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Review of Firehouse Hostel and Lounge

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Firehouse Hostel and Lounge
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic stay!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2014

I booked this hostel because of its location and the fact that it used to be a fire station. Having been to a few hostels around the US, I was not expecting much. Wow, what a surprise! First things first, I felt home as soon as I walked through the doors! The owners are so welcoming, genuinely happy to help. Nothing, absolutely nothing is too much trouble. The place is obviously in a very convenient location. It's very clean; dorms, kitchen, bathrooms. The breakfast is generous. I strongly recommend anyone to stay at the Firehouse when visiting Austin. I know I'm going back!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014

Stayed here after a work trip for 3 nights. Great dorm room. Really friendly girls in the room for the first 2 nights then I had the 8 bed dorm all to myself on the last night. Beds rather squishy so for the last night I moved onto one of the wooden constructed ones which was much more solid. Never queued for the showers, which were always clean and nice. Breakfast was free- fresh fruit bagels toast condiments and cereal and coffee. Really great when you're trying to keep your stay as cheap as possible. Great location for 6th street if you want to go to see live music. Also close to congress for buses to South congress or out to zilker park. Open mic nigt at the lounge in Wednesdays. I had a great night here by myself. Friendly people an great drinks. All in all a really great place to stay. Bring earplugs for when you want to get some sleep! It gets a little noisy on 6th.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

I had stayed here when they first opened, and loved it, so I booked 8 beds in one of the standard dorm rooms for my sister's bachelorette weekend in October. All of the hotel rooms in the area were extremely expensive, so this was a great option for a big group. A few days before our check in date, I was contacted by one of the staff saying that the room I booked had flooded, and we would not be able to stay there. I was stressing out big time... I let them know that it was a bachelorette weekend for my sister, and they went above and beyond and put us up in the Omni down the street. I'm soo grateful, and they handled the whole thing really well. Will definitely be back!!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LSgeo
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Zurich, Switzerland
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33 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013

The location couldn't be better! Firehouse Hostel is situated in the middle of Austin downtown and around the corner from the busy 6th street. It offers a bar with live music and a speakeasy kind of vibe as you have to push a book shelf to the side to enter. Dorms are clean and provide enough space. Best place to stay if you're on a budget.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2013 via mobile

As my title suggests, there were some good things about the hostel and some bad ones. Good: close proximity to 6th Street, close to all attractions, 24hrs reception, staff good, free wifi. Bad: rooms hot and crowded, wifi played up a bit (but it was free), no cooktops or oven in the kitchen, not the cleanest beds (had dust, hair, fibres, general crap on each side of the mattress), not the best showers.

It'll do for a couple of days stay. Like most hostels run by young people attached to a pub, the little things in the accommodation go missing.

Also, the lounge attached to the hostel is crazy expensive. Find another one of the many many bars for a drink.

Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Medford, Massachusetts
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52 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2013

When you can't afford to or just don't want to shell out for the Driskill or Four Seasons, you can still stay in the middle of everything at the Firehouse hostel. The place is clean, provides free breakfast and reasonably comfortable beds. Since it's around the corner from 6th street, things can get pretty noisy on weekend nights so earplugs are highly recommended. Everything is walkable from here, and the lounge downstairs is great for a nightcap.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AllroyForPrez
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39 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013 via mobile

Nice clean hostel, nice staff, good and excellent location.
Went on pub crawl with mike, it was fun, got to see some areas that we wouldn't have seen otherwise.
Great little shop, very friendly staff and perfect location for downtown.
We stayed in a 6 bed dorm and it was roomy enough but my friends stayed in a private room and said it was big and had its own room.
Shared showers on second floor weren't great, they could do some work there.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Firehouse Hostel and Lounge

Property: Firehouse Hostel and Lounge
Address: 605 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701-3250
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Region: United States > Texas > Austin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 32 Speciality Lodging in Austin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Firehouse Hostel and Lounge 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the oldest standing firehouse in Austin, built in 1886, the Firehouse Hostel is opening this fall to provide Austin area travelers with an affordable and friendly option in Downtown Austin. We offer clean and secure accommodation, 24 hr reception, laundry facilities, secure luggage storage, free wifi and a complimentary, healthy breakfast.The attached Firehouse Lounge is a great place to meet travelers and locals, sip on a classically prepared cocktail or locally brewed beer and enjoy live, local music. The Firehouse Hostel and Lounge is truly a one of a kind establishment in downtown Austin. Come experience what the Firehouse has to offer. ... more   less 
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