I liked this hotel very much. It is modern and has a nice vibe. I liked the room and had no view except of buildings. Roof top bar was kind of cool and had a very pleasant coffee bar in the lobby. Workout room is adequate and elevators could be slow at times but not a huge issue.
I booked this hostel the day before I arrived in Chicago - a testament to my constant procrastination in just about every aspect of my life haha. I wasn't expecting too much and just needed a place to crash each night after exploring Chicago. I was expecting a typical hostel (I hadn't really looked into the pictures online too much) - on arrival, I was pleasantly surprised. A hostel that DOESN'T have smelly dorm rooms with lino flooring and squeaky beds... Who knew one existed?! I absolutely loved my time at the Freehand and I promise to come back to Chicago soon and stay there once again.
The area was super safe - with people bustling around the area till the small hours of the morning.
The location was fantastic for everything I wanted to see in Chicago. Not more than a 15 minute stroll from just about anything you could possibly need (probably less actually - I stopped every five paces to window shop or stare up at a towering building)
As for my room - the four person dorm I got put into was not what I was expecting. This room flies high above any other hostel I've stayed in before - and i've stayed in a lot. Comfy bed with screen that pulls across for privacy, couch and table for the room and clean, modern bathroom ensuite for use by you and the other three room guests. There must be something said about the shower too... The water pressure was 10/10.
I actually can't recommend this place more.
Pocket Guide: Chicago Magnificent Mile - River North Hotels
Magnificent Mile, a part of Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River to Oak Street, appeals to tourists because of its flashy department stores and fancy restaurants. Several of the Windy City’s architectural wonders are here, including the John Hancock Center and the Old Chicago Water Tower. Just north of the Chicago River, River North is home to the city’s shopping, design, and gallery districts.
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