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Chicago Getaway Hostel

1.5 out of 5.0

Chicago Getaway Hostel

1.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

very nice place close to lake and public transportation...very kind, helpful staff.

Excellent location!! Friendly staff! Room and linen was Ok but for the price, it was no big deal!

You get more than what you pay :) good deal for the price

Maybe if you are still in your 20s or traveling with a group of 4 or on an extreme budget, this would be a good place to stay. The hotel is located in a beautiful neighborhood of mansions and the building itself fits right in. The rooms are another story, or at least ours was. It was just my partner and me and this was the most affordable place we could find somewhat close to Wrigley. And the reviews were very good. I wasn't expecting a 4-star hotel experience, but I wasn't expecting to find certain stains in the toilet bowl either. The beds were neatly made, but the mattresses, sheets, and blankets had obviously seen better days. I didn't feel confident that the blankets or pillowcases were clean and so slept with my clothes on and put all of them in the dirty laundry bag in the morning. Speaking of the morning, I'm always excited for free breakfast. Turns out this breakfast was just cereal and some kind of hot liquid mixture that they called coffee. Seriously, I tried both machines in the breakfast room and I just don't understand what that was. We didn't find the staff very friendly either. There are much better actual hotels in the Loop for not that much more money. Next time we'll just stay down there and take the Metra to Wrigley.

This was very awkward. Imagine waking up needing to use the restroom and needing to walk across the building and down a floor or up a floor depending on your gender. How ridiculous. Sinks were motion sensored, making it very difficult to shave or do any meaningful skincare. I understand this is a hostel but some technology just isn’t upgrading the experience man. Never again. I’ll drop the $100+ to stay in Chicago even if it means I can’t afford to eat. Hard pass. Staff was nice though. The room smelled - not bad, but not great either - there was an unusual odor, that didn’t smell hospitable. The bunk bed heights were insanely short.

Good location, had everything i needed. Breakfast, included fresh fruit, staff on weekend, were not too friendly.

The building smells funky. The room and the bathroom weren't quite clean. The continental breakfast is cereal and oatmeal. In general, you get what you can expect for the price, I guess.

It looks like a dorm room not conftrabal and no pravacy

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.

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

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 an ATM.

Room options

Bunk Beds: Mixed 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 2 | Sleeps 8

Guest reviews for Chicago Getaway Hostel

Everyone (19) Couples (7) Business (9) Students (1) Family (1) Other (19) Friends (7)
5
Everyone

very nice place close to lake and public transportation...very kind, helpful staff.

By on Oct 29, 2018

5
Everyone

Excellent location!! Friendly staff! Room and linen was Ok but for the price, it was no big deal!

By , from South Carolina on Aug 11, 2018

4
Everyone

You get more than what you pay :) good deal for the price

By , from Pittsburgh on Jul 16, 2018

2
Everyone

Maybe if you are still in your 20s or traveling with a group of 4 or on an extreme budget, this would be a good place to stay. The hotel is located in a beautiful neighborhood of mansions and the building itself fits right in. The rooms are another story, or at least ours was. It was just my partner and me and this was the most affordable place we could find somewhat close to Wrigley. And the reviews were very good. I wasn't expecting a 4-star hotel experience, but I wasn't expecting to find certain stains in the toilet bowl either. The beds were neatly made, but the mattresses, sheets, and blankets had obviously seen better days. I didn't feel confident that the blankets or pillowcases were clean and so slept with my clothes on and put all of them in the dirty laundry bag in the morning. Speaking of the morning, I'm always excited for free breakfast. Turns out this breakfast was just cereal and some kind of hot liquid mixture that they called coffee. Seriously, I tried both machines in the breakfast room and I just don't understand what that was. We didn't find the staff very friendly either. There are much better actual hotels in the Loop for not that much more money. Next time we'll just stay down there and take the Metra to Wrigley.

By , from Brooklyn, NY on Jun 28, 2018

1

avoid completely

Everyone

This was very awkward. Imagine waking up needing to use the restroom and needing to walk across the building and down a floor or up a floor depending on your gender. How ridiculous. Sinks were motion sensored, making it very difficult to shave or do any meaningful skincare. I understand this is a hostel but some technology just isn’t upgrading the experience man. Never again. I’ll drop the $100+ to stay in Chicago even if it means I can’t afford to eat. Hard pass. Staff was nice though. The room smelled - not bad, but not great either - there was an unusual odor, that didn’t smell hospitable. The bunk bed heights were insanely short.

By , from Miami, FL on Jun 11, 2018

3
Everyone

Good location, had everything i needed. Breakfast, included fresh fruit, staff on weekend, were not too friendly.

By on May 9, 2018

3

good location.

Everyone

The building smells funky. The room and the bathroom weren't quite clean. The continental breakfast is cereal and oatmeal. In general, you get what you can expect for the price, I guess.

By , from PL on Feb 11, 2018

1

worst place

Everyone

It looks like a dorm room not conftrabal and no pravacy

By on Feb 4, 2018

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