My friends and I (5 altogether – 2 girls, 3 guys), decided to visit Chicago from Sat May 19 - May 23. The rate was really expensive for that Saturday that we were there, so we decided to find a cheap place to stay. I've never stayed in a hostel before, nor was I very excited to learn that we were going to stay in one. But I read the reviews on other sites and it got a really good ratings.
We landed in Chicago and got to the hostel at about 1100am. It’s about a 20-30min train ride from Midway. The neighbourhood (Wicker Park) was awesome, it’s such a lively and vibrant area, with great eats and shops around. The old building, turned loft is actually really cool too.
I read that the staff were really friendly but we thought they were alright. When we got there the guy didn’t really greet us or anything. He didn’t ask for a name, all he said was “check in is at 2pm”. We asked if we can leave our luggages and come back. He placed them in a closet. We originally booked a 2 person and a 3 person room, because at the time of reservation those were the only ones available. When we came back and “checked in” he told us that our room was changed to a 5-6 person room (which was cool with us, that’s what we wanted from the start) and that it was slightly cheaper.
Similar to the other person’s review there are 2 washrooms, shared between everyone on that floor. There are about 4 or 5 rooms on my floor, I think each room had about 4-6 beds. We didn’t really have any issues with queues and line ups though, I think we were lucky. The bedrooms were snug and almost dorm room like, which I heard is correct for hostels. It was..nice. The floor was clean and new, and the bunk beds were new too. The windows are large and did allow a lot of sunlight in. The issue we faced was that the room was toooo hot. There were ppl on our floor that either slept with their door open or slept in the actual kitchen area. The room did have a ceiling fan but that didn’t do very much.
The washrooms were a decent size. They were clean and had a strong (but nice) air freshener smell, which is cool cuz I rather smell that than anything else u would smell in a washroom shared by 20+ ppl.
The common room was on the top floor with computers, a big screen tv, pool table, a kitchen with plates and utensils, and a pool table. We didn’t experience any of the late night pool ball droppings. But I did hear from my friend that he couldn’t sleep cuz of the creaking from the ppl walking upstairs and the sound of high heels walking on hardwood.
I didn't go up to get breakfast but what I did receive was a small waffle and a pop tart. I heard that there was a long line up to use the toaster and to get the food, soo we still had to find a breakfast place afterwards.
Definitely not a place for families and young kids, but it’s cool for youngsters looking for a cheap place…though I do have to mention that I paid just a tad bit higher to stay at a hotel a block away from Michigan Ave for the remainder of my trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Urban Holiday Lofts! We're located in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, home to amazing restaurants, shops, bars, and more. Just minutes away from the CTA's Blue Line train station, Urban Holiday Lofts is in a perfect location to access the city's airports & bus/train stations and the downtown Loop area. With amenities like free breakfast and WiFi, along with our great rates, you'll find Urban Holiday Lofts is an affordable and fun lodging option for your trip to the Windy City! We look forward to seeing you in Chicago. ... more less
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