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IHSP Chicago Hostel at Damen CTA Reviews

1616 N. Damen Ave, CTA Blue Line, Chicago, USA

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87%

Rating
861 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 88%Atmosphere
  • 85%Cleanliness
  • 85%Facilities

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100%

Very cool hostel, awesome location.. the rooftop parties were an awesome place to meet people!


100%

Fantastic downtown location with lots of bars and restaurants all around the hostel. The rooftop terrace was a great place to hang out all night, too. It got fairly noisy up there but is removed from the rooms so we weren't disturbing anyone. The communal showers and toilets that I saw were clean although it seemed like there were very often people locked in some of the bathrooms, I never had to queue. Transport is easy and convenient and the crowd at the hostel was nice.

  • 14th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


100%

The IHSP was an excellent choice. It is located in a wonderful side of town with many good places to eat, hang out and shop mainstream or for the more adventurous traveler books and records!! The staff is amazing and so are the facilities! The best thing is it is so near the blue line to make it easy to go anywhere you want including the airport!!! It is my top choice in my next visit to the windy city!


66%

During my stay, the staff was not very helpful. My questions went unanswered and were often no where to be found. It was my first hostel stay, and it felt as if my basic questions (how do we tell what bed is ours, storing food, ect) seemed to bother them and usually went ignored. More than once I was told to wait and stood there for ten minutes and when they did come back their answers weren't clear.

  • 12th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


69%

Average style hostel in central Chicago close to a bar district and within walking distance to the metro. Big factilities and lots of large and clean bathrooms as well as common area. The breakfast was a joke and the coffee machine didn't even work. Staff seemed uninterested in their clients.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi, sorry that the coffee machine was not functioning the one day your stayed here. The company the maintains it came out the next day and fixed it.

100%

It was the cleanest hostel I've ever been in my time as a traveler! I had a good time on rooftop deck ;) The location is perfect. Pancakes mhh :) Top!


89%

Great location right in the middle of Wicker Park. Close walk to a bunch of good restaurants, bars, coffee shops, boutiques, etc. Rooftop deck was nice to come back to after a long day of walking around. Close to the metro (about 2 minute walk). Only about a 15 minute ride to downtown. Staff was super friendly and helpful. Bring flip flops to wear in the shower and your own towel (although they have them for free) and you'll be fine! Oh, also, parking was great. It was right behind the hostel.


80%

Facilities were excellent. We were really happy with our room and the location of the hostel. The staff were ok. Not as enthusiastic or friendly as the other hostels we'd stayed at. Not very accommodating with check out, as our flight was early in the morning. We had to give our keys in at midnight and couldn't leave the building. When we checked in we had to wait an extra half hour past the normal check in time to actually access our room because it needed to be cleaned.


94%

Stayed 5 nights in a 10 bed dorm. Very sociable and vibrant hostel, conveniently located. At night I mostly didn't even bother to go out, preferred to hang out and have drinks with fellow travellers at the hostels on the rooftop.great staff. Lockers in the room, padlocks provided if you didn't bring your own, rooms secured with keycode, entrance to hostel with keycard.felt safe. provides for everything a traveller needs, even free towels, huge+cozy common area and kitchen. loved it, recommend it


31%

I failed so much booking at this hostel, by the moment we got there we wanted to leave, but there was nothing available for our budget. The location is bad, it has metro and bus connections but it is quite far from the loop and beach and it is ugly and a little dangerous, there are really old and ugly apts nearby. The receptionists leave at night and people is shouting and yelling ALL THE NIGHT, we had a hard time sleeping and the doors where of glass with just a curtain, we had to covered it!!

  • 17th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Chile
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi! Wicker Park is one the best neighborhoods in Chicago. Just take a look at this link. http://www.frontdoor.com/places/10-great-neighborhoods-in-chicago We personally think the building near the hostel are beautiful :)

100%

One of our most favourite hostels we stayed in whilst in America !!


83%

Perfect if you want to be in Wicker Park and the international, nightly rooftop party was great. Decent beds and nice clean big bathroom that was deluxe. There is NOT parking as stated. You have to find parking blocks away and huff it. It was free but 7 blocks away. Just sn FYI.

  • 5th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Mixed Group, 31-40
  • (1 review)


80%

It was too loud and noisy during the middle of night.

  • 1st Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Taiwan
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


100%

I loved this hostel. The location is amazing, the people and the staff were awesome to be around with. I came to Chicago thinking I would have an okay time, and it completely exceeded my expectations! Wyatt was an epic host, and he does a pretty good job at keeping the place running smoothly for the guests and fun at the same time. I will def stay here again next time I am in town.


89%

Dan was very friendly and like all staff, very helpful and patient. They offer amazing insider tips to help you see Chicago from a locals perspective . The location is amazing as they're right up the road from lots of cool stores. The staff contribute to building a fun and memorable experience in Chicago. This hostel just further solidified the idea I had previously held that Chicago is very, very cool.

  • 27th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Africa
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


89%

Great hostel, fun and social atmosphere. Clean showers and great kitchen. Girls and boys dorms open straight onto the common room which can be a bit awkward in the morning when everyone's having breakfast (free pancakes A ) and staring in at you.


94%

Thanks guys for a memorable stay ! You had great advice, great conversation and the hostel is probably one of the best I've been, the roof deck is the bomb !!


91%

I stay at IHSP near every time I come into Chicago. I live in a nearby state, often come to town for concerts, to conduct research, or simply to visit the museums and enjoy a bit of quality nightlife. Not only does Wicker Park present itself as an ideal and convenient neighborhood for staying in and getting around from, IHSP provides an incredibly high quality hostel experience at relatively low cost. I've been at hostels all over the world and this is my favorite, second to only one.

  • 8th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


97%

Really great hostel. Loved the location. The surrounding area has lots of great bars and places to eat. It is also extremely close to the metro so getting around is easy! Good social atmosphere. There is a large common area and free pancakes for breakfast. Had an awesome time there and meet a lot of fun people. It was very secure and I felt comfortable and safe there. Would highly recommend this hostel.


77%

Rooms are not that great and not all of them have windows. But the common areas are great!


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