Austin, Texas, features a rich historic tradition that dates back for centuries. The Driskill, one of the city’s most prominent hotels, is part of its story. Conceptualized and built during the 1880s, The Driskill began as a bare plot of land purchased for $7,500 by Colonel Jesse Driskill, a prominent cattle baron and civic leader. In just two years, this plot was transformed into one of the most notable luxury hotels within Austin and beyond.
Since its advent, The Driskill has seen glamorous galas and a host of notable visitors. Just two weeks after its opening, the hotel hosted an inaugural ball for Texas Governor Sul Ross. This tradition continued through tumultuous periods of closing and reopening. As an Austin landmark, the hotel’s legacy was preserved when it opened once more, with owners vowing to never let it close again.
In 1934, Lyndon Baines Johnson brought his future wife, Lady Bird Johnson, on their first date at The Driskill Grill. During Johnson’s presidency, The Driskill welcomed the White House press corps on official business, and the Governor’s Suite became President Johnson’s favorite place to stay while in Austin. Today, the hotel boasts timeless spaces that each tell a story of their own, whether they be notable dignitaries enjoying a night out, or charming stories experienced by guests. The Driskill’s history is one that endures, beckoning new visitors to create their own stories, too.
For an added dose of history during your visit, stop by the Texas State Capitol Building and the LBJ Presidential Library to learn more about Austin's vibrant heritage.