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Reviews of HI-Chicago Hostel

Hostel | 24 East Congress Parkway, Chicago, Illinois, USA IL 60605

92.5% Overall Rating

1191 out of 1234 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (23/02/2015)

Kelsey Bagwill thinks…

"GREAT environment. Big facilities, everything is well decorated and inviting. The free breakfast is good, and the location is unbeatable."

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Free city tour
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Fax
  • Laundry service
  • ATM / cash machine
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Television room

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

MEMBERSHIP: While purchasing a membership is recommended, it is not required: all non-members will be asked to pay a $3 non-membership fee per night upon check-in. Please note that we do not accept group bookings for 9 or more people via Agency. All such bookings must be processed via http://www.hostelbookers.com/groupbkg/ . Group bookings for 9 or more people via agwncy will be automatically cancelled and the deposits will not be refunded.` Please note that after you have made a booking via an agency the hostel will do a pre-authorization on your bank card. This is not a charge, but a validity check on your card to guarantee your booking. The pre-authorization will then be removed from your card within a few days.”

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92.5%

Overall Rating

1191 out of 1234 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'HI-Chicago Hostel'

Atmosphere
92.0%
Location
99.2%
Facilities
88.0%
Cleanliness
91.2%
Staff
92.8%
Value
89.6%
Safety
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Kelsey Bagwill

With friends / other travellers

Business / conference
Sightseeing & culture

23 February 2015 Kelsey would recommend this property

Liked: GREAT environment. Big facilities, everything is well decorated and inviting. The free breakfast is good, and the location is unbeatable.

Disliked: Kelsey left no negative feedback.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Xiaye Zhong

With friends / other travellers

City break
Romantic getaway
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

17 February 2015 Xiaye would recommend this property

Liked: A lot of extra comfort in the dinning area like pool tables and table tennis. Located near transit stations and easy to find.

Disliked: Perhaps knowing how many people will be sharing the suites is good information.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture

02 February 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent location, all you need from a hostel really. Loads of events and even free beer to help the socialising! Good mix of ages too.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

100.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Visiting friends or family

19 January 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Cleanliness and facilities available. Continental breakfast

Disliked: Absence of a waffle machine

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

19 January 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It was really cool in the HI Chicago ! I met new nice people and had a great time

Disliked: Maybe they could have more events on the evenings !!

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Shopping

02 January 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: it is better than I thought!! It is the best hostel I've ever experienced!! It takes 3-5Min from any the nearest Station! you can get everywhere easily!

Disliked: Nothing! I was really happy to stay here!

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

23 December 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location is excellent! There're many different activities offered by the hostel. The walking tour is great.

Disliked: A bit expensive.

100.0%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

23 September 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great hostel

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

100.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

17 September 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: completely great location

Disliked: nothing

85.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

12 September 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: This hostel has a good free breakfast with cereal, yoghurt, muffins/toast, apples, etc. Showers are clean and hot (with soap), and the rooms are spacious with lockers, lights, and a small shelf. The location is excellent: on the south end of the magnificent mile, a 5 min walk to grant park, and 10 minutes from Willis tower.

Disliked: For such a large hostel, it was lacking in atmosphere. There weren't many people around, e.g. the free blues night only attracted a handful of people and was disorganised (we had to keep asking if it was on because the volunteer didn't show). The wifi didn't work well in the rooms, and you had to go downstairs to connect before going upstairs again, so that was a little annoying, but hey, it's a place to sleep in a good location, and it's clean, so I can't complain.

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Nils Lehmbruck

Alone

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

09 September 2014 Nils would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, nice people, clean and quiet. Air-condititoned!

Disliked: Nils left no negative feedback.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

05 September 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Hostel was clean, great lobby, quiet areas, and computer room.

Disliked: Someone was resting in my bed when i checked in. They read the letter on the bed incorrectly. They moved, but I kinda wanted a fresh new bed, not one that had already been rested in.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Work / volunteering

31 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The Hostel is in really good shape. One of the best hostels I have stayed in.

Disliked: Sometimes female bathroom is not clean.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Jessica Yurash

Alone

Business / conference
City break
Family Holiday
Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture

27 August 2014 Jessica would recommend this property

Liked: I like the free breakfast, laundry, and tourist offers. Friendly staff, and clean facilities. GREAT location!

Disliked: The beds are squeaky. Someone stole some food from me in the kitchen.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
City break
Family Holiday
Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

17 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location was perfect, you get breakfast and the rooms are huge. The beds are very comfortable and you don't hear others talking in the rooms next to yours.

Disliked: Only negative was that the shower was often dirty by other guests. (The hostel cleaned properly)

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

MIHO KAWAI

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

15 August 2014 MIHO would recommend this property

Liked: It was comfortable.

Disliked: MIHO left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

09 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Cleanliness and helpful staff.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

City break

08 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location and friendliness of the staff

Disliked: Prices are a little bit high for a hostel but for being in Chicago is a honest price

80.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

04 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent location and very good price, with high cleanliness and order as well.

Disliked: Seems less open to social interaction than an average hostel; more oriented to groups and families, with a larger variety of older or professional guests as well.

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donald skipworth

With my spouse / partner

Family Holiday

27 July 2014 donald would recommend this property

Liked: Breakfast was excellent and the hotel is in a good location with transport nearby.

Disliked: no dislikes

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

SHRUTI JAIN

Alone

Business / conference

26 July 2014 SHRUTI would recommend this property

Liked: location, breakfast, rooms.

Disliked: SHRUTI left no negative feedback.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

24 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good lockers, outlets on both levels of the bunks (also on top)

Disliked: More like a large hotel than a cosy hostel

91.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

15 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location is superb, everything is spotlessly clean, the staff are helpful, there are actitivites on offer, there is a common room.

Disliked: The WiFi was not operational for the last 3 days of our stay, which is pretty absurd. We were not offered any compensation.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Pann Ajjimaporn

Alone

Business / conference

14 July 2014 Pann would recommend this property

Liked: The property is located in a nice place with little to no risk walking around.

Disliked: How easy it is to get in during the morning time.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

13 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Well thought out hostel. I have stayed at lots of hostels all over the world and HI International Chicago combined the best of everything.

Disliked: Washrooms were a little small and could be cleaned more.