Hostel Planned for Deep Ellum in Summer 2017

The hostel will feature 15 rooms, a restaurant and a lounge and will be the only one in Dallas.


Deep Ellum likely will become the home of an international hostel in the summer of 2017, according to plans to two entrepreneurs from Austin.

The Dallas Morning News reported the operation, called Deep Ellum Hostel, would go into an existing two-story building at Elm and Crowdus streets, next door to Serious Pizza.

“We really want to reflect the culture of Deep Ellum and highlight unique history,” co-owner Collin Ballard told the Morning News. “It’s always been a melting pot.”

“We really want to reflect the culture of Deep Ellum and highlight unique history.”
co-owner Collin Ballard

The newspaper said that the building at 2801 Elm Street is on the National Register of Historical Places, and was built sometime between 1901 and 1911.

It has housed a saloon in 1911 and a syrup manufacturer in 1922. By 1938, it was an auto repair shop called Long Machine Tool Co, which relocated to Ferris in 1996, but whose name still adorns the building.

“There’s a lot of nostalgia associated with this building in Deep Ellum,” Ballard told the newspaper.

The Morning News said the Deep Ellum Hostel will have a restaurant and lounge in the 8,000 square-foot structure. According to the report, another 2,000-foot addition is planned in the back.

The hostel will have 15 rooms that are either shared or private. The shared rooms will follow a more traditional hostel route of having bunk beds that can hold up to four to six people in total. 

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