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Chicago Getaway Hostel Reviews

616 West Arlington Place, Chicago, Chicago, USA

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89%

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2121 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 86%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 88%Atmosphere
  • 86%Cleanliness
  • 88%Facilities

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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.

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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

94%

The hostel staff was great, and I felt very at home here. The area the hostel is in has a college town feel. Very young and fun. The metro is only a short walk away and I was easily able to get around town from the hostel. I would definitely stay here again!


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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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!

100%

Loved my stay here! Hope to come back soon. Staff was also very helpful :)

  • 20th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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Thank you for staying with us! We hope to see you again!

91%

If I go again I will choose this hostel again. Maybe it is not in strong centat but is really easy come to centar. And Stuff is always there for help. Warm Clean and Great athmospher ☺...

  • 13th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Croatia
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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Thanks for your response! We appreciate it. We are located in one of the greatest and oldest neighborhoods in Chicago and are trying to highlight our neighborhood by having events in our area -- great bars, restaurants, entertainment and outside activity. We hope to see you again! Mary

94%

I stayed here for two nights in February and really enjoyed this hostel. It's large, open, bright, and had lots of amenities (multiple computers, free wifi, tv room, pool table, large dining area and kitchen, etc). The staff were friendly and helpful and I appreciated being able to get a parking spot at an extra $28/night. The free breakfast can get a bit hectic in the morning, but they had a good spread of offerings. I would definitely recommend staying here.

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Thanks for your response. We hope you come back to visit us! We are refreshing our building with new decor to our rooms, hallways and lobby area. Breakfast can be a little overwhelming and we are hoping to open up some space in the dining room with our refresh. Best, Mary

86%

Surprised by the amenities great value But rooms need more decor. Feel more homey

  • 5th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)

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Thanks for your response. We would love for you to stay again! We are refreshing our rooms with new decor, hallways and lobby. We hope you come back to see the changes! Best, Mary

91%

Great Hostel, great location, has discounted metro and museum tickets. Would stay again.

  • 3rd Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for your response! Please come back to see us in the future. We are working hard to refresh our building -- new room decor, hallways and lobby. Best, Mary

83%

It was just a little bit hard to find, and although i'm not saying that it's dirty, it needs a slight makeover concerning cleanliness in the bathrooms. Other than these, it was real cool. Recommended.

  • 2nd Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Turkey
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for your response! Our hostel is located on a smaller street and can be difficult to find. I hope this didn't cause a pain. We deep clean our bathrooms daily. I will speak with our housemen -- day, night and overnight -- to ensure our bathrooms meet our guest's expectations. We are refreshing our rooms, hallways and lobby in the next few months. I hope you can stay with us again to see the changes! Best, Mary

91%

It was an awesome hostel with a great kitchen! My only complaint is that if you want to go to some of the more tourist type destinations its a good 25-45 minutes on a bus.


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