We really liked this hostel. Two of us had booked a private room (bath outside the room) at a very reasonable rate. Building itself is beautiful. Rooms and common areas were all spotless when we got there.
Our room was huge, with a bunk bed (double on the bottom, twin on the top), large window with desk top under it and a chair, radio/alarm clock. Each 'unit' had several bedrooms off it, a small kitchen area and a lounge area. A connecting hall with a gender segregated toilet and shower off of it led to the unit next door.
Hostel also has a very large lounge area for the whole hostel as well as a very well stocked kitchen that is available if you want to self cater. Everything was clean and in good condition.
When we arrived our room wasn't ready yet so we stored our luggage in their luggage room and went on a free 'architecture of Chicago' tour. The tour was excellent, and itself was worth the cost of our stay that night. A volunteer guided us by and into buildings that we never would have found on our own.
Breakfast is included and was very good and filling. The usual continental breakfast things - toast, waffles etc. This is a hostel, so you have to do your own dishes after breakfast. Great views from the dining room of nearby buildings and the el.
Our only complaint (and the reason for 4 rather than 5 'hoots') was that in the attached unit there were 'gatherings' every night, and that common room was a complete disaster. Luckily the noise from there was far enough away from our room that it didn't bother us, but we met an older couple who were not so lucky. We saw the staff walk in and gently mention that 'they would clean this up when they were done right?", but other than that staff showed no concern to the noise or the mess. When I checked out I mentioned it and the two staff members on the front desk just shrugged. My worry is that it is possible to end up in a room with noisy inconsiderate guests outside your room, and staff don't appear to be responsive to problems such as this.
Overall though I highly recommend this hostel and wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.
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