HI - Austin
2200 South Lakeshore Blvd
Tel. 1 512 444 2294
Fax. 1 512 444 2309
Our Mission: To help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling.
Hostelling International is the world’s largest and most respected network of hostels. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cultural understanding through travel.
Now offering free pancake breakfasts, daily from 8am - 10am!
HI-AUSTIN IS OBLIGATED TO CHARGE A 15% LODGING TAX ON ALL OVERNIGHT STAYS IN ACCORDANCE WITH TEXAS STATE LAW.
Please note that your quoted amount due upon arrival may be less than the actual amount due to taxes and daily membership fees. If you are a Hostelling International member you do not have to pay the $3 daily membership fee. For non-members, there is a $3 daily membership fee.
Base dorm room rates start at $22 + $3 daily membership fee + 15% lodging tax = $28.30 for non HI members. If you are a HI-Member base rates start at $25.30.
You can purchase a 1 year Hostelling International Membership at our hostel for $28 or $19 for seniors.
As part of our high quality standards, a government-issued photo ID (such as a passport or drivers license) must be presented upon check-in.
Regrettably, HI Austin cannot accommodate guests for more than 14 days per 365 day period. We also cannot accommodate guests who live within a 60 mile range of Austin.
Groups of 6 or more - please contact the hostel directly for information about rates & reservation deposits.
Please be advised that there is a $5 extra daily charge during special events such as South by Southwest and Austin City Limits. Bookings made for these events will also require a deposit of one full night. During these times, all cancellations require a 72 hour notice to receive a full refund.
Hostel bed capacity
|Beds per room:||Total
|Number of rooms:||1||1||4||47|
|Opening times (daily/weekly):||Front Desk will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.|
|Opening times (over the year):||All Year|
Street Map and Route Planning
|Bus:||By bus: Walk North across the parking lot to the corner of Middle Fiskville Rd & Clayton Ln. Take bus #10 southbound to Red River & 18th St. Transfer to bus #20 southbound to Burton & Riverside Dr. Walk down the hill along Tinnin Ford Road. The road will end at South Lakeshore Boulevard and we are across the street to the right. Taxis are available at the station as well - fare should be around $20.|
|Parking:||Free Parking @ the hostel!|
|Location:||3km-Southern shore of Town Lake, East or Interstate 35, off Riverside Drive.|
|Rail:||By bus: Walk 1 block north to 5th Street and take the Silver Dillo eastbound to Congress and 5th Street. Transfer to either bus #7 or #20 southbound, exiting at Burton and East Riverside Drive. Walk down the hill along Tinnin Ford Road. The road will end at South Lakeshore Boulevard and we are across the street to the right. Taxis are available at the station as well - fare should be about $10.|
|Airport:||By car: 15 Minute drive. Take Highway 71 west towards Austin. Merge onto Interstate 35 North and exit @ Riverside Drive (Exit # 233). Head east on Riverside Drive and turn left at the 7/11 onto South Lakeshore Boulevard. We are located about 400 meters down the street on the left. By bus: Take bus #100 (Airport Flyer to Burton and East Riverside Drive. Walk down the hill along Tinnin Ford Road. The road will end at South Lakeshore Boulevard and we are across the street to the right. Taxis are available at the airport as well - fare should be about $20.|
|Cultural centre nearby||Museums/art galleries nearby|
|Historical sites nearby||River/harbour/lake nearby|
|Hiking area||Main attractions nearby|
|Nightlife nearby||Botanical gardens nearby|
|Restaurants nearby||Shopping centre/market nearby|
|Hostel with a difference||Leisure facilities nearby|
|Meet other travellers! Read their tips for things to do in HI - Austin|
|Family rooms available||Suitable for wheelchair users|
|Breakfast in price||Hostel open 24h|
|TV room||Self-catering kitchen|
|Groups welcome||Common room(s)|
|Sheets in price||Travel/Tour bureau|
|Laundry facilities||Cycle rental available at or near the hostel|
|Air conditioning||Internet access|
|Credit card accepted||Currency exchange at or near hostel|
|Individual traveller welcome||Luggage Store|
|Lockers available||Non smoking room/area|
|Basic store available at or near the hostel||Garden|
Customer Reviews HI - Austin
|10 Jun 2013 Patrick, USA||93%|
|The staff at the Austin Hostel are awesome & location can't be beat!
The first impressions are deceiving. The entryway looks a bit drab, and there were dry, dead plants out in front near the door. There were also cobwebs around the front entryway hanging lights. Everything else is clean and well maintained, however.|
|09 Jun 2013 Hannah, USA||83%|
|Personally was not prepared to the hostel experience.|
|07 Jun 2013 Mary, USA||93%|
|The staff members were extremely friendly and welcoming. The security panel on each door worked well, once I had the code.
I did not know a lock for the locker would be useful, because when I called ahead of time, no one mentioned it. Good to know for next time. There was no place to leave dry clothes in the women's restroom except for a bench, which wasn't too dry. Next time, I will bring a bathrobe and flip flops to wear in the shower area. Didn't know where to change clothes, either, since the room was co-ed, so I changed in the restroom stall, which had no hooks for hanging clothes. The restrooms seemed clean, though, and it was nice to have a blow dryer for public use in there.
The room for sleeping was a comfortable temperature after 11 p.m., when someone had a fan on. By morning, the fan was off, and the room felt too warm.
The living room area was supremely comfortable, with clean slipcovers over the couches and plenty of light for reading.
|29 May 2013 Kristi, USA||100%|
|The only bad thing really is that the room stank. One girl even checked in, in the middle of the night and I woke up hearing her complain about it, lol.|
|28 May 2013 Dennis, USA||57%|
|No air conditioning in 90+ degree weather. Way overpriced and prices change. I was paying 900 a month to live in a 12 person dorm,wtf?|
|26 May 2013 Clifford, USA||90%|
|The air-conditioner was broken in my room. Fans were used to cool the room, but they were still not efficient with 14 men in one room.|
|26 May 2013 Carlos, USA||33%|
|the place does not have air conditioning. It is very dirty and has terrible odors due to carpets that accumulate humidity and odors. The place is very dirty and not worth the Hostelling International approval.|
|25 May 2013 John, USA||70%|
|Bonnie, Larus and Emily were the staff members I came into contact the most. Emily and Bonnie were really friendly and welcoming to my questions and comments. Larus was possibly having a bad day so he wasn't as inviting as the others. However, they're all very informed about Austin and how to get around. I appreciate all their hard work for low pay in the hostel business. There was one dilemma; the Air Conditioning was out completely in Rooms 1 and 2. It was out my whole 5 day stay! Only until the last day was I offered to sleep in the TV room where the A/C worked. The restrooms need a deep cleaning. There was an odor emanating from the toilets that was unbearable. Fix the A/C faster or provide guests with an alternative room if available. However, the people I met were unforgettable. If it wasn't for the people and fun time I had outside of the hostel, all my, "fairs", would of been, "very poor" ratings. |
|22 May 2013 Olinga, USA||70%|
|Left early because A/C did not work. |
|19 May 2013 Linda, USA||97%|
|Located on a pretty lake with lots of wildlife and walking paths. It's possible to walk to the city center or catch a bus to downtown city center or campus area. All very accessible. |