First off, make sure you bring ear plugs -- the 24/7 NOISE was unrelenting! Secondly, the guy who was at the front desk was somewhat rude to me. I almost passed out because of altitude sickness while checking in, and he did not even show a bit of compassion with what I was experiencing. Good thing, the rest of the people and the owners were very friendly. I understand that this place is not in the safest part of town, that's why they have dogs roaming around the hostel, but the barking just goes over-the-top. I actually feared of being mauled by those dogs.
There were good sides though: It's a mere 10-minute walk to the Historic Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and is accessible to public transit. Plus, the rates are cheap! A mere 9 dollars per night for a private single room with your own bathroom. They also have free internet connection in the lobby. The Ecuadorian owners were nice -- they even loaned me an alarm clock when I needed to wake up at 5am for my Galapagos trip. I wasn't able to try out their breakfast though.
Verdict: I'm not sure if I'd like to stay here again, but if I can't find better deals out there, I might have too again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chicago Hostel was founded in 2003 in a modern building with modern structures and strong bases. These facilities were created to be a hosting business from the beginning. The rooms and bathrooms were not improvised so that they have adequate ventilation, adequate natural light and the system pressure and water temperature was set to supply a large number of people. Chicago Hostel is a family business with friendly and helpful staff, we are located in the heart of the city, inside a traditional neighborhood Quiteño considered part of the Old Town. It also has a good level of security and there is a police station two blocks away from our hostel. Privileged location, very close to the beating heart of Quito within walking distance to the main tourist attractions. We are located one block away from a main avenue where there is a lot of public transportation which could drive you to the rest of the city as La Mitad del Mundo, Teleférico, Airport, Interprovinciales bus stations, local bus stations, etc. We work hard to provide you a spectacular stay, help you with directions, information about transportation, safety tips and several recommendations that travelers need to have a nice and quiet visit to our city. We offer a place where you can rest and recharge your energy for a new day. We offer you a lot of tourist information, besides we can help you with tours inside and outside the city, we offer you a top terrace which has a wonderful view of the city, its surroundings and the idyllic Pichincha mountain. Hostal Chicago is home for tourists from around the world. Enjoy a friendly, fun and intimate atmosphere. Our facilities include spacious and comfortable rooms, full private bathrooms, showers with hot water 24/7, daily housekeeping service, free WIFI, general security lockers, covered and decorated top terrace, free use of kitchen, a Coffee-Bar with a wide range of drinks accompanied by cable TV , good music, WiFi signal and a pool table. Do not expect a five star service, expect a service where our staff strives to help you to get your way and get there safely. This is a spectacular place to relax and unwind in a great environment where prevails cleaning , companionship , friendship and respect among everyone. Do not hesitate ! Looking forward to your pleasant visit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chicago Hotel Quito