I had high hopes booking this hostel for my summer getaway to Chicago, but ended up being frustrated and disappointed in this property. While there were several strong advantages, such as location, cleanliness and price (we stayed at a premium time of the summer with several large festivals going on at the same time), these failed to outweigh the drawbacks at IHSP. These included but were not limited to: poor airconditioning, lack of natural light in many of the rooms, a poor-quality breakfast and the lack of any common-space/kitchen facilities at the secondary location. Our room was a tiny little attic space with no window and nearly non-existent air-con. This meant we woke each morning groggy, uncomfortable and wishing for a breeze. Because of the lack of common facilities (lounge area, kitchen) at the secondary location, we found ourselves eating out and spending more money than planned. The "full breakfast" included in the price of our stay, which consisted of all-you-can-eat pancakes and nothing else was no help whatsoever and went unused. When I stay at a hostel I bank on saving significantly on food, which didn't happen this time around. All of this said, the primary location did provide travellers with useful area information, such as cheap eats in the area. While the location could not have been better for our purposes, this factor alone was unable to disuade me from rating the property average at best. For a few dollars more and infinitely better services and amenities, try the HI hostel in the Loop.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- IHSP Chicago is a European Guest House. We offer dorm beds in same sex dorm rooms for individuals and private rooms range from 1 bed to 8 people group size rooms. Please see our video on this page under "virtual tour"- we are in the best possible location to stay in Chicago. We offer Free parking, Free Breakfast, internet and wifi.We have long and short term rental units for medical students and J1 Visa holders with internships. Deluxe private ensuites with jacuzzi available for special occassions ... more less
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