East Austin Digs
New boutique hostel boasts affordable Austin lodging that's still cool
A new boutique lodging option for Austin visitors, Native Hostel, opens Wednesday, May 10, at 807 E. Fourth St. It promises an authentic, affordable getaway for out-of-towners and Austinites.
The concept comes from a powerful executive team: Michael Dickson (principal of Icon Design + Build and owner of such restaurants as Eberly and Winflo Osteria); Antonio Madrid (Icon Design + Build); and Will Steakley (co-founder of The Mohawk and Den Property Group). The idea? To combine hotel service with hostel appeal.
"We're thrilled to launch this new space that is intended to make travel affordable yet noteworthy," says Dickson in a release. "We expect Native to become the premier destination for explorers seeking extraordinary experiences in Austin."
Native offers 12 rooms with 68 beds. The majority are twin-sized bunks, but there are also two king-size beds available. Prices range from $59-$115 per night.
The hostel features a restaurant, Native Bar + Kitchen, helmed by Virginia Pharr of Pan Food Truck. The menu includes burgers; sandwiches; bar snacks; and a small but tasty breakfast lineup with tacos, tortas, and more. A full bar promises craft cocktails, beer, and wine. The restaurant will eventually be open 24/7; current hours are 7 am to 2 am daily.
The stylish space, designed by Dickson and Joel Mozersky (Uchi, Alamo Drafthouse, and more), will also serve as an event venue. Look forward to live music, art shows, discussions, and more in the future.
"Community and social engagement is the lifeblood that makes Native uniquely situated to capture the hearts and imaginations of global travelers and local escapists alike," says Madrid.
Guests can book a bed online beginning May 10. For now, reservations are being accepted through firstname.lastname@example.org.