Built in 1886 and impeccably restored, the Driskill is a beautiful public space created when people relished mingling in grand settings. The lobby is highlighted by vaulted ceilings, decorative columns, and chandeliers. The entire effect is old-fashioned luxury, and Texas to the core. Each room is unique: walls are decorated with old photos, postcards, lace, and bric-a-brac scoured from local antiques shops. Ceilings are higher in rooms in the historic wing than in the
newer tower wing (which dates merely to 1930) and bathrooms are old-fashioned and spotless. The Driskill Grill and semi-casual 1886 Café & Bakery are both worth a visit. The elegant bar, with frequent live piano music, has long attracted Austin's movers and shakers. The hotel is widely reported to be haunted.