This is a nice place. Laid back, pretty comfortable, old-school hostel along the river. The rooms are a bit crowded and the place was undergoing a rehab of the bathrooms and such. I could see that the visitors this summer would have nice new showers and updated spaces.
I found this place perfect for my needs during a downtown conference. Easy to get to, relaxed, and a slew of food trucks across the street. I was able to watch the bats rise up from the paddleboard dock and put my tired toes in the water. The music drifting across from the opposite river bank made it a great evening.
Nice place, not for everyone, but if you just want a place to kip and not feel overwhelmed by the frenetic Austin scene this could work (although I did wake up to three drunk guys sleeping in the garden. I can only assume they couldn't remember the door code ...party on Austin! ).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HI Austin rests on the south shores of Lady Bird Lake, providing a peaceful setting only minutes from downtown Austin. Guests are only footsteps away from bus lines, the hike & bike trail, and the Colorado River. A 10 minute journey could take you to the middle of the Red River music district, to the stylish hub of South Congress, to the cool waters of Barton Springs Pool, or to the natural beauty of the Austin Greenbelt. Our fun and friendly staff would love to give you some ideas of what to do in town and directions on how to get there!Please note HI Austin is obligated to charge a 15% lodging tax on all overnight stays in accordance with Texas and City of Austin law. Regrettably, we cannot accept anyone who lives within 60 miles of the hostel as guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostelling International Austin Hotel Austin