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Reviewed March 7, 2014

I stayed here in August 2013, for two nights apart of a travelling trip and was in a mixed 8 bed dorm. The room was very spacious, seperate toilet and en suite which was also very clean. Next to my bed was a light and plug socket which was very handy to charge my electionics also there was lockers in the room.

The location was perfect very close to the city centre and has shops, restraunts, transport links near by. Only reason one star for swimming pool and gym is I don't think they had one? If they did I never went to it so I can't comment

Next time I go back to Chicago I'd stay here again and also would recommend it

Date of stay: August 2013
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

It is not always easy to find a good hostel in any US city, especially one in such a great location, but i stayed in this HI nearly 10 years ago and was happy with it when i stayed in a larger dorm room in my early 20's. Now in my early 30's i was a little apprehensive about staying in such a large and busy hostel. with the option of having smaller 4 bed female dorms, with bathrooms though i need not have worried. The room was more like an apartment, with a separate seating area and small kitchen. The hostel is in a ridiculously good location, within walking distance of the train and bus stations and surrounded by places to eat. Near the lake and parks too, it is much better value than any hotel. Breakfast is included and has a good selection and there is a lot of information on what to see and do in Chicago on notice boards as well as a travel info center. I would certainly stay again and would recommend others to stay too.

Room tip: Choose a 4 bed dorm with private bath if available. Bear in mind that in the summer season this hostel can be very busy, so book in advance!
Date of stay: February 2014
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

I spend 3 nights in the hostel in a lovely room on the 5th floor, better than the rooms in YMCA (Boston/NY). The location is perfect, and the breakfast is good too. A lot of free maps, guides, tours, free Wi-Fi and information provided. Even if you travel alone like me you can make friend and have fun.

Date of stay: October 2013
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

I spent two nights at HI Chicago. This was my first trip to Chicago and the concierge made it very easy to find my way around the city. The hostel is in a great location that is very close to the city's core. Many of the sights are just a short cab ride, or bus trip away. The room, bathroom and other facilities were very clean. I would highly recommend staying here.

Date of stay: December 2013
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

I spend a night in Chicago in 2012 and found HI Hostel Chicago on the hostel bookers website. It is very conveniently located two blocks from the train station, and well positioned in the loop district. I could easily walk to the lake, to Willes tower and through the streets of downtown Chicago. The room was spotless, with a comfortable bunkbed and locker. There was a bathroom in each dormitory of 6 people and plug points in useful places. The staff were friendly and kindly assisted me with my broken bag lock. Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a clean hostel experience.

Date of stay: March 2013
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