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Chicago Getaway Hostel Reviews

616 West Arlington Place, Chicago, Chicago, USA

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91%

Rating
2000 Total Reviews
  • 92%Value For Money
  • 94%Security
  • 86%Location
  • 96%Staff
  • 90%Atmosphere
  • 89%Cleanliness
  • 92%Facilities

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86%

Hostels should perhaps be more explicit about their age limits (if it is a youth hostel or not). The type of roomates in this hostel were not cognizant of the contemporary hostel culture that I was expecting. My experience was unpleasant in the room because the older men would snore extremely loud and would require a lot of energy to go about their showering and changing clothes. They were unreasonable with noise and light. I know I wont be back to hostels that endorse this unempathic people.


94%

Fantastic location. Close to the metro and there is tons to do in the area and around. The hostel itself is also very good. The breakfast was great.

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We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay! We are working very hard to make sure that every guest has an enjoyable and memorable experience so thank you for your words on our behalf.

89%

Awesome kitchen and spaces to eat and socialize I or outdoors, behind doors in the TV room or by the piano, I had the best time with so many new friends.

  • 12th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks so much for the response. Come back and see us again soon! Jake Quanbeck Guest Services Representative

91%

Sucha nice place! Location is ok, but theplace itself is a great place to stay in. Enough activities prganized by the hostel to try somthing new at night!

  • 11th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Mexico
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hey thanks for the feedback. We try and keep the events exciting for everyone. Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself. Jake Quanbeck Guest Services Representative.

100%

AMAZING! This hostel is one of the best places I have stayed. It is super clean, well set out, and very functional. Plus it is in a amazing location. The building and surrounding buildings have beautiful external architecture and it is very safe for walking around alone. Will definitely be back here again.

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Hey glad to hear you had a good stay. We try our best to keep the hostel running efficiently. Hope to see you again soon! Jake Quanbeck Guest Services Representative

89%

There was a mix of young people and older folks which made for an interesting environment. It wasn't party central, and the turnout for the nights out sponsored by the hostel wasn't great. However, the staff was super friendly and there was always plenty to do at night and ever during the day.

  • 8th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hey thanks for the feedback. I hope you enjoyed your stay here. The hostel will certainly start to gain some energy now that Chicago is warming up. Thanks again for staying with us. Jake Quanbeck Guest Services Representative

97%

Loved this place - staff were super helpful and it was in a great neighbourhood. Very easy to get into the middle of Chicago to see the sights. Nice big rooms and comfy beds. Would come again.

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Glad to hear you liked the neighborhood. It's definitely nice being so close to a train line. We always appreciate the positive feedback. Come visit us again soon. Jake Quanbeck Guest Services Representative

86%

Very big hostel, excellent staff with good knowledge and enthusiasm! Short walk from the metro station, easy to get lost though. Would recommend the pizza place downtown that the hostel recommends. The free pizza cookie was great!

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Glad to hear you liked the pizza! Thanks for the nice words. We always try our best to make sure guests have a terrific stay. Jake Quanbeck Guest Services Representative

91%

Top notch all across the board. Wish more hostels were like this.

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Hey thanks for the excellent review. We try our best, and it's always nice to hear that it's working. Come back to Chicago and see us again soon please! Jake Quanbeck Guest Services Representative

91%

It has all the information needed to have a great time. The staff was helpful and breakfast was good. Definitely coming back.

  • 27th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)

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Glad to hear you're coming back. We'll make sure breakfast is ready for you! Jake Quanbeck Guest Services Representative

97%

Everything was excellent but the temperature in our room. The insulation of the window was very bad and there was a freezing air coming through. During the night the room got very cold and we had just one thin blanket. The following day we asked for more blankets but this freezing air was still annoying.

Owner Comment (Hide)
We are sorry to hear about the room. I hope everything else was good. Did you ever let someone at the front desk know that there was air coming through your window? We can generally fix something like that if we know about it. Normally we make sure all of our rooms are ready for the needs of our guests. Hope you stay with us again some time. Mat Meadows General Manager

97%

the best hostel for me. will definately go again.

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Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip to Chicago. Come back soon! Mat Meadows General Manager

94%

Incredible amenities

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We take great pride in our amenities. In fact we're refreshing some of the hostel rooms and hallways right now! Thanks for staying with us. Mat Meadows General Manager

100%

If you're looking for first class this isn't it! If you're looking for a place to sleep amongst the attractions you've found it! Just a short walk from DePaul and the Lincoln Park Zoo is this wonderful place. Don't expect any fancy thrills or spectacles, but they have a continental breakfast. We didn't utilize it but one day because the bourgeoisie pig and chicagos dog house are within walking distance. Definitely recommend the 7 day CTA pass to get around by bus and subway.

  • 16th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Glad to hear you enjoyed the location. Our hostel tries to keep rates low for our guests, but we are always open to suggestions. In fact we are refreshing some of our rooms and hallways right now. Hope you stay with us again. Mat Meadows General Manager

100%

Outstanding hostel. I have been to 5 or 6 hostels, and this is very likely the best one. Good value for money, good facilities. The location may initially seems not great because it is not downtow, but the neigborhood of the hostel is amazing (safe, bike friendly, good for running in the morning at the Lincoln park, awesome night life, blues at Kingston Mines). Amazing breakfest. Strongly recommended!

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Wow thanks for the positive feedback! Sounds like you did a good job seeing Chicago while you were here. Come see us again soon. Mat Meadows General Manager

89%

This is located in a great area of Chicago; about 15 min walk to nearest train station on one direction, and Lincoln Park zoo and other attractions in the other direction down Fullerton. This makes going around Chicago easy for people new ;the people at the front desk are very helpful and kind. The breakfast is good and offers a good variety. After staying at international hostels, this was my first hostel experience in US, and it was good in comparison

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Happy to hear our staff treated you well and you enjoyed the local amenities. There's always plenty to do around the neighborhood. Visit us again soon! Mat Meadows General Manager

94%

Awesome location in Lincoln Park, super clean facilities, fairly quiet, great common areas, very helpful staff. This would be a great place for longer term stays, since they have a full kitchen and places for guests to store food. My only complaint is that the whole place felt kind of stuffy and got the whole time I was there, but it was that weird spring weather so I understand.

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We like having a big kitchen. It's a great place for all our guests to mingle and make meals together. Come see us again this summer. The weather's only getting better from here. Mat Meadows General Manager

86%

Some construction works going on very frequently.

  • 6th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Chile
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for taking the time to provide some feedback. I'm sorry if the construction work was bothersome. Was it near your room? I hope you come back and see us again! Best, Mat Meadows General Manager

91%

PROS : Great location, staff is extremely helpful and friendly, the free breakfast is good. CONS : It is noisy (sounds from other rooms, sounds from the pipes in the wall, etc.), there is only one bathroom on the floor, beds are not very comfortable. It is the best place for the money, but it is not perfect.

  • 2nd Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for taking the time to provide some feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay -- our location, staff and breakfast! We are working to improve our noise levels. We hope you come back and visit us! Thanks, Mat Meadows General Manager

94%

Stayed the first weekend of March for 3 nights. They have a parking lot right out back which was like $25 ish a night. Parking is super expensive everywhere in chicago so it was nice to not worry about it and have a very safe place that I could visibly see my car at all times. Room security was great. Forgot a lock and left my camera and laptop in room when I went out at night and nothing was taken. Breakfast was oatmeal, eggs, Breads. really nice little restaurants nearby. 4 train stops to DT

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi ! Thanks for staying with us at the Chicago Getaway Hostel. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and I hope we see you again the next time you are back in Chicago!

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