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Drifter Jack's Hostel

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Good staff, nice people. Near to the downtown. The only thing missing is the open space inside the Hostel which is something I prefer in this kind of places but the rest it was ok! Near to place to eat and buy beers!

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San Diego, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

The location is near the University of Texas - Austin. This means plenty of fun bars to walk to. I walked downtown from here which took about 40 minutes and was enjoyable. I felt safe. I also made the same walk back to the hostel at night and felt equally as safe. The staff is helpful and friendly. The rooms...

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Monica J, General Manager at Drifter Jack's Hostel, responded to this review

Erin! We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us at Drifter Jack's. Please come back and see us next time you are in Austin! :)

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Drifter Jack's had a quaint and cosy atmosphere, there didn't seem to be an enormous crowd in the hostel but those that I did meet were friendly and sociable. There's plenty to the location, it's right beside the university and has plenty of nice food places nearby. I typically walked downtown, probably takes about 40 minutes but is quite nice...

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Houston, Texas
Reviewed February 14, 2017

The hostel is located right next to the University and so has fun routes to explore right around the hostel. I brought my car so I had an easy time getting around Austin. There was plenty of public transport (buses) if you don't bring a car. The pub crawl was lots of fun and the staff were all knowledgable and...

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Reviewed February 4, 2017 via mobile

Stayed here back in august 2016 as part of a trek America group. I've looked over other reviews of this place and it's mostly on spot. This place has a great atmosphere - when busy - offering a large area for drinks, pool and fun. However when busy this place also offers some security risk . where we had no...

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Raleigh, North Carolina
Reviewed January 10, 2017

I'm currently backpacking on a budget and Drifter Jack's was one of the best places I've stayed at thus far. Very friendly staff (seem to have a genuine concern for the well being of their guests) and the hostel attracts a great group of young travelers. A bunch of us got together one evening to hop between the bars around...

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Quito, Ecuador
Reviewed December 13, 2016

stayed here as a solo female traveler for 4 nights in Dec. The location was great right by the University, which meant there was always lots of people out and about in the streets and lots of very close great options for food. Easily accessible to pretty much all of Austin by the bus system, which is quite good. Staff...

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Reviewed October 31, 2016 via mobile

First of all, the location is great (close to shops, bars and buses), the staff for the most part were very friendly, hospitable, talkative and full of good tips. The hostel is also quite small, so it really did feel like a small community which is nice. The rooms also appeared to be clean, and some of the artwork (both...

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Gorokan, Australia
Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

This was my second stay here in 6 months and yet again I was made to feel incredibly welcome from the moment I stepped in the doors. As a solo female traveller I felt immediately at ease and not once felt unsafe. The staff are wonderful and are always ready to help with navigating the city, things to do, places...

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Reviewed October 6, 2016

Really quirky hostel, no complaints about the staff whatsoever. We stayed here for 3 nights and it was pretty awesome. The guys who we dealt with working there were great Ethan and Chris (I think). They were lovely and really welcoming we arrived after a long day exploring Houston so we were pretty tired. After a pretty heavy night out...

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Breakfast included
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to your home away from home in Austin, Texas! Our comfy hostel is located downtown across from the University of Texas near famous 6th street, Hope Outdoor Street Art Gallery and minutes away from all of Austin's main attractions. While most of the city center can feel deserted in the daytime, our colorful neighborhood is always buzzing with life. West Campus is filled with independent shops, quirky cafes, vintage clothing stores, artisan vendors and more pedestrian traffic than anywhere else in the city. Perfect for experiencing the real Austin! Drifter Jack's is passionate about hosteling. We know that hostels have the potential to create lifelong friendships and unforgettable memories. Our favorite hostels around the world made it fun and easy to connect with other travelers while experiencing the city like a local. That is exactly what we strive to do. For example, join us for our pubcrawl every Thursday and Saturday where we show you the best spots in Austin! At DJ's our focus is on community, comfort and cleanliness. In order to truly represent our creative city, we invited over 25 local artists to paint murals throughout every room and common area. If you're looking for an intimate home base with a great vibe and central location, you've come to the right place. Let our friendly staff show you why Austin is known for its retro charm and southern hospitality! Drifter Jack's is happy to provide you with the following FREE amenities: • One free beer or cocktail each night of your stay at one of Austin's best venues for live music, located right next door! • Coffee and tea available 24/7 • Super-fast Wi-Fi • Borrow an IPad or laptop to use the internet • Parking • 24 hour reception • Lockers for your backpacks or luggage • High-quality mattresses, Serta pillows, bed linen and duvets • Maps along with great advice from our knowledgeable staff on what to see and do • Pool table and other games • Movie room w/ large collection -join us for retro movie night! • Mini-fridge in every room • Book exchange • Iron and hair dryer available • Luggage storage • Printing We also provide a Washer/Dryer for $5, Vegemite and several useful travel accessories at a reasonable price. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Drifter Jack's Hostel

Address: 2602 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705-4044
Location: United States > Texas > Austin > West Campus
Price Range: $32 - $94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Drifter Jack's Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 9
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“Rooms near the front have a great view of murals on the world!”
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