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

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

Green rating



Common room was quite loud after hours and dorm rooms within ear shot


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Mon 01 Feb 2016

the location is nice, by the river. But, no sidewalks on the street (security issue). The location is very good if you have a car (parking lot). The living room/dining room offers a beautiful space with sunlight, but it's noisy when loud people are talking... Another quiet room apart should help for people who want to read and relax. Even in my bed I could hear others talking or laughing. Some hooks in the bathroom can help if you just want to change your clothes without going in the shower.


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Mon 25 Jan 2016

Travel tips...

Attraction tip

State capitol.

Avatar for Thian


Fri 09 Jan 2015

Budget meal tip

I like asian food closer to the UT Austin. Coco cafe is inexpensive and taste good.

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Fri 09 Jan 2015