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Reviews of HI Chicago, The J.Ira & Nicki Harris Family Hostel Chicago Hostel

24 East Congress Parkway, Chicago, Chicago, USA

Atmosphere 85%

Cleanliness 97%

Facilities 92%

Location 98%

Safety 95%

Staff 90%

Value 84%

What's Included

  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Luggage Room
  • Towel

Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Late Check-out
  • Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • ATM
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Board Games
  • Book Exchange
  • Cafe
  • Card Phones
  • Ceiling fan
  • Common Room
  • DVDs
  • Elevator
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Games Room
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Key Card Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meeting Room
  • Pool Table
  • Reading Light
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Restaurant
  • Steam room
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels Included
  • Vending Machines
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Wii

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.”

Check-in / Check-out

Earliest check-in: 00:00

Latest Check-out: 11:00

Policies

  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking
  • Taxes Not Included

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to Chicago?

Contact us directly

Atmosphere 85%

Cleanliness 97%

Facilities 92%

Location 98%

Safety 95%

Staff 90%

Value 84%

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94% Overall Rating
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  • Cleanliness - 100%
  • Facilities - 100%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 100%
  • Staff - 100%
  • Value - 60%
94% Overall Rating

Anonymous
21 May 2016

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Age Range:
31-40

Liked: Everything very good service

Customer would recommend this property

86% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 100%
  • Cleanliness - 100%
  • Facilities - 80%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 80%
  • Staff - 80%
  • Value - 60%
86% Overall Rating

Anonymous
29 Apr 2016

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Age Range:
25-30

Liked: Very clean, good atmosphere, great location!

Disliked: It is a relatively expensive hostel but you do get value for it. The room lockers are on the small side so you really only have room for carry on luggage if you want to stow it securely.

Customer would recommend this property

100% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 100%
  • Cleanliness - 100%
  • Facilities - 100%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 100%
  • Staff - 100%
  • Value - 100%
100% Overall Rating

Anonymous
23 Apr 2016

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year, City break, Events / festivals, Shopping, Sightseeing & culture, Visiting friends or family

Age Range:
18-24

Liked: Everything!

Disliked: Nothing!

Customer would recommend this property

91% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 60%
  • Cleanliness - 100%
  • Facilities - 100%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 100%
  • Staff - 100%
  • Value - 80%
91% Overall Rating

Anonymous
24 Mar 2016

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Partying / nightlife, Sightseeing & culture, Work / volunteering

Age Range:
25-30

Liked: Great spot with good information about town

Disliked: Too big! Impersonal feel

Customer would recommend this property

94% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 80%
  • Cleanliness - 100%
  • Facilities - 100%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 100%
  • Staff - 100%
  • Value - 80%
94% Overall Rating

Anonymous
23 Feb 2016

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
City break, Partying / nightlife, Sightseeing & culture

Age Range:
41+

Liked: Location is great, very secure, spacious dorm rooms, good sized lockers, friendly staff.

Disliked: My bunks mattress was a bit uncomfortable (saggy). Also it's almost too big of a hostel but it could of felt that way because it was off season.

Customer would recommend this property

97% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 100%
  • Cleanliness - 100%
  • Facilities - 100%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 100%
  • Staff - 100%
  • Value - 80%
97% Overall Rating

Anonymous
01 Dec 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
City break, Shopping, Sightseeing & culture, Visiting friends or family

Liked: Great location, you can walk to all major attractions! Friendly staff, big rooms, comfortable beds!! Delicious breakfast included :)

Disliked: Nothing

Customer would recommend this property

97% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 80%
  • Cleanliness - 100%
  • Facilities - 100%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 100%
  • Staff - 100%
  • Value - 100%
97% Overall Rating

Anonymous
24 Nov 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
City break, Events / festivals, Sightseeing & culture

Liked: I liked the location, the cleanliness, and activities offered.

Disliked: Nothing.

Customer would recommend this property

89% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 100%
  • Cleanliness - 100%
  • Facilities - 60%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 100%
  • Staff - 60%
  • Value - 100%
89% Overall Rating

Anonymous
18 Nov 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
City break, Sightseeing & culture

Liked: A very lofty design and incredibly komfortable beds. Good breakfast as well and a great location.

Disliked: One needed the key card several times to finally get to bed. A number code would be nicer as cards get easily forgotten. The Windows wouldn't open so it got stuffy in the room at night.

Customer would recommend this property

69% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 40%
  • Cleanliness - 100%
  • Facilities - 80%
  • Location - 80%
  • Safety - 80%
  • Staff - 60%
  • Value - 40%
69% Overall Rating

Anonymous
30 Oct 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
City break, Sightseeing & culture, Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

Liked: Good location. Range of stuff available at breakfast was good, although no tea (boo - you don't deny an Englishman his tea!). The walking tours were good and informative. The volunteers leading the tours were friendly and knowledgable.

Disliked: I think the management need to realise that the vast majority of their clientele is under 30 and have come to expect more social activities to be on offer when they stay at a H.I. hostel. (That's my opinion having stayed at a few H.I. hostels around America). Due to this, there was a distinct lack of atmosphere and joviality around the hostel for me. Maybe the way to solve this would be to either try and recruit younger volunteers or get some of the younger staff members to lead outings.

Customer would recommend this property

97% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 80%
  • Cleanliness - 100%
  • Facilities - 100%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 100%
  • Staff - 100%
  • Value - 100%
97% Overall Rating

Anonymous
26 Oct 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Liked: Great location and facilities. All the right features for modern travellers - powerpoints and lights by each bed, big lockers, efficient laundry room, clean bathrooms and great breakfasts!

Disliked: Nothing. One of the best

Customer would recommend this property

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