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The Chicago Parthenon Hostel
Reviewed 11 July 2013

Great location, walkable to everything. Bright colours, clean and good facilities. Yummy breakfast every morning. Except there was 'the rudest man' at breakfast, who was very strict about tucking your chair in, and positioning your toast in the toaster!

Room Tip: Back of the hotel may be better, main road can be very busy
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

The only thing I would reccomend about this place is the location, but there also nicer hostels near by.

I almost canceled my booking when I was charged a deposit even though the mobile site said I wouldn't and got a less than stellar response from the lady at the desk.

Then they lost part of my reservation and I had to move on my third day.

I think the traveler who wants a quiet hostel would appreciate this place. Its dead at all times.

The common room is lacking and the only way to cook anything is via a microwave so people have to go out to eat.

I personally like the opprotunities to meet and mingle which is part of why I like hostels Tried moving ro the international hostel, but they were booked.

Will not stay here again

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

This place gets 5 stars purely for value: it is significantly cheaper ($63 a night for a private room versus the Crowne Plaza 3 blocks away at $209 a night). Granted, it is NOT the Crowne Plaza - bathroom and showers are shared. But it's clean, safe, has hot showers, serviceable free wifi, and a really great location. It was intrinsically quiet - some of guests could make a racket, but quieted down when asked. I stayed here for a week for a conference at the CP and saved over $400. Free breakfast, too!

Room Tip: Higher floors are further away from the street & bar underneath. No elevator, though.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

Everyone saying this place is n a bad locale is lying. I don't know what the hell they're on about, this place is fine. Sure there's some crazies around but name a city that doesn't have them.
The place is clean and nice, and the staff are very helpful.
The only thing I have to say here - something that everyone one else seems to be missing - is the fact that there's no elevator in this building so fair warning, you're gonna be lugging your baggage up a lot of stairs even if you're on the first floor.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

I slept in a room of 8 for two nights. The staff was friendly and they allowed me to check in earlier than 3pm. Rooms and bathrooms were clean and convenient. Location of the hostel is very good; it is safe area, quiet, and close to the Loop.

I can warmly recommend this hostel for everyone!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

Stayed in a double room at the Parthenon Hostel in October 2008, room was very nice, and as we were on a budget, it was cheap and affordable.
We were greeted with a smile and a drink at the bar which was nice after a long journey.

It was a shame that the room next to us was occupied by a large group of chinese travellers who had no idea how much noise they were making and that there were other people in the hostel wanting to use the shower rooms... but i suppose we just had a bad experience with other residents.

The hostel was in a great loaction and the staff were very helpful with where to go for food and places to visit etc.

I'd reccomend a visit to Millenium Park and the Chicago River.

Room Tip: Take ear plugs!
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

We were 2 friends in Chicago for 2 nights. It is incredibly easy to get to from the airport (cta blue line train to the street) and the greyhound and amtrak bus stations. The neighbourhood is safe, full of cafes and restaurants and a supermarket, so really convenient for us. we walked into downtown chicago in about 20 mins. The rooms are perfectly fine, spartan (hahaha) but the bedding is made up and included in the price. Free wifi big plus. NOTE some earlier reviews have said there is no communal space, this HAS CHANGED there is a lounge with a couple of sofas , table, computer, but true it isn't very big. The staff at the time were very friendly and they've got a very safe front door now (some people complained in earlier reviews). They provide maps, breakfast was great, the owner could do with not standing in the room. For a longer stay maybe I'd have liked somewhere with a proper communal kitchen and a bit nosier, but this was perfect if you wanted to rest and get to places quickly.No lockers but they would look after your bags for a dollar each. Free soap in showers big help to light travellers! hope this helped, I would stay again

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about 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 #18 of 60 Speciality Lodging in Chicago
Price Range: £24 - £101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Chicago Parthenon Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 25
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