Never experienced anything like this before. The best way to describe it was like a college dorm and I loved it and the atmosphere. Will do again at this same location!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"A pleasant place to stay. Well worth the price."
This was my first hostel stay & i must say that i was astounded by the price, the people and the grounds. First the price. My first thought prior to booking this trip was that this place had to be a dump. WRONG! It is a very nice place with a great staff. Everybody was sooooo nice and very helpful. The cleaning gal kept my dorm room in tip top shape. […] The front desk guys/gals were always nice and very helpful. The guests ranged from the very young to the elders. From the working class to the affluent. They hailed from all over america and the world. It was truly wonderful to have met so many amazing people. The hostel is nice, clean & kept up. The location is perfect. Its located in a quiet well off neighborhood that should be listed as a destination alongside all the other nice places in Chicago. Just a precaution to anyone who is looking for a place that is quiet. THIS IS NOT FOR YOU. This place is alive! You will not sleep well here. You are in a shared quarters environment. Your room mates come and go at all hours. I recommend earplugs. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Almost the best hostel I've stayed at"
The Hostel is in a great location, very easily accessible. Good value for money. The staff were very friendly. +1 for free luggage room. +1 for free breakfast +5 for full self-service kitchen with fridge, microwave, storage containers +1 for cleanliness - bath and room and common areas. The only negative is, the room did not have charging points at […] convenient locations. I had to put my phone and laptop under someone else's bed. Other than that, everything else was great! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Comfortable Weekend Stay in Chicago's Lincoln Park"
The staff was very friendly and helpful though they were very busy. The room and linens were extremely clean. The complimentary beakfast was very good. Wish there was more parking available but desk staff directed us to available parking down the street. I would stay there again.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great Hostel Experience"
Staff was very friendly and helpful. Can't beat the location. Private room was clean but small.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Excellent for a Chicago weekend"
Gateway hostel is a very very nice place to crash in when you're visiting Chicago on both short/long periods of time. It's on a very beautiful and secure neighborhood with easy access to trains and bus lines. It's also on walking distance to the zoo, wrigley field and Clarke street with hundreds of restaurants and pubs where you can chill and have fun […] at night. Staff is the nicest, always friendly and at your service. All they want to do is make you feel comfortable, secure, and above all, have fun.I loved the chill-like experience, meeting super cool people at least for one night. I got an upgrade from a 4-bed shared room to a private room, which obviously was more comfortable. Recommended especially for students and/or single people ages 20-30. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Good to go"
Definitely a HostelGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Aside from the location, this place was terrible. Management was rude and lied to us about certain accommodations we would be getting and we never got them. Waste of money. Left after on night and ended up staying at a holiday inn for the other three nights. Do not waste your time and money. Location was the only good thing.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Very clean and affordable"
I stayed for two days and had a really good stay. With the breakfast included, the accommodation is pretty cheap. Its little away from the loop but well connected by the red line(which is 24hrs). The staff was friendly and the rooms were clean. Not noisy at all. There are computers at the ground floor which can be used. In short, totally worth the […] money Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Instead of a 'hostile' hotel, a nice, hostel place"
I grew up in Chicago and when I went back to visit family I thought I knew all the best places to stay. This place is convenient, fun, and certainly inexpensive.Genuine Expedia guest review
"So worth it."
Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Decent facilities. Cool old building in a trendy residential neighborhood. Excellent value.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Very nice neighborhood"
It was my first time staying in a hostel and it turned out to be a great experience. The room mates were great and friendly. The room and the hotel in general was very clean. The neighborhood was really nice. It is a bit away from downtown where most of the attractions are but you can easily get the train to get there. Overall the experience was great […] and I would stay there again without a second thought. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Room and facilities were clean and modern. Great international vibe in the common areas. Outstanding location close to DePaul, Clark St. and the lake.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"New Experience not for the close minded"
The hostel was as described by the website. The pictures and descriptions are very accurate. I stayed in a tiny room with 2 bunk beds that resembled a dormitory. At first I was creeped out that I would be lodging with strangers. This sketchy feeling was reinforced because of the fact that I did not have the opportunity to introduce myself to my roommates […] by the time I showed up to take refuge for the night. In addition, the hostel housed a diverse demographic of people, young and old, native and foreign. The staff is very friendly and the beds are pretty comfortable. The bathrooms are public and dorm style so plan accordingly (shower sandals). When I checked into my room I didn't leave any of my belongings and I wouldn't recommend that you do either because you never know who's out there! And dont expect to post up in the room for a night of relaxation either because there is no TV, desk, chairs, or entertainment; just a room with bunkbeds and a sink. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Pretty Good Considering the Price"
I was in town for a trial for a basically indigent client, and I wanted to save him some money. Staff was really friendly, and location was great. Everyone I met seemed nice. I was worried the noise level would make it hard to sleep--there were some doors opening and slamming, but not too bad. I had a white noise app on my phone that i used (with my […] roommate's approval) and had no trouble sleeping. Only complaint was that room and bathroom had unpleasant smells. I don't expect the Ritz for $30, but simply cleaning the bathroom regularly doesn't seem unreasonable. I had to leave before breakfast was served, so I can't comment on it. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great hostel overall"
Quiet neighborhood in good area. Easy access to Subway - few blocks walk. And nightly events held at hostel. Definitely recommend for hostel experienceGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Not bad, very inconvenient the fact that that you have to share the bathroom, a little far. But for an emergency it is a clean, safe place to stay!!!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
a nice place with nice helpful people. had a great time there. recommend it.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good for a quick overnight stay"
I was taking care of some personal business in the area, and need to find a convenient place to stay without spending a lot during the spring break season. So this works. The free wi-fi is really important; lots of places to eat within step; the breakfast is really simple, but good for a quick bite before running out for business.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Such a great place to meet new people!"
The Hotel staff were amazing and so friendly! I loved that they had activities every night to bring everyone together! I met some really awesome people from all over the world and made life long friends from this experience. I will definitely be staying at this Hotel every trip to Chicago I can get!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Travel with the family"
Great location. Very nice hostel. A little light on the breakfast quality. But I would definitely stay here again. I was traveling with two of my sons - age 21 and 10. The first hostel stay for the 10 year old - and it was very positive. And all of the activity around the hostel made the 21 year old very happy too.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
It seemed to be quite noisy and was not smoke-free. An alarming number of young people. I felt like I was staying in a boarding school.Genuine Expedia guest review
This is a great hostel and was worth every penny spent! Staff is super friendly and helpful, bathrooms are always clean, the common areas are really nice. Very safe neighborhood within walking distance to the train and buses, pubs, restaurants, pharmacies and some touristy spots. Would highly recommend anyone to stay here!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Last minute life saver"
I booked a room at the hostel as I was walking off the plane. All the car rental places were closed because I had a major delay and needed some where cheap to stay until the morning. I booked a private room with a shared bathroom because all I wanted was sleep. It was clean and convenient. My only complaints are that the radiator was constantly making […] a noise, not just a regular radiator noise but the most acurate discription would be more like a farting noise but I was so tired it didn't stop be from falling asleep right away. Also the doors were very loud even when I was very carful when closing the bathroom or bed room door it echoed down the hall and while in my room I could hear other doors opening and closing. Besides those two issues the over all stay was good, I recommend it to anyone looking for a cheap stay and would definite consider staying again. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
great placeGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice hotel right in Lincoln park!"
Only a couple blocks away from all the restaurants and bars! Great location and great place overall!!Genuine Expedia guest review
I visit chicago for my URTA auditions this past month. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay, it was very warm and cozy; great people to mingle with and not too overwhelming. This was my first time staying at a hostile & let me tell you, I had weird assumptions. But this place turned out to be everything plus more! The staff were super nice & they gave me clear […] directions to the great mile for my auditions. My roommates were Cool and we all lived in different parts of the world; we all exchanged information and collectively agreed that our stay at the hostile was indeed memorable. Thanks staff for a wonderful place to network & sleep. My only complaint; my food was stolen from the refrigerator, half eaten. Yea... Pretty desperate! But nonetheless I had a great stay! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
The whole hostel in general was clean and the staff were helpful and friendly. They even have events organized at night for guests. Really enjoyed our 2 nights here.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Very nice night spent in Chicago"
I was planning to stay in a room for 2 persons and we had another friend that needed to stay, the hotel staff was very flexible and helpful to book us another room with 4 beds without any additional charge, room was very clean, toilets and showers were clean and I really enjoyed my stay, Location of Hostel is also great will definitely go there again […] if I have to stay in Chicago Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Getaway was the Highlight of a Travel Nightmare"
After numerous delays and cancellations due to weather, I was informed I would not be able to fly out of Chicago for 2 whole days. Very upset and low on money, I booked the easiest hostel I could find online, which happened to be Chicago Getaway. Check-in wasn't until 3pm, but when I arrived there, coming in out of the freezing cold at 1:30am after […] spending 3-hours at the airport for customer service, the Getaway staff member at the desk promptly checked me in and got me a bed for no additional cost. Spent a very nice 2-days there, meeting plenty of very interesting and kind folks from around the world, and even got to explore a bit of Chicago, despite the biting cold. Played pool late into the night over some beers and then rested my head in a cozy 8-person all-female room. Felt welcomed, comfortable, and safe. Should I ever go back to Chicago, I would stay at Getaway again, no questions asked. They turned my 2-day travel delay nightmare, into a pleasant experience. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Average Overnight Stay"
The price for the hostel was fantastic in a very quiet neighborhood. Too good to be true. Make sure you have a license that DOES NOT start in "60***" otherwise they will give you a difficult time staying overnight here. The only place I read this was the FAQ section of their website after I had already booked a room through Hotels.com. Nowhere on Hotels.com […] did it say this, which I think is a huge requirement to overlook. Staff was friendly and helpful. The only problem I had was that the blankets/sheets in my room were unacceptable. I know I should have brought along my own blankets and pillows to use, but I didn't think I would have to use paper thin blankets to try and keep warm all night. Overall, very mediocre stay without future improvements being made. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Awesome, but bring flip flops!"
This place was a new experience for me, as I've never stayed at a hostel before. It was really awesome, and the staff were incredibly helpful. I actually didn't realize that it was a hostel until I got there, as I didn't read the name of the place correctly! But as my title states, bring flip flops! The showers are communal (like a freshman dorm), but […] they have nice dividers for privacy. Bring any toiletries you would use at home, because none of that is provided. But this place was excellent, to be sure! I would absolutely stay here again. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Perfect Spot for a getaway"
This was the perfect place for a quick getaway. The hostel was clean and friendly. It was spacious and had a lot to offer.The only thing I wish could have been a little better is the options for breakfast! Other than that it was great!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Very helpful and courteous staff. Nice, clean and modern accommodations.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Great place to stay for decent price.!!!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good neighborhood and close to downtown."
This is not a hotel but a hostel. Like any hostel you get a clean bed or room but you will have to share the bathroom. Good place to stay if you want to stay cheap and long. The only complain is they didn't have any free parking and you pay $28/day for parking.Genuine Expedia guest review
"You can't get a better deal than this"
My friend and I decided to visit Chicago and we were looking for a deal. We booked our room at the Getaway Hostel and we were not disappointed. We paid a great price and the rooms are what you come you'd expect in a hostel and it was clean. But the reason it was great was the experience. Free breakfast, great staff, excellent central location in Chicago […] and full of fun people of all ages. Definitely a great place to stay for a very low price in one of the best cities in the world. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
I was a little scared of the place since I heard few things about hostels. But, everything was amazing, even the activities were great, we met a lot of awesome people. I recommen this place to everyone.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Decent comfortable place."
Stayed only one night but found the place really comfy, neat, convenient.The access to transport is good. Most important, it's a safe Chicago neighborhood.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Decent comfortable place."
Stayed only one night but found the place really comfy, neat, convenient.The access to transport is good. Most important, it's a safe Chicago neighborhood.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Close but no cigar"
I'm not quite sure if it was just my room, or the others as well, but my room was as clean as anyone's front room on a lazy day. It wasn't swept, the trash was never taken, there was a THICK layer of dust on the fan, it just hadn't been touched. The woman who checked me in was rude and talked to me and my friends as if we were stupid. The room was tiny, […] the pictures put up on their website misleading. We could barely move! My closet was bigger! I would definitely suggest bringing your own blanket - the ones they provide are thin and basically didn't warm you up at all; neither did the heater. The hotel obviously focused more on their lobby than their rooms. The thing I was satisfied with was the location. It was extremely close to everything downtown, especially all of the theatres and the "L" train just a few blocks down. If you're looking for a hostel in the middle of everything, the hostel is good. If you're looking for a quality hotel in the middle of everything, don't stay here. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good place if you just need a place to sleep"
Staff were very friendly. Easy to sleep, not loud like other places.Genuine Expedia guest review
Great stay. Was too short!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Excellent location and great value for the money!"
This was my first experience with a hostel. Loved it! Reminded me of college and loved the energy from the patrons - all much younger than me... My main concern was the neighborhood and whether my car will be safe there. Lincoln Park is an excellent neighborhood, a half mile from the red/brown line and bus station, just a few blocks away from DePaul […] University, and close to Lincoln Park and an 18-mile bike/running path as well. It is safe to walk at all hours, parking per day was much more reasonable than anywhere close to Downtown, and access to the car was easy. Subway trip to the Magnificent Mile is around 7 minutes once on the train. Not a luxurious place, but very clean even though it's an old building, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. The price for 2 nights plus tax plus parking was less than the price of the cheapest room downtown before tax and before parking for 1 night only... If you don't mind a dorm atmosphere, this is an excellent place to stay! There is a full kitchen available to all patrons with dishes up to and including pots and pans, and storage space in shelves and fridge / freezer. Use what you want then the staff cleans it. There is also a terrace in the back (towards the parking lot) with tables, chairs and chase-longs where you can have a meal, talk on the phone, or just hang out outside. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Cool location Cool Locale Fair Deal"
The hotel was a hostel and for a hostel it was excellent. It was in a wonderful location and it was full of people from throughout the world wanting to meet people. Still, the reservation was not good. My Expedia reservation led me to expect three beds -- one a roll-away. I was told to contact the hostel for that. I contacted them the day before I arrived […] and they told me I needed to be there to get the extra bad. Once I arrived they told me the extra bed was impossible. So, a three adult room was a metal bunk bed with a double bed on the bottom and a single bed on the top. So, for about $125 I received one star accommodations. But the hostel is safe, fairly clean and in a good location for Chicago neighborhood life. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Stayed in a private room with a partial bath for 3 nightsGenuine Expedia guest review
"Enjoyed my stay"
The staff were helpful and pleasant, the other guests interesting and upbeat. The room was similar to a dorm room, which was about what I expected. Three blocks from the El, and minutes from my conference, the location was all I could ask for. Lincoln Park is an easy walk from the hostel and the neighborhood was pleasant to walk through.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"First Stay In A U.S. Hostel"
This was the first time I have ever stayed in a hostel here in the states and I was super-impressed. The location was convenient for public transportation to and from the airport and the events we went to in the city. The neighborhood is very nice with nearby restaurants, coffee shops and a drug store etc. There were plenty of computers in the lobby […] and free wi-fi, including being able to check in at the airport and print our boarding passes for free. The staff helped us with tips on getting around on the CTA. The kitchen is awesome. You have access to fridge, freezer, ice, vending and all manner of cooking your own food. Breakfast was an exceptional continental. Great, laid back atmosphere and lots of activities including pool table, fooz ball and t.v. Shared bathrooms were clean with plenty of hot water and good water stream. Only thing was the pillows were frumpy. I was glad I brought my own. For the price, and understanding that this is a hostel not a hotel, our stay was outstanding and I highly recommend this place! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Excellent location, great staff, wonderful place"
The staff, location, neighborhood, ambiance, it was all great. D.J.,Marian, Vincent and the staff were all awesome. Great mix of nationalities and personalities from all over the world. Took my seventeen year old son with me and it was an eye opener for him. Conveniently located in Lincoln Park, seven minute walk to Fullerton station, I would stay here […] in a minute. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"High quality hostel"
From check in to check out it was a pleasure staying at this hostel.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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