The Driskill in Austin, Texas, has unveiled the renovation of 14 guest suites on the historic side of the hotel, as part of an ongoing refresh of the entire property.
Originally imagined and built by Colonel Jesse Driskill, a cattle baron, established businessman, and well-known civic leader, The Driskill was conceptualized to be a luxurious grand hotel and showpiece for the once frontier town of Austin, meant to rival the palaces of other big cities. The original cost is estimated at $400,000, the equivalent of $92 million in 2021. In 2013, the historic hotel was acquired as a part of the Unbound Collection by Hyatt with planned investments of $8 million in upgrades.
The full renovation of the 14 guest suites reinvigorates the custom-designed spaces, adding to the luxurious feel and vibrant character of the hotel while maintaining references to the property’s rich 135-year history. In conjunction with interior designers at Rottet Studio, architecture firm Clayton Korte altered the existing incongruous materials and fixture palette to bring forward the spaces and uncover architectural details.
Photo: Courtesy of The Driskill