Saturday, January 17, 2009

Austin's Historic Landmark Hotel - The Driskill

Built in 1886 as a cattle barron’s showplace, The Driskill Hotel ( is located in downtown Austin with 189 guestrooms and suites distributed between the Historic Wing, with its high ceilings, detailed woodwork, wide hallways and balconies, and the Traditional Wing, built in 1929 and showcasing classic styling and the colors of the Texas Hill Country. No detail is forgotten inside or out as the hotel features a very ornate exterior complete with flags out front, a beautiful columned lobby; original art, oil paintings, and precious antiques; ornate beds designed exclusively for the hotel; marble floors and stained-glass dome. The hotel is branded throughout the room with the building depicted on the valances and TV cabinet, as well as the “D” on the floor of the room entrance and in the sink. They allow pets with a $50 fee. The Driskill has hosted celebs such as Dennis Quaid and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Singer Jewel filmed her latest video here and both Lance Armstrong and President George W. Bush held press conferences here.

Not be overlooked, The Driskill’s dining options are first class as well. Located just off the popular bar area, The Driskill Grill is listed as one of the top 100 hotel restaurants per USA Today. The restaurant’s Chef's Table seats up to six and offers a close-up view of the culinary action and a custom tasting menu. The Driskill also offers "Chef for a Day" and "Chef for an Afternoon" packages, which include a kitchen tour, hands-on cooking with the chefs, and dinner. The hotel’s 1886 Café & Bakery features contemporary, Southern dining for breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night meals and full-bar service. The 1886 also offers a complete line of homemade pastries and desserts with service until midnight Friday and Saturday. A fitness studio and massage services are also available at the hotel.

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