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
  • Sightseeing

Green rating



The new renovations are wonderful! Almost worth all the construction chaos we experienced over the same visit dates last year. Super great, friendly and helpful staff this year! Special thanks to Aaron and Declan!


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Wed 22 Apr 2015

the staff were very helpful; the building itself could use better soundproofing- you can hear people having a normal-volume conversation in the next room


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Tue 21 Apr 2015

Travel tips...

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

Nightlife & entertainment tip

6th street.

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Fri 09 Jan 2015