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
  • Socialising

Green rating



If you don't want to stay at a party hostel then this is the place to stay. Only a 30 minute walk to the main bars and not far from shops! Standard breakfast, good kitchen facilities! Always check out what free food is going before going to the shops...you'll be surprised how much food people leave!!


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Thu 01 Oct 2015

The lake is the best part. You can sit at one of their yard chairs placed at the foot of the lake and relax with the tranquil sounds of the water or nap on a hammock. Also - don't miss yoga! There's nothing like yoga on the grass, under a big beautiful tree, and in front of a lake. This place is a true oasis for the nature lover.


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Tue 29 Sep 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