Chicago Has the Best Hostels in North America
In today’s economy, many people are looking for a low-coast way to enjoy traveling around the country. Hostels can offer a good solution for those seeking budget travel to many of the most interesting cities in the North America. Chicago, the largest city in the Midwestern United States, is an example of some of the award-winning hostels available to budget travellers from HostelBookers.com.
The Hostel Concept
The hostel concept began in Europe when a German schoolteacher began taking his students in a coal-mining city out to the countryside on weekends. The idea quickly caught in Europe where traveling to nearby cities has always been both convenient and commonplace. Hostels were once mainly for young people who had limited funds and often imposed strict curfews and restrictions. However, in most places around the world, hostels are used by all age groups and only a few basic rules are imposed. These lodging facilities now offer the basics of shelter, a shower and reasonable security at a low price for anyone staying a short time in the location. Some hostels specialise in specific types of travellers. Staying in a hostel is different than lodging in a chain hotel. Few amenities are offered, but prices are low. You are likely to meet many fellow travellers from around the country or around the world.
Chicago’s Best Hostels
Among the top hostels in the country are those in the city in Chicago. HI-Chicago on Congress Parkway is a state-of-the-art modern facility with female dorms, male dorms and private rooms with shared living quarters and bath. Bed linens and towels are provided, along with breakfast, Wi-Fi, lounge area, pool tables, hot showers, communal kitchen, laundry service, TV and game rooms. A free city tour is also included. Public transportation is nearby.
The Chicago Getaway Hostel on Arlington Place is another award-winning facility that offers travellers male dormitories, female dormitories and private rooms with either shared bathroom or private bathroom. Breakfast, linens, towels and luggage room are included in the low price. The facility also has secure lockers, Wi-Fi, communal kitchen, games room, bicycle hire, TV room and outside area.
Chicago is a beautiful city set on shores of Lake Michigan. It has a rich architectural history that draws tourists from around the world. Chicago’s museums are some of the best in the world and include the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Institute, DuSable Museum and a variety of other cultural exhibits. Chicago’s Navy Pier was once a historic multi-purpose edifice that now houses shops, restaurants, boat tours and amusement rides.
The city has a wealth of restaurants, with cuisine from around the world, reflecting the city’s rich immigrant heritage. The city is composed of a variety of different neighbourhoods that all have their own flavour and colour. Music is part of the heartbeat of the city, and you can find any musical genre you desire. Chicago is also a theatre city that always has both classical and innovative offerings for visitors to enjoy.
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