Fodor's Expert Review The Driskill Hotel
If you make time to stroll through one Austin hotel even though you're not staying there, make it the Driskill. A monument to Richardsonian Romanesque style, this delightful—and some say haunted—grande dame is embellished with stone busts of its original owner, cattle baron Jesse Driskill, and his sons. Two-story porches with Romanesque Revival columns surround the arched entrances. Over the years, countless legislators, lobbyists, and social leaders have held court behind its limestone walls, and it seems a few of them never left: according to guests, lights turn on by themselves, pipes bang eerily, elevators without passengers go up and down during the night, and luggage is mysteriously moved. But hotel management is quick to point out that the ghosts seem benign.