Fodor's Expert Review The Driskill Hotel

604 Brazos St., Austin, Texas, 78701, United States See on Map

Lauren Modery

Built in 1886 and impeccably restored, the Driskill represents a time when people mingled in grandiose settings. The lobby, highlighted by vaulted ceilings, decorative columns, and chandeliers, epitomizes Old World, Texas luxury. Each room—decorated with old photos, vintage curios, and refurbished antiques—is unique, so specific requests should be made when reserving. Standard guestrooms are cramped, but corner rooms showcase nice city views. Reasonably priced suites provide spacious living areas and private balconies that are worth the splurge. The Driskill Grill and semi-casual 1886 Café & Bakery are both worth visiting. The elegant bar, with frequent live piano music, attracts business travelers and savvy downtown revelers. Some floors are reportedly haunted.

room

Modern meets classic Western in each of the hotel’s 189 rooms and 14 suites. High ceilings, wrought iron bed frames, leather furniture and intricate wall paper bring you back to a bygone era, and the large windows and beds make for a bright and comfy experience.

Take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary shoe shine services.

Standard Two Queen Beds Guestroom
Photo: Standard Two Queen Beds Guestroom
Deluxe Guestroom
Photo: Deluxe Guestroom
Petite Queen Guestroom
Photo: Petite Queen Guestroom

bathroom

Large, crisp bathrooms feature Brazilian marble countertops and art deco tiling.

Cattle Baron Suite Bathroom
Photo: Cattle Baron Suite Bathroom
LBJ Suite Bathoom
Photo: LBJ Suite Bathoom
Deluxe Guestroom Bathroom
Photo: Deluxe Guestroom Bathroom

lobby

The first thing to grab your attention will be the friendly doormen. Next, the giant pillars, marble flooring and stained glass light fixtures that adorn the massive lobby. This hotel is dignified and you’ll feel like royalty walking its halls.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Rumor is The Driskill is one of the most haunted hotels in the United States.

Lobby and Grand Staircase
Photo: Lobby and Grand Staircase
Grand Staircase with Colonel Driskill Portrait
Photo: Grand Staircase with Colonel Driskill Portrait
Guest Reception
Photo: Guest Reception

gym

The 24-hour gym offers a large selection of treadmills, ellipticals and free weights with sweeping views of downtown.

dining

Fare and libations are available for all hours and palettes. Guests can enjoy locally sourced steak at the elegant The Driskill Grill or grab a nightcap in the stately The Driskill Bar. For a sandwich or homemade baked goods, stop in he first floor’s 1886 Café & Bakery.

1886 Cafe & Bakery bar and bakery windows
Photo: 1886 Cafe & Bakery bar and bakery windows
1886 Cafe & Bakery entrance
Photo: 1886 Cafe & Bakery entrance
1886 Cafe & Bakery windows
Photo: 1886 Cafe & Bakery windows

LOCATION

Getting Around

Walking is a cinch due to the hotel’s central location. Most downtown attractions are located within blocks. For non-ambulatory options, Uber, Lyft and cabs are available, but taking a pedicab might be the most exciting choice.

Restaurants

Small chain restaurant Eureka! (1-minute walk) is located next door and offers inspired American fare such as bison burgers and steak salads in a bright and open atmosphere. Roaring Fork (1-minute walk), a long-standing Austin fave, is popular for their premium steaks and high-end Southwestern fare. Popular at happy hour for its generous prices on cocktails and small plates, Parkside (2-minute walk) is a great spot to hang with friends new and old.

Bars

For a little bit of jazz, hit the hole-in-the-wall Elephant Room (5-minute walk), for a little bit of singer-songwriter, head to The Townsend (2-minute walk), and for a little bit of German sausage, stout and ambiance, get yourself over to Easy Tiger (9-minute walk).

WHY WE LIKE IT

The Driskill is the grande dame of Austin’s hotels. If you want to feel like an oil baron from the turn of the century, this is where you go. But you don’t have to be a tycoon to enjoy this place. The gilded features, friendly staff and top-notch amenities are sure to make anyone happy, and the central location is great for those wanting to have a true Austin experience.

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Sophisticated
Central
Grande Dame
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 512-439–1234;800-233–1234

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