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Chicago Getaway Hostel

1.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The bed sheets had stains on them we didn't sleep on the top bunk. And the dishes for breakfast where dirty. Also they should have more variety's of breakfast to choose from.

We were only in town for one night and wanted a hotel, but everything was sold out (big medical conference). We've stayed in hostels in Europe, so we weren't expecting luxury. A few pros/way more cons: Pros: -Cute neighborhood setting -Bottom level common area is very inviting and nicely finished -Check-in/check-out is very easy Cons: -Dirty room and disgusting bathrooms. Our room's floor and windowsills hadn't been washed in who knows how long. Shared bathroom was a disgrace. The sink area appeared to never be scrubbed in the women's room. Puke all over one of the bathroom stalls in the men's room. No cleaning crew or staff in sight after check-in, so they're clearly not checking the cleanliness of the bathrooms on a regular basis. -No a/c in our unit (although from the outside you can see that others do?), no screen on the window, which let in bugs and meant that you had to keep the window open all night which is bad because: -SO MANY DRUNKS walking on the street. Two girls were seriously screaming and crying at 2:30 in the morning for what seemed like forever. Other random drunk people walking through the neighborhood as well. We got almost no sleep and if I lived in one of the very nice houses on this street I would be so unhappy every night. -Didn't expect the bed to be amazing, but it was so uncomfortable that we woke up multiple times from that as well. In our opinion, this is maybe worth $75 night, not over $150. Not worth what they charge.

Slept for three nights, totally it was a good experience, the breakfast was good, the stuffs were good, however, the bunk bed was so noisy when climbed up and down

This is indeed a hostel, so expect somewhat spartan accommodations. Be sure to bring your own toiletries, including soap/shampoo/dental hygiene equipment. Surprisingly, they do provide towels, toilet paper, full bedding, and a hair dryer on the first floor. The bed are like dorm beds, and there is only one chair in the room, no other furniture. There are some really comfy common areas, and the kitchen is capable of just about anything you'd need. They rent bikes, have free wifi, and computers available. They also provide bag check service. Its a really great example of a hostel, and the staff were friendly and helpful.

Great location: beautiful/scenic, close to zoo conservatory; nice view of downtown skyline via a walk through the park; and proximity to shopping or food can't be beat.

I happened to book my stay at this hotel after a shortcoming with another booking I had made that led me to cancel that booking. The Chicago Getaway Hostel was not my first choice, but I'm glad I made it in the end. The location was bigger than anticipated, with seating for the travelers everywhere you looked. The wi-fi was fast. The bed was meh. I was placed on the lower bunk in the room (I was the only one), but I'm 5'7" and could barely fit into the space to sit down on the mattress. The walls are pretty thin and you can hear everything. Overall, it feels like a college dormitory. Lots of noise. A somewhat smelly bathroom with water all over the floor, and people from all walks of life.

Terrible experience. Lost my bag with DSLR and 2 IPads.

This is my third time stay at the hotel. This time I experienced the friendly party with free beer. Also, I made new friends in the cafeteria.

Pros: Excellent location, safe and easy walking to food, etc. Cons: Private room is off the fire stairwell and is very noisy with slamming doors echoing all night and people talking through the thin walls. Fixtures were falling off and rooms looked cheaply/hastily renovated. Beds are really cheap and uncomfortable with inadequate, ill-fitting bedding. Pretty bad breakfast; not enough dishes, dirty dishes, runs out of food. The worst coffee ever (I don't know how people, even the French, were drinking it. Like dirty dishwater added to the bottom of an old, mostly consumed cup of coffee.You'd have to be pretty desperate.

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Clean and safe hostel in Lakeview area. Close to subway station and hipster area.

Found this hotel and decided to try for the weekend.

Overall worth the money. Recommended for those who want to have a trip light on their pocket and want to enjoy the city.

great value. highly recommend. great breakfast. nice staff

Found a cheap ticket to chicago so i decided to go on my days off from work. I stayed at getaway because it was the least expensive and just needed somewhere to lay my head and shower. The staff was great and the rooms were clean. The second night was a little chilly and i wish the blankets were a little warmer but no big deal. It was more than I expected for the price.

Half a mile from the train station and a little more than that to Hertz. Perfect place to lay down your head when you get into town late, meet people from all over the planet, and head into the city or beyond. As a metropolitan little hotspot to rest and wifi, it can't be beat. Bye bye lonely hotel rooms. The oatmeal is great in the morning, and the induction cooktop is awesome.

While it is possible to find street parking, you'll spend you're evening looking. DePaul University is a block away and high dollar homes stacked on top of each other and permitted city street parking ,,you could take a chance and escape having your car towed. I chose to pay the $28 parking, nearly doubling my stay. You can also remember what your first cheep spring mattress felt like after five years and broken tie strings. Neighborhood felt safe to walk late at night. Lots of century old architecture to admire. Did not notice A/C. Better book in winter.

all elements exceptional. will never stay at a hotel in chicago again. loved staying here. staff,breakfast,location all outstanding.

The staffs were the best part ! The hostel itself was great with clean beds and free breakfast! Furthermore, there were rooms to get your business done or do some relaxing! The cons of this place it is a bit far from the central city and it will take a bit of walking unless you uber/lyft there not as convenient as we would have hoped. However, there is a zoo and park very close by! We enjoyed our stay here and would definitely come back again!

Having thumbed my way through Great Britain along with trains, boats and buses, hostels were a vital part of my travels. This was several decades ago. How fun to revisit the past and watch it gracefully blend with today in a beautiful European inspired village of Chicago. I now make it a point to experience my dorm stay whenever I pass through this great city of the arts, on my way south to business in Indy. I take the train straight from the airport and have a 3-block walk to Getaway, where I immediately feel at home in the cafe-wifi lounge style lobby and warm greetings fromtthe staff. Sharing a room with 7 girls from all over the globe is inspiring. I don't have to travel far to explore other cultures and this hostel culture is a culture of respect. The kitchen is fabulous with storage for your own food and their breakfasts are a social event. For convenience, fun & adventure, this place gets a 5.

616 W Arlington Pl Chicago IL

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Concierge services

Located in Lincoln Park within a mile (2 km) of Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago Getaway Hostel is within 2 miles (3 km) of other popular sights such as Wrigley Field. This 119-room hostel welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and coffee/tea in a common area. In the historical district, it's also near John Hancock Center and Lincoln Park.


Dining

Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast.


Rooms

All 119 air-conditioned rooms feature desks. Guests can expect to find free WiFi.


Property features

Chicago Getaway Hostel features free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and a computer station. Self parking is available for USD 30 per night. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with concierge services and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a terrace, laundry facilities, and a picnic area.

Room options

Bunk Beds: Mixed Dormitory

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Bunk Beds: Female Dormitory

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Premium Crash Pads: Premium Private Room, En Suite Bath

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Posh Pads: Private Room, En Suite Bath

Twin 4 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Chicago Getaway Hostel

Everyone (11) Couples (7) Business (9) Students (1) Family (1) Other (19) Friends (7)
4

my stay

Everyone

The bed sheets had stains on them we didn't sleep on the top bunk. And the dishes for breakfast where dirty. Also they should have more variety's of breakfast to choose from.

By , from peoria,IL on Jun 27, 2017

2

not worth the $

Everyone

We were only in town for one night and wanted a hotel, but everything was sold out (big medical conference). We've stayed in hostels in Europe, so we weren't expecting luxury. A few pros/way more cons: Pros: -Cute neighborhood setting -Bottom level common area is very inviting and nicely finished -Check-in/check-out is very easy Cons: -Dirty room and disgusting bathrooms. Our room's floor and windowsills hadn't been washed in who knows how long. Shared bathroom was a disgrace. The sink area appeared to never be scrubbed in the women's room. Puke all over one of the bathroom stalls in the men's room. No cleaning crew or staff in sight after check-in, so they're clearly not checking the cleanliness of the bathrooms on a regular basis. -No a/c in our unit (although from the outside you can see that others do?), no screen on the window, which let in bugs and meant that you had to keep the window open all night which is bad because: -SO MANY DRUNKS walking on the street. Two girls were seriously screaming and crying at 2:30 in the morning for what seemed like forever. Other random drunk people walking through the neighborhood as well. We got almost no sleep and if I lived in one of the very nice houses on this street I would be so unhappy every night. -Didn't expect the bed to be amazing, but it was so uncomfortable that we woke up multiple times from that as well. In our opinion, this is maybe worth $75 night, not over $150. Not worth what they charge.

By , from Minneapolis, MN on Jun 5, 2017

4

bunk bed makes loud noises

Everyone

Slept for three nights, totally it was a good experience, the breakfast was good, the stuffs were good, however, the bunk bed was so noisy when climbed up and down

By on May 28, 2017

5

neat little hostel experience

Students

This is indeed a hostel, so expect somewhat spartan accommodations. Be sure to bring your own toiletries, including soap/shampoo/dental hygiene equipment. Surprisingly, they do provide towels, toilet paper, full bedding, and a hair dryer on the first floor. The bed are like dorm beds, and there is only one chair in the room, no other furniture. There are some really comfy common areas, and the kitchen is capable of just about anything you'd need. They rent bikes, have free wifi, and computers available. They also provide bag check service. Its a really great example of a hostel, and the staff were friendly and helpful.

By on May 21, 2017

5

top choice: affordable & great value (quality)

Everyone
View walking from the hostel

Great location: beautiful/scenic, close to zoo conservatory; nice view of downtown skyline via a walk through the park; and proximity to shopping or food can't be beat.

By , from Chicago, IL on May 6, 2017

4

a true getaway

Everyone

I happened to book my stay at this hotel after a shortcoming with another booking I had made that led me to cancel that booking. The Chicago Getaway Hostel was not my first choice, but I'm glad I made it in the end. The location was bigger than anticipated, with seating for the travelers everywhere you looked. The wi-fi was fast. The bed was meh. I was placed on the lower bunk in the room (I was the only one), but I'm 5'7" and could barely fit into the space to sit down on the mattress. The walls are pretty thin and you can hear everything. Overall, it feels like a college dormitory. Lots of noise. A somewhat smelly bathroom with water all over the floor, and people from all walks of life.

By , from Tokyo, JP on Mar 9, 2017

1

bloomington

Everyone

Terrible experience. Lost my bag with DSLR and 2 IPads.

By , from Bloomington, IL on Feb 8, 2017

5

friendly hotel

Everyone

This is my third time stay at the hotel. This time I experienced the friendly party with free beer. Also, I made new friends in the cafeteria.

By on Dec 31, 2016

2

great location, noisy building, cheap beds

Everyone

Pros: Excellent location, safe and easy walking to food, etc. Cons: Private room is off the fire stairwell and is very noisy with slamming doors echoing all night and people talking through the thin walls. Fixtures were falling off and rooms looked cheaply/hastily renovated. Beds are really cheap and uncomfortable with inadequate, ill-fitting bedding. Pretty bad breakfast; not enough dishes, dirty dishes, runs out of food. The worst coffee ever (I don't know how people, even the French, were drinking it. Like dirty dishwater added to the bottom of an old, mostly consumed cup of coffee.You'd have to be pretty desperate.

By , from East Lansing, Michigan on Oct 31, 2016

2

disappointing

Everyone

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By , from Bloomigton on Sep 6, 2016