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
  • Socialising
  • Sports & Activities

Green rating



The location is fantastic, the staff is very friendly and the facility is very comfortable. However, they should get the AC serviced as it was running way too high and they had some trouble turning it down. Otherwise, no complaints!


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Tue 28 Apr 2015

HI Austin was amazing! The staff were so friendly and very welcoming. The area the hostel is located in is just beautiful. The water and green space is just gorgeous. It's also the perfect location... It was about 5-8 minutes by vehicle to get downtown, SoCo, or East Austin areas. I definitely recommend staying at this hostel. Remember to bring mosquito repellent though! All that nature includes those pesky mosquitoes.


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Mon 27 Apr 2015

Travel tips...

Attraction tip

State capitol.

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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