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Freehand Chicago

3.5 out of 5.0

Freehand Chicago

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Great price for a nights stay in Downtown. However, cannot sleep well because of constant sounds made by the people you share the room with.

I stayed there for one night. The room was very clean and close to downtown area,but you can expect some deposit fees collected by the hotel up front on you charge.

Bait and switch! Wasn’t a hotel ! More like a rooming house !

great location. close to all i wanted this trip. very pleasant, unique experience. did not familiarize myself with hotel being a hostel before booking but since i am adventurous i enjoyed the energy and the stay very much.

Fantastic hotel located close to everywhere you want to be. Helpful staff. Cozy rooms.A real Chicago find.

This hotel is awesome good breakfast good housekeeping and good customer service I'm totally recommended this hotel I give you 5 stars

Cozy hotel close to everything!! Really enjoyed the lounge/bar area

I’ve stayed at this hotel several times and it is hit or miss. This time my room had a broken heater that was only fixed after 12 hours and several complaints. The room was also filthy with a hair ball that wasn’t mine, left for two days in the shower, and unvaccumed carpet. The front desk is young and nice enough unless there is an issue- then they act like you should suck it up! Really disappointed in what will be my last stay there.

Hostel was better than expected. However heavier blankets are needed for the Chicago winter.

Friendly service, good location, and cool chic interiors.

The best Hostel at the best location! The best Hostel at the best location!

Loved the vibe, location, and room. Staff were friendly and room was very clean.

Very. Ice location for our needs. Walking distance to restaurants and grocery store. Very convenient. Great space in guest kitchen for eating in. Enjoyed our stay.

very well localized, near metro, near downtown lot of good places to eat too

I stayed in a private Quad room, and loved it. Freehand was part of why I fell in love with Chicago. Personable and helpful staff members. Wonderful coffee. Loved the atmosphere. Room was clean and comfortable. Loved the community they provided. I will go back to Freehand next time I go to Chicago. Hands. Down!

Young and hipster but for the money of a private room I expected a room bigger that a closet, glasses, more than one ice machine for the entire hotel and info about the breakfast offering in the community kitchen.

I stayed at the Freehand for three nights/four days with my 14-tear-old son, and we had a really positive experience. It was in the center of everything, and the vibe was very laid-back and accommodating. Our room was comfortable, the staff were nice...a good place to stay!

I really liked that it was central to all the places we visited such as Millennium Park, Navy Pier and all the great places to eat. They also had a cute little lounge and coffee shop on first floor which was nice prior to heading out. The only think I had issues with was the elevator. The housekeeping staff were stopping on almost every floor and we were jam packed in there for an extended amount of time. They should have their own elevator. But overall I would stay here again and recommend it to others.

Dark hallways, tiny rooms, no central air, room service delays (food was comped), no refrigerator in room, and toilet broke. Very poor overall experience. Embarrassed that I told my friends to stay here especially given the price of the room and plethora of other options around the corner. Stayed at Freehand in NYC- rooms were much more nicely appointed and less expensive.

19 East Ohio Street Chicago IL

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to State Street and Michigan Avenue
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • 24-hour fitness center

Located in River North, Freehand Chicago is adjacent to Chinese Consulate and within a 10-minute walk of other popular attractions like Holy Name Cathedral. This 3.5-star hotel has 215 rooms and welcomes guests with a restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center, and free in-room WiFi. Centrally located in Chicago, the hotel is also a short walk from Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Museum of Contemporary Art.


Dining

You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café. Local cuisine breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM.


Rooms

Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and the bathroom offers a rainfall showerhead and a hair dryer.


Property features

Renovated in 2015, Freehand Chicago offers a 24-hour fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and microwave in a common area. Self parking is offered for USD 39.00 per night. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a refrigerator in a common area, express check-in, and express check-out.

Room options

Premium Private Quadruple Room, 4 Twin Beds

Twin 4 | Sleeps 4

Private Quadruple Room, 4 Twin Beds

Twin 4 | Sleeps 4

Shared Dormitory, 1 Single Bed (Co-Ed Dorm with 4 Beds)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Signature Penthouse, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, City View

Twin 4 | Sleeps 7

Guest reviews for Freehand Chicago

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3
Everyone

Great price for a nights stay in Downtown. However, cannot sleep well because of constant sounds made by the people you share the room with.

By on Jan 13, 2019

3
Everyone

I stayed there for one night. The room was very clean and close to downtown area,but you can expect some deposit fees collected by the hotel up front on you charge.

By on Jan 8, 2019

1
Everyone

Bait and switch! Wasn’t a hotel ! More like a rooming house !

By on Jan 4, 2019

4
Everyone

By on Dec 25, 2018

5
Everyone

great location. close to all i wanted this trip. very pleasant, unique experience. did not familiarize myself with hotel being a hostel before booking but since i am adventurous i enjoyed the energy and the stay very much.

By on Dec 14, 2018

5
Everyone

Fantastic hotel located close to everywhere you want to be. Helpful staff. Cozy rooms.A real Chicago find.

By on Dec 13, 2018

5
Everyone

This hotel is awesome good breakfast good housekeeping and good customer service I'm totally recommended this hotel I give you 5 stars

By , from chicago on Dec 8, 2018

5
Everyone

Cozy hotel close to everything!! Really enjoyed the lounge/bar area

By on Dec 7, 2018

2
Everyone

I’ve stayed at this hotel several times and it is hit or miss. This time my room had a broken heater that was only fixed after 12 hours and several complaints. The room was also filthy with a hair ball that wasn’t mine, left for two days in the shower, and unvaccumed carpet. The front desk is young and nice enough unless there is an issue- then they act like you should suck it up! Really disappointed in what will be my last stay there.

By on Nov 30, 2018

5
Everyone

Hostel was better than expected. However heavier blankets are needed for the Chicago winter.

By , from New Orleans on Nov 29, 2018