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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

Unique and beautiful
ccshome

Hotel has such a cool history; you really feel like you have stepped back in time. Elegant decor and bar with glass piano is awesome! Beds are very comfortable and coffee room service came up within 5 minutes at 9 am

Beautiful building!
652michealj

Food is amazing, staff is friendly, the sites within the entire hotel are beautiful. You must try the 1886 cafe, expensive, but so worth the funds. My only annoyance was that the shower water would range a lot between lukewarm and hot while you were in the shower. But, old buildings have weird issues like that.

Loved it
222southerngirl

We only stayed one night at The Driskell while passing through town, but it was fantastic. The hotel is beautiful and historic with lovely details throughout. Check-in was easy and the staff at the front desk were friendly and very helpful. We loved the historical pamphlet available as well as the page about the resident ghosts - very interesting! Our room was clean and comfortable. The bar upstairs was very nice as well and we enjoyed having cocktails and taking in the decor. There was a wedding taking place the night we were there, so it was a bit noisy during the reception hours. (somewhat late) The hotel was very convenient and we were able to walk to sight see and eat. We would highly recommend it!