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The Chicago Parthenon Hostel
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“Too expensive for what you get”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

Noisy. Nowhere to hang your towels. Their 'double room' was two different sized single bed pushed together. And after travelling the world for the last 6 months is the most expensive hostel we've stayed in, and certainly not the best.

  • Stayed March 2012
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Binghamton, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2012

This place made it possible for me to attend a conference I needed to be at. The included breakfast was great (although the person supervising it was a bit of a stiff and scary guy) and the desk attendants all took great care of me, providing directions and tips. It was easy to get around. The rooms were clean though very basic. The toilet stalls were too small. The showers were fine, for communal types. I'd stay there again, on my own, in an expensive city like Chicago, if I have another conference there.

Room Tip: Lots of stairs - ask for a room on the second floor if possible.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

Excellent hostel and location; about a 10 minutes walk from Greyhound and Amtrak stations. The hostel is very well maintained and super clean. The dorm rooms are large and airy with comfortable beds and free backpack sized lockers in the room. There is free superfast WiFi in all rooms and a free computer in the common room for those without. The bathrooms are spotlessly clean & very will maintained. The free breakfast is a bonus. The staff are extremely friendly. Excellent hostel for relaxing. Not really a party hostel, great for those on a budget.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2012

stuff was very helpful, the rooms were nice and very clean. met lots of nice people there

Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Windsor, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2012

Stayed at the hostel for a weekend..A bit away from everything but easy enough to get to the main things (5-10 minute drive or 20-30 minute walk). The staff were very friendly and helpful and explain the busroutes to take you wherever you needed. Also, instead of making me move when my cousin left (I stayed an extra day by myself) they let me stay in the room I checked into since it wasn't booked. The breakfast was plain but suited to the cost of the hostel and I met some other hostellers there.
The room had the bare essentials...literally but when you are there really just for sleeping and getting ready to go out, it doesn't matter.
The only disappointment were the lukewarm showers and there not being a mirror in the room to get ready.
There is a really nice coffee place beside the hostel as well.

Room Tip: Stayed near the common room, the wifi worked from there so I didn't have to bring my laptop ther...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Olomouc, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2011

Good location in Greektown, close to a subway station (UIC Halsted on a blue line, four stations to Chicago downtown) and 15-20 minutes walk from The Loop. The breakfast did not satisfy me (only toasts, butter, jam, cereals, fruit and coffee/juice; no cheese, ham or anything else).

I was travelling with 5 friends and we received a private room for 6 people, bathroom is common for the whole floor. We received towels for free but we were told that if we were in a common room, we would have got them for 2 bucks each.

If you are looking for something cheap to stay close to Chicago downtown, it is a good choice, especially for young travellers.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2011

i spent 5 nights at AAE parthenon hostel with my boyfriend and my stay there were very good. the private room was small with two twin beds but it was clean and enough for us. the frontdesk staff are helpful. i didn't have enough cash at the first night when i checked in but they let me pay that money on the next day. the best thing that i liked it here is that the cleaness of the bathroom. Sharing a bathroom in a hostel is quit inconvience but i didn't feel that way when i were here, it was cozy, dry and clean all the time. And the location is great, 20 minutes walk from the highight of the city and it is just very very near from the Station. i would come back to stay here again if i have chance to visit Chicago. Love this city.

Room Tip: + Bring soap, shampoo by yourself. + Ask for making up the room if you stay long, otherwise they wi...
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Chicago Parthenon Hostel
Address: 310 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661-5406
Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > West Loop
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Ranked #15 of 57 Speciality Lodging in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — The Chicago Parthenon Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 25
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