Austin’s status as the festival capital of the world has sprung up an array of boutique lodgings, but the Driskill was around long before the boom of badgeholders. Built in 1886, the influence of the developer (a cattle baron, naturally) still exists in the form of hide-upholstered couches and longhorn busts hanging in the bar. The rooms exude old-school Texas elegance: think vintage crown molding, calming desert gold and tan linens, and pearly white accents. The Pampered Pet program makes this one of the most dog-friendly hotels in town, unless your canine is particularly in touch with the spirit world—legend has it that the halls are haunted by two ghostly brides who took their lives on their wedding nights 20 years apart, but in the same room.
There are plenty of places to stay when planning a trip to Austin, but if you want to be in the center of it all, make a reservation at one of the best downtown Austin hotels. Offering budget and luxury experiences, these hotels take your visit up a notch with some of the best spas in Austin, fantastic hotel bars and unparalleled service. And when you're looking for the best things to do in downtown Austin, you know you'll have a comfortable place nearby to crash. Check out our top picks for the best downtown Austin hotels, and start planning your next trip to our fair city.