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 air conditioning went on and off during the night. Since it blew directly on my bed, I experienced alternating heat and cold air. Besides this, I think it was a waste of energy, especially the last nights when the temperatures outside where not that high any more. Maybe it is more convenient for the people sleeping next to the conditioning if it would blow constantly at a lower rate? Besides this, the bed was very unstable, every little movement made it squeak and move. The rest was perfect!


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Tue 26 May 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