"Thanksgiving holiday stay"
This hostel is geared towards the younger crowd. It is basically a "college dorm" with communal bathrooms (no separate facilities for men and women). The room was clean and tidy but the radiator would not turn down or off so the room stayed too warm. Be sure to take a robe and flip-flops for use in the bathroom!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Best hostel ever visited - highly recommend it"
The Getaway Hostel was a positive experience that only enhanced our great time in Chicago. I lived in both a dorm (2 nights) and a private double room (3nights) and both types were clean, good design and overall great service. I feel like I got great value for my money and I will definitely stay there again if I ever go back!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Amazing hostel in cute neighborhood"
This place was absolutely awesome and a great value, too! Big, spacious hostel with plenty of public space, lots of fun people and great events. Only complaint is the walls are very thin so you can hear people talking (quite clearly) in their rooms in the hall, and the mattress was really uncomfortable. That being said, I would gladly stay here and […] would very much recommend it to others in their travels through Chicago. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
It was not what we expected. Would have liked to have a bathroom in the room. People should be made aware of these circumstances when they book the room... That was surely not understood. No amenties does not mean no bathroom to me.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
This is a welcoming place and in a great location to hope on the CTA and get around. Staff was very helpful. The bathrooms are a little on the tiny size, but it is nice to have one right in your room. One wish I always have for a room, no matter how small is to have a reading light and maybe a small table to put things on. This is a hostel, so it meets […] the requirements of being inexpensive, clean and safe. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
This was my first experience at a hostel and the experience I had far exceeded my expectations. The staff was extremely helpful and knowledgeable with the area. The Chicago marathon was occurring during or stay and the staff even put on a pasta dinner for the runners staying at the location. The location is a short train ride to the loop and is even […] walk able to downtown. You also cannot beat the price for an expensive city. I will be staying there again on my next visit. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
This hostel is nestled in a quaint little neighborhood called Lincoln Park and is blocks (5 minutes walk) from Fullerton station (red and brown lines). It's only 4 stops from Downtown Chicago. Location couldn't be any better for the price I've paid for. If you are traveling in pair, spend a little more and get a private room with shared bath. The room […] we stayed at was very clean. It has an A/C, a fan, desk, a chair, and a window. It also has a walk-in closet. Free continental breakfast in the morning from 7 to 9:30 am. You can stored food in the fridge and freezer in the kitchen and can prepare food in there as well. There are common areas with couches, foosball table, pool table, computers, tv, and free wifi and printing. You can rent bicycles from the hostel or $20 half or $30 full day. They have activities planned for every night of the week such as pub crawl, BBQ, or bike tour. A lot of foreign travelers frequent the hostel and met some very interesting people while we stayed there. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Everything I wanted! Love the air conditioner!!!"
I had a great time there. I would love to go again. Wish I could have stayed longer. Thanks to the super friendly and helpful staff for the restaurant, event, and transportation recommendations! Oh, and also for the discounted tickets to Sky Deck!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"My new favorite place to stay in Chicago."
I LOVE traveling to Chicago, but HATE paying exorbitant amounts for overnight accommodations. The Getaway Chicago Hostel is an answer to prayer. It is in the beautiful, Lincoln Park area, has exceptionally easy access to the brown and red lines, as well as access to CTA bus routes on Fullerton, Clark, and Halsted. It is in easy walking distance to some […] excellent restaurants and cafe`s. AND They have a full service kitchen at your beckon call if you so choose to cook for yourself or your group. 2Thumbs Up!!! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great Student hotel"
Great for a young person to save some money and meet ppl from all over the world.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great for the price"
I think the best part of this place is the people you will meet in the common areas. I suggest getting the single room as oppose to the shared room. If I go back to Chicago, this is where I will stay, bar none.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Awesome place to stay for the neighborhood."
I thought it was great price for the location we were staying. Lincoln Park with the free zoo is 5 minutes away. Clark Street has great food and plenty of bars. It is definitely for anyone visiting Chicago who has no need for a television.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good value great location"
Would definitely stay there againGenuine Hotels.com guest review
The general areas are pleasant and the rooms are spartan - which is expected at a hostel, albeit a pretty pricey hostel. Parking was $25 and I could have spent just $3 by plugging a meter for a couple of hours and getting up by 8:00am - which was my departure time. I asked about parking options at the desk and was discouraged from looking in the neighborhood. […] This hostel is a great location for visiting DePaul or Lincoln Park. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"no doubt its hostel!!!"
the worst dump ever. i would rather sleep in my car. no one should ever go to this place.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great Location Iffy Service"
The manager was very rude. He doesn't know how to keep offensive comments to himself. He forgets that he should catered to his guest not the other way around. After all the guest are the ones paying his bills. Everybody else was really nice. But the manager shouldn't give opinions about what a person is cooking or eating when not asked.Genuine Expedia guest review
Response by Chicago Getaway Hostel Thanks for taking the time to review our hostel. We strive to provide our guests with great service. Please accept my apologies for any comments that you felt were offensive, my goal, along with our staff is to provide excellent service. Thanks for bringing this to my attention so we can always improve.
"Exellent Student Hostel But Also Good For Retired"
Take your own clock radio and it has fairly steep front steps. But overall excellent and highly enjoyable for a retired personGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"nice hotel great location"
would have liked a tv& telephone incase of emergency,, newer towels,soap & shampooGenuine Expedia guest review
"A good time at the Getaway!"
The staff was very friendly and helpful. The room and public areas were well kept and clean. I totally enjoyed my stay there and I plan on booking at this hotel/hostel in the future. I was a bit apprehensive to stay in a youth hostel since I am hardly a "youth" anymore, but I was suprised by how welcoming and friendly everyone was as well as there were […] other prople staying there who were close to my age. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"This is a great location!"
I had never stayed in a hostel but the other reviews seemed positive-3 of us were going to a Cubs game and just wanted a place to sleep, but near a neighborhood with lots of night life. This fit the bill! Very nice room, clean, and located in trendy Lincoln park. Several night spots just down the street. There was also CVS, Walgreens, Trader Joes, etc. […] If I need to stay here again -no problem! The rooms were very clean and spacious, and we had a shared bath. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
This location is a hostel. The hostel is conveniently located near Wrigley Field and Lincoln Park Zoo. Both are within walking distance or you can take the city bus. This was my first stay at a hostel and I was pleasantly surprised. The staff was very helpful and even though the majority of the clientel was college aged, as a senior citizen I felt comfortable […] staying there. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Fantastic for the price"
The staff were outstanding, the room was more than adequate (though it was free of frills), and I was very surprised at how quiet it was. I'd definitely stay there again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great place to stay"
Great place, obviously not a 4-5 star hotel, but if you don't mind hostels this is one of the best ones we've ever stayed at. Great staff, very helpful, good location, plenty of room to relax and meet people and exchange information. Highly recommended if you are heading to Chicago.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Affordable cove in extravagent destination"
Lincoln Park area has everything you want to experience in a "explore on your own" adventure of Chicago. This hostel allowed us to get a good slice. We were able to visit the Lincoln Zoo before and during normal business hours, spent an hour at the Conservatory, walked around beautiful Lincoln Park, grabbed a deep dish pizza, visited a local quilt shop, […] and grabbed a train to Midway all in one day. Chicago Getaway was a great way to be in the middle of it. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great Hostel Stay"
With all the events going on in Chicago the weekend that we were going to be down there for a show, the Chicago Getaway Hostel was the only place we found that still had rooms (though when we booked there was only 3 left). The staff was excellent in responding to any needs that we had and also very informative about the on-goings of the hostel (such […] as the BBQ and continental breakfast). I would highly recommend this hostel for anyone to stay at and would love to stay here again in the future. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Hoteling at Age 64"
Didn't really like the idea of staying in a "hostel" since I am female and 64 years old. But it was wonderful and I met such nice young people....staff and fellow clients.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Friendly familiar location"
This was my first hostel stay...was apprehensive...but turns out....everybody was nice....room, halls, bathing facilities clean and bright....a very pleasant north-side location....parking is a pain all over Chicago ....but I was able to make it work using LEGAL side street and main drag locations at a minimal expense. The people at the front desk were […] quick to help and friendly. Lots of young people....but little misbehaving from them...the foreigners were SO pleased and excited to be in such a beautiful and friendly city. I'll be back. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
This hostel provide very good service for customer. Stay here, I feel very comfortable and convenient. So, I recommend it .Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice hotel in great area but bring your earplugs!"
My friend and I had tickets to see a Cubs game at Wrigley field and decided to stay the night at the Chicago Getaway Hostel before driving home the next day (we live about 3 hours outside of the city). The staff at the hotel was friendly, the rooms were clean and the hostel is conveniently located near a bus stop and is set back in a nice neighborhood […] away from the craziness of a main street. The only beef that I really have about this place is that, even though the rules state that noise is suppose to abate at 11pm, it really doesn't. The doors to the rooms are heavy and the walls are thin, so with hundreds of loud backpackers going in and out of their dormitories at all hours kept my friend up nearly the entire night (Note: We had a double room, not a dormitory, and had expected this choice to help us avoid some of the noise but, alas, to no avail!) In any case, all other aspects of our stay were great, but if you are a light sleeper, definitely bring a set of earplugs. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great for Leisure"
it's good for a hostel, I would stay there again if I'm looking for cheap accommodation into the same area.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Truly one of the best hostel ever.. A bit of a walk from the subway though but it's not that far anyway. Love it here!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great location, customer service, amenities..."
I with my family went for vacation in Chicago and most of the hotels are very expensive. Thus, I try to stay in a hostel and this is my first time to stay in it. I with my family stayed in a private bedroom with shared bathroom. At first, I am afraid that the shared bathroom is inconvenient for me, but surprisingly, it was cleaned and near to my bedroom. […] The best thing in this hostel is the breakfast. I went to other hotels to stay before and the breakfast is not as great as this hostel! The wifi signal is strong in the lobby, great people there who are friendly. The kitchen has lots of equipments where I can cook and store food in the refrigerator. The staffs are nice people, and they store luggage bags for me even after I check out because my train is late at night, so I can still travel around Chicago. Location is great, near a train station about 10 mins walk. The neighborhood is safe and there are lots of stores such as CVS pharmacy, McDonald. I would like to stay here again if I ever want to go Chicago next time!! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great Place to Stay"
Very quaint little hotel. Never stayed in a hostel, but it was a lot of fun. The staff was very friendly and helpful. There was a lot to do in the lobby area of the hotel (i.e. pool, foozball)Genuine Expedia guest review
The staff is friendsly. Breakfast with fruits is included. It's a beautiful area with lots of bars around and there are specials in the evenings. It looks actually more like a hotel. It's one of the best hostels I ever stayed.Genuine Expedia guest review
Disappointment: The rooms doesn't have a shower and theres one bed in top of the other.Genuine Expedia guest review
"attention to customers"
Nice location and conviniences for the most part. One major experience caused me to rate their service so low: I was asked for an ID upon check-in for scanning and keeping on file. The desk staff never returned the ID which I didn't notice until I was checking in 2 days later at a different location and couldn't locate my ID. When I called Getwaway, […] they confirmed having the ID. I found this to reflect poor customer service given that they knew very well it belonged to a guest and made no intent of leaving a message or reaching out to me during the 2 nights I stayed there. I subsequently learned that their manager holds 9-5 hours, helping to explain the "out of sight, out of mind" attitude toward something as important as your guests' ID. Other than that experience, I would say that the rooms need to have windows that can be opened if needed. The air quality was not the best because of this issue. I can only imagine the heat and smell in plain summer! The lack of a second means of egress in case of fire is of concern given that these windows are screwed down in order to hold the AC units that minimally achieve their purpose. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Second time to stay here. Good for my needs. Excellent value. Close to many dining options, movie, grocery, etc. Also two blocks to CTA.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Chicago Getaway Hostel"
This hostel was nice. My only complaints were that it was a but far out from McCormick Place and you Coul the doors slam/close all the time in the hallway.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The hostel was very clean and spacious and nice staff.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great place, I would definitely go again"
The hostel is located in a good area, the facilities are well kept and modern. Everyone is friendly, and its a great place to meet people. Would definitely recommend this place to 20-something travelers.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
I stayed here off and on for two weeks while traveling and they were SO accommodating. The staff was great, (Jason, Sierra and Luke rock) and the kitchen is a great size and functional. I appreciated how they took us out so many times.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Get what you pay for I guess"
I didn't expect much coming in given the nature of the place. I was a little disappointed, however, that our in-room bathroom smelled funny. It was also pretty hot in the room. We got two tiny towels, and a set of pretty rough and uncomfortable sheets, though usable. Overall, it was a hostel, so I guess we got what a hostel is supposed to give, so I […] didn't really care much about the little things. I think the worst thing, though, was how incredibly, obnoxiously loud other guests were. I mean, all night, it seemed they were playing who could bang their door the loudest. That was Really annoying. The location, however, was awesome, and we made sure to be in the hostel only right before sleep anyway, so it wasn't a terrible experience. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice Place To Stay"
The Chicago Getaway Hostel is a nice place to stay if you are looking for an inexpensive, no frills, room. The staff was extremely friendly! I requested a private room with shared bath. The room was kind of small, but it suited my purposes perfectly. Vending machine access, pool and foosball tables, internet access, continental breakfast, and other […] amenities were made available to me, though I did not use them. The only thing I was not thrilled with was the shared bath. Next time I stay there, and there will be a next time, I will go with private room with private bath. This really is an inexpensive way to go if you just need a place to lay your head for a night or two in Chicago. 4.5 out of 5 stars from this guest! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"One night stand in Chicago Gateway Hostel"
I wanted a cheap but clean place to crash for one night. I reached the hostel at 9:30PM, and checked out the next morning at 8Am after breakfast. This was a perfect place I could find for what I needed. The facility does not have on location car parking, but they offered me 25$ overnight parking. The nice lady reception at pointed me to couple of near […] by streets where free parking was allowed. I would highly recommend this Hostel to students,bachelors and couples (who are visiting Chicago purely for sightseeing). The hostel is very clean, the room was pretty good and the bathroom clean. My room had 3 bunk beds (for 6 ppl). My bed was neat, with blankets, pillow and a towel. Remember this is a Hostel, so no toiletteries. The breakfast spread was pretty good, bagels, fresh bread, fruits, cereal, oats, milk. Additionally there was a kitchen with provisions for preparing items like Omlette etc. If you stayed on a long term basis, this would be very helpful for you. The lobby was pretty good, with free WiFi. The location of the Hostel was very good, close to CTA Red line and several bus lines. I liked the neighborhood, calm and quite. There were plenty of international restaurants nearby (~5 minutes of walk). Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Staff was awesome. Room was clean. Bed was not so comfortable, but was a bunk bed.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great location and price"
Really very pleased with this! I came to Chicago for business, but needed a cheap place to stay. The location was quiet and accessible to bus stations and public transit, the free coffee and breakfast in the morning was nice and the bathrooms (and the rest of the hostel) was very clean and tidy. I stayed in the dorms, and no problems there at all. I […] would stay here again, absolutely! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"comfy like home, in a residential area"
indeed was very nice to stay there, comfy bed, clean room, location is not in the centre of chicago so required to walk 5 minutes to CTA station then another 5~10 minutes to the downtown, however once you are at hostel you don't want to go out because feels like you are at home, kind staff, lovely place :)Genuine Expedia guest review
Most modern and well kept hostel I've every stayed ever, and I've been to 38 countries....Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"perfect for my purpose"
All we needed is somewhere to sleep near the congress theater andthe getaway was perfect. No lockouts, kind staff, and intresting people to meet. It was an overall great experienceGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"situated in a nice quiet neighborhood"
very clean, organized, great price for a hostel!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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