Ratings based on 365 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.3 out of 5
96% of guests recommend
4.4 Room cleanliness
4.4 Service & staff
4.0 Room comfort
4.3 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Scarborough, Ontario

Very reasonable accommodation

Posted Sep 6, 2014
Pros: Helpful staff, free breakfast, clean room, great location, very good value.
Easy to get to (from train station) and leave from ( CTA to airport). Plenty to see within walking distance.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Concord, CA

First off, it's a hostel

Posted Sep 2, 2014
Everything was excellent except for the comfort level of the hostel. And I don't mean that the bed is uncomfortable. The bed was probably the most comfortable thing I've ever slept on. I was placed in a basic room with 8 bunk beds and I was on a top bunk. Now, I'm one of those obnoxious people who stays out really late. When I got in I was fully aware it might disturb the other gals' sleep and that was discomforting to me. Otherwise the experience, including facilities, were surprisingly satisfactory and a bit delightful. It's fun to wake up and talk to other people about their experiences.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Greece

THE best base to explore Chicago by far!

Posted Aug 9, 2014
Pros: Excellent location. Friendly, with posters and notes everywhere inviting guests to all sorts of events. Sophisticated yet laid-back. Great breakfast!
Location: Willis Tower, Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, Millennium Park, stroll along the Chicago River when night is falling, try Garrett Chicago mix popcorn!
I stayed at the hostel with my teenage daughter for one night en route to a conference an hour away: we would be in Chicago for less than 24 hours and we wanted to see the most important sights. There could not have been a more ideal location than HIC. The Willis (or Sears as most people such as myself still call it) Tower was a five-minute walk away, we walked along the stunning Chicago river, found the Chicago theater and its famous sign and the next morning walked to the "Taste of Chicago" festival in Grant Park and took pictures in front of Buckingham Fountain before heading to the train station for our final destination. From our room window we watched the trains bending around the "L". So in around 20 hours we left Chicago content that we had made the best possible use of our time (too bad we didn't visit Millennium Park due to the sudden rain... Navy Pier was the only place we would have preferred not to spend time at if we had known, if it weren't for the excellent fireworks show)
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from New Zealand

1 night stay

Posted Aug 2, 2014
Pros: GOOD LOCATION Good location, All you would expect from a hostel, breakfast was fine
Location: Near subway, central. I do lots of walking so for me all the centre of the city was in walking distance.
I had a single room, just for a day and I was out pretty much all the time, but staff were friendly and helpful.. The room was tidy and rather basic, but for the price it was quite fair.
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Posted Aug 2, 2014
I was suppose to have a private room but got put on s room with 8 women
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Great!!

Posted Jul 28, 2014
the staff are helpful, place are clean,all CTA train or uses within walking distance. I like it very much, love it
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Congenial and Clean

Posted Jul 23, 2014
Location: Willis Tower, Chicago 360, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Millennium Park, Chicago Museum of Art and tons of deep dish pizza are close by.
I had a positive experience. The facility was similar to a college dorm with a large dining area and activities desk. The staff was wonderful. The staff helped travelers get to activities. I would stay there again and recommend it to friends visiting the Chicago area.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Auckland, NZ

Location location

Posted Jul 23, 2014
Great location, minutes walk to everything from buses, trains, parks, fine dining and shopping.. Loved it
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Tanzania

Centrally located hostel with private rooms

Posted Jul 21, 2014
Pros: Location, helpful staff.
Cons: The security system is a pain, and I got stuck when my card did not work (required for use of lifts and even to get from stairs into floors.
Location: All the sights and locations of Chicago downtown. A great location.
Hostel International Chicago is a hostel right in the centre of downtown Chicago. The location is excellent - very convenient for walking to anywhere in the heart of chicago and near to other transport links. The staff are generally helpful, with a tourist helpdesk on the second floor. The private room that I had was very small but functional, with a good desk allowing work on a laptop. Breakfact (included) was OK. The least good thing about this is the price, which I found pretty high for the facilities, but I suppose that is a consequence of its central location.
1 out of 5
by A verified traveler from germantown, wi

Close to downtown

Posted Jul 20, 2014
They say they have free wifi, good luck trying to get on it. This was the first and last time I ever stay at a hostel hotel. Pay $132 for a lumpy bed, no tv, and wifi that you can't get on. I wouldn't recommend this for any couples.