I think the average rating of this hostel doesn't do it justice, but please keep in mind that I stayed in a private room with a bunk bed instead of in a dorm room. That said, that's the only difference in my experience. I used the shared bathrooms and had the same interaction with staff.
The location of the hostel is fine. It's a few minutes from the red line. I flew into O'Hare and took the blue line then a bus (took about an 1h 15min), but you can also take the blue line then transfer to red, if you're not into buses.
The hostel lobby felt more like a hotel, which is a nice change from the grimy, party-themed hostels that I tended to stay at in my student days..the hostel was well-staffed; I wasn't waiting around for ages, and they were super friendly.
The room was clean and warm (stayed in November), towels were provided, and it was never noisy. The hostel is in a quiet, residential area that seems safe and secure.
The hostel staff recommended a nearby café called Fuel Stop, but I also really really really liked Bourgeois Pig Café, which is just a couple of blocks from the hostel.
Overall: good, convenient location with nearby transit; clean, quiet rooms and bathroom; friendly staff. What more do you need?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chicago Getaway Hostel is everything you’d want from a hostel and more! Chicago Getaway Hostel has the style, comfort and amenities of a boutique hotel. Social outings make meeting other travelers easy, and fun while exploring Chicago. Our wide variety of room options make Chicago Getaway Hostel appropriate for single travelers, groups and couples and to top it off, many of our private rooms have en-suite bathrooms. Lincoln Park is a north side neighborhood, just 10 minutes from downtown using the CTA. Located nearby are Chicago’s famous Lincoln Park Zoo, DePaul University, Boystown and Wrigley Field. Experience Chicago like a local, stay at the Chicago Getaway Hostel! ... more less
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