Built in 1886, The Driskill remains a landmark of legendary Texas hospitality. Restored and filled with nostalgia, the hotel boasts a history that makes us wish that the walls could talk. Rumor has it that The Driskill is haunted.
We’re told that 5-25 is the most haunted room in the hotel. Allegedly, this was the scene of two suicides that occurred twenty years apart, to the day. These “suicide brides” were both on their honeymoons and guests have claimed to see the ghost of a woman wearing a wedding dress on numerous occasions. Ooooooooh!
Whether you’re into the spooky stuff or not, the many political deals and discussions made over the past 100 years at this historic hotel is impressive. From inaugural balls to congressional headquarters, The Driskill has seen its fair share of who’s-who’s and decision makers.
The Driskell is gorgeous inside and out, with marble floors, grand staircase, and a cozy bar and restaurant. There was a string quartet playing in the lobby (hello, ambiance!) and the Driskill Bar was full of energy. The piano player was awesome and the bands that followed were just as fab.
We’re told that they have live music there most evenings (I mean, it is Austin after all) and since it’s located right smack in the middle of the city’s 6th Street music scene it’s and easy walk to many music venues and pubs. We had a chance to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the Frank Erwin Center which was only a short cab ride away. Easy!
Location, history and music vibes aside, we’d say the adorable pink and gold old fashioned phones in-room are worth the trip.