Timeless, presidential charm right in the middle of downtown Austin.
The Driskill has hosted a wide range of celebrity guests from former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to Bob Dylan and Sandra Bullock. It's no surprise why as the sophisticated hotel boasts 18,000 square feet of marvelous meeting space, a lavish ballroom, and an exquisite, hand painted trompe l’ceil dome ceiling.
The Lowdown Venue Setting
For over a century, The Driskill Hotel has been the crown jewel of Texas. The grand lobby evokes timeless elegance accented by majestic three-story columns framing the hand-laid artisan imported marble floor and the hotel's signature work-of-art stained glass dome ceiling. From the legendary Driskill Balllroom and Mezzanine to the elegant two level Victorian Room, event space is located throughout the hotel and is as varied as the hotel is unique. The Driskill's ability to create a memorable experience is only limited by the imagination.
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range Does this include catering fees?
Estimated Price Per Head
from $100 to $250
Room Rental Package for Mezzanine includes 5 Suites the night of your wedding - including 2 Presidential Suites, 1 Bridal Suite and 2 Junior Suites.
Room Rental Package for Victorian or Citadel Ballrooms includes 1 Victorian Junior Suite the night of your wedding.
Bartender Fees & Chef | Carver Fees for Action Stations.
Audio Visual | Specialty Lighting Insurance
Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event
Capacity Seated 350 Buffet 350 Standing 500 Celebrations Hosted Here Since Prior to 1930 Venue Spaces Indoor Venue Space Only Catering Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue Alcohol Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services Licensed Server Is Required Smoking Designated Smoking Areas Only Accommodations When booking the Mezzanine for your elegant wedding, you get 5 suites including 2 presidential suites on the same floor for the night of your wedding. We also have a few smaller event rooms that could be used for the Bride and Groom's separate dressing areas.
We host small wedding blocks for your on-site weddings, rehearsal dinners and bridal lunches. Our legendary Bar is a great meeting spot for all of your out-of-town guests. Let us help you organize it all with little effort on your part.
Hotel is pet-friendly. Inside Scoop
Our legendary bar is consistently awarded as one of Austin's best, and a true taste of Texas in the heart of the city, with daily live music and happy hour.
Amenities A/V Equipment Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite Street Parking Valet Parking Wifi Dining Chairs Dining Tables Onsite Restrooms Venue Features The Scene: TIMELESS CHARM AND MODERN SOPHISTICATION EFFORTLESSLY COMBINE AT AUSTIN'S ICONIC DRISKILL HOTEL.
Built in 1886 as the showplace of cattle baron Jesse Driskill, The Driskill Hotel remains a legendary landmark in Texas hospitality. As a member of The Historic Hotels of America, The Driskill offers an elite level of luxury accommodations and services, as one the world's finest hotels.
Located in downtown Austin, the iconic and historic hotel is convenient to the best of Austin - including the Texas State Capitol, the Austin Convention Center, Lady Bird Lake, The Long Center for the Arts, Austin City Limits at the Moody Theater, opera, symphony, casual and fine dining, shopping, and Austin's world famous 6th Street music scene. Known as the Live Music Capital of the World®, Austin is home to almost 200 music venues, many within walking distance of The Driskill. Design: Restored to its original opulence, The Driskill sets the standard for elegance in Austin, Texas. From the magnificent columned lobby with its marble floors and stained-glass dome to the classic décor of the 189 guestrooms and suites, The Driskill ensures that every stay is a memorable one. As a member of The Historic Hotels of America, The Driskill is among the world's finest hotels, offering an unforgettable level of luxury and service. Celebration Locations Driskill Ballroom & Mezzanine: The second floor Driskill Ballroom and Mezzanine has been the central hub of countless political and social functions, including Governor's Inaugural Ball. Elegant with marble floors & columns. Balconies overlooking the cityscape views of Austin. - View: Cityscape from our Balconies - Max Capacity: 350 - Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing Victorian Ballroom: Two level elegant function room with wrought iron balconies overlooking the main floor. - Max Capacity: 200 - Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing Citadel Ballroom: Rich gold tones and silk padded panels and crystal sconces adorn this room in warmth. Convenient location to Tower guestrooms and the legendary Bar. - Max Capacity: 150 - Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes: The Driskill Grill: Established in 1929, has received numerous awards and accolades through the years, and is legendary for incredible service and inventive cuisine. Recently, the Grill has been included in Zagat's Top 25 Hotel Restaurants, secured the coveted Foder's Choice Award and received OpenTable's Diners' Choice Award. Wine Spectator, America's leading wine publication, has honored The Driskill Grill with their "Best of..." Award of Excellence given to restaurants whose wine lists offer a uinique selection of "quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style."
1886 Cafe & Bakery: In 1969, the Austin-American Statesman published an article titled "The Driskill's Fate Sealed" - assuring imminent demolition to make way for a modern glass-façade office building. The Heritage Society of Austin responded by rallying local citizens to save the city of Austin's beloved landmark. Volunteers sold $10 stocks in an unofficial "bake sale," raising more than $900,000 to purchase the property, holding off the wrecking ball by forming the largely citizen-owned non-profit Driskill Hotel Corporation, and had the hotel declared a National Historic Landmark in November 1969, assuring the hotel's lasting presence in the city of Austin.
In the citizen-owned era, The Heritage Society founded the 1886 Lunchroom, successfully operated and staffed for over 20 years by members. Stocked with recipes from the hotel's past (including a stint by Neiman Marcus culinary director and "duchess of Texas cuisine" Helen Corbitt), and their own family histories, the ladies of the Heritage Society operated a venue that to this day is known as "Austin's socializing parlor." Paying homage to the city and Heritage Society's roles, the 1886 Cafe & Bakery opened on July 4, 2002. Today, it remains a respected establishment and favorite Austin bakery for many.
Bars & Lounges: The Driskill Bar has been ranked the Best Bar in Texas by Southern Living Magazine, and one of Garden & Gun magazine's Top 50 Southern Bars. With countless Texas touches, including cowhide barstools, bronze horse statue, and longhorn on the wall, guests get a true taste of the Lone Star State. THIS VENUE DOES NOT HAVE ANY REPORTS AT THIS TIME. Check back again soon!