The Driskill adds general manager Markus Puereschitz to its leadership roster

Markus Puereschitz has joined The Driskill in Austin, Texas as general manager.
Markus Puereschitz has joined The Driskill in Austin, Texas as general manager.

AUSTIN, Texas – Historic Texas hotel, The Driskill, has appointed Markus Puereschitz as the venue’s new general manager.

In his new role, Puereschitz will manage day-to-day operations at the hotel which has been a destination in downtown Austin since 1886. His duties include overseeing the team that operates across The Driskill, which boasts 189 guest rooms and renovated suites; 18,000 square feet of beautiful flexible meeting spaces for conferences, events, and weddings; and the Driskill Bar and 1886 Cafe & Bakery. In addition, Puereschitz will work to boost partnerships with local luxury retailers, improving operational productivity and heightening guest experiences. He will also supervise planned hotel renovations and food and beverage expansions, which are to be announced.

With more than 25 years of leadership experience at Hyatt hotels including Park Hyatt New York and Park Hyatt Chicago, Puereschitz brings “a wealth of knowledge and experience to The Driskill,” a news release states. He began his hospitality career in Vienna, Austria, and most recently, served as director of operations at Hyatt Regency Dallas. His Hyatt career dates back more than two decades with leadership positions at Park Hyatt New York, Park Hyatt Chicago, Grand Hyatt DFW, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Park Hyatt in Toronto, and Hyatt Regency Dearborn.

According to the news release, he has been recognized for his extensive knowledge of luxury hotel operations as well as for enhancing customer service and playing a vital role in several hotel openings and overseeing renovations. Puereschitz is also passionate about his work outside of the hotel with charitable organizations including Ronald McDonald House, Central Park Conservancy, and Citymeals on Wheels.

“I am confident that my comprehensive experience in luxury travel will be an asset to the team,” says Puereschitz. “The Driskill has been a beloved icon in downtown Austin, and I’m thrilled to be the steward of preserving its historic charm and providing authentic Texas hospitality to our guests.”

Originally imagined and built by cattle baron Colonel Jesse Driskill, the hotel was conceptualized to be a luxurious grand hotel and showpiece for the once frontier town of Austin, meant to rival the palaces of other big cities. Since then, the hotel has undergone several upgrades with the most recent being a renovation of 14 guest suites on the historic side of the hotel, led by architect Clayton Korte.

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