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Driscol Hotel

Austin, Texas

There are many legends surrounding this hotel. In one, a young girl fell down the stairs to hear death. It is said that occasionally, children�s laughter may be heard coming from the bottom of the stairs. In another story, a woman became depressed when her fiancee called off the wedding and thus hanged herself. The woman has allegedly been spotted wearing a wedding dress in several areas of the hotel. In the final story, it is said that a man spent many years of his life living in the hotel. He can now be seen smoking cigars throughout the building.

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Keisha Ringland says:

October 21, 2005, 8:35 am

i would love to stay at this hotel!!!

BGillespey says:

February 21, 2006, 6:03 pm

I stayed in the Presidential Suite for my wedding night. My wife and I had our wedding reception there as well earlier in the evening. The Driskill (this is the correct spelling btw)is a beautiful hotel, one of the most elegant landmarks in all of Texas. We didn’t see any ghosts, but then again, we were pretty busy…

sara mitchell says:

February 21, 2006, 6:51 pm

this hotel deserves **** (four stars)

Meredith Driskill says:

May 10, 2006, 3:17 pm

This is my familie’s hotel, although we no longer own it. I haven’t had a chance to stay there yet, but I plan to in the near future. (Driskill is the right spelling)

kathy says:

September 22, 2006, 8:54 am

the hotel burned down didn’t it? thats what I heard on the news anyway………..

Chace says:

October 7, 2006, 2:29 pm

the driskill did burn, but not down. it was remodeled, i know this because i worked on the crew rebuilding it… the place does have some strange things going on in it… would be a great place to check out. very nice rooms too

gost hunter says:

October 18, 2006, 5:56 pm

Sweet i wanna meat those people and give them candy!!! 😉 Jk but ive been there NO GOSTS :O

jan says:

October 26, 2006, 9:15 pm

I took some pictures in the ladies room,by the bar.There is a lady ghost in the picture with my niece.

david phillips says:

November 30, 2006, 6:29 am

Can Jan put the ghost photos?

eddie says:

December 1, 2006, 12:58 am

this what happen i was boning the gitl in the motel then we finshed the she was going back to here room she was walking boneleged thats y she fell off the stairess

nici says:

December 19, 2006, 11:14 am

At the hotel, she really killed herself in the bathroom with a pistol, after returning from shopping with her ex-fiance’s credit card. A maid came in three days later and found her dead-heard from Austin Ghost Tour and other haunted tours I’ve been on.

Ghost Skeptic says:

January 28, 2007, 11:33 pm

The Driskill is the site of my one and only unexplained “ghost” experience. (I’m not counting the Anson lights, here.)

My wife and I stayed at the Driskill as part of an exploratory trip to decide whether we wanted to move to Austin. It’s a beautiful hotel and it’s located in the heart of the 6th Street nightlife. I’d highly recommend it.

Our room was on the second floor to the left of the ancient elevator (not recommended for the claustrophobic, by the way). We were leaving to go out to dinner after dark, and as I was coming out of the door a woman was coming around the corner from the direction of the elevator.

I didn’t really note the clothes she was wearing or anything about her appearance, but I did notice she was carrying a number of shopping bags. I gave her the standard Texas greeting – a smile and a nod, and then I turned around and locked our room door. (The Driskill at the time used real metal keys, not keycards. I don’t know if that’s still the practice or not.)

As we rounded the corner to the elevator, I glanced back down the hall and the woman had disappeared. It’s of course totally logical and reasonable that she would have gone into her room. Problem is, I didn’t hear a key in a lock, I didn’t hear a door open, and I didn’t hear any bags rustling. It just struck me as odd at the time.

It wasn’t until several years later that I came across the story of the young jilted woman who had died after a day of shopping. Some of the reports I had seen on other sites mentioned her being seen in the hall with her shopping bags.

I’m not saying that I saw a ghost. But I don’t have an explanation for what I saw, and the stories are similar. Draw whatever conclusions you like.

taylor-in-texas says:

March 25, 2007, 9:46 pm

A friend and I decided to venture around the Driskoll hotel today. It is an amazing hotel with such interesting people. It’s deffinatly one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever seen. But it is haunted [for a lack of a better word]. Here’s our story of our day at the Driskoll.
Upon walking in the door, I was unawear that the Driskoll was “haunted”. My friend told me as we stepped into the elevator, making it especially creepy as the elevator squeeked it’s way up to the 4th floor. I had many questions that she was unable to answer, all she could tell me was that it was said to be haunted.
We walked around enjoying the comfortable feeling the Driskoll gives off. As we wondered around she mentioned a balcony that she liked to sit out on. Interested in the view, I asked her to take me to it. I fell further in love with the old hotel as I saw the glass doors that led to the balcony. Outside there were beautiful wooden rockers placed so guests could enjoy the veiw. We walked out onto the balcony and hadn’t been standing there for more than 5 minutes when, a man came out of the doors and joined us. Imediatly he came over and started a conversation. He introduced himself as Paul and explained that he was from Orlando and had just gotten off of his plane. I asked him what brought him to Texas, and where he was staying. He explained that he was here for a softwear convention and was staying at the Hilton, but the beautiful aritechture of the old building interested him and so he decided to stop by and look around. Although he was a stranger, my friend and I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all and continued talk with Paul. He mentioned that he had stopped at the bar and talked with the bar tender, David who has been working the bar at the Driskoll for 25 years now. Imediatly I wanted to talk to David. My friend and I polietly said goodbye and made our way to the bar, egar to know the real stories behind the hauntings.

taylor-in-texas says:

March 25, 2007, 9:51 pm

As we introduced ourselves, we asked him if he knew anything about the hauntings. He told us of his only experience. The water turned on by itself. He simply turned it off and left the room. He also told of another woman who had worked at the Driskoll and claimed to have a 6th sence.

Greg says:

March 26, 2007, 10:46 pm

Well me and a few of my friends are going to austin this summer for a get away trip. And im in charge of finding a place to stay and whatnot so i was wondering if anyone knew the nightly rates and a few of the details of the hotel itself. Figured a haunted hotel would be a great way to lighten up the mood and make things interesting.

Kelly says:

October 15, 2007, 4:07 pm

I think that hearing childrens laughter is the most awesome thing to hear especially if the child is dead!!!

Art says:

October 28, 2007, 7:59 am

I have often walked in to view and dine at the Driskill with my wife and guests visiting from out of Austin. The place is really fantastic. I have not experienced anything odd at the Driskill myself however, a good freind of my son was employed there during the early 1990’s while both were working their way through college. He shared the story of his experinece that while working a “graveyard” shift the late night partying and festivities that goes on at 6th Street (where the hotel is located and for which 6th Street is popular) had come to a close. With the exception of typical late stragglers, late Saturday nite life was over. It was about 3:30 in the morning. My son’s friend was standing in the lobby adjacent to main entrance door facing 6th Street. All was quiet inside. The dining area that also faces 6th Street was closed. The elevators were silent. The entire hotel within his hearing and vision was motionless and quiet. It was a typical quite 3:30AM time period where everyone had gone to sleep. While standing there alone, he felt a three quick and successive taps come from behind his right shoulder. Thinking nothing of it, he turned around expecting a guest and began asking if he could be of help. To his amazement, there was no one there. His speech stopped in mid sentence and he just stood there for a while trying to understand what had happened. He explained that the taps were gentle yet profound and genuinely felt. The taps, he said, were not muscle spams or nerve twitches. In addition, he also explained that he smelled the fragrence of a woman’s perfume that dessipitated almost immeidately after the encounter. He explained that he felt chills run up and down his spine and neck and was essentially “creeped” out from the experience.

He explained that he had often heard of ghostly encounters and experiences from other staffers at the Driskill but never believed them until having had that experience himself.

Jewel says:

December 27, 2007, 6:33 pm

I’ve been to the Driskill many times after going out to dinner w. my family…it is a really nice hotel but there are some freaky happenings there..and outside the restaurant area..u can see doors in the walls…i think they were secret passages or somtin…its best just to walk in there not expectin 2 hear or see anything cus if u dont then u may witness somthing outta the ordinary

JD says:

April 20, 2008, 1:41 am

We can only hope Eddie (above) stays in the womans room and shoots himself for being a dreamer and saying he ever got any from anyone.

The Driskill will give tours of the Hotel and tell you about the stories, but will not let anyone run around at night trying to be ghost hunters.

Julie says:

April 30, 2008, 1:47 pm

I stayed at the Driskill with 3 other friends when we were in Austin for a convention. There are definately some strange things going on there! The water would shut off for no apparent reason. When we rode the elevator a few times it would skip the floor that we had pushed the button on and take us to different floors. We also saw (yes SAW) a man walking around late one night – then we saw his picture hanging up and we were told it was his ghost that others have also seen. Strange but so TRUE!

Healiey says:

October 14, 2008, 5:05 pm

One of my friends were staying at the dislkil btw that is how u spell it

okoy well we stayed a the famoulous room 65 and we were awoken by are bed shaking uncontrollabley one of the lampes flicked on and off untile three in the morn.. we lefted the rrom as soon as we could let alone we never came back…..

mr m says:

July 13, 2009, 12:10 am

learn how to spell!!!!!!!!

Rey says:

September 22, 2009, 5:53 pm

Don’t be afraid to wander the halls of the different floors but be prepared to feel a bit “lost.” The layout is a bit maze-like which can certainly add to it’s haunted feel. Open random doors to see old parts of the building that were never completely renovated; there’s something to be said for discovering an old room made of crumbling brick walls just beyond a wall of sheet rock (obviously you should make sure these aren’t emergency exits with alarms that will sound) If you feel like some exercise, climb the stairwells in the old part of the building to revel in views from the windows that you wouldn’t otherwise notice from the outside…Just a few tips from a recent Driskill exploration

r.j. says:

June 13, 2010, 9:07 pm

I am an ex employee at the Driskill. I did hotel engineering there which is the maintenance of the facilities. I had access to the whole place including areas that most employees dont even get to see. Like storages on the roof tops that store old pieces to the original building i.e. chandalears, original wood screen doors that where huge once hung at the entry, and creepy portaits etc. I’ve had a couple of experiences. Once I was doing grave yard doing a light check walk around down the old flight of stairs and I hear,”MAY I HAVE A LIGHT” it was clear as day and I replied “I dont smoke” I turned around and there was nobody there. This was at like 3 in the morning. Another time I was doing a walk around and using the service elevator to get me around and it kept taking me to the 10th floor on the traditional side. At first I thought the elevator was screwing up I checked and it was fine. And on one of the many trips on it that night it took me back to the 10th floor it was icy cold in the middle of summer and you could see your breath. I went back down to tell my story to the security guy who was a friend of mine and he’s like dont tell me this stuff because I’ve gotta do my rounds when a young lady from the room service came up to us and asked if we could escort her to the 10th floor for a food delivery because she had been experiencing weird things that night on that floor. Me and the security guy just looked at each other with a freaked out look. And I told him, See there is something going on up on the 10th floor. There were a few other strange things that happened but by no means did I ever felt in any danger.

Sarah says:

September 26, 2010, 12:24 am

ive been there twice. the 1st time i was really young and it was me and some girls in the bathroom near the down stairs ball room. this was back in the 90s but my large hair scruny moved half way down the counter as if some one was cleaning the surface.
the 2nd time i was ghost hunting there with my mom. it was late and i locked myself out of the room, my mom was on the big balcony smoking, i asked for the key to get back in… she was pale as if she saw a ghost… she said she called the room to get a hold of me and someone answered…. the voice was female and was talking all strang and jibber-like.

miki says:

October 29, 2010, 10:45 pm

i live in the marthas vineyard apartments and one day, my friend and i thought there was a ghost in a pipe. we would hear voices, and banging in the pipe. so, we tied a string to my friends camera, and ties the other end to my booklight. we lowered my light into the pipe, and suddenly, we felt a tug on the camera. we lowered it in some more, and out of nowere, we felt this voilent tugging on the camera, we took a picture, but the force was so strong, the string snaped. the camera was fine, but we ran away screaming. i swear, i am not lieing. when we saw the picture, we saw a face on the side of the pipe.

Barbara says:

April 5, 2011, 3:42 pm

Visited the hotel last year it is beautiful. Did not witness in ghost activity. The bellhops told us stories not very scary.

Danny Camcaho says:

September 4, 2012, 10:45 pm

The Driskill is a beautiful hotel, but too much miss-information has distracted from the real history. The little girl on the stair-case; there is no documentation to be found, didn’t happen. The Suicide Brides, urban legend, emphatically never happned. Long time tenant Mr. Lawless is too easy. I was at a “perforance” by “Chip” Coffee and he couldn’t tune in on a death that occured just a few yards from where he was giving his “entertainment”.There are really two Diskills each with its own stories. There have been at least nine documented (newspaper articles and Inquest Records) deaths at the Driskill. None of these will you find on the so called “Haunted Tours”. Why would people make things up when you have 5 deaths from “natural causes” with unusual circumstances, suicides from pistol/poison and a couple of murders.Then there’s the two waiters who were at the Driskill for over 50 years each; and the retired man who for over 30 years sat every day in the Hotel lobby. These are true stories and not the lies that people pay to hear. If you are interested in the facts contact me at

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