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“Quiet hostel close to the city” 4 of 5 stars
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The Chicago Parthenon Hostel
310 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60661   |  
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Ranked #29 of 50 Specialty lodging in Chicago
Burnley, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Quiet hostel close to the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I stayed here for a week in a private room with my boyfriend and it was ok. I hardly ever saw anyone else though, except for at breakfast. I dont think I would have been too happy if I was staying in a dorm on my own, just because there didnt seem to be any social activities or people to speak to. The kitchen was tiny, but that didnt bother us as we ate out - who wouldnt in Chicago! The breakfast was ample, considering you usually just get cereal and/or toast. The owner seemed a bit eccentric, but nice enough. It was close enough to the city and other transport too. Definitely would stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Manhattan, Kansas
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

A great place if you are planning to run the Chocago Marathon. Many guest that weeken dare runners, the race runs in front of hte Hostel, so your team can cheer without going to far. The Hostel serves a decent breakfast. Only bad thing is hte very angry guy (may be the owner) keeping watch of the breakfast.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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st. petersburg florida
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Be very careful when booking here. You cannot see what you are getting over the internet. The rooms are very shabby. If they would go to a few garage sales, they could update this place. The kitchen is ridiculous ...it's a joke. The tv did not work so that wasn't going to entertain me. When you reserve over the internet, they keep a part of the rate...once you get there and change your mind they will not refund your money. They would not let me see the room first. They like to blame everything on the computer. These people are not Americans. They are in fact parasites. Good luck to you if you read this and go there anyway. Oh my goodness. You will find out like I did.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Frankfurt, Germany
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

The location is ok. It's close to the Blue Line and the Greyhound Station. It's 1 mile to walk downtown. The rooms are not well ventilated. It was warm an sticky in there. You have no cooking facilities - just a fridge, a microwave and a water boiler (no dishes, no water in the kitchen). I hade to change rooms, but both betts were dirty (there have been a lot of hairs in there before I used it). The water pressure in the shower is not very high. If you sit on a toilet, your knees touch the door, which couldn't been locked most of the time. For breakfast you get toast, pre-peeled eegs, 2 types of jam, bananas, cornflakes, tea, water and coffee. That's it. For $33 a night in a 8 bett dorm it''s ... not enough.

Room Tip: Don't book here except you have to take the Greyhound bus in the early morning (3am) like me.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

The lady at the reception named Cookie was helpful. She actually managed to reserve me a bed for 5 days when it was available only for 2 days.

Pros:

- Good location to visit sights and get to the metro station
- Friendly environment
- Staff is helpful
- Free wi-fi and breakfast provided
- No curfew
- Walmart and walgreens are very close if you need to get some cheap food


Cons:
- No air conditioning and windows are closed
- Not cheap. $35 per night including tax in a 8 bed room.
- No alcohol is allowed
- The stairs are too high to descend if you have a heavy luggage
- The old manager at cafeteria is rather rude, than polite to all visitors. He scares every visitor and I observed it during my 5 days stay. You need to change him.
- The men's shower is not always clean.
- No hostel spirit at all. Feels like a regular hotel
- Everyone is by themselves and you do not actually come across women to get to know them or just talk.
-Same type of breakfast every day.
- Our room did not get cleaned up at all.
- All staff are very old for a hostel, no nice looking female staff
- Disco bars and jazz bars are very far from this distance if you like a night life
- Wi-fi is slow

Overall, other than the price and the canteen man I have a good impression of this hostel. Recommend it. Almost all hostels I visited in Chicago offer similar or higher prices.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Great hostel with clean excellently priced rooms.Greek restaurant beside with great food also.Would highly recommend a stay here whilst in Chicago especially if on a budget.Staff very friendly and welcoming. Very nice place and close to all amenities.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Lady at the reception wasn't that nice. Boyfriend and I got a private room that wasn't good at all. Sheets had stains and boyfriend woke up with bites on his legs, we cannot be 100% positive that the bites came from the room, but we did notice them the next day. Breakfast was good, though. We will not be back and we can't really recommend it.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 310 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60661
Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago
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Ranked #29 of 50 Specialty lodging in Chicago
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