Way too noisy A review of The Driskill
I stayed at the Driskill the night of Thursday, February 5, while on a business trip. I requested a quiet room because I had a great deal of work to do, but was given a room with a balcony overlooking Sixth Street. The room itself was beautiful, as was the hotel. But the street noise was unbearable. Despite requesting (and receiving) earplugs, I found the sounds of live bands, screaming co-eds, and drunken revelers until past 2 a.m. a tremendous interference to both work and sleep.
Room service was excellent, but I had to leave a message with the front desk to have the restaurant call me back -- no one picked up the phone when I called down. In addition, when I checked in, I was asked which newspapers I wanted delivered to my room the following day. I chose two out of three -- and received the one newspaper that I did not request.
When I asked for the copy of the Wall Street Journal I had requested -- and which had been delivered to others on my floor -- I was told there were none left. I did not receive the impression that my concerns about the noise, the newspaper, etc., were at all important to the staff. In any event, I would recommend the Driskill to anyone who is visiting Austin for leisure and especially for those who want to partake in the live music and bar scene. For those who are in Austin to work, I would avoid this hotel like the plague; at the very minimum insist on an interior room. Otherwise the noise will drive you mad.