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AUSTIN, Texas ? Sept. 10, 2007 ? The Houston bride?the Senator?s daughter?the party goers that continue the ball. 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 with the Driskill?s Haunted Halloween package.

Built in 1886, The Driskill Hotel is consistently rated among the top haunted hotels in the United States. This Halloween, guests can learn more about the hotel?s ?spirited? guests while celebrating the scariest night of the year. The Haunted Halloween package includes one night accommodations, a welcome amenity and a haunted hotel tour. Cost for the ghostly evening is $229.

The paranormal specialists from Austin Ghost Tours will lead the haunted hotel tour on Halloween night throughout the Driskill taking guests to rooms, hallways, corridors and haunts where spirits have been sighted by guests and employees. Dressed as hotel founder Colonel Jessie Driskill?s wife and son, Toby, the tour guides artfully weave tales of hotel visitors that have checked in - and never checked out.

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 a 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.

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.


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