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What We Love

  • Historic ambience
  • Driskill Sheriff kits given as welcome gifts to kids
  • Home to the Driskill Grill, Austin’s top-ranked restaurant
  • Walking distance to Austin’s hot bars and music clubs
  • 24-hour business and fitness centers
  • Read more about what to see and do in Austin in our magazine section

What To Know

  • Entirely nonsmoking hotel
  • The hotel may be sedate, but the adjacent 6th Street scene turns up the volume.
  • Hotel rooms offer impressive height, but not much floor space.
  • Valet parking is $26.
  • Service can be distinctly unhurried.

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

When it comes to Austin life and legend, the Driskill has seen it all: graduations, balls, weddings — even a stint as stand-in venue for the state legislature. But through almost 125 years of renovations, additions and new incarnations, the character of this opulent charmer has remained intact.

The resilient 189-room downtown icon has hosted entertainers, politicians and presidents since before the turn of the last century. Lyndon B. and Lady Bird Johnson had their first date at the renowned Driskill Grill in 1934, and returned frequently — including one famous visit to await the results of the {“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/231/pgal-56336-1271946467-612×355-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”The lobby bar at the Driskill has a true Texan theme, with cowhide chairs and a horseshoe-patterned carpet.”}1964 presidential election. The tradition of holding the governor’s inaugural ball in the grand ballroom started back in 1887, just one year after cattle baron Colonel Jesse Driskill built “the finest hotel south of St. Louis.”

Walking into the Driskill lobby is — as clichéd as it may sound — like walking into Austin history. It’s hard to know whether to look up at the finely painted ceilings and stained glass dome or down at the ornate, hand-laid marble floor. This comfortably refined take on Texas is consistent throughout the hotel, although you’ll find the stereotypes turned up in the hotel bar, where a constellation of lone stars decorate the furnishings, and cowhide chairs lounge on a horseshoe-patterned carpet.

The guestrooms vary substantially in size, as you’d expect in a historic hotel. Rooms and suites in the original 1886 Traditional Wing boast balconies and soaring ceilings. Those overlooking 6th Street offer bird’s-eye views of the boisterous nightlife below.

Signs of the colonel are everywhere — from the the portrait looming in the lobby to the “D” branded into door thresholds. You might even meet him; if you smell a ghostly whiff of cigar smoke in this nonsmoking property, the colonel might be about. Hotel legend has it that Jesse Driskill — who died in 1890 — couldn’t bear to leave. After a stay at his luxe namesake, such reluctance is easy to understand.

How to Get There

The Driskill – in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt
604 Brazos Street
Austin, TX 78701 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 2239 Reviews
Quaint yet modern and full of history
Reviewed 3 days ago

The staff was very friendly and helpful, and I never had to search for someone to help me. My key got deactivated by my cellphone one night and security came up to help me within minutes. I loved the room, because although it had been updated, it retained the original floor plan and wood work. Very cool.

Family visit
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on repeat trip to the Driskill to meet family who were in town from New Yorkl We had not stayed in the Cattle Baron's Suite and decided to try it, mostly for the ambiance and history of the establishment. The Cattle Baron's Suite was everything we expected and more. It was truly outstanding, and perfect for a family reunion. We did multiple room service orders and the food was excellent. We will definitely visit again.

Beautiful historic hotel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful piece of local history . Amazing staff who could not do more for you . Very comfortable room and bed. Breakfast was very tasty in the bakery cafe. Loved sitting in the bar cocktails were amazing . Parking is expensive but seems the same all over Austin

Great hotel but...
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were 2 couples 65-70 years old that visited Austin from June 29-July 2. I did the booking of this hotel online and I also called regarding the type of room. We had reserved the Petite Queen room since it was a little less money. When I called to find out the difference between the Petite and the regular queen room I was told that the overall size would be smaller. That being said, we got to our room around 11pm, after flying a few hours, it looked nice and we went to sleep. In the morning we realized that the bathroom was so tiny you could barely turn around, the shower cabinet was on an angle and could not accommodate any large/tall person. It was so tiny that there was only a pedestal sink and a commode. The hotel used the window sill to hold the toiletries! Also, there was only a mirror over the sink in the bathroom and high up on the wall over the bed was a small decorative one. Every morning my sister in law and I would check each other out to make sure we were dressed ok! We did tell management about these concerns.
On the up side, the location to everywhere was great. We walked a lot and when it was too hot or far we used Ride Austin. Even though we only ate 1 breakfast at the hotel, it was delicious and the service was impeccable!

Fantastic Blast From the Past
Reviewed 1 week ago

I attended a small business group meeting here during what could be described as normal Hellish like heat of a Texas summer. At every turn this hotel was an oasis from the city and the heat.

Loved my suite, very comfortable and frankly good value on the price too. Location was top and place was clean. Food was great. Highly recommend.