Hostel with attitude, funky decor and a homely atmosphere. We have a complete kitchen. We cater for all travelers and visitors from outside the Chicago area. Our hostel is in a safe neighborhood near Loyola University, convenient to affordable local shopping and restaurants, and accessible to good public ... More
Chicago International Hostel
Hostel with attitude, funky decor and a homely atmosphere. We have a complete kitchen. We cater for all travelers and visitors from outside the Chicago area. Our hostel is in a safe neighborhood near Loyola University, convenient to affordable local shopping and restaurants, and accessible to good public transportation 24 hours a day. Two blocks from Lake Michigan and 10 minutes walk to the beach.Minimum age 1624 Hour Check-In No Curfew (except we are close from 11am-2pm) Groups Welcomed Reservations Required Complete Kitchen Linen IncludedSafe Box Rental, Lockers Common Room with TVVisa/MasterCard and Travelers Checks **This is a tourist hostel, no Chicago residents accepted**
Hi, I would like to feedback about Chicago International hostel. It was the worst hostel I have ever stayed, and I was really disappointed. First of all, the actual price the hostel asked at the check-in time was higher than written on the web site. In addition to that, this hostel charged full-fee although I had already paid deposit. I explained that I had already paid deposit, but the chief of the hostel never understood it. Finally, the chief shouted "we call police if you do not get out right away!"
without any enough explanation to me.
I was really disappointed by hostel.
Where to begin?! The hostel has new owners it seems because some of the reviews (from '06) are either fluff pieces or from a different time and place. There are BED BUGS and the owners/management know about it; as long as you pay, that is all they care about. They will not turn on the heat (in Chicago of all places) until around 6-7 pm. Forget about the bathrooms, hallways or common rooms being heated; that is far too expensive. (I actually heard the owner say this.) Oddly enough, they make you leave at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. because they are 'cleaning.' If you have the space, bring your own sheets: they will make the beds with the same sheets. Makes you wonder how often they wash them, huh? Refrain from using their towels as well; I saw a woman get a towel that a previous guest had hung to dry after taking a. bath. Also, there are no working lockers nor do the rooms have keys, so don't bring anything that you would hate to lose. Since you are in the midst of Loyola University, there are cheap places to eat and public transport abounds. The area is pretty well-patrolled (again, because of the students) so, don't worry about the homeless shelter next door; they won't hurt you. If you don't care about cleanliness, heat, internet, or courteous desk attendants, then you can't beat the price of $25.50 a night. But, if you still decide to go there, remember what you read here. I'm sure nothing will have changed.
This place was so dirty and nasty I could not believe it. The bathrooms were nasty. One of the toliet seats in the womens bathroom was broke. There are community bathrooms, one mens and one womens per floor, with four showers each that looked nasty. The paint on the walls are chipping badly. The celing fan and light did not work so they put a small lamp in that only lit up a small part of the room. A couple people in my group found bugs in their beds. The beds were hard and the pillows were flat.
The service was terrible. The man working at the front could not speak and understand english that well. They ran out of blankets and gave us mattress pads to use as blankets. They also ran out of wash cloths. The doors do not have locks on them and the lockers do not work so do not bring anything valuable.
The only good thing I can say about this place is that it is close to the red line. If I were you I would find another place to stay. But if you have to stay here I would suggest getting a private room with a private bathroom.
i really liked it all. do not believe what you read folks. these "ordinary" citizens should realize a value when they see it! the room was clean. cool get up and a super fine and friendly staff. dave even gave me 300 minutes free on the internet, just ask dave he's the dude in the a.m. i will definitely refer this place to friends and to you. do not worry about transportaqton it is all over the place and some 24 hours. check it out and let me know.
Very close to the red line train station, and red line trains work 24 hours. It takes about 1/2 hour to reach downtown (by train), but if you wanna enjoy Chicago the whole day, and all you need is somewhere nice,safe & cheap to sleep, I'd say that will be a good choice.
Although we stayed in a private room w private bathroom, the price was still much cheaper than any hotels. The room was clean & warm, staff was nice.
Also, if you don't wanna spend your money in restaurants, there's a small kitchen where you can cook.
Warning: Don't forget to bring your hair dryer!
I've stayed at this hostel twice now, and I recommend it to anyone who plans on spending a weekend in Chicago and wants to save significantly on lodging. While at the hostel, I never felt threatened or worried about having my items stolen. They provide you with lockers so make sure you bring along a lock to keep your most important valuables safe. The location is the best thing about this hostel. It is only two or three blocks away from the Brown Line (Loop trains) or the Red Line (subway), and many CTA buses go through the area all the time. The hostel is in the Loop so be wary at night since it is very empty at that time. Stay here if you plan on being out and exploring the city for most of the day. It serves its purpose well as a place to shower and sleep.