The Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas, Finishes Renovations

An $8.8 million renovation has been completed at the 130-year-old Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas. Most of the 189 guest rooms were redesigned and now sport modern guest amenities with vintage 1920s finishes; upgrades to the suites are planned for the near future.

"The Driskill has long been known for its grandeur, but, like any historic property, from time to time it deserves our time and attention to ensure it remains an elegant experience for our guests," said Lance Stumpf, general manager. "These recent renovations will provide our guests with the extraordinary experience they expect and deserve, and we hope everyone who walks into The Driskill recognizes the thorough efforts we took to celebrate its legacy."

The Driskill Grill also was redone, and the menu was revamped. The upscale dining room now focuses on serving steaks from the hotel's dry-aging room and fresh seafood accompanied by local produce. The 1886 Cafe & Bakery was remodeled about a year ago. The lobby received new décor, furniture and lighting. The Wi-Fi in the guest rooms, public spaces and meeting rooms was significantly upgraded, and energy-efficiency improvements were made throughout the hotel.

The Driskill is a Hyatt Hotel on Sixth Street in the city's entertainment district, and features more than 18,000 square feet of meeting space and a 24-hour fitness center.