The Driskill Hotel. Built in 1886 as the showplace of cattle baron Jesse Driskill, The Driskill remains a landmark of Texas hospitality. As a member of The Historic Hotels of America and Associated Luxury Hotels International, The Driskill offers an elite level of luxury and service to rank as one the world’s finest hotels.
In the 1886, Jesse Lincoln Driskill, a wealthy cattle baron, businessman and civic leader, built a hotel to rival New York and Chicago. The Driskill remains a landmark of Texas hospitality, impressing visitors with a blend of old and new, antiques and state-of-the-art technology, modern and traditional architecture. Two hotel wings contain 189 rooms with fine antiques, marble from around the world and original oil paintings. This hotel is immediately breathtaking as guests enter the marble-floored lobby under a soaring, stained glass dome.
The Driskill has a grand total of 189 fully restored guest rooms and suites, each outfitted with fans, safes, mini-bars, T1 high-speed Internet access and hair dryers. Decor ranges from traditional, hand-detailed Victorian influence to antique Texas and special romance and holiday-rate packages are available.Guestrooms at this Austin hotel provide iPod docking stations and minibars. Guestrooms have cable flat-panel 32-inch television with premium TV channels and pay movies. Bathrooms feature bathrobes and designer toiletries.
Known as Austin’s original socializing parlor, the 1886 Cafe & Bakery serves southwestern cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night meals. The Driskill Grill, named one of the nation’s top 25 hotel restaurants by ZAGAT, serves farm-to-table cuisine for dinner in an elegant setting. The Driskill Bar’s low lighting creates an intimate atmosphere with comfy leather chairs, warm wood and, of course, cowhide.
The Driskill Grill has recently received numerous awards and accolades including the coveted Foder’s Choice Award, Zagat’s ranking of “Extraordinary to Perfection” and OpenTable’s Diners Choice Award. Wine Spectator, America’s leading wine appreciation magazine has honored The Driskill Grill with their “2009 Best of Award of Excellence”.
The Best of Award of Excellence, according to Wine Spectator, is given to restaurants whose wine lists offer a carefully chosen selection of “quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style,” and the Driskill Grill is the only restaurant within Austin City limits to have received this honor.
The Driskill excels at offering its guest every possible amenity, from givens like valet parking, concierge service and an on-site business center to such indulgent luxuries as in-room massage and access to a full fitness studio. Professional massage options, available in your guest room or in one of the hotels luxurious massage rooms, include Swedish, deep tissue, sports, traditional shiatsu and barefoot shiatsu.
The Driskill fitness studio includes equipment and sports therapy that rivals the premiere gyms of the area. The cardiovascular machinery is comprised of elliptical gliders, treadmills, stationary bicycles and stair steppers. Each machine has its own individually attached television. For strength training, guests have access to free weights and machines. The studio also contains a mirrored stretching room, two private steam rooms and changing rooms.