HI Austin rests on the shores of Lady Bird Lake, providing a peaceful setting only minutes from downtown Austin. Guests are only footsteps away from bus lines, hiking and biking trails, and the Colorado River. Austin's music scene, funky shopping districts, and gorgeous natural beauty are all close by.

This Austin hostel has a comfortable and laid-back atmosphere, free Wi-Fi, free pancake breakfast, a common room that overlooks the lake and weekly community meals and events are organised so you can get to know other travellers.

A 10 minute journey from HI Austin takes you to the middle of the Red River music district; the stylish hub of South Congress, known for its many eclectic small retailers, restaurants, music and art venues; and to the cool waters of Barton Springs Pool.

What travellers think...

Best for

  • Nature-lovers
  • Relaxing
  • Sightseeing
  • Sports & Activities

Green rating



Nearly the whole hostel was a under construction at the time of my stay. Everything was dirty and there was no room within the hostel to sit down and relax because the craftsmen where working until 6 pm (9.30 pm one night). The bedrooms and kitchen were OK but you should at least tell people when they book that the site is under construction and there are "inconviniences".


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Wed 16 Apr 2014


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Tue 08 Apr 2014

Travel tips...

Attraction tip

watching the bats fly out from the Congress Bridge in the evening. Amazing!

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Sat 20 Apr 2013

Budget meal tip

Sadly, I didn't partake in the local fare on this trip. I simply came in, slept, and left.

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Tue 08 Apr 2014