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“Hostelling International Hostel in Chicago”

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Hostelling International Chicago
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Clean large rooms, with ensuite bathrooms and kitchenette. Free breakfast. A volunteer operated tourism desk. 24 hour front desk service available. Perfect location downtown. This hostel is just perfect for the single traveller. There are even sign up activities for people looking to see things with others. I sgned up for an evening outing with 15 other people to Kensington Mines, a famous blues bar. As a single woman, I probably would have been uncomfortable going to a blues bar at 9 pm by myself, but in a group of 15, I felt quite secure and was able just to enjoy myself. Great way to meet other fellow travellers from around the world.

Room Tip: I chose a dorm room with only 4 beds. Very quite and clean with a sitting area.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Really, I regret having elected this hostel for my holidays in Chicago. Even its location is perfect and the facilities (not the rooms) are quite big, the bathrooms were extremely dirty. I have spent there 8 nights, and during most of the days the shared bathroom had blood spots in the toilet and in the floor (same spots, no new ones), rests of pubic hairs (someone decided that it was a good idea to shave the pubis in the toilet), the shower had snots in the wall (that's another question: why people do such disgusting things?) and the soap dispenser was not fixed after it was broken the second day of my stay.

The other fact was the room temperature. With outside temperatures close to 32ºF, there was cold air in the room. We asked for a bit more hot: the first day was ok but the second day, it was cold again. When we speak with the people in reception, they told us that they could not do anything because the temperature control was not in our room, it was in other room (each suite is composed by a bathroom and 4 bedrooms). Even, the way they told us make us feel like idiots.

So, not really recommendable. I feel really sorry for having chosen this hostel.

Room Tip: The CTA is at about 30 feet from the hostal, so you can hear it from the bedroom.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

I have loved my experience in this hostel. The people were very friendly and nice, Always giving all the informations that you need. Nice and clean rooms, with individual lockers.
Nice breakfast.
Near the train and bus stations, near the Millenium Park, the grant park.
Fantastic place.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

I'd never been to Chicago before and my wife and I were there for the Chicago Marathon. The start and finish of the marathon is only a couple blocks from the hostel! Great! The hostel was right downtown and easy to find. The staff was courteous and helpful. The beds and rooms were a bit more expensive than other hostels I stayed at but it was worth it. They provided a pre-race pasta dinner and breakfast (with bagels) the morning of the race. The place was full of runners from all over the world. The beds were comfortable enough and I (who rarely sleeps well before a race) slept like a log. It was a bit noisy if you get a room on the east side of the building (because of the elevated trains) but bring ear plugs and you'll sleep fine.
We'll go back there next time.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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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!!! :)

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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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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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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Additional Information about 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
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 58 Specialty Lodging in Chicago
Price Range: $35 - $164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Hostelling International Chicago 1.5*
Number of rooms: 300
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