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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

Worst hotel ever
Gorillakitty

This is the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. They gave me a room 3 feet from the elevator. A room like this should not even exist but if it has to, then it should be given to someone who books at that minute or with some crazy discount; i booked 6 months in advance and paid full price. So, every morning we are dealing with loud people in and out but worse is that the service elevator is also right there with the staff slamming the door every 5 minutes from 6 in the morning and on. If I sound a little cranky writing this it’s due to the lack of sleep I’ve had the last 4 days. The staff is not rude but stand offish. The dinner menu ends at 10pm. I called for room service at 10:02 and they wouldn’t let me order potatoes because if was after 10. Not even a, “let me check with the kitchen”; just an F-u. They charge prices like they are a high end hotel but don’t have the attention to detail. My room was pretty spacious but there was only one trash can. There were 2 desks but one chair. Most reservations have 2 people, so what happens when you order room service; one person has To eat standing over the sink? They don’t t even 3 towels in the room, standard is 4. One roll of toilet paper. When we got the room serviced they didn’t replenish the water. There is one tiny towel bar in the bathroom but plenty of wall space. where are you supposed to hang your towel? I tried to get a late checkout, and you would think they could accommodate this given they stuck me next to the elevator but all they could give me 1130 which is the normal checkout time anyway. When i offered to pay they told me it was $100 and could not guarantee it. For these prices you are better off going to the Four Seasons where it’s consistent.

Nice, but not impressive.
LESLIE B

Nice, but nothing to get too excited about. Rooms are small. Valet were rude on check out. We couldn’t find a seat anywhere to eat or sit in the bar or empty restaurant at 6pm bc everything was reserved and we were sent to another restaurant across the street. I don’t need to return and you wouldn’t be missing out if you didn’t visit either.

Very pricey but nice
TexasRobert

We stayed here for two nights while visiting with family. Rooms are expensive, and you won’t receive much space for that price. But you will be staying at a historical hotel with a good location. Concierge was quite helpful, but the service at the lounge was awful. Our family sat in the lounge for 30+ minutes with no waitstaff approaching us. Won’t stay here again, but it is a beautiful property.