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Reviews of HI-Chicago Hostel

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

90.9% Overall Rating

1198 out of 1241 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (04/05/2015)

Simon Rogers thinks…

"The place is great! Close to all sorts of public transport it's easy to get anywhere. There are also plenty of great attractions with in walking distance. The free breakfast is a blessing as you fill…"

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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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90.9%

Overall Rating

1198 out of 1241 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'HI-Chicago Hostel'

Atmosphere
87.2%
Location
96.0%
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90.4%
Cleanliness
92.8%
Staff
90.4%
Value
85.6%
Safety
93.6%
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82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

07 May 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Clean, safe, very large rooms

Disliked: No alcohol on the premises so no parties

88.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Simon Rogers

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

04 May 2015 Simon would recommend this property

Liked: The place is great! Close to all sorts of public transport it's easy to get anywhere. There are also plenty of great attractions with in walking distance. The free breakfast is a blessing as you fill your stomach for the day on a great selection of cereals, fruits, coffee etc. I had a bathroom in my dorm but used the communal ones in the hall so I didn't wake my room mates and was pleasantly surprised at how clean and well maintained they were. I will be staying here again!

Disliked: The people in my dorm but that's not the hostels fault!

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 40% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Peter Campion

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture

16 April 2015 Peter would recommend this property

Liked: Bed, location and showers. Your guide (Bill, I think)

Disliked: Front desk could have been more welcoming.

68.6%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

31 March 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the facilities were all there.

Disliked: It wasn't an easy place to meet people.

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

Gareth Clark

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

11 March 2015 Gareth would recommend this property

Liked: Was a good place to stay loction and just really enjoyed it

Disliked: Nothing

68.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

City break

03 March 2015 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: location

Disliked: bland, and there was a hug group of kids that were loud

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

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

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

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

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.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

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.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

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.