"Close to everything!"
I enjoyed this place immensely. I had a great time there, and the staff and other guests were very welcoming. The Hostel was near everything I wanted to get to, such as the CSO, the Park, the Sears tower, and the train. I love it! Will stay again next chance I get! The room was clean, they replaced sheets and towels, and they gave a healthy breakfast […] each morning! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"I would stay here again in a heartbeat"
The staff were friendly (except for one old guy, whom I though was a bit rude), there was nearly always someone around cleaning (a great thing!), the common areas are huge and comfortable. For $30/night, as long as you don't mind dorm-style, you really can't ask for more. The location is also fantastic.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
great experience, it was cheap and the condition was wonderfulGenuine Expedia guest review
"HI - Chicago"
Very nice hostel located in the downtown loop of Chicago. There are many universities in the near vicinity (Roosevelt, DePaul, etc.) The only complaint I really have is that the room I was staying in reeked of cigarette smoke when I arrived, but it improved over my stay. Also, the hostel is located right next to one of the elevated train lines. You […] get used to it though. The free breakfast was what one would expect in terms of quality. There are a lot of food places in the area including a Panera, Panda Express, Epic Burger, Chipotle, etc. A CVS is on the next corner. The hostel is also in a really nice location in terms of things to do in the city including the Magnificent Mile, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Symphony, Auditorium Theatre (literally a minute away). Most other attractions are a quick train ride away. The hostel also offers some discounts to local attractions like the Museum of Contemporary Art. I would highly recommend this hostel to anyone who is on a budget and looking for a place to stay for a short while. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great place to stay"
Everything was great except that you couldn't take the stairs to the upper floorsGenuine Expedia guest review
"I couldn,t it was hotel, in a safe part of Chicago"
I was at a hotel which part of the hotel was dorm style. There were four bunk beds to a room. The hotel was clean. We had one washroom for four people. I felt uncomfortable sharing room with four people. I was not sure that the hotel had single rooms still available at the time I was trying to check in. I was supposed to catch a bus Thursday night. […] My trip was cancelled. I did not want to stay at bus station. I wanted a hotel room close to the bus station, and a lot of the hotel rooms were already booked. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"That room next to the metro..."
Overall, it was a good stay and I would do it again, especially if I'm just passing by Chicago. But I'll make sure not that they don't assign me to room 311 (I think). It was thr noisest!! The CTA is right next to the window and I could barely sleep. It was just that room though.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
I had a short stay. Surely recommended for people coming for a short stay (1 night). The bed was clean but a bit too soft for me. It was too late and I didn't want to bother anyone about it. Else, the restrooms, carpets and doorways were all clean.Genuine Expedia guest review
It was clean, the staff was super friendly and helpful and it's located near public transportation. I was a bit anxious at staying in a hostel but the showers were clean and the bedding was still fluffy and white. The lockers were in good condition and the breakfast was pretty good (muffins, coffee etc). I'd recommend it. Note the cafe next to it opens […] at 10am on the weekend. Also they have a computer lounge you can print a boarding pass on for around $2-$3. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Near to CTA LaSalle stop"
It was good.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Well placed, safe neighborhood"
I enjoyed the hostel and the people I met there. The bed was comforable, the room clean, breakfast very basic. I will go back again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Very convenient location"
The hostel is located several blocks from Michigan Ave. and very near a number of large hotels where conventions meet. The elevated train stop is about a block away. The rooms and facilities were all very clean--better than I expected. Hotel personnel were very helpful.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Good, cheap place to stay"
It is what it is. For a hostel it is pretty good. The staff is helpful and the rooms are in good shape. If you are okay with staying in a hostel, this is a good place to stay.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Very professional hostel near everything"
I was attending a conference at a nearby hotel and booked at this hostel because of the price. I was pleasantly surprised that it's only a couple of blocks to the Magnificent Mile and is surrounded by everything I could want - museums, restaurants, stores, bars, coffee shops, etc. Most things were within easy walking distance and, for things further […] away, there were subway stops for several different lines nearby. The front desk staff were always pleasant and helpful and the cleaning crew did a great job. My bed was a little less than comfortable - a somewhat thin mattress on slightly sagging springs - but much better than a lot of the hostels I've stayed in and I slept well each night. Each bed had its own personal light for reading, etc after others had gone to bed and my room had its own toilet, sink, and shower, in addition to the communal ones in the hall. The free breakfast was filling each morning - bagels, toast, cheese, apples, cereal, milk, orange juice, and coffee - and they have laundry and a computer room for a small fee. I would stay in this hostel every time I visit Chicago! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Hostel in Chicago review"
Overall a fine experience. Guests kept to themselves but were friendly when engaged. I especially appreciated the computer services in the commons area. Well located: three blocks from the Palmer House where my conference took place and at a much more affordable rate. And the facilities were very well maintained. Good job.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
It was exactly what I needed for a short stay. I knew that there might be a chance of sleeping in the top bunk (which I did), but I was a little bothered that there was a lower bunk available, but the sheets weren't changed, so I thought someone was still staying there. In other words, had they changed the sheets on the lower bunk, I could have avoided […] climbing up and down the ladder...something I didn't want to do at 39 years old. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Orange line stops a block away or so. A quick and friendly check in. Clean rooms & a very nice common area on floor 2. Daily activities organised by some awesome volunteers. Tasty breakfast, nice atmosphere, helpful staff…. I would definitely go back…Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Close to all sights"
Awesome hostel, would go back again in the future.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"good place to stay"
clean, nice place to stay at low costGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Truly enjoyed my stay as the staff were very friendly and helpful. The location was ideally central in the City.Genuine Expedia guest review
"4 nights stay in chicago"
location is great,hostel staff reception with clear pin point instruction,information center is very useful of volunteers with dedication to visitors questions,breakfast is bread butter same food for daily but clean and sufficient with good ambiance, room is clean and good bedding with bath room gel,towel and ventilation i recommend this facility is […] best in down town,near to bus and trains,walkable to all attractions in walkable everyday hostel have some programs of chicago buildings,walkings in walker street so on.... appreciable is table tennis table and snooker with recreation room round the clock coffee with toilets in all floors for guests enjoyed the visit with wifi 24x7 regards Dr srinivas Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice youth hostel in the center of the city."
Perfect location. Near the subway and shops. Rooms are clean. You can cook for yourself for free. Friendly atmosphere. You can only enjoy yourself there ! I had great time there.Genuine Expedia guest review
The room was in an ideal location and was quite nice. It was a little warm, but other than that it was perfect.Genuine Expedia guest review
"very nice hostel."
Next to train station, very convenient. One block from Grant Park. Our room comes with shower room, lockers, two sinks. Nice staff.Genuine Expedia guest review
If you are traveling light and simply need a place to sleep this is a cheap alternative if you don't mind being around other people. Everyone was very polite and courteous to one another. I congratulate whoever came up with the idea.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good facilities at low price"
The hotel is good for one to two nights stay. The staff is excellent and does the maximum to satisfy the guest. However, room comfort is not on the par. I was given a room which was too noisy because of a train passing every 10 minutes. The blanket was short in length and all the night there was too much outside light entering the room because the window […] curtains were also short. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Convenient location, close to transportations."
It was overall a nice experience. For me it provides a clean and relatively comfort bed for sleep and some simple but descent breakfast to start the day. Did not get chance to interact with the staff and use other facility that much. So can't comment on that. The cafe adjacent to the hostel has some very nice sandwiches.Genuine Expedia guest review
this place is in downtown chicao, hotel does not provide free parking, I paid 25 dollars to park my car over night. Additionally you are asked to pay additional 3 dollars at the hotel if you don't have a membership. I spent total 68 dollars to share a room with other 7 guys when I could have just paid for 45 dollars and having free parking and my own […] room at other 2 star hotels Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Centrally located-AWESOME for walkers"
Excellent customer service. Based on each of my stays here I have the following suggestions: 1) Have rooms ready on-time (each stay I've had to wait an hour to get into my room) 2) Strongly suggest having wash cloths available.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
I went to Chicago to visit Art Institute, and this hotel is really closed to my destination. The room is very clean, eight people per room with four bank beds . If you need a quite place to have a rest and more privacy, avoid this hotel. Some international students came back to hotel very late and made some noises without consideration, I only stayed […] one night, so that's not a big problem. Sum up, cheat, convenient, not very comfortable. Good for students. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Close to all must see sights"
It was fantastic and great experience ,,,, thanks a lot ,,,, all the bes for youGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Better than expected. Great location!"
Pro: GREAT location by the loop! Clean room. Free breakfast. Towel is provided. Locker to lock up your stuff (need own lock). Con: Comforter has a funny smell. Had problems connecting to wifi. Elevator is a pain to use - need to swipe room card key every time and the machine doesn't always recognize your key.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Nice hostel close to everything downtown Chicago"
Laid-back staff, good security, great atmosphere. I'll stay there again when in the area.Genuine Expedia guest review
Came there just to spend a vacation by myself. Great place if you're familiar with hostels concept. Great location as well. Also you can meet young folks to hang out withGenuine Hotels.com guest review
We felt safe while we were staying at the Hostel.It was very quiet on our floor.The room was comfortable.I was glad to have access to a refrigerator and stove on our floor.The staff was courteous and friendly.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great hostel & price - I always return here"
This hostel is consistently inviting & I feel attached to it now - I've stayed three times over the last 2 years. The two most important things to know: if you're not a member of Hostelling International, you have to pay an additional fee of $3 a night. Second: your comfort depends on the luck of the draw with roommates. Some will be asleep with lights […] out even before 11, others will get up and pack noisily at 5am, some will chat with you or talk loudly with friends, while others barely say 'hi' over a two day stay in the same room. It all depends on your comfort level, but this last visit I was luckier than the previous! For the price, I take my chances. :) Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Don't go againGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Sharing with a younger group of people, policy were violated with regards to drinking, having guest overnight and also being loud after 11:00 p.m.. Since the front desk is open 24 hours rounds should be enforced on all floors after 11:00 p.m.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great if you don't mind unpredictable roommates"
Clean and comfortable but I was not a fan of people turning on lights at 2 am. I'm sure they weren't a fan of my alarm going off at 6:30 am either. So it goes with a hostel... Great value for the location, but I'm too old to put up with roomies nowGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great Location for the money"
Very surprised by the cleanliness of the room. The location is excellent. You can hit all of the major attractions via bus or train easily from here. In a car, I'm not sure. The breakfast wasn't what I expected. I thought it would be hot food, but it was bagels, toast and cheese. If you're heavy set or have a few extra pounds, make sure to request a […] bottom bunk. It was very difficult getting on the top bunk for someone my size. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Cant beat the price"
This was my first experience at a Hostel. Wasnt sure what to expect. I arrived a few hours earlier then check in and had to run to a meeting without having time to wait. Just got off a flight and Mike at the front desk was more than helpful in accomadting my needs. He provided me with a room key with access to a shower ironing board and place to change. […] The hotel also offers to hold your luggage in a room for you by the front desk. Was very pleased with Mike's helpfulness and understanding of my situation. The first night I stayed in a 8person bunk. Wasn't crazy about the environment but thats not to say the room wasnt adequate. I just prefer privacy. The room was super clean, had locker for personals. The second night i was able to upgrade to a 1 person room. Much better for me. You can think of it as a dorm room, thats exactly what it was. Yea trains get annoying but I sleep thru anything so it wasnt a problem. I was only in the room to sleep anyway since I was their on business and had meetings all day. For the price and location you cannot beat it. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
They run a pretty tight ship here. The location is in the business district, which dies out at nighttime for the most part. The place was clean, well secured, and they provided bicycle parking for my girlfriend and I. Not a bad stay.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
If your a younger traveler with limited income hosteling international is the way to go. For a club fee of $28 a year or $3 a night you can have reasonable accommodations in the heart of Chicago.Genuine Expedia guest review
Top quality hostel. Very safe and clean, the bunks were big and the rooms quiet. Location was ideal and the staff friendly. Definitely better than a cheap hotel. Would go back againGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"NOT FOR LIGHT SLEEPERS"
Reminded me of being back in the army barracks. Individualus coming in and going out up until about 1:30 am.The staff was friendly and the room was clean. But this is not the place for older people who need a good nights sleep. A lot of younger people, so if that's what you are looking for, go for it. A lot of Asians. Room was noisy from out-of-room […] goings on, the L-train, sirens, garbage trucks, motorcycles, and other street noises. An "Experience", but not for me at age 70 again. Need an unshared room. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice hostel in downtown."
The price was good. Most of staff were kind. Lock for the cabinet to keep bagages was not furnished.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Excellent affordable place to stay in downtown"
Excellent place to stay right in downtown with access to everything. Great location, secure area, friendly helpful staffs, rooms are clean. Cannot find a better hostel deal. Highly recommend.Genuine Expedia guest review
"A room without the price!"
I was delighted with my experience at this hostel. I have stayed at a few hotels in Chicago both on and off the Magnificent Mile. it took me a while to realize that the cost of the room in a hotel is MUCH more than it's worth for literally a place "to hang your hat." There is so much to do and enjoy in every corner of the Chicago area--site seeing, […] shopping, and eating at fantastic restaurants--why would you blow your budget on a pillow top mattress and coffee in the room? Hosteling International was MORE than accommodating, even for some one who uses a walker for a mild disability. In the rest of the city, this might pose a challenge, but HI wants at least the place where you sleep and have breakfast (free and satisfying) to be kind to limited mobility! The staff were extremely knowledgeable, talking me back to the building one crazy night when I got a little dazed by the neon beauty and lost my sense of direction:) It really meant a lot and was extremely helpful because nobody on the street seemed to have ANY idea where the hostel was! I might be on the far end of the age they usually see next time I come to Chicago, but I will definitely come back if they let me! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Hostel close to major Chicago museums"
This is my second time staying in a 8-person all-female dorm with its own bathroom and shower in the room. I've found this hostel to be clean and safe. They have lockers for belongings and suitcases (you have to bring your own lock), both in the rooms for every occupant, and near the reception, if you need to lock up your luggage after check-out and […] before traveling further. This time, they did not have enough lockers when I arrived around 11am and stored my suitcase there before visiting the Art Institute. Check-in starts at 3pm I believe. The breakfast is acceptable, nothing extraordinary, includes toast and cereal and other stuff. It's a 10-minute walk from the hostel to the Art Institute of Chicago, and a 30-minute walk through the park to the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. Bus connections are also available. The hostel can be reached by public transportation easily, directions are on their website. There seem to be many different age groups represented at this hostel, not just people in their teens and twenties. The two times I've stayed here my roommates were quiet and I had no trouble sleeping at night. Hotel prices in or near downtown Chicago are exorbitant, and I have found this hostel to be a much cheaper alternative. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"best place to meet nice people"
The best thing for the hostels is that you can meet nice people and enjoy yor time by walking around, eating pizza, listening to blues. the place of hostel make them possible in a quick way.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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