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Chicago Getaway Hostel
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Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews
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“Best place to begin a solo trip.”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Best possible place to begin a trip. Location - not only beautiful beside the shore - but convenient for easy commute to the rest of the city and for local socializing. The first thing you notice about the place is it's safety, it's friendly staff and it's funkiness. The way the facility is designed is amenable to travelers. Might sound funny to say - but there is some dignity here! No annoying signs saying "your momma don't live here - clean up after yourself" - there's more respect for each individual traveller than I've found in any hostel anywhere. Breakfast generous - rates reasonable and activities are affordable. I did the bike tour of the city and really got to know some of the others staying at the hostel at the same time. Only problem is - it genuinely did set the bar too high - none others lived up to this stay in my entire trip experience.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Super clean place with surprisingly comfortable beds. Staff is very friendly, even when you don't notice the "Deck closes at 10pm" sign and they politely ask you to go inside. My only "complaint" would be people snoring in the dorm, but if that's all I can think to complain about... then I'd say it was a pretty rad time.

The location is awesome and super safe, with a ton of things to do within a very short walking distance.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

During our two-month road trip we stayed two nights at Chicago Getaway Hostel and were very pleased with our stay. This is a quite big hostel but it had good arrangements with the bathrooms etc. so there were no lines to them. It's clean everywhere. There is parking available behind the hostel for an extra fee and the subway station is just few minutes walk away. Don't expect too much from the breakfast, it is a very basic hostel breakfast. The personal touch was the painted wall corner which made the room look very nice, though being plain. Only big disappointment was that the wifi works only at the common area, so don't expect any web surfing laying on your bed. Despite of that, we would still stay at this hostel if visiting Chicago again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nottingh
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Excellent place. Really friendly and helpful space, and the set-up really helps you to meet and chat to the other guests. The rooms and bathrooms were all clean and well kept. Overall an excellent spot and very good value for money

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Oak Creek, Wisconsin
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

I started staying at the Getaway Hostel in 2007 or so, back when it was called the Arlington House. I came to Chicago for Lollapalooza and needed a cheap place to stay.

Since then I've been back to Chicago 3 or 4 times and have stayed at the Getaway Hostel each time. It had been a few years in between my last two visits and I was shocked to see how much it had changed and even more shocked to be so pleased with the changes and upgrades.

The best part continues to be the great prices, friendly staff, and superior location. The neighborhood is great if you don't feel like going downtown, but if you do, the train is a short walk away.

I can't recommend the Getaway Hostel highly enough.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Cortez, Colorado
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

The staff are incredibly friendly and do a amazing job. It is hard to believe how they are able to run a hostel with so many people of different ages that are from all over the world. Once again you will not find a more affordable place near Lincoln Park. This was my second stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed here from Oct. 17-21, 2012 and I must say that it was one of the best travel decisions I've ever made. The facilities are all clean, secure, and well-kept. The updated areas are great to look at and comfortable to be in. the staff was very helpful and friendly.

We took a standard room and used the shared bathrooms. Both were in great shape and very clean. The kitchen and lounge area were spotless and a great spot to enjoy the free breakfast every morning.

We were in town to visit friends, so we did not participate in the activities/excursions, but judging from everything else, I'm sure they would be a lot of fun. The piano in the lounge was a great touch, and fun for both of us to play.

Chicago hotels are notoriously expensive, and mostly downtown, which means they are in an area that shuts down for the most part at 7pm. Being in Lincoln Park, which is a stunningly beautiful neighbourhood, gives this place the advantage of being in the middle of where the real Chicago action is. Having said that, it's location near the Fullerton red line stop is ideal for getting anywhere in the city.

In short, I cannot recommend the Chicago Getaway Hostel enough. Cheers to Mat and the entire staff for being such a large part of what made our trip to Chicago so magical.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Chicago Getaway Hostel
Address: 616 W Arlington Pl, Chicago, IL 60614-2682
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Location: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Lincoln Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 58 Specialty Lodging in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Chicago Getaway Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 115
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Affordable Style in Chicago's Chic Lincoln Park Located in Chicago's affluent Lincoln Park, the Chicago Getaway Hostel is rewriting the house rules on hostel style. Policies once etched in stone are being cast aside in favor of fresher, friendlier approach. Membership fees are out and hotel-like amenities are in at this stately 1928 Georgian Revival landmark that, ironically, returns to its early 20th century roots as a boardinghouse for women. Today, all guests are welcome to enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, free linens, free housekeeping, a 24/7 chef-caliber kitchen and a BYOB policy. Add nightly events like pub crawls, brewery tours and barbecues and it's easy to see why Chicago Getaway is fast becoming the city's favorite spot for affordable short-term and extended-stay accommodations. ... more   less 
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