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The Driskill is Lone Star State luxury distilled. Built as a glory palace by a Texas Cattle Baron, it has retained all of its 19th Century Deep South Charm while moving with the times, to bring guests every 21st Century comfort they could want.
The Driskill's 189 rooms and suites are one-of-a-kind - there is no cookie cutter design here, instead the rooms have been designed to give guests a true Austin experience. Everything, from the custom designed furniture to the local favourites in the mini bar has been chosen for its Texas-ness. Rooms vary in size, from the Petite to the Cattle Baron Suite, and each comes with antique touches, hand-painted details and a colour scheme to reflect Texas Hill Country. Larger suites are, if possible, more luxurious; think marble bathrooms, stained glass windows, or vaulted ceilings.
The Driskill has long since been a favourite in American political circles - President Johnson used the Govenor's Suite when he was in town and the White House Press corps slung back whiskeys and filed copy from the Driskill Bar. Today, you can spot Texas politicians hobnobbing and brokering deals in the bar after a day in the State Capitol, which is just around the corner. The Bar serves a mixture of wines and cocktails, including the Batini - the official drink of Austin - and traditional American bar snacks with a luxury twist - think French fries with rosemary salt and truffle aioli. Other dining options at the Driskill include the 1886 Café & Bakery, which serves Texas comfort food classics and patisserie and the Driskill Grill, where the menu changes daily but the style and quality of the cuisine remains steadfast.
Why we love it
The Driskill also offers a range of spa treatments, and if you can't drag yourself from your suite they'll happily send someone up.
Alexandra, Original Traveller