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The Driskill, Austin

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#2 of 18 in Historic Sites in Austin
Designed with a distinct Romanesque-style in 1886, The Driskill is one of the oldest hotels in the country. Built by Jesse Driskill, a cattleman who spent his entire fortune on attempting to build one of the finest hotels in the area, the building is a popular meeting place for prominent lobbyists, legislators, and leaders. Wander inside and experience the lavish interior of the lobby and stop and have a drink at the bar while listening to live music. Plan your visit to The Driskill and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Austin tour itinerary builder website .
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  • During our walk through Austin we have inserted a small break and coffee and ate muffins. Both were excellent and not overpriced. The ambience in the lobby reminiscent of a Viennese coffee house. From the hustle and bustle outside in the streets to turn off an ideal place. Very much recommended.
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  • We tried to go for drinks to this wonderful old hotel twice. Absolutely beautiful decor. There is only one bar/lounge and people thought the lobbies sitting on couches just taking in the ambiance of i...  more »
  • Stopped at the Diskill twice over the course of a week. First time was for drinks at the bar, and the second time was to show my wife how beautiful the hotel was. It's a very nice hotel, with lots of ...  more »
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  • When I opened the lobby door, the scent coming from inside was dominating, like camphor mixed with other stuff. Maybe they can change the scent? Into something light or leathery? The valet people were nice and helpful. While we waited for our valeted car to arrive, a staff (Colt (?)) offered some water. Well, it was a blessing in 97 degrees Fahrenheit. The room was nice, the window was full, there was a recessed section so that the curtain could go over. The bathroom was roomy, but the lavatory was inside the bathroom. And it was standard wall hung lavatory. Almost no room to put one's facial soap and other bathing amenities. The hotel does have a certain glamour. And if one is a history buff, I would recommend this hotel. But for me, if they would have change the scent in the lobby and mezzanine into something not as strong, I might reconsider staying here again. Emphasize on Might.
  • Having lived in Austin for almost 20 years, we have had drinks and dinner here as well as toured the hotel during a private dinner. After moving away we finally had an opportunity to come back to Austin and stay at the Driskill. Everything about the hotel and the staff were second to none. Enjoy people watching on the mezzanine and sink into the history that surrounds you as you walk the halls of this fantastic hotel.
  • Absolutely beautiful inside and out, we loved the lounge and it's live music in the evenings. Cafe and bakery downstairs had a delicious breakfast, and the bar and lounge's three course meal during restaurant week was superb! The location is Central to just about everything you may want to do, we were able to walk to breakfast, lunch dinner and pubs without any effort. Would highly recommend and if we're ever back in Austin we'll be staying here!
  • The Driskill is easily one of the most fascinating places in Austin. It's the oldest operating hotel in town. It first opened in 1887. You can see some of the original architecture. It's a gorgeous place to visit and be swept away to a different time.
  • Truly an amazing historic hotel. Every staff member I encountered was very friendly and attentive. The hotel's location is perfect! Highly recommended! An Unbound Collection Hotel by Hyatt

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