Designed as a showpiece of turn-of-the-century elegance, The Driskill is a landmark of Texas hospitality and the oldest operating hotel in the state’s eclectic Austin capitol. Its four-story Romanesque structure—a designated historic landmark—occupies almost half a city block within Austin’s urban core, allowing guests to step back into a bygone era every time they step through the doors.

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Every one of The Driskill’s guestrooms and suites tell a story of the hotel’s 125-year history, with historic details punctuating a rich contemporary Austin aura. With their custom Driskill furniture, original 1886 architectural elements, and perfect black-and-white art deco bathrooms, the upscale rooms might symbolize the elegance of a different era, but their flat screen televisions, wireless Internet access, imported luxury European bath amenities, and plush linens hint at a modern twist, all with cityscape views over downtown Austin. The hotel’s exclusive suites span nine distinct styles, each fit for Texas royalty with separate living, working, and entertaining quarters outfitted in custom crown moldings, floor-to-ceiling windows, large French doors, iHome docking stations, and jetted tubs and steam showers. Many come equipped with oversized patios and fireplaces.

Dining at The Driskill begins with handcrafted pastries and brunch at the 1886 Café & Bakery and continues with live music and Bloody Mary buffets at The Driskill Bar, a hunting themed venue sealing the city’s live music reputation. The culinary culmination of any stay is at The Driskill Grill, a ten-time AAA Four-Diamond award recipient and Zagat Top 25 Hotel Restaurant featuring a bounty of local Texan produce and game, from huevos rancheros to prime rib. President Lyndon B. Johnson had his first date with the future Lady Bird Johnson here in 1934 and returned to await news of his 1960 and 1964 VP and Presidential races. With such a distinguished history it is no surprise that The Driskill is known as one of the most haunted hotels in the United States, but that status doesn’t distract from its true Texas hospitality, from its full menu of pampering massages to its nationally-lauded pet-friendly services.

The iconic and historic splendor of The Driskill is surprisingly situated in the center of downtown Austin within walking distance to the Texas State Capitol, Lady Bird Lake, Congress Avenue food trucks, University of Texas campus, and the city’s world famous 6th Street music scene. Austin might be known as the Live Music Capital of the World, but it is also renowned for its proximity to the beautiful rivers, rolling hills, and perfect weather of the surrounding Texas Hill Country. Embark on private winery tours along Highway 290 and visit Fredericksburg’s historic galleries and shops, stopping atop Enchanted Rock for an enchanting 360-degree Texas sunset, the sumptuous comforts of The Driskill awaiting your return.

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