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$$$$ – Expensive
Ballroom, Historic Venue, Hotel, Restaurant
Food + Catering
I attended one of my closest friends weddings at The Driskill over the weekend and had one of the most bizarre, awful experiences with their staff and management, based on that I would absolutely not recommend The Driskill for weddings based on their treatment of wedding guests. After the wedding wrapped our wedding party went down to the bar for a drink and placed a food order with a visibly pissed off waitress. She was insanely rude and clearly furious we were ordering food (even though the kitchen was open). We wrote it off and didn't make anything of it, until we tried to order a drink at the bar and were told our "last names" wouldn't be allowed to order. Not because we were cut off, but he didn't explain why, just smirked at us like he was incredulous we were even asking. We then got a drink from another wedding guest before the also-visibly-pissed-off manager stormed over and told us the server "felt threatened" earlier in the night. What?!?! We had never even spoke one word to the server aside from placing an order, and were seated and in a good mood when we placed it. It couldn't have been construed as threatening in any possible sense of the word. It was the waitress who was actually the rude one in that situation. I'm not sure if she was lying to the manager after being spotted being a jerk to guests or something, but whatever it was it was an absolute lie and we treated like garbage by each one of the Driskill staff for it. Then we turn around and the manager has also called the cops on us. What?! Now I was the pissed off one. We were there for a friends wedding and yet we were treated like the scum of the earth criminals? Huh?! The whole thing was bizarre and humiliating. Not to mention the bride and groom were horrified.
Hannah was the absulote best planner we could have asked for. She answered any questions I had and made brilliant suggestions to make me comfortable on my wedding day. The chef and pastry chef were accommodating to all we needed with our fluctuating guest list. The food was 5 star and the cake was the best I've had! It was a wonderful day and everything went so smoothly thanks to Hannah and the wonderful staff at the hotel. We would definitely do it again at The Driskill! Oh and I reccomend the brunch at the cafe the next morning!
The Driskill is an amazing venue. One of the oldest in TX and supposedly haunted! Fun! The service is top notch. You don't have to find many outside vendors because the hotel offers such a nice setting and atmosphere...not many other decoration is needed. The event staff is knowledgeable, helpful, and kind. My husband and I had an amazing time and they included a few perks that we thought went above and beyond to accommodate us and make sure we had the best event possible. WE DID. Thank you Hannah and Marcos for your incredible service! One Love.
This review is long overdue... On January 28th, 2017, I married the love of my life & we had the pleasure of having our reception at The Driskill Victorian Room! Everything about it was magnificent...from the stay in the Yellow Rose Bridal Suite, to dancing the night away & the white-rose petal send off on the main floor of the hotel. The staff & service was unmatched. I started to plan about 7 months ahead of time with the wedding coordinator on site named Hannah. She was so thorough, patient & really helped to explain the different options. The main location where most weddings and receptions happen at The Driskill is the 2nd floor Mezzanine. While that was beautiful and exquisite, it was a little too "grand" for my party of 120 people, & honestly, over my budget. Hannah worked out the budget in detail with me & met me at a place I felt comfortable, offering for me to use the fabulous two story Victorian Room as a compromise to bring the price down, & offering a slightly different twist on how dinner would be served. After we chose the location, our next order of business to work out was the food. We are HUGE foodies and LOVE local, healthy, gluten-free (whenever possible) & DELICIOUS eats. We did not have it in our budget to serve a sit down dinner, but we did want stations of food with servers at each station. Some upstairs, some downstairs & all different types of seating arrangements. Some furniture & couches, some lounge areas, some bar & stand up tables & some traditional sit down tables. It provided a truly unique dining experience where people could freely move about the room to mingle & interact. After a couple tastings provided by The Driskill (when I say provided, I mean they literally treated us to a 5 star dining event!!!), everything they designed for us was Gluten-Free, by our request, & most of the food was locally sourced. This was HUGE reason we chose The Driskill... their food is really incredible! No matter how many questions or requests we had, the staff was able to answer every one of them in an incredibly timely manner. The cake.... The Driskill really outdid themselves with this. The Bakery & Chef Tony Sansalone did a phenomenal job on our Gluten Free Strawberry Amaretto Cake. He even designed a surprise grooms cake (a request I decided on pretty last minute) which was REALLY special. They recreated their traditional 1886 Chocolate Cake (the hubby let me pick our wedding cake flavor, but I knew deep down in his heart he would want chocolate on his wedding day!) into a gluten free version shaped like George Harrison's Les Paul Guitar, "Lucy". It turned out beautifully & none of the guests could believe it was gluten free. The wedding day went off without a hitch, thanks to the attentive staff & positive attitudes all around! I stayed at the Yellow Rose Suite with my sister & the bridesmaids arrived the morning of the wedding to get ready together. We had hired two ladies to come and do the hair & makeup for all the bridesmaids/wedding party in our suite, which worked out perfectly. I HIGHLY recommend the Yellow Rose Suite because of the space it provided. We didn't have to even think about what our next move was going to be, because Hannah was there to guide us the entire way. My champagne glass wasn't empty all night long! I never had a "dream wedding" in mind. But I can't think of a single detail I would change! ps: Tamara Jones, the concierge, is AMAZING!
If The Driskill is within your budget, I don't understand why you would go anywhere else. Centrally located, it was easy for all of our out of town guests to find. The service is impeccable. Everyone from the valet to the caterer was first class. I cannot rave on Hannah Meyer and Marcos Lopez enough. They were truly a dream to work with for all of our annoying wedding planning questions. When our planning began, I knew the Driskill was my first choice but I figured it was out of our budget. But after working with a few blank space venues in town and calculating the expense of renting EVERYTHING out, I don't think it was much more in the end. Plus I didn't have to coordinate 10 vendors the day of the wedding! We were very flexible on wedding date so we asked when their slow season was. Luckily there were 3 Saturdays open in January. Because everything is indoors at the Driskill anyway, it didn't matter that it was 30 degrees outside. Most of our guests stayed at the Driskill, so it was very easy for everyone. They all loved Cafe 1886 too. The fact that most people stayed at the hotel really came in handy when our 90 year old grandmother wanted to go to bed early. No one had to drive her home. She simply walked up to her room while the party continued. And the event went off without a hitch. They really thought of everything. They even surprised us with some handmade bar signs for the reception. They had a calligrapher write on mirrors. It was beautiful. We could not have asked for a better team. Everyone was so professional. The food was DELICIOUS and served perfectly and quickly. When you book at the Driskill you get so much space!!! We used every square inch too. The Austin Room was the perfect place for my bridesmaids and I to get ready the day of. Great natural light. We used the Maximillian Room for a coffee lounge and quiet place during the wedding. We had the ceremony in the Driskill Ballroom then staff flipped it during dinner for the reception. Everything was effortless with their professional staff. And my favorite part is having a place to visit on anniversaries. We can stay for the night or just go for dinner. You can't get that if you get married in a barn in Dripping Springs. The Driskill Hotel is timeless and the best place to get married in Austin. You know it will always be there.
Dream come true wedding! It was the perfect venue for us! My husband being British was really worried about the Texas heat in September but we wanted a place that proudly showcased the deep Texas history, heritage and beauty to our friends and family that would be travelling from across the world to join us for our wedding. The service at the Driskill is unparalleled and I cannot thank Hannah and Kara enough for their amazing attention and quality of service throughout the night. If you needed even more reasons to love them, the banquet staff and chefs were amazing, even sourcing Gluten-free beer and a wedding cake for my Celiac husband! We had quite a few dietary requests and the team not only met all of them in stride but the food was SOOOOO mouthwatering! The Driskill absolutely made our wedding day fantastic and I cannot recommend them enough!
Overrated honeymoon suiteReviewed on 1/05/2016 Nora G
We stayed at the Driskill the night of our wedding and the following night before flying off to our honeymoon. This is a beautiful, famous, historical hotel that is old and expensive. We stayed in one of the bridal suites called the Renaissance. It was beautiful with a great view of 6th Street and a cute little balcony. There was a $100 pet fee. The room was amazing and the hotel is in the heart of downtown Austin but the overall experience was a little disappointing. Everyone was extremely friendly and the lobby was beautifully decorated for Christmas. It's very expensive for what you get.
Beautiful venue and wonderful serviceReviewed on 10/27/2015 Athena S
The Driskill and their staff were great. They of course host weddings and other events all the time, so they know how to keep everything running smoothly. Their event manager Scott answered all of my very many e-mails very quickly, and was happy to answer every single little question I could think of. They made everything go off without a hitch, and they even made sure my husband and I got plenty of food and drink before the ceremony and during the reception. The Driskill also made sure we were perfectly happy with our reception menu, and their chef even made a special-order vegan hors d'oeuvre for our vegetarian guests. Everything looked and tasted wonderful, and if it's within your budget I would definitely recommend the Driskill.
We could not have asked for a better experience here! Scott E. was fantastic throughout the entire planning experience - we was quick to reply to emails and answer questions honestly. The day of, all of the Driskill staff were incredibly accommodating and attentive. Lisa helped keep everything in order and my nerves down. We LOVED the added touch of the personal attendants for my husband and me throughout the entire reception - they predicted our needs and happily complied with any requests. The food continues to be a talking point after with all of the guests. We look forward to coming back to the Driskill to celebrate our anniversaries for many, many years to come!
Wow, wow, and wow! Dream reception.Reviewed on 7/03/2014 Sabrina S
We worked with Amanda Tofflemire for our reception in the Driskill's Victorian Room and oh my goodness, how perfect everything turned out to be. I can't even count the number of things the Driskill staff did to make everything turn out perfectly. Every person we talked to did everything they could to make our stay comfortable. And it's not just because we were having an event there, that is just how top-quality this hotel staff truly is. I stayed at the hotel with my bridesmaids the night before the wedding and from the valet service loading my car up that morning all the way up until the moment my husband and I left a couple of days later, we were treated almost like royalty... Especially at the reception. We had our ceremony in a church downtown and as soon as we hit the door at the Driskill, we were greeted with at least 4 staff members: 2 valet guys who helped us out of the car, Scott (the coordinator working with Amanda that day), and a wonderful woman named Sandra who was with my husband and I most of the night. She was at the door with both champagne and water for us and never let our glasses get empty the entire night. The entire time we were treated with the utmost respect. I cannot sing Amanda's praises high enough either. Anything we needed done, she took care of. She met with us in person to decide the menu and cake choices and even let us take home a couple bottles of the Driskill's house wine to make sure we'd like it for our reception. She responded to almost every email quicker than I respond to most text messages. She left us a hand-written note in our room after the reception and made sure champagne and cake pops were waiting for us. Truly, she is wonderful. Oh, and more of the staff had taken all of our wedding gifts up to our room while we did our grand exit and said bye to guests. And then they loaded it all up in the car when we were ready to take everything home. That was so handy! Do I even have to say anything about the hotel's beauty?? It's probably better said by people who are better with words than myself, but it is just SO gorgeous that I cannot say nothing, even if just to bring it up. Same goes for the food- everyone loved the food and loved the cakes even more (which were beautiful, delicious, and made by the Driskill's 1886 Cafe). We definitely spent much, much more on our reception venue than anything else for our wedding, but it was so worth it. Being in the environment the Driskill created for our reception (on top of the already gorgeous hotel the Driskill is to begin with) made me feel like I was living a fairy tale the whole night.
My dream wedding reception!Reviewed on 3/14/2014 Danielle E
My fiancé and I walked into The Driskill Hotel and I just knew I wanted to host our wedding reception at this charming, historic, quintessential Texas hotel. We worked with Amanda who was exceptional. She was professional, extremely experienced, detail oriented, friendly and quick with information and follow up. She made the planning process with the venue very easy. The reception was absolutely magical. The room was stunning! We hosted the reception on the mezzanine level. One of the reasons I chose The Driskill was because the mezzanine was already so beautiful that I didn't have to spend a lot of time or money to dress it up with a lot of décor. And the staff was on it! They didn't miss a beat. Service was prompt and friendly. Dinner was GREAT! And Amanda and her team, along with our wedding planner, made sure I didn't have to think of anything. Our guests were treated wonderfully and all of them commented on how much they enjoyed their stay at The Driskill. I cannot thank Amanda and The Driskill enough for making our day one we will remember for the rest of our lives. It truly was a fairy tale reception.
Amazing historic Austin venue!Reviewed on 4/23/2013 Tracy W
The Driskill was a "dream spot" for me. I never thought they would have my date (we planned in 90 days) or that they would be in my budget. I was shocked that they were both! The catering manager I worked with was amazing! The day of the wedding, everyone at the hotel treated us like we were the only guests despite the fact that there were three weddings going on, and we were the smallest. Our guests raved about the food, and the cake from the 1886 Bakery was amazing!
The Crystal Room at The DriskillReviewed on 1/27/2013 Maureen Y
My Reception (20 years after the wedding before a Justice of the Peace) was small, about thirty people, but Scott at The Driskill treated me as if it was a large as and important as anyone else. The room was beautiful. The food was way above standard wedding food. The service was unobtrusive but impeccable. I was doing the reception from LA and Scott sent me diagrams of the table layouts, advised me on what appetizers were well received (the lobster corndogs are incredible. I mean, just saying them is fun! And the smoked tomato soup? People who don't like tomato soup were blown away. It was incredible.) What color linens go well in the room, and where to rent them. When I forgot to return the cake stand to my baker, he made sure it got back to her. The Driskill has been doing this forever. They were not the most expensive (the actual cost of the room is remarkably inexpensive, but you do have to use them as your caterer and they are never going to be a budget caterer. That said, you can get a lot more expensive than The Driskill with a hall and a standard caterer.) All my vendors were familiar with them and they were familiar with my vendors. Things just went smoothly. If you want gorgeous, classy, experienced, go with The Driskill. And tell Scott hello.
PerfectionReviewed on 1/18/2013 Kristina H
The Driskill was the perfect place to have my wedding. The venue itself was exceptionally beautiful, but on top of that the event staff was 5 star. We had some issues with our room block, or rather, we had some issues getting the staff to book our guests' rooms properly, and the after-regular-hours staff didn't seem to know that we had a room block and weren't able to change it or book rooms in it. That being said, everything about the EVENT itself was PERFECT. Scott (the Catering Manager) is absolute perfection. He is VERY responsive, polite, accommodating, and intuitive. He and I barely spoke about what I wanted in a cake until the week of the wedding (that was my bad) and he pulled out the most gorgeous cake I have ever seen. Seriously, he was AMAZING. The valet staff were awesome too! We rented a VERY expensive exotic car for our getaway, and they took great care to make sure everything went well and the car was well cared for. The catering staff prepared all the food to 100% perfection! Seriously, everyone keeps telling us how amazing the food was. It is no small fete to prepare food for 150 people without it tasting like "catered food" but it was soooo good. I just wish I could have eaten more! The service staff is ON POINT. The head catering waiter was right there with me and my husband all evening making sure that we were well taken care of. There he was, ready to make sure there was a drink in our hands and food in our mouths during and in-between photos, and all during the reception. It was really 5 star all the way. In summary, the only negative thing about the experience was just the few issues we had with our room block, and had NOTHING to do with the wedding itself. Everything else was absolutely perfect. We are getting raves about the whole event! It's really true what they say, I wouldn't have changed a single thing. The Driskill is truly a one-of-a-kind hotel. We felt like royalty. :)
The Ultimate Austin experience for guestsReviewed on 12/02/2012 mindy s
For relatives coming in from out of town, you can't beat the Driskill for its Austin experience. They're not just pet friendly, they go out of their way to be pet welcoming. Seriously worth every penny. Old fashioned service, classic decor, and modern amenities.
One word: Amazing.Reviewed on 10/23/2012 Nicole W
We got married at the Driskill in the Crystal Room and had our reception in the Victorian Room. It was everything I could have hoped for and more. I cannot say enough good things about the Driskill's wedding coordinator Amanda Tofflemire. She was so helpful, kind and caring and talk about a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Driskill weddings. She really eased my worries when planning everything. She had another wedding on the same day of our wedding and you wouldn't have even known it. She was checking on us and making sure everything was running smoothly all evening. She even bustled my dress! Amanda covers all of the bases when it comes to a Driskill wedding, she leaves nothing out. She even asked us what we preferred to drink on the day of and we had our drinks delivered to us by our own waiter all night. During the planning process, if I sent Amanda an e-mail asking her a question she would respond within a few minutes, I think the longest it took her to respond was maybe an hour. She truly cares about your feelings and she is so good at what she does. If it wouldn't have been for Amanda, our wedding wouldn't have been such an awesome success! The Driskill was amazing. Everyone I have talked to since the wedding has nothing but good things to say, especially about the food and you just never know about wedding food, but everyone raved that the food was amazing. Our cakes were amazing as well, beyond my expectation. We did a UT Longhorn cake for the groom's cake and it was completely awesome! My cake was beautiful and elegant. The Driskill is a great wedding venue. They do it all. From the food to the cakes to decorating. They also have good packages on alcohol. Couldn't have asked for a more amazingly perfect venue!
Top Notch ServiceReviewed on 6/20/2012 Tish M
The venue has so much of its own beauty, that not a lot of detail needs to be added. The food was absolutely amazing. All the quests are still talking about how good the meal was :-) You couldn't ask for better service on such an important day! The servers were extremely friendly and pleasant.
Absolutely AMAZING!Reviewed on 6/15/2012 Sarah K
Scott and The Driskill Hotel were so instrumental in making our wedding day absolutely perfect. Down to the last detail, they were constantly attending to the guests, refilling our champagne glasses and making sure the other vendors had received dinner. One thing that really stood out- I forgot to plan a separate food menu for the children, but the staff asked the families with kids what they wanted to eat and quickly whipped up some chicken fingers for each and every child there. I was so impressed with their dedication and effort. Pick this venue and work with Scott, it will be the best decision you make!
VenueReviewed on 6/12/2012 Lauren H
AMAZING! A beautiful place to get married and have a reception and the service was fantastic!
Fantastic ExperienceReviewed on 6/07/2012 Joyce G
We had an intimate ceremony at the Driskill. My husband is originally from Austin, which contributed to the choice of the venue. The hotel is gorgeous, with breathtaking architecture from the 1800's, centrally localized in the middle of all the 6th st fun, but with the warm welcome of a bed and breakfast. Amanda, the event planning coordinator went above and beyond the call of duty to make our day perfect. Delicious food, beautiful cake, and overall awesome experience.
Amanda was amazing!Reviewed on 5/24/2012 Marissa H
Our wedding at the Driskill was beautiful, as I'm sure all weddings there are. But Amanda was probably the best thing I can talk about from the hotel. The best thing is that she will respond to your emails right away, unlike most coordinators. She really makes you feel like you are her first priority. I am not from Austin, so I asked for her advice sometimes on vendors and she was extremely helpful.
Best Wedding Venue!Reviewed on 2/11/2012 Christine C
The Driskill is a phenomenal wedding venue location. The Events Manager, Amanda Barone, and the rest of the staff bent over backwards to accommodate any request and was so helpful with everything. The venue itself is beautiful so any decoration was just for a personal touch not because it needed it. The food was delicious! I HIGHLY recommend The Driskill!!!
PerfectReviewed on 5/24/2011 Maria K
So happy we chose the Driskill after the wedding. The complimentary champagne and strawberries were just icing on the cake. The service was so nice. We felt like bride and groom our whole stay.
The Driskill HotelReviewed on 11/16/2010 Emily G
Everything and everyone in this hotel is absolutely amazing. Scott our wedding coordinator did his best to make sure that my husband and I would not have to worry about anything. There could have been a couple of items that could have been tweaked, but other than that our experience there was simply wonderful.
Horrible, do not stay here.Reviewed on 8/12/2010 Kathleen C
My husband and I were supposed to spend our wedding night in the suite at the Driskill. They gave us the wrong room (which even had a flower in it saying "happy birthday"), and were horrible to work with. The prices are WAY too high for what you get... even if you do get what you paid for. We made the reservation MONTHS in advance and even had to pre-pay. DO NOT spend your money at this hotel.