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Hostelling International Chicago
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Munich, Germany
1 review
“BEST hostel ever!!!!”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

I am travelling since 11 month and I have really never seen a hostel like this.
Let's say ... it does not seem just a "hostel" but it seems a big, hughe hotel with a big entrance, receiption chip cards to enter the elevator and rooms. Very high tec and very nice.
The breakfast is very good: different kinds of home backed muffins, cornflakes, milk, fruit juice, bread... all but not a tipical hostel. It is really ECELLENT!!! :)

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120 reviews
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

We had a very nice stay at this hostel. We had a private room with the 2 of us. A nice brakfast is included. Rooms are basic off course, but large and clean with very big windows. We had our own bathroom and toilet.

Hostel is close to lake Michigan and about 15/20 minutes wlaking to Milennium Park.
And 5 minutes walking to Buddy Guy Legends Blues Club. Show your key and get 50% of the $10 entrance price. We met Buddy Guy in person there!

Staff is VERY friendly and helpfull.
Will stay there again for sure when back in Chicago.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

It's a really nice hostel in downtown of Chicago. It's near all good tourist points and It's cheap!The hostel is also close to the metro station and bus stop.
Our bedroom was a shared one , It's was clean and organized.
It looks like a safe hostel!!!

É hostel muito bom no centro de Chicago. É perto de ótimos pontos turísticos e é barato! E também fica localizado perto da estação de metro e pontos de ônibus.

Parece um hostel seguro! e os quartos são bem limpos e organizados.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

I have stayed here twice and both times, as a single disabled traveller, I was well looked after. The rooms are large and there is enough space not to feel cramped. The area is clean with very large and comfortable communal areas for everyone. A free breakfast makes the charge even more of a bargain. The hostel provides loads of information so that you can enjoy your stay. It is centrally placed in the university area, but even as a mature women, I enjoyed it. It is easy to get to the "L" and the main areas of interest and the two shopping areas. Be sure to take the Archtecture river cruise, it's great.

Room Tip: Ask for top or bottom bunk as you prefer. The shared rooms help you make friends.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Treysfar
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2013

So I've done a little hostelling but only a little. I love travelling where I get to meet new people from, well, wherever. What's even better (in my opinion) is to do this while also being in a convenient and safe location. This place has all that. It's clean (I mean REALLY clean). It's convenient (I mean REALLY convenient). And it's safe (inside and outside). Every room has a private toilet, private shower, and sharing vanity/sink (I list them separately because they're all separate from each other). There's a lobby downstairs where you can hang out...and a "hang out" room where you can, um, hang out (and play ping pong if you're inclined). It was also GREAT that they had alot of stuff posted about what to do in Chicago, including hints and ideas from travellers. And all of this cost just $36 A DAY?? Really? Oh, and there's a free breakfast. Granted, it's only bagels, toast, cereal, juice, milk, and apples. But c'mon...that's all you really need if you're hostelling. At this point I can't imagine staying anywhere else in Chicago.

Room Tip: BRING A PADLOCK...or be ready to pay $6-8 for one if you want to secure your stuff.
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Chicago
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Great location, near train CTA trains. good breakfast, continental. grateful that they accommodated my request for a lower bunk. felt safe. there was a fire alarm call, prompt response and resolution.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2013

Stayed here as part of a Trek America tour.

Checked in and I was allocated to an 8bed dorm on the 4th floor. The room was exceptionally clean, linen and towels were provided for us. The beds were super comfortable and not your standard sized single, the room also had a large locker for each person and an ensuite bathroom/shower. Free WiFi throughout which is also great.

The hostel is in a great location, metro is a few minutes walk away, pharmacy across the road, 2 blocks from Buckingham fountains and 1 block from Michigan avenue.

You are also given a free breakfast which consists of Juice, muffins, toast ect. Great bonus. I would have no hesitation staying here again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Hostelling International Chicago
Address: 24 East Congress Parkway, South Loop, Chicago, IL 60605-1226
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Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Downtown / The Loop
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 58 Specialty Lodging in Chicago
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Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostelling International Chicago 1.5*
Number of rooms: 300
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