Iconic Austin Hotel Unveils Modern Makeover to Historic Texas Suites


The legendary grande dame of Austin’s accommodation industry has unveiled a few newly renovated suites that are now available to hotel guests.

The Driskill, the Austin hotel built in 1886 and long an iconic Sixth Street destination, announced Thursday, September 9 that renovations to 14 of its guest suites on the historic side of the property have been completed as part of a major refresh in progress of the entire Hotel.

Local architectural firm Clayton Korte (formerly Clayton & Little) led the design of the newly revitalized suites, which now embody a stylish testament to modern Texas charm, according to the hotel.

This upgrade marks the first refurbishment of hotel rooms since 1998.

Centrally located at 604 Brazos St. on the corner of Sixth Street, The Driskill boasts 189 exclusive guest rooms and suites and boasts an elegant flair and opulence. And with its long history of providing guests – including a few US Presidents – a measure of luxury not often found elsewhere in the city, the hotel’s centerpiece for the former border town of Austin. always rivals the palaces of other major cities.

“Throughout history, the Driskill has been a legendary monument of Texan hospitality,” said Chris Collins, General Manager. “We are delighted to invite Texans and visitors to the newly renovated suites, which have been modernized for maximum comfort while retaining the same historic charm with their own personality.”

When The Driskill was originally envisioned and built by cattle baron, businessman and civic leader Colonel Jesse Driskill in the 1880s, the concept cost around $ 400,000, the equivalent of $ 92 million. in 2021. In 2013, the hotel was acquired as part of the Unbound Collection by Hyatt, with $ 8 million in upgrades planned for the property.

Plans for future hotel improvements include a complete renovation of all 175 rooms, which will begin in September 2022. Other areas of the hotel, including the Driskill Bar, will also be renovated.

(It’s fair to assume that despite the renovations, the spooky and captivating quality of the so-called haunted hotel remains, and guests can still smell cigars from Colonel Driskill or hear the laughter of a little girl who died in the years 1880 after falling from the grand staircase.)

The refurbishment of the 14 guest suites further gives the custom-designed spaces a sophisticated air, but with a more modern feel that maintains references to the property’s rich 135-year history.

Working with interior designers from Houston-based Rottet Studio, Clayton Korte aimed to uncover architectural details that invoke the unique personality of each space, carefully reusing existing artwork and historic paintings while creating more features for suites. Plus, redesigned bathroom layouts, new fixtures, and finishes aim to enhance the guest experience as they slip into the kind of sleek luxury that’s rare in historic hotels.

The newly renovated Cattle Baron Suite, for example, a chic 1,200 square foot space, now includes even more luxurious amenities, such as a clawfoot tub, walk-in shower, spacious living and dining area with a private wet bar, and a separate bedroom with two queen beds, a vanity area and a large closet.

“We are honored to continue working at Driskill with the Hyatt Unbound and Rottet Studios team,” said George Wilcox, Associate Partner at Clayton Korte. “We believe that our involvement in the design of this iconic Austin should always be tempered with respect for the hotel’s history, ensuring that it remains a relevant and current part of the ever-changing hotel landscape. from Austin. “

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