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Chicago Getaway Hostel Reviews

616 West Arlington Place, Chicago, Chicago, USA

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89%

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2097 Total Reviews
  • 90%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 86%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 88%Atmosphere
  • 86%Cleanliness
  • 89%Facilities

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74%

It could be more clean

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Thank you for your review and input! We work hard to keep the building as clean as possible. Hopefully, we can exceed your expectations in the future!

97%

this is the best hostel I have ever stayed. and the price was unbelievable. distance was pretty disadvantage for this hostel. it was a little far from transportation. except that one, this is the perfect hostel for everyone

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Hi, Thanks for your review of our hostel! We appreciate your feedback. Hope to see you again! Best, Mat Meadows GM

74%

We had a very enjoyable stay. The room, and the entire hostel was very clean. Breakfast was excellent. Location was very good. Room size was excellent. My only issue would be the lock to our room. The door did not close well. In order to actually close it, it had to be pulled very hard. When we arrived home one evening out door was ajar. I was sure we had closed it behind behind us, and when I reported it too the desk, the staff we not very helpful or friendly.

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Thank you very much for your review! I'm so sorry you had an issue with your door. Maintenance issues are always taken seriously and addressed as quickly as possible. We look forward to accommodating you in the future.

74%

The hostel was in a very nice and safe neighborhood. We stayed in a two bed private room. an the room is very small but enough room for a few suitcases on the floor but not much else, no table is in the room. If you are looking for a place to sleep and decent breakfast this is a good spot. I would stay again as the staff went above and beyond to help with any questions and the subway is only a 5 minute walk away.

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Thank you so much for your review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and thank you for the compliments to our staff! We look forward to accommodating you in the future.

89%

First of all, the breakfast is killer!!!! Waffles, fruits, oatmeal, cereal, bread, bagel, coffee..... The hostels also has plenty of stuff for you to do such as fooseball table, snooker, piano, guitar, tv...... The room is okay. Has an a/c, lockers, and such. A little run down but not bad. The washroom is bright, has a few stalls for shower, but it would be nice if there are more hooks for clothes. The kitchen is well equipped. Location wise, a bit far from d/t. But close to free zoo.

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Thanks for staying with us and taking the time to leave us a review! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay! We're currently working on refreshing our rooms so we look forward to accommodating you in the future!

97%

Its amazing place where there are lots of people. Super clean and shower rooms in restroom are always available. The breakfast was scrambled eggs and cereal with milk plus some fruits when I stayed there. Location is good at nice and peaceful neighbourhood. WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY? WHEN IT COMES TO HOSTEL NO ONE IS ITS EQUAL

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Thanks for the outstanding review! We appreciate you sharing your feedback with the Hostelworld community! Always great to hear that we're setting the standard. Hope to see you again in the future. Best regards, Mat Meadows General Manager

91%

It's simply the best hostel I've stayed in! It's calm, friendly and really well organized. Breakfast is great, they have different options. It's not the typical crazy, party, loud hostel that I personally hate, this is actually a place where you can sleep.

  • 25th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Colombia
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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Greetings! Thanks for the great review! Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and loved our great breakfast. We hope to see you again here soon! Best regards, Mat Meadows General Manager

80%

The toilet seat could use a cover. I hated always having to look in there and my things falling in there. It would be nice to have some hooks and paper towels in the bathroom. The staff was great! Very clean place. Nice big rooms. Spacious common area. Great breakfast variety and I like the idea of a clean up crew to keep things orderly. Nice neighborhood. I would stay there again.

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Greetings: Thanks for the review! We're always improving here at the Chicago Getaway Hostel and appreciate your feedback. Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and liked our breakfast. We hope to see you again soon! Best regards, Mat Meadows General Manager

100%

excellent!

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Hi, Thanks for thinking we are excellent! Hope to see you again soon. Best, Mat Meadows General Manager

100%

Probably the nicest hostel I've stayed in. Great location to be close to the "city" but in an actual neighborhood with lots to do besides sightseeing.

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Hi, Thanks for your great review of the Chicago Getaway Hostel! So glad you enjoyed your stay and loved our neighborhood! Hope to see you again soon. Best, Mat Meadows General Manager

100%

I want to go visit Chicago again for being a great city and having this amazing hostel, so far, it is the best hostel I have ever been to! The staff is amazing and lovely! Thank you very much for making my stay even more special.

  • 15th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Spain
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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Hi, Thanks for you great review of the Chicago Getaway Hostel! We're so glad that you loved our city. Please come back soon! Best, Mat Meadows General Manager

94%

Can not gush enough about how awesome they are. Clean, professional, great facilty. Wifi that works!!! Bathroom that isn't from the 50s, and is clean. Nice staff, interested in being helpful. Real matresses, proper comfortable ones. Will stay again.

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Hi David, Thanks for your awesome review of our hostel! Glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again in the future. Best, Mat Meadows General Manager

54%

This hostel left a lot to be desired. While the reception area/kitchen were modern, the rooms were run-down, plug sockets hanging off walls, lights that didn't work, etc. There were no bed lights/shelving/plug sockets for beds and the beds were uncomfortable and extremely low (you can't sit up in the bottom bunk without banging your head). Bathrooms were dirty - saw several cockroaches. Not much in the way of social activities and while the area is nice, it's quite far out.

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Hi Hannah, Thanks for reviewing the Chicago Getaway Hostel. We highly value our guest's opinions and are constantly striving to improve! I'm sorry that you had some issues with your stay. We are currently renovating all of our rooms to make them more up-to-date, including getting new beds that will have their own electrical outlets. Also, we organize social events/outings every night-- we'd love for you to come back and go out with us! Take care, Mat Meadows General Manager

97%

One of the best hostels I've stayed at. The staff were lovely, the hostel is awesome - clean, chill & there is always something to do e.g play pool/ piano/ pub crawls. It completely made my Chicago experience, thank you :D

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Hi Aimee, Thanks for your great review of the Chicago Getaway Hostel! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. Please come back to visit! Best, Mat Meadows General Manager

100%

the hostel is amazing and located in a very good neighbourhood . the staffs are amazing and helpful. if you love to walk then you could simply start walking from the linkin park zoo and head all the way up to the bean . i would live to come back soon and stay in the same hostel . for all backpackers u could just take the train and then head of the hostel its quite easy :)

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Hi Shethal, Thanks for your great review of the Chicago Getaway Hostel! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and your walk downtown. Please come back to visit! Best, Mat Meadows General Manager

86%

I really like the free events as its a great way of experiencing the city and for travelers to meet new people. The charging outlet points in the dorms are not great. Previous hostels had them located each locker also.

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Hi Rowena, Thanks so much for reviewing our hostel! We're glad you enjoyed your stay and had a good time on the events. Soon we're putting new bed frames in the dorms that will provide each person with their own outlet. We hope you come back so that you can see them! Best, Mat Meadows General Manager

83%

The Hostel and Staff were great. Unfortunately we had some problems with some noise (some times people were yelling and we could not rest properly) and the elevator was not working in 4 of the 6 days we stayed (we were in the 4th floor). If you want to rest, it maybe not the best option, but if you want to make new friends it one of the best hostels.

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


100%

Amazing staffs and they did help me in making sure my booking was intact thou I was coming in late by a day ..really helpful staffs and the hostel is in a wonderful location

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Hi, Thanks for your great review! Glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again!

94%

My stay here was awesome! The security felt great in the 8 bed dorm, as was the cleanliness. I was staying here for a conference down town, and the redline was very convenient both to the downtown area and the eateries around Lincoln Square. The neighborhood was lovely, and I never felt unsafe walking at night. Whole foods at the redline was a big plus, as was the Bourgeois Pig down the street. Breakfast at the hostel was a major plus as well! Highly recommend!

  • 22nd Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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Hi, Thanks so much for your feedback! Glad you enjoyed your stay at our hostel and took advantage of our surroundings! Hope to see you again

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.

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Hi, I'm sorry that you did not enjoy the company in your dorm room. At Chicago Getaway Hostel, we take pride in providing a living space for travelers of all ages so that we do not discriminate against anyone looking for a budget-friendly and social atmosphere upon their visit to Chicago. We do appreciate your feedback and will try to make our open policy more clear in the future. Take care!

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