The Good: Great location (love, love, LOVED the Lincoln Park neighborhood!), pleasantly surprised by quality of the hostel compared to the other American hostel I have stayed at - it's almost like you're staying in a fancy college dormitory. Great/friendly staff and fellow hostellers. Spacious kitchen and lounge space. Plenty of showers/toilets for the girls using the first floor bathroom - I stayed 2 nights/3 days and rarely, if ever, ran into anyone in the bathroom! Short walk to the L trains. The hostel offers a free breakfast every morning (I'm not sure what they offered, since I didn't get up early enough either morning to partake), and have free activities planned several times a week. When I was there, they had free tickets to a blues club. They have several computers with internet and printing available for use, plus they have amazingly fast free wireless internet available as well.
My nitpicks (nothing that will keep me from coming back!): 3 problems. #1: the only lighting in the room I was in were a few small track lights on the ceiling. With 8 girls in the room going to bed at various times, it would have been nice to have small lights on the wall next to each bed. #2: there were only outlets on one side of the room! #3: no dressing area in the showers, so you got soaked getting dressed or you had to make a mad dash to a toilet stall to get dressed.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Chicago Getaway Hotel Chicago