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Chicago Getaway Hostel
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
“Affordable, fun and great location”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

I stayed at CGH for 5 nights and it was a great experience! It was cheap but not dirty or tacky by any standards. I met some fantastic people here and everyone is SUPER friendly. A special shout out to Sandy who made me feel especially welcome :) I would definitely recommend this place!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Jason S, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this review, June 15, 2013
Hello Gaya S,

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. We strive to be the #1 hostel in the US by providing guests with a clean, fun & affordable place to stay. We are very happy to hear that Sandy took care of you and gave you a warm welcome. We appreciate your shout out to Sandy, we'll be sure to pass it on over to her. We can't wait to see you again!

Take care,

Jason Schultz
General Manager
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Marseille, France
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

excellent and friendly people atending in this nice hostel; very well situated near everything. I have had a wonderful stay. Rooms and bathrooms clean. full of nice local restaurants nearby.
I recomand this hostel to erveryone who want to spend a nice stay in chicago. I will come back no doubt.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Jason S, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this review, June 15, 2013
Hi erwin K,

Thank you for reviewing the Getaway Hostel. We are very happy to hear that you had an excellent stay with us. It essential for our staff to provide guests with a friendly, personable and informative interaction. We are pleased that we made a positive impact on your stay. Our neighborhood is full of great restaurants and we are happy you were able to experience what Lincoln Park had to offer. We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the Windy City.

Cheers,

Jason Schultz
General Manager
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Acworth, Georgia
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

We have never stayed in a hostel previous to this and after this experience we would never hesitate to stay with you guys again. Our search for a place to stay while in Chicago for a baseball game and Dispatch concert started with looking at hotels. When those turned up pricier than we were willing to go, we found your hostel. I am SOOO glad we did! Staying with you guys was way better than staying in any hotel. We were surrounded by world travelers, families, and couples old and young!

We rented a private room with a shared bath and loved it. The bathrooms were updated (we were on the 4th floor), the room was perfectly clean and just spacious enough. I can think of only two MINOR negatives and they are just imperfections really. I wish the mirror was closer to an outlet so that I could do my hair in the room and I wish the doors shut a little quieter so we didn't hear everyone's door banging shut. But honestly... those are it. Every other aspect of the stay was perfect.

The location was to dye for --- a quiet, tree-lined street in Lincoln Park that was walking distance to EVERYTHING. We even walked to the Cubs game! Lou Manalti's was just around the corner (everyone must try this incredible and surprisingly inexpensive place!!). And, really, how could you go wrong with and Urban Outfitter's surplus store around another corner?

The kitchen was perfect for making a meal if you so chose or to heat up leftovers perfectly (as we chose to do!). We enjoyed the continental breakfast each morning and the people watching that comes with staying in a place like this. Conversation is easy to have with virtually everyone.

The service was fantastic, the on-site parking was fantastic, the patio was a big plus... I could go on and on. Just do yourself a favor and stay here.

Room Tip: It looked like the second floor bathroom had yet to be renovated, so I would definitely choose a pri...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jason S, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Hi PurdueMel,

Thank you very much for your review and positive feedback. We are very happy that you discovered the Getaway and enjoyed your stay. We are always happy to introduce guests to hostelling which creates a much more unique experience when travelling. We provide our guests with a local perspective that gives more of an authentic feel to the city. I hope the Cubs were able to pull out a victory during your trip to Wrigley. We are currently renovating our guest bathrooms which will be completed within the next month. I am glad you enjoyed the sneak peak of our completed 4th floor washrooms. We can't wait to have you stay with us again on your next trip to Chicago.

Take care,

Jason Schultz
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Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

We rented a private room with shared bathroom. The room was very spacious and clean. Unfortunately there was no wifi in the room available, just in the lobby. The staff was friendly. If you want to discover Chicago this hostel is at a great location!

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Jason S, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Greetings RandyL,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your stay with us! We are glad that you enjoyed our boutique-styled hostel in Lincoln Park. We are currently exploring options to extend our WIFI connection throughout the building to increase guest comfort. We hope to welcome you again during your next journey to Chicago.

Take care,

Jason Schultz
General Manager
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is the first hostel I've ever stayed.
We stayed 2 nights in a private double (bunked beds) w/ shared bath. Good sized room w/ room to place luggage on the floor or on the little table. The showers in the bathroom that I used had some drainage issues. But the rest of the bathroom was otherwise acceptable. (I think the bathroom on the first floor was totally renovated, but I did not use that one). At night, could hear when neighbors entered their room but not extremely disruptive.
Location is very close to the red and brown train lines and nearby cute cafes/supermarket/ drugstore etc. Good option if you are looking for an economical place to stay in Chicago. Did not attend any organized activities but everyone looked friendly. Varying age groups of people staying here.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Jason S, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Hi yellowbear613,

Thank you very much for your review! We are glad that we positively introduced you into the world of hostelling. We take a lot of pride in providing our guests with an affordable, fun & clean place to stay. We are in the process of renovating all common bathrooms including new tile, partitions and increased ventilation. We can't wait to welcome you again during your next trip to the Windy City.

Cheers,

Jason Schultz
General Manager
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

Had a great sight-seeing vacation. Like most people said, great staff and location as well as atmosphere.

Breakfast is basic, as was mentioned. No eggs but plenty of toast, bagels and cereal. If you're looking for something more lavish for your first meal of the day try the Rusty Pig (not sure if the name is correct. Resto on Fullerton, has a pig for a hanging sign).

Only down side was that the air conditioning is really a ceiling fan so if you're going in the summer it's something you might want to consider.

We didn't spend a lot of time in our room but this hostel is perfectly located on the red line. Quick to get downtown or anywhere, really.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Thank J D
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Jason S, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
Hi J D,

Thank you for reviewing your recent stay with us!

We are delighted that our staff and location made a positive impact on your stay. We try to provide our guests with recommendations that give a local feel to the city. The Bourgeois Pig is one of our staff favorites for coffee and sandwiches. I am sorry that your room was at an uncomfortable temperature. Chicago has just hit the summer season and we have begun installing all of our air conditioners throughout the building. We hope to see you again.

Take care,

Jason Schultz
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Reviewed May 14, 2013 via mobile

Travelers to Chicago look no further, best hostel I have ever stayed in! Staff awesome best service I have ever recieved from a hostel. The common areas were fun and always something happening, tv room was so comfy. All the events they organise were good and great to see. The all you can drink for 20 is a personal favorite. Rooms were nice clean and they give you fresh towels every day. They have house keeping so it's like a mini hotel. The location was good for me personally, it's just out of down town but the best things are out here anyways. The parks and lake are close by, wriggley field is close for baseball fans and there's endless amounts of bars and restaurants every where close by. I would recommended anyone visting the Windy City to stay here.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Thank Kritter88
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Jason S, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Hi Kritter88,

Wow! Thank you very much for your review! We are flattered to hear that we are the best hostel you have ever stayed at. Our staff tries extremely hard to please all guests and we look to create events for all to enjoy; our Tuesday night drink package event makes it extremely easy to mingle with the other backpackers from around the world. We are pushing to become the best hostel in the USA by providing all guests a clean, fun and affordable place to stay. We hope to see you again soon!

Take care,

Jason Schultz
General Manager
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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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