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The Chicago Parthenon Hostel
Windsor, Canada
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“Good for the price”
Reviewed 7 January 2012

Stayed at the hostel for a weekend..A bit away from everything but easy enough to get to the main things (5-10 minute drive or 20-30 minute walk). The staff were very friendly and helpful and explain the busroutes to take you wherever you needed. Also, instead of making me move when my cousin left (I stayed an extra day by myself) they let me stay in the room I checked into since it wasn't booked. The breakfast was plain but suited to the cost of the hostel and I met some other hostellers there.
The room had the bare essentials...literally but when you are there really just for sleeping and getting ready to go out, it doesn't matter.
The only disappointment were the lukewarm showers and there not being a mirror in the room to get ready.
There is a really nice coffee place beside the hostel as well.

Room Tip: Stayed near the common room, the wifi worked from there so I didn't have to bring my laptop ther...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 19 December 2011

Good location in Greektown, close to a subway station (UIC Halsted on a blue line, four stations to Chicago downtown) and 15-20 minutes walk from The Loop. The breakfast did not satisfy me (only toasts, butter, jam, cereals, fruit and coffee/juice; no cheese, ham or anything else).

I was travelling with 5 friends and we received a private room for 6 people, bathroom is common for the whole floor. We received towels for free but we were told that if we were in a common room, we would have got them for 2 bucks each.

If you are looking for something cheap to stay close to Chicago downtown, it is a good choice, especially for young travellers.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

i spent 5 nights at AAE parthenon hostel with my boyfriend and my stay there were very good. the private room was small with two twin beds but it was clean and enough for us. the frontdesk staff are helpful. i didn't have enough cash at the first night when i checked in but they let me pay that money on the next day. the best thing that i liked it here is that the cleaness of the bathroom. Sharing a bathroom in a hostel is quit inconvience but i didn't feel that way when i were here, it was cozy, dry and clean all the time. And the location is great, 20 minutes walk from the highight of the city and it is just very very near from the Station. i would come back to stay here again if i have chance to visit Chicago. Love this city.

Room Tip: + Bring soap, shampoo by yourself. + Ask for making up the room if you stay long, otherwise they wi...
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Reviewed 28 October 2011

I (49 yr old woman) travelled to Chicago for a long weekend with my 11 yr. old son. We arrived at Union Station on the train and walked to the hostel with no trouble. We found the staff to be very nice and helpful. The lack of elevator did not surprise me but that didn't make it any easier to climb 3 flights!
Our private room (2 beds) was very clean and close to the shared bathrooms which were also extremely clean. The inc. breakfast was basic: Coffee, tea, juice, cereal, bread (toaster) and hard boiled eggs.
Although the neighborhood is probably not one of the nicest, it is in Greektown and was surrounded by nice restaurants and interesting shops. My son and I had no problems outside, on the street. The Metro stop was VERY close.
I highly reccomend this hostel for families traveling on a budget!

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

We stayed in a private double room which was fine, just a room with a bed and a chest of drawers. There were shared bathrooms which were clean and always had warm water. There was free internet access in the common room and always other travellers to talk to. There was a free breakfast of cereal, boiled eggs, fruit and toast. The location was only 10 mins to union station but further away from other attractions. No alcohol was allowed on the premises but there were a few bars on the same street in Greektown. If you are making your own meals there is a small kitchen with a microwave but you can use a large kitchen with cooker that you can have access too.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Chicago Parthenon Hostel

Property: The Chicago Parthenon Hostel
Address: 310 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661-5406
Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > West Loop
Amenities:
Restaurant
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Ranked #23 of 58 Speciality Lodging in Chicago
Price range (per night): ₹ 3,221 - ₹ 11,017
Hotel Class:2 star — The Chicago Parthenon Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 25
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