m., the sweeper trucks took several passes on the street. At 4:00 a.m., a water truck parked (the motor rumbling loudly) and sprayed the alley area. The Metro busses started running at 5:00 a.m. Basically, I was unable to sleep from 1:30 a.m. onward. When I spoke to the front desk at check out, she was sympathetic, but did not offer any discounted rate for the discomfort (NO SLEEP) that I experienced. I truly expected more from a hotel that is at the level of the Driskill. If a room is known to be uninhabitable, a guest should not be placed in it. I realize that the Driskill is located in the "entertainment district", but for $200.00 a night, plus taxes and fees, I feel a good night's sleep should be the very minimum of a guest's expectations.

Top Local Tips for Austin

To stay at the Driskill, take a taxi from the airport instead renting a car Everything you came to Austin to see and do is within walking distance of the Driskill. Your car will sit with the Valet accruing $25/day parking for no reason

Hotel is right on 6th Street! We were able to walk to the theatre where we had tickets for Guy Clark, Lyle Lovett and Joe Ely. We didn't have to drive! That was really nice...also 6th Street is right out the front door, so if you enjoy going out for drinks and music...you won't have to walk far at all!

Longhorn football Be sure to get tickets to a Texas Longhorn game. They are really fun.

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  • Address: 604 Brazos Street - Austin - Texas - 78701 - United States
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