I needed to come into town for 2 concerts that weren’t playing in my hometown. I needed to keep costs low and just needed a place to sleep without high hotel rates, etc. The hostel was the perfect option. Staff and vibe of hotsel was great, easy to locate, and close to a main commuter train stop to get downtown. Highly recommended.
Safe neighborhood and everything was within walking distance to DePaul. Free wifi and use of laptops, printer was a nice bonus. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Overall great experience for first time staying in a hostel. Exceeded our expectations.
Kind staff, organized evening entertainment
Very clean and close to the university which means near to all things that somebody will need.
This is one of the best hostels that I’ve ever stayed, nice location and very nice atmosphere inside the place.
we stayed here when looking for apartments and jobs in the city in order to move. ive never stayed in a hostel before but this one changed my mind. it so so clean, the staff was helpful and friendly, they even have events at night for guests to go out and have fun. so cheap, and safe. a great choice. reminded me of really really nice college dorms.
I stayed here with three friends, we are in our early to mid twenties. We booked a private room: four beds and a private bathroom. I was the most skeptical of staying here and thought we should have stayed in a hotel. I am happy to admit I misjudged this place.
The good: The room was fairly spacious, and very clean. The bed was more comfortable than I was expecting. Air conditioning was nice and cold which was great. Shower was large, had good pressure and was nice and hot.
The bad: The room only came with one desk chair, one or two more would have been nice. The toilet seat refused to stay up, which was surprisingly annoying.
The lobby and common areas of the hostel are very nice. There are couches, and chairs for people to read or use laptops on. Public computers if you do not have your own, and Wi-fi that worked surprisingly well. There is a really nice patio/outdoor area with plenty of seating and a grill. The common kitchen was very large, clean, had plenty of seating, and vending machines for food, snacks and coffee. They do free breakfast every morning which was great. There is also a pool table, which was a nice ice-breaker for meeting other guests. We met several people from France and Australia during our stay.
The Chicago Getaway Hostel is an excellent place to stay if you want to explore Chicago on a budget. You can’t get more space, comfort or amenities for the same money. If you plan on spending most of your time and money actually enjoying all that the great city of Chicago has to offer; I highly recommend you stay here. You won’t regret it.
I was not sure if I was getting a bit old for hostels and was not expecting much from the Gateway but I was wowed from the moment we arrived. Beautiful building on a quiet leafy street, friendly enthusiastic staff, insanily clean EVERYWHERE, excellent facilities and a perfect free breakfast.
We had a private room which was basic but spacious and perfectly clean. The shared bathroom was not far away and I never had to queue. I have never seen such a clean, well organised and well equipt kitchen and the vendining machines for snacks and drinks were really handy. Did I mention it’s clean!
The hostel is a bit of a trek from O’Hare airport but it is worth it. There are shops, restaurants and bars nearby which are a lot cheaper than central Chicago and the staff will recommend their favourites. The nearby park is gorgeous and you are not to far from the main sites and fun in the city.
We will stay here again and highly recommend.
Great atmosphere and good place to stay. Lots of activities and information in the hostel about what is on in the city. Really enjoyed staying here, staff were great. Breakfast was great too.
Amazing location!!! On a quiet tree-lined street that is just a 2 minute walk to Clark Street and the heart of Lincoln Park. Super professional and helpful staff, very clean, and has lots of amenities in the shared lobby and outdoor space. Different activities led by the staff nightly and bike rentals available.”