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Reviewed 30 September 2018

Great location, extremely close to convention center and nightlife. Comfy beds and clean location. Shared bedroom and bathrooms. Friendly people and nice "yuppie" breakfast. Not your typical hostel, will definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: free parking
  • Stayed: July 2018, travelled solo
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Thank 783cristalj
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Reviewed 28 September 2018

I thought my hostel-staying days were over, but Native Hostel is a refreshing change from the typical grungy dorm-bed style lodging you might expect. First of all, it looks very new and everything is spotless. I stayed in a 4-bed dorm room and each bed has a privacy curtain, night light, two-pronged hook and a locker for storage. Inside the room was a smaller room with a toilet and fan and another room with just a shower, and the sink was in the common area between the two rooms. Paper towels were provided as was soap, and in the shower there was shampoo, conditioner and body soap. The common area is very nice with a long table and couches and outlets for people to work. There is a nice kitchen with lots of shelves, condiments, a toaster, a refrigerator (ice, water available) and free breakfast in the morning. Typically breakfast consisted of vanilla yogurt, granola, fruit and coffee, although one day there were biscuits and what looked to be homemade jam and one day there was no coffee. There is a hip bar and restaurant in the adjacent room/main entrance, and guests receive a 10% discount. There is another side room and entrance (also the after-hours entrance with the key card), but I didn't spend any time there. I had one meal there and it was good, although a bit pricey for Austin even with the discount. The front desk offers luggage storage for free if you have an early check-in or late check-out. There is also a common bathroom in the hall that is used by all bar patrons, yet it was always clean (I used it when my room's bathroom was busy). For me, it was a perfect location about 15 minutes walk to the downtown area and affordable given that location. The bar can be noisy at night, especially on weekends, but where my room was I did not hear it once the door closed and I had no trouble sleeping. My room was on the windowless side, so it was fairly dark. There is free internet, but it kept cutting in and out and I had to check the consent box all the time, but many people were working on their laptops in the common room and seemed to have no problems, so it could've been my phone. Considering the price, location, cleanliness and amenities (breakfast, coffee, convenient bar), I think this is a bargain for a hostel. I would suggest that they put more hooks on the room walls for things like jackets and towels, since it is not practical to put things like that in a locker or on the bedchamber hooks. A larger carryon or suitcase would not fit in the locker, which was under the beds (for both upper and lower bunks). The location is just past the interstate overpass and walking under that at night was a little sketchy, as there are dark spots and the occasional homeless person sleeping. You also have to be careful crossing the busy streets that are entrance/exit roads to the interstate. That said, the area across the street is under construction for a new Whole Foods and other shops expected in 2019. I would easily stay here again.

Room Tip: West side rooms are windowless. East side rooms are bright.
  • Stayed: September 2018, travelled on business
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Thank sayohat
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Reviewed 13 September 2018

The dorm rooms have individual curtains and two showers per room. But this is Texas, things are bound to get strange and they did fast.. Individual curtains on the beds for privacy, but 46 bucks a night is NOT a hostel price. I got a cough and got cussed out by a stranger and accidentally slapped by large black woman (who didn't' apologize)..
Why are they hiring illegal Mexicans in a hostel for housekeeping? In a hostel, you do a chore and then you pay less.
The menu is limited in the attached restaurant. more like bar food, aesthetic, but rather pricey.. Paying for the new kitchen, no doubt. I could barely figure out the high tech stove. Breakfast was the best by far, though. Yogurt and granola, fresh fruit and pretty decent coffee. It was just so fancy, I felt like i was at my sister's in the bay. You have to walk through the restaurant to get to the Hostel, that's when i ran into the accidental slapper. There is no back yard for socializing, no activities, tours or anything like that. You are on your own; just a very large table. The colors are rather impersonal. and large construction projects dwarf it all around. It is a mile or two walk to downtown and close to the trains, but I think the neighborhoods a little sketchy, after all there's a Hilton across the street. The colors are rather impersonal. Definitely a younger crowd. By far the weirdest establishment in Austin.

Room Tip: bring your sword and your shield.
  • Stayed: September 2018, travelled on business
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Thank Tree M
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Reviewed 30 August 2018

I stayed here while I was traveling on a business trip. You can't beat the price!! Very clean, walking distance to the Conference center and close to restaurants and bars. The hostel was very nice and well maintained.

  • Stayed: August 2018, travelled on business
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Thank SteveP4585
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Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

This is almost more like a hotel than a hostel. The interior is very nice and clean and the facilities are great. The curtains by the beds help create a very private sleeping situation. There is a automatic lock for your things that could be hard to fit your things in if you have a very large bag- I had a normal carry on size case so it fit easily. They assign you a bunk before arriving- not first come first serve, so if you really don’t want to be on top bunk, request it when booking. The restaurant was nice and had a good crowd. The only slightly strange thing was that the doors were a mix of frosted and clear glass- so technically someone could be looking in the room, but it really wasn’t a problem for me. Location was okay, but I would have preferred to be in a more populated area since I was traveling alone. There were not many people around, so walking felt uncomfortable sometimes. The area around the hostel is really developing right now so there is a lot of construction.

Stayed: June 2018, travelled solo
Thank Katie S
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