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The Driskill, Austin

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web
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. A visit to The Driskill represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Austin trip generator to plot your vacation.
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  • If you walk by and aren't staying here, at least take a quick walk through the lobby. Lunch at their cafe is a great idea. 
  • I haven't had much time to get to know the place, but I had a great impression of the architecture. Very cute and a charm to the city of Austin
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  • Austin has been very fortunate to have preserved this classical sculpted building of yesterday. Beautiful old bar, with delicious appetizers in a atmosphere of comfort that forces a smile into your co...  read more »
  • We visited for my birthday dinner at Driskill Grill. Nice experience to start, name was on menu, host was pleasant. All service went downhill from there. Server wasn't friendly and didn't take time to explain anything. When ordering, he didn't know the Driskill's definition of what "medium" would look like. It took more than 25 min to get drinks. Staff serving food delivered to wrong person every round. Staff delivering food didn't know what the food even was... For example, my husband ordered tomato bisque and the server delivered as "carrot soufflé". The food, on its own, was delicious. Do not visit the Driskill Grill if you're looking for a good experience or great service. The poor chef needs to get a new serving crew. Sad to spend $200 total on a nice dinner that was a bust. For a couple looking to stay local over dining at a national steakhouse, we'll sadly look elsewhere before returning to the Driskill again.
  • I haven't stayed here or eaten at their dinner restaurant, but I frequently visit the Driskill bar for their nice, relaxing, upscale atmosphere. You can find better craft cocktails in town (even just across the street at Small Victory), but the main attraction here is the old school Texas decor, the posh atmosphere, and the comfy seating. This is a great place to share a drink with friends and it is usually quiet enough to foster great conversation.
  • The hotel is beautiful. Unfortunately the 1886 Grill is a disaster. We were wondering why the place was empty at 8:00 on a Saturday (August, 6) but soon found out. I had the shrimp and grits. They were good but the portion was a little small. My kids had the sliders. My 3 yo took a bite, chewed for a few seconds and then spit it out. Then she began vomiting. My wife took her up to the room and the waiter was nice enough to send my wife's food up to the room. Then my other two kids started eating the burgers and I noticed they had spit theirs out also. I tasted the burgers and they were so burnt it was like eating acrid burnt plastic. It was horrible. Upon returning to the room, I found out that my wife's food was also inedible. I wold strongly recommend avoiding eating here.
  • The Driskill is a very nice location. Very upscale, very fancy restaurant that I would only recommend for special occasions as its very nice but very expensive. The bar and regular sitting area is comfortable and full of historical Texas historical items. I didn't stay there so I cannot comment on the rooms. The bakery/dessert place downstairs was decent but nothing special.
  • I absolutely love the hotel. It is just beautiful... so much so that i asked for an impromptu meeting with their events manager regarding my plans for my 2017 wedding. She was lovely and answered all my questions. However, she failed to forward the information in an email like we had discussed... not a good sign when it comes to planning such an important date. The gentleman (i believe his name was tracy or trey) who brought our bags up to our room was delightful. He was very helpful, informative, and accommodating. He told us all about the hotel, and even gave us a little puzzle to look into while we investigated the hotel. He by far was the best of all the staff we were in contact with. The room was very beautiful, and looked clean. The mini fridge was well stocked, there were plenty of toiletries, towels and nice bathrobes. After a late dinner, and a very long show we were so ready to sleep. We changed and jumped into bed, but to our disgust my friends bed was covered in a rancid smell. The best way to describe it would be to assume a 700lb man ran the Marathon Des Sables (a 150 mile race in the Sahara desert) then without showering checked in at driskill, and slept in her bed. It was awful!!! So gross! She immediately called the front desk and they very quickly sent someone to change her bedding... but of course we were forced to dress again. The man arrived and was very apologetic, quickly changed her bedding and left. He was a very pleasant, and professional person. After he left, i wished they'd have thought to change mine as well... to me if housekeeping failed to change one bed, it makes more sense that they would probably just not change both. I ended up sharing the clean bed with my friend because at this point we were just ready to sleep and didn't want to have to get out of our pajamas again. The next morning we went to check out and the girl at the front desk asked about our stay. i informed her of the issues, but she didn't seem the slightest concerned. At this point i had to ask her to speak with management. To this she replied "go over there and wait, she'll talk to you when she's not busy". I felt that she was possibly annoyed by my asking... however, i could have just read the situation wrong. I was already bothered from the night before and rather grouchy due to having to share a bed and not getting much sleep. When you pay close to $500.00 for one night you seem to come to expect clean bedding, and a staff trained to deal with complaints properly. I'm so sad about this experience, because i absolutely just love this hotel, and was so excited about planning my wedding here. It would have been perfect. I realize mistakes happen, but bedding is probably the most important thing to be cleaned... very disappointed.
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