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Chicago Getaway Hostel
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 10, 2010

I stayed here when it was still the Arlington International in a private double. The rooms were basic, the lighting in the rooms consisted of only one lamp which was particularly shoddy. i did not have trouble with bedbugs! Depending on which room you have, the bathrooms can either be really close or really far as only one set of male and females communals for each floor! Kitchen was pretty average, clean considering how busy the place was. Staff were very friendly, though service could be slow. Internet available as needed. Good links to transport and area felt safe at night. Sound travels very far if you have noisy neighbours, but this is just luck I suppose.

Overall,
Stay here if on a budget and if on short stay!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank Nimu1
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Mat_Meadows, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2010

Dear Nimu1:

Thank you for your review. I wanted to let you know that there are some new kids in town so to speak. I am the new manager and we have new ownership; we’re all focused and excited to turn this place around. We are working hard to update our property as we speak. Here is a taste of what is in store or what is currently completed:

*Renovate ALL Guest Rooms (19 done now)
*Completed Renovated TV Room
*Renovate the kitchen
*New Elevator
*New Mattresses, bunks and beds.
*Completely gutted- redone bathrooms
*Outside patio coming this spring
*Renovate all hallways, new carpet, paint and furnishings.
*Renovate the front desk area
*Completed NEW lobby!
*Completed NEW business center!
*New Overhauled Breakfast

We look forward to having you back again in the future!

Sincerely,

Mathew Meadows
General Manager

Chicago Getaway Hostel
616 W. Arlington Place
Chicago, IL 60614

p. 1 773 929-5380
f. 1 773 665-5485
e. mmeadows@getawayhostel.com

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Reviewed February 25, 2010

Great facilities and location, a perfect alternative to the high priced Chicago hotels. The staff is friendly and welcoming. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled solo
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Thank niceguy1984
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Mat_Meadows, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2010

Dear NiceGuy1984:

Thank you for your review. We're happy that you found our staff and location to be everything you had wanted. We are working hard to update our property as we speak. Here is a taste of what is in store or what is currently completed:

*Renovate ALL Guest Rooms (19 done now)
*Completed Renovated TV Room
*Renovate the kitchen
*New Elevator
*New Mattresses, bunks and beds.
*Completely gutted- redone bathrooms
*Outside patio coming this spring
*Renovate all hallways, new carpet, paint and furnishings.
*Renovate the front desk area
*Completed NEW lobby!
*Completed NEW business center!
*New Overhauled Breakfast

We look forward to having you back again in the future!

Sincerely,

Mathew Meadows
General Manager

Chicago Getaway Hostel
616 W. Arlington Place
Chicago, IL 60614

p. 1 773 929-5380
f. 1 773 665-5485
e. mmeadows@getawayhostel.com

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Reviewed February 24, 2010

Great location with a great price, rooms aren't 5-star, but they dont need to be. The location and friendly staff makes up for any shortcomings.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank rocker89
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Mat_Meadows, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2010

Dear Rocker89:

Thank you for your review. We're happy that you found our staff and location to be everything you had wanted. We are working hard to update our property as we speak. Here is a taste of what is in store or what is currently completed:

*Renovate ALL Guest Rooms (19 done now)
*Completed Renovated TV Room
*Renovate the kitchen
*New Elevator
*New Mattresses, bunks and beds.
*Completely gutted- redone bathrooms
*Outside patio coming this spring
*Renovate all hallways, new carpet, paint and furnishings.
*Renovate the front desk area
*Completed NEW lobby!
*Completed NEW business center!
*New Overhauled Breakfast

We look forward to having you back again in the future!

Sincerely,

Mathew Meadows
General Manager

Chicago Getaway Hostel
616 W. Arlington Place
Chicago, IL 60614

p. 1 773 929-5380
f. 1 773 665-5485
e. mmeadows@getawayhostel.com

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Reviewed January 8, 2010

Lots of space. You got to look for the showers but when you find them theres more than enough and there clean. Good location, clean beds. Breakfast is well toast and fruit, but free none the less. Recomend it for sure.

Stayed: January 2010, traveled solo
Thank Cotteneyejoe
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Mat_Meadows, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2010

Dear JeffreyM:

Thank you for your review. The Chicago Getaway Hostel is going through a transformation processes and we are excited about the ongoing changes here! Here are things we are doing to improve:
*Renovate ALL Guest Rooms (19 done now)
*Completed Renovated TV Room
*Renovate the kitchen
*New Elevator
*New Mattresses, bunks and beds.
*Completely gutted- redone bathrooms
*Outside patio coming this spring
*Renovate all hallways, new carpet, paint and furnishings.
*Renovate the front desk area
*Completed NEW lobby!
*Completed NEW business center!
*New Overhauled Breakfast

We look forward to having you back again in the future!

Sincerely,

Mathew Meadows
General Manager

Chicago Getaway Hostel
616 W. Arlington Place
Chicago, IL 60614

p. 1 773 929-5380
f. 1 773 665-5485
e. mmeadows@getawayhostel.com

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Reviewed December 8, 2009

Nice hostel with great common rooms and a good beakfast.

Stayed: November 2009, traveled solo
Thank JenniferB3
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Mat_Meadows, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2010

Dear JenniferB3:

Thank you for your review, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed all the character that the Chicago Getaway Hostel has! The building was built in 1898 and added onto in 1928! We are working everyday to improve the hostel. Here is a taste of the things we're doing!

*Renovate ALL Guest Rooms (19 done now)
*Completed Renovated TV Room
*Renovate the kitchen
*New Elevator
*New Mattresses, bunks and beds.
*Completely gutted- redone bathrooms
*Outside patio coming this spring
*Renovate all hallways, new carpet, paint and furnishings.
*Renovate the front desk area
*Completed NEW lobby!
*Completed NEW business center!
*New Overhauled Breakfast

We look forward to having you back again in the future!

Sincerely,

Mathew Meadows
General Manager

Chicago Getaway Hostel
616 W. Arlington Place
Chicago, IL 60614

p. 1 773 929-5380
f. 1 773 665-5485
e. mmeadows@getawayhostel.com

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Reviewed November 24, 2009

awesome hostel always warm, bathrooms were the only concern, the shower being really flakey.
when we got there the prices were also different to what we got quoted, however they did refund the difference.
great hostel, just needs to be a bit more lively!

Stayed: October 2009, traveled with friends
Thank SophieE3
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Mat_Meadows, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2010

Dear SophieE3:

Thank you for your review of our property. I wanted to make you aware that we are under new ownership and management and are committed to making our Chicago Getaway Hostel the best in the USA! We understand there have been challenges in the past; however we are addressing those challenges and finding solutions.

We are currently remodeling the bathrooms on the ground floor and renovating all of our rooms and en-suite bathrooms also. We are managing our rates and websites more effectively so that you do not have price discrepancies when staying with our hostel.

Please accept my apologies for the challenges that you experienced in the past! If you give us another chance you will find our accommodations to be hotel quality with friendly attentive service and the addition of a Social Director to make your stay more lively!

Again, thank you for your feedback! I look forward to meeting you upon your next stay with Chicago Getaway Hostel.

Sincerely,

Mathew Meadows
General Manager

Chicago Getaway Hostel
616 W. Arlington Place
Chicago, IL 60614

p. 773.929.5380
f. 773.665.5485
e. mmeadows@getawayhostel.com

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Reviewed November 16, 2009

nothing special but ok.
good equiped kitchen.
great common room with pool table.
friendly staff.

Stayed: May 2007, traveled with friends
Thank Andreas2211
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Mat_Meadows, General Manager at Chicago Getaway Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2010

Dear Andreas2211:

Thank you for your review of our property. I wanted to make you aware that we are under new ownership and management and are committed to making our Chicago Getaway Hostel the best in the USA! We understand there have been challenges in the past; however we are addressing those challenges and finding solutions.

I hope that you can change your response of "nothing special but ok" to excellent and my first choice of hostels in Chicago on your next visit. Our team is committed to excellence and continuous improvement.

We are preparing to completely remodel our guest kitchen to make several different work stations, restaurant grade appliances, dish-washing station and secure cubicles to keep your food products. We expect this transformation to be completed by May of 2010. We are also adding and outside patio in the back of our building so that our guests can enjoy outside dining and the use of our deluxe gas grill!

We are also updating our music room where our Grand Piano is kept! This will feature new furniture, wall coverings and carpet. It will become and inviting area for our guests to congregate when staying at the Chicago Getaway Hostel.

Last but not least, we have added a Social Director. Our Social Director will be responsible for organizing guest outings, pub crawls, group museum visits and special dinner nights here in the hostel. You will not be bored upon your next visit to our hostel! When you arrive next, be sure to check out our activities calender located right off of the lobby.

Again, thank you for your feedback! I look forward to meeting you upon your next stay with Chicago Getaway Hostel.

Sincerely,

Mathew Meadows
General Manager

Chicago Getaway Hostel
616 W. Arlington Place
Chicago, IL 60614

p. 773.929.5380
f. 773.665.5485
e. mmeadows@getawayhostel.com

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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 58 Specialty Lodging in Chicago
Price Range: $20 - $156 (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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