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IHSP Chicago Hostel at Damen CTA Reviews

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

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88%

Rating
1191 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 87%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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100%

It was one of the best hostel i have been. Perfect location. Clean facilities. Friendly stuff. Beds could be better but still i would definitely stay in this hostel again.


74%

Facilities: Showers has no water pressure, not enough sinks. Staff: Very helpful, always smiling and nice. Location: Good, next to the train.


80%

I had a great stay at the hostel, it came with a lot of amenities like free (starbucks) coffee. The hostel was very clean although many of the showers didn't function great (not enough water pressure?). I can't find many negative things to write besides the fact that the staff was a bit distant, besides that i had a great stay and would stay here again.

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


100%

Fantastic hostel. Clean, secure, amazing coffee machine, comfortable beds, free towels, functional WiFi, great rooftop view of skyline. Wonderful assistance from Jessica and Paola! Highly recommended for a great stay in Chicago.


100%

Awesome hostel to stay at! Location is amazing, close to lots of bars, restaurants and parks. Good amenities (free pancakes and oatmeal for breakfast, Starbucks coffee machine, clean showers with free towels, coin laundry). Staff were super friendly and great at recommending places to go and even organized a pub crawl the first night I was there which was really fun. Shout out to Meg that works here! Very friendly, good recommendations for food and things to do. Also really cute ;)

  • 29th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


89%

One of the better hostels I've stayed in. Clean, good showers, staff were helpful and happy, pancakes with Nutella for breakfast were good. Only negative was the heating in our room was very cold, spoke to staff and they said it was just out room, there was some wrong with the heating and only that room was cold so lucked out there but overall highly recommend.


100%

We stayed for 6 nights with 3 in room and had a really nice stay. The staff were super friendly and helpful and even arranged a pub crawl. The hostel is only a 5 minute walk from the metro and the surrounding area has some really nice bars, restaurants and shops. All the facilities were really good in the hostel especially the kitchen area as you can easily cook in to save money. Will definitely stay here next time im in chicago!

  • 27th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


69%

The hostel is in a good location, only a few stops on the subway to downtown. The hostel itself has everything you would need with a great roof deck that is open 24/7. The staff at the hostel are okay, we were checked in by a guy who clearly wasn't interested in us and we felt as though we were a burden on him. It is also very noisy at night, not just from the outside traffic but staff on reception also make a lot of noise.

  • 27th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


97%

Location is great, just right off the blue line. You can arrive here from ORD airport taking the metro blue line ($10 all day pass or $3 one way) and get off at the Damen stop. Once you drop all your stuff off at the hostel/check-in you can use the same blue line to go downtown Chicago and explore! I thought the facilities were good. The hostel provides plenty of free and clean towels to use. Free pancakes or oatmeal for breakfast. Lobby is great for meeting people. Rooftop as well!


80%

Our room was very warm to sleep in and there was condensation dripping into our bags.

  • 26th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


97%

The atmosphere was great :)

  • 24th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hungary
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


66%

This hostel is located in a great area. Wicker Park is full of shops, restaurants, bars, and nightlife. I had a great time just walking around the neighborhood. I did get horrible sleep at this hostel though. Every step on the wood floors can be heard throughout the building. It made for sleepless nights. My entire room was woken up each night by loud partygoers coming home. This isn't really the hostels fault, just know that it's a great place to party and the floors are very loud.

  • 20th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


97%

The best hostel I've ever been!

  • 18th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Poland
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


100%

This was our first experience staying at this hostel and if we ever find ourselves needing boarding in the area again, we are certain to return. Everything was clean, everyone was friendly, and all facilities you'd get in a hotel were provided (plus some). Privacy and security were excellent, and parking was insanely cheap. 5/5, would stay again!

  • 15th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)


80%

IHSP was very well located, from the airport and the city centre on the subway. Buck town offered plenty of bars and restaurants to go to as well. Also, the area felt very safe. However, as it was August and there was no air-con (only fans) the hostel was, at times, uncomfortable. The staff were very friendly and the facilities were of a good standard. All in all, good but with minor drawbacks.


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