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Chicago Getaway Hostel
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 20, 2013

First time staying at a hostel with my daughters and we were not disappointed. My daughters were apprehensive about staying at a hostel and there concerns were put to rest with our first interaction with the receptionist at the front desk. Our room was clean and we were able to have our own ensuite bath. The room was sparse however we were prepared for that. We got use to the transit system and the location where the hostel was located was residential and we felt safe walking the streets. Definite recommendation for a family traveling.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Rob M
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Jason S, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2013

Hi Rob M,

We appreciate you taking the time to review your recent stay with us at the Getaway Hostel. It's always great to hear our guests who have never experienced a hostel enjoy their stay so much. Our staff loves introducing travelers to the hostel, Chicago and our neighborhood. We are striving to become the #1 hostel in the US and we can't wait to see you come through again. We look forward to welcoming you in the future!

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Jason Schultz
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Place is awesome! Staff is friendly, facilities are clean, and location is great - Lincoln Park is a cool neighborhood with a lot of great restaurants and bars. Lots of foreign travelers, so you'll be sure to meet some cool people with interesting stories. Only marking off one point for sleep quality, cause hey, its a dorm room, so sleep quality can only be so good. That being said, mattresses were more than up to par and the room itself did its job i.e. provide a bed, shower, and locker. Definitely recommend.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Jason S, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2013

Hello Steven A,

Thank you for reviewing the Getaway! We take pride in providing our guests with down-to-Earth service which provides a much more personable interaction. It's great that you were able to swap stories with other travellers in our common spaces, you'll never know who you'll meet. We also offer 3 styles of private rooms that may be more comfortable for you during your next stay with us. We can't wait to welcome you again.

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Jason Schultz
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Pros:
- Friendly and helpful staff
- Close to the TCA (public transport)
- Safe and Lively neighborhood
- Lots of activities to partake in
- Clean facilities (rooms, bathrooms and kitchen)

Cons:
- Not the most comfortable beds
- Noisy until very late at night

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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Alma_Casa7
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Jason S, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2013

Greetings Alma_Casa7:

Thank you for your recent review of the Getaway Hostel! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us. We love promoting our location and all of the sites it offers. We have just completed our guest bathroom renovations including the addition of new shower doors, increased ventilation and new tiling. We hope you will enjoy our improvements during your next time through Chicago.

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Jason Schultz
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Chicago Getaway Hostel is affordable and is so well-located in the popular Lincoln Park neighborhood it is fantastic. Get a private room and enjoy everything this facility has to offer: great staff, clean rooms, continental breakfast, and hostel-run outings to nearby pubs, etc. Mixing with the guests from all over the world is a special plus!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank DonnathePrimaDonna
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Jason S, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2013

Dear DonnathePrimaDonna,

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for your recent review of the Getaway! Our staff takes pride in providing guests with a clean, fun and affordable place to stay and we are pushing to become the #1 hostel in the US. We are thrilled you were able to explore our vibrant neighborhood and discover the many things it has to offer. We want our guests to experience Chicago as a local to see the sites that are off the beaten path which it seems you had no problem with. We look forward to welcoming you for years to come!

Take care,

Jason Schultz
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

The hostel is filled with non American travelers, who are comfortable with the hostel community, especially for Under fifty dollars a night in Chicago, I'm so happy i gave it a try, i will forever stay in hostels, smartest way to travel. Safe location tucked in with mansions for neighbors. Clean, and beautiful, friendly and more. Bikes to rent, nice backyard patio, the hostel can't be beat. Near the busses and trains, walk to the zoo and waterfront. Far more character and personal attention that a fancy chain hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Lisa O
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Jason S, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2013

Hi Lisa O,

Thank you for reviewing your recent stay with us! We are thrilled that you discovered the Getaway nestled in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. We strive to be the #1 hostel in the US while providing our guests with excellent facilities, friendly service and the cleanest rooms. We would love to breakout of secrecy and have more guests experience what we have to offer. We hope to see you again during your next trip through Chicago.

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

The location is just superb! Few blocks to Fullerton train station you'll be in downtown before you know it! I love the neighborhood with old houses and trees around. So beautiful to walk around. It's also walking distance to all sort of great pubs and restaurants! If you want to save money on meals, you can also bring your own food and store it in the kitchen (they provide plastic boxes, and label). The room is standard but clean, the bed is not great but OK. If you choose to stay in a room without toilet, make sure you request the room near toilet/shower based on your gender, otherwise you might have to walk for a long way to get to it, as it's located at the end of each wing. If you are traveling as a couple like us, well..one of you will have to walk a long way to the toilet/shower. Also, if you are traveling by car (again, like us), you can't book parking in advance even if you want to pay. But there are areas near by the hotel where you can park your car on the street for free, or at the market with a very reasonable price. So, I'll recommend this place for those who aren't picky, who want to be in the city center but don't want to pay the big bucks!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Lucy_Pottinger
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Jason S, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2013

Hi Lucy_Thang,

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. We have a lot of pride in our historic neighborhood and we try to promote all of the great businesses it has to offer. We have recently upgraded all of our bathrooms including swapping the Men's and Women's bathroom on the third floor. This option brings a bathroom closer to all guests on every floor. We are very happy that you chose to stay with the Getaway and we can't wait to see you again!

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

I stayed for 3 nights here. The location is strategic and within walking distance to the train station (Fullerton). There are many shops and restaurant within 1-2 blocks away especially the mart whereby you could get your snacks / water / etc. Lincoln Park Zoo is just few blocks away and you could take the CTA bus to reach there. Alternatively, you could just take a walk and enjoy the building architectures along the way.

Public transportation accessibility to me is upmost important and I would say that it's easy for me to access CTA transportation from Chicago Getaway Hostel. For your information, Red line at Fullerton station operates 24 hours a day and no worry that you would need to get a cab to get back to the hostel from downtown. The neighbourhood feel safe even when I walked back to the hostel around midnight from the station.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Jason S, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2013

Hello Eddy K,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review the Getaway! We are glad that our location worked out in your favor. We believe that Lincoln Park is a great way to experience Chicago as a local with all of the neighborhood bars, restaurants and of course the lake front. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels and we look forward to seeing you again.

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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 60 Specialty Lodging in Chicago
Price Range: $30 - $137 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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