The Best Hostels in Austin

Stay at one of Austin's affordable hostels, and enjoy watersports on Lady Bird Lake
Stay at one of Austin's affordable hostels, and enjoy watersports on Lady Bird Lake | © Tomek Baginski / Unsplash
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10 November 2020

No matter the time of year, Austin is always buzzing with activity. The Texas capital attracts visitors all year round for festivals such as SXSW, pleasant weather and scenic landscapes. And if you stay at a hostel, it doesn’t have to cost the earth.

Native Hostel

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Native is a kinetic collision of music, the arts, warm beds, food and spirits, filled with adventurous travelers who are overnighting, as well as locals who come for the bar and live music. The sleeping arrangements are communal, and downstairs, you can mingle in the Native Bar & Kitchen, which hosts a happy hour and music acts that are worth staying awake for.

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HK Austin

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This elegant Victorian mansion, built in 1892, is a registered historic landmark in the City of Austin. Its modernized interior features a co-living space where you can stay for as long as you like. Take advantage of the two white wraparound porches, where you can sit and admire the city while sipping a Lone Star beer.

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  • Firehouse Hostel

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    Just off 6th Street – Austin’s liveliest stretch for nightlife – is the very affordable Firehouse Hostel. Built in 1885, this former firehouse (as its name suggests) now serves as an updated hostel and lounge. It provides free breakfast, free wifi and various room options. Depending on how much you’re looking to pay, it offers rooms with both shared and private bathrooms, deluxe dorm-style accommodations and economy dorms.

    Drifter Jack’s Hostel

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    Drifter Jack’s Hostel’s walls were painted by local artists
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    Known locally as DJ’s, this hostel is located right across from the University of Texas campus, and the decor is everything you would expect from a place next to a college. Local artists were commissioned to paint murals in every room, and the result is a vibrant and lively space where ideas flow. Next door is the Hole in the Wall, where you can get budget-friendly beers and cocktails.

    Hostel 512

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    Hostel 512’s yard features benches and chair swings
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    This Central East Austin hostel is built with travelers in mind. Perfectly situated for easy access to all parts of the city, Hostel 512 caters to the weary, with chair swings and benches dotted around its gated yard, which is also filled with built-in games for guests to enjoy. The impeccably clean rooms feature large beds with super-solid frames.

    These recommendations were updated on November 10, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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