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Chicago Getaway Hostel
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Galway, Ireland
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3 reviews
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“The place to be!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2012

I stayed in the Getaway last summer for 8 nights & it was the best idea I had all summer. The breakfasts are brilliant catering for everyone, the planned nights out and trips around the city are A1 with an outing everyday on a weekly planner. Great atmosphere. The BBQ's are fun and its a very social hostel. Will be back all the way from Ireland!!

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2012

The location is great and rooms are top notch. We had a large group over and after a long flight from Ireland (8 hours) and a 40 minute taxi ride from O'Hare we were all tired. The staff were friendly, got us checked in quick and were very helpful through out the stay.

The card system for doors is very good in the evenings you can only access the building and from common area to the rooms by card. So even when we landed back in late from a night out we had no issues getting back into the hostel. Just don't lose your card, it'll cost you 5 bucks and you won't get in. Lucky enough no one from our group lost one.

There are a number of bars with in walking distance and the table toppers at the lionshead were good value for money if you have a large group that like beer!

Lincoln Park & Lake Michigan are near by, if you don't mind walking and exploring the sites. The redline Fullerton stop for the 'L' to downtown is around a 7 min walk from the hostel which is very handy.

Breakfast in the morning was great and free!!! A selection of cereal, bagels, toast, fresh fruit & coffee!

When we were over there was a mini heat wave which is abnormal for March time in Chicago, which made the rooms pretty hot and hard to sleep at times! The Air conditioners don't normally go into the rooms until later in the year when it gets very hot and humid. But still I couldn't recommend this Hostel highly enough! We all had a great time in Chicago!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Goiania, GO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2012

Greatest common area possible and a very helpful and friendly staff.
Best services you could expect from a hostel.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

I organized a trip for a 18 piece luxembourgish wind band. I discovered the Getaway Hostel by chance when I was looking for a place to stay for my band.
And what you see on the website&great facebook page IS TRUE! It is even better! After a long transatlantic flight we arrived at the hostel, and I got for the first time in contact with the Team! I felt immediately at home, superfriendly&cool(and this was always the case!!)
The building itself is awesome, it is all modern&clean! The rooms itself are great, beds are clean and comfortable, airconditioning in the room was great, especially in august.
The card system for doors is great, in the evening you can only access the building/way to the rooms by card, which is important. As we had expensive instruments with us, we could leave them in our rooms , and explore Chicago!
The location of the hostel is great, just a few meters away from pubs&all you need to be happy! Lake Michigan is also near by as well as a CTA stop.¨
Breakfast in the morning was great! All you need, fresh fruits,good coffee & more!

All in all i was very very happy to have stayed at this place, especially because i did not know what was waiting for me & my group in Chicago, because i only knew the hostel from photos!

I will for sure return to the Getaway Hostel!!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

The location is great, the decor and rooms are top notch - this is more a hotel than a hostel. The only drawback is that very fact. In a hostel you expect a bit more sharing, bit more queuing for the toaster, perhaps chatting with the new people who just got in and maybe take part in some drinking games there and then in the hostel. This isnt the case with the Getaway. Not as much interaction despite the common rooms, especially for a single traveller or couple from another country. There are posters advertising various events , but these inevitably take place in some sort of local bar, rather than in front of the tv.
Definitely worth going to though. Major tip - there is a brilliant little deli-shop that sells almost everything you can imagine. Try the chocolate dessert - blows your mind.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Chicago Getaway Hostel

Property: Chicago Getaway Hostel
Address: 616 W Arlington Pl, Chicago, IL 60614-2682
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Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Lincoln Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 57 Speciality Lodging in Chicago
Price range (per night): ₹ 1,994 - ₹ 13,380
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Chicago Getaway Hostel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 115
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Affordable Style in Chicago's Chic Lincoln Park Located in Chicago's affluent Lincoln Park, the Chicago Getaway Hostel is rewriting the house rules on hostel style. Policies once etched in stone are being cast aside in favor of fresher, friendlier approach. Membership fees are out and hotel-like amenities are in at this stately 1928 Georgian Revival landmark that, ironically, returns to its early 20th century roots as a boardinghouse for women. Today, all guests are welcome to enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, free linens, free housekeeping, a 24/7 chef-caliber kitchen and a BYOB policy. Add nightly events like pub crawls, brewery tours and barbecues and it's easy to see why Chicago Getaway is fast becoming the city's favorite spot for affordable short-term and extended-stay accommodations. ... more   less 
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