John Carrico

Best Lobby / Waiting Room

The Driskill

Outside, Col. Jesse H. Driskill's architectural masterpiece may be overshadowed by neighboring downtown developments - the bust of ol' Jesse on the roof probably has to lean to see the state house now - but nothing can detract from its internal glories. From the art-nouveau-influenced, stained-glass lantern that illuminates the pillars and marble floors of the three-story lobby, to the plush, ivory-colored bathroom towels, monogrammed with a thick, swirling D, everything about the Driskill whispers refinement. To think that, in 1969, the very same halls where LBJ had once romanced Lady Bird were scheduled for demolition.

The Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos, 512/439-1234
www.driskillhotel.com

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