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Hostelling International Chicago

1.5 of 5 Hostel   |   24 E. Congress Pkwy., South Loop, Chicago, IL 60605 (The Loop)
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Ranked #10 of 52 Specialty Lodging in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Manistee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Hi-International is a great place to take scouts. I have taken my troop there two times - once as 5th graders and once as 8th graders. The hostel has given us varying size rooms as the troop has become smaller. Over the three years, they have increased security features and now seem to offer more help in planning your vacation.... More 

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Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You get your moneys worth here. The location is very convenient to the downtown area. The employees are very friendly and always welcome you with a smile. There is a nice open space in every room and the activities throughout the building. You also meet a great group of people during your stay. Free breakfast held during certain early hours.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Terrible & misleading sales. We booked 2 private rooms on the phone. They were actually shared rooms, with shared bath. We paid $432.40 for two private rooms for two nights, in rooms that were not private rooms. I've never experienced such a swindle, never paid so much for a hostel. After we saw the rooms, the staff would not allow... More 

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HI-Chicago, Manager at Hostelling International Chicago, responded to this review

Dear Traveler, Thanks for your review. Unfortunately none of our rooms have private bathrooms, as a hostel all the private rooms have shared bath. This is highlighted on our website and every booking engine, I am sorry you misunderstood. Best, HI Management More 

The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hostel is located in downtown Chicago. Free city-walking tour, with a great walk trough the city, discovering sights of Chicago. Breakfast is perfect (and free), rooms are clean, although the A/C is really, really, loud.

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wever ia
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Good location and clean. Subway rattles by outside. Nicer than New York. Free breakfast. Looks to be converted hotel. Ten minutes to lakefront, in summer, maybe fifteen to museum campus. Easy access to subway, including travel to either airport.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The stay was good but some of the staff needed some attitude adjustment. If you need something fixed (like refiling soap/shampoo in bathroom) one has to wait for the housekeeper to come next morning. They would not offer an alternate arrangement. The WiFi never worked since it did not have enough capacity. Very noisy in the night.

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Woodbridge, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

First time at a hostel, and very impressed! Easy to get to: take the CTA from O'Hare, and get off at LaSalle. Clean, updated installations, great location! Fall out of bed and into the loop, right after the complimentary breakfast. Would recommend!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

One of the best hostels I have been to! Excellent location ..just mins from the Union Station & the Greyhound station. I easily walked to all of the top attractions. The rooms & bathrooms were awesome ..very spacious, comfortable and clean. The breakfast was quite busy & I couldn't find a lot of options when I was late. Would definitely... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I was here for 7 days during Thanksgiving week 2014. I will try and present a fair and balanced review. Pros 1. GREAT location, centrally located 2. Staff was nice and helpful 3. Post checkout storage was much appreciated 4. The Thanksgiving dinner was very good and the dining room is the warmest place in the building! CONS 1. The... More 

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HI-Chicago, Manager at Hostelling International Chicago, responded to this review

Dear Karen, Thank you for your observations and input. Here at HI Chicago we strive to do our best to provide a great experience for all our guests. With your feedback we can learn from our mistakes and strive to do better. We will look at the areas where we are lacking and use this as continued training for our... More 

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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We were looking for affordable group accommodations for a long weekend trip to Chicago and decided to try out the hostel. I have fond memories of traveling through Europe 20 years ago and staying at hostels, but after a horrible experience at a hostel in Mexico, was a bit nervous to try it out all these years later. It turned... More 

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Address: 24 E. Congress Pkwy., South Loop, Chicago, IL 60605
Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > The Loop
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostelling International Chicago 1.5*
Number of rooms: 300
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