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Connect with the Spirits of The Driskill Hotel this Halloween

AUSTIN, Texas – Sept. 9, 2009 – Ghost of a Texas Ladies’ Man...the Houston bride…the Senator’s daughter…the party that never ends. Hear the tales of the legendary spirits of The Driskill Hotel who reside eternal within its hallowed walls and corridors. On an evening known for fright, guests just may connect with things that go bump in the night.

Built in 1886, The Driskill Hotel, managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, is consistently ranked among the top haunted hotels in the United States. This Halloween, learn more about the hotel’s “spirited” guests while celebrating the scariest night of the year.

Ghost of a Texas Ladies’ Man
The Driskill’s ghosts are said to have visited some of the hotel’s celebrity guests over the years. In an interview with the Houston Press, Johnette Napolitano, lead singer of the band Concrete Blonde tells of a paranormal experience she had while staying at The Driskill, “I’d only told the band there was a ghost in my room, and there definitely was because it kept turning the lights on and off. The next night, Paul [CB drummer Thompson] came running in with Vinnie [Sting drummer Colaiuta], because Vinnie had met a woman at the bar who had almost the exact same story — except she had seen the ghost and it had grabbed her.” Napolitano’s experience led to the band recording the hit song “Ghost of a Texas Ladies Man” in 1992.

The Senator’s Daughter
The Driskill’s first sprightly spirit is the daughter of a Senator that was living at the Driskill when the Texas legislature was in session in the late 1800s. The spirit of a young child bouncing a ball haunts the first floor lobby, the ladies restroom and along the stairs leading to the mezzanine.  In 1887, the daughter of a Senator fell to her death while chasing her ball down the grand staircase.  Her death was the first at the hotel.  Within a week she was back running around and playing.  Her spirit is also the first recorded ghost at the Driskill. Today, guests still report her laughter and the sound of her ball bouncing down the staircase.

The Houston Bride
Although many supernatural guests date back to The Driskill’s early years, a bride from Houston first visited the hotel in the early 1990s as a guest. Her fiancé broke up with her so the Houston Bride stole his credit card, drove to Austin, checked into The Driskill and went shopping – on his dime. She was last seen walking to her room with arms full of shopping bags and was found dead two days later.

As the story goes, during the restoration of The Driskill in the 1990s, two women requested to stay in the historic wing. They received rooms in the traditional tower due to the renovations. After a night out on Sixth Street, the women returned to the hotel around 2 a.m. and became curious about the historic wing so they went to the fourth floor to explore. As they were wandering the floor, a woman with shopping bags got off of the elevator and walked to her room. When asked if the renovations were bothering her, she replied, “no,” and proceeded to her room. The next day the women were upset that someone received a room in the historic wing when they were told they could not have a room in that area of the hotel. Upon questioning the front desk manager, he escorted the women to the fourth floor and the room the woman had entered. They opened the door to find an empty room filled with construction materials used for the renovation. There had not been a guest staying in that room the previous night nor in the entire Historic wing.

The Party That Never Ends
Big band music and the sound of revelers has been reported in the lobby of The Driskill and on the property’s elevators. Many stories have been told of partygoers dressed in elaborate ball gowns and tuxedos walking off of elevators in the hotel – on nights when there haven’t been galas on the property.

Other ghosts simply show their presence by turning lights on and off, rearranging things in guest rooms and some guests have reported the feeling of someone brushing their hair in their sleep. The mischievous spirits that haunt the Driskill bring another kind of eternal life to the legendary hotel.

For more information or to book The Driskill’s Haunted Halloween package, please visit www.driskillhotel.com or call (800) 252-9367.

The 189-room Driskill Hotel was built in 1886 as the showplace of cattle baron Jessie Driskill. One of the oldest historic buildings in the state, The Driskill stands as a landmark of Texas hospitality. Over the years, The Driskill has hosted inaugural balls for many Texas Governors and lavish events for international dignitaries. It was a favorite of President Lyndon Johnson who held many election night events at The Driskill and where he took the future Lady Bird Johnson on their first date.

The hotel features a Historic Wing with soaring ceilings, elaborate woodwork and balconies and a Traditional Wing that was built in 1929 featuring art deco design elements that capture the vibrant colors of the Texas Hill Country. Guests can dine at the five-star Driskill Grill that is consistently rated among the best restaurants in the state or choose from 1886 Café and Bakery featuring all day dining and savory pastries. The hotel also offers more than 18,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness studio and massage treatments rooms. The legendary hotel is situated at the epicenter of Austin’s business and entertainment districts at the corner of 6th and Brazos Street and is conveniently located near the capitol building and convention center.

The Driskill Hotel is one of more than 30 independent, upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, which is consistently rated one of the top 10 independent hospitality management companies in the United States. To protect and preserve the unique communities in which the company operates, Destination launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program in 2008. New for 2009 is the 582-room Terranea Resort situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in southern California which opened to the public in June. The 102-acre ocean front resort features a 25,000-square-foot destination spa, three swimming pools, three ocean view restaurants and a Todd Eckenrode-designed par three golf course. In addition to Terranea in the greater Los Angeles area, Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.  For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com or to join the company’s loyalty program for the best offers available, visit www.destinationdelivers.com

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