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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 2508 Reviews
Great stay!
Reviewed 12 hours ago

Road trip with my daughter for an overnight stay on the way to San Antonio. Great service and interesting history of the hotel. Beautiful place to stay and great live music in the bar and grill. I would definitely stay here again!

For an average person it was sort of average.
Reviewed 1 day ago

Be prepared to pay for parking, and high Austin taxes. I am an average guy so spending lots of money on drinks and dinner is not my thing. The location on 6th street was the thing that sold me. My wife and I wanted to be right there at that spot. So for that it was perfect. I guess my rating of average means that the room was clean and comfortable, there was a tv, a coffee maker, clean towels, and good service. Thats what 300 bucks a night gets you in Austin! Seems like you should get more for that much, breakfast not included. They wanted to charge an additional forty bucks for breakfast! If your an average guy, 40 bucks for breakfast seems outrageoulsy high! How awsome could an egg possibly be?

Stay in Style - Like a Texas Cattle Baron
Reviewed 1 day ago

Truly impressive, the Driskill is like a trip back to the days of grand old hotels and cattle barons. The lobby is breathtaking and looks like something from a movie set. The rooms, though not huge, are beautiful, very comfortable and well appointed. The bar is gorgeous. The service was impeccable throughout our stay.
Austin has definitely moved on from those days, and not entirely in a good way. Within a block of the hotel there are panhandlers and some seedy looking bars. Although on second thoughts, maybe that was the case back in those good ol' days of Cowboys and Saloon Girls!

The Driskill...the best place to stay in Austin
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Driskill's history and ambiance is amazing and the hotel itself, the incredible service provided by all the staff, and the food and drinks are excellent. This is the only place I stay when in Austin.

excellent
Reviewed 2 days ago

Wonderful hotel. The hotel was clean and comfortable. it was very quiet at night. The bar was fun and lively. I would stay here again. It was also within walking distance of many restaurants which made it very convenient. The convention center was a few short blocks away.