Freehand Chicago

Freehand Chicago

19 East Ohio Street, River North, Chicago (IL), United States, 60611
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    8.9
    Excellent
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    10.0
    Exceptional

    "Staff was nice."

    Kai R.

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    December 21, 2018

    9.0
    Exceptional room comfort and quality
    Recommended by 95% of guests

    Property highlights

    • 100 meters to public transportation

    • Airport transfer

    • Located in heart of Chicago (IL)

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    This property is in high demand!Last booked 6 hours ago | 7 travelers are looking at this property right now
    Exceptional
    Location
    9.6
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    Exceptional location - Inside city center
    Popular neighborhood
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  • Crunch Fitness60 m
  • Tree Studio Complex70 m
  • Bloomingdale's Home + Furniture70 m
  • P.O.S.H80 m
  • Pistachios130 m
  • After-Words New and Used Books180 m
  • Nordstrom200 m
  • Virgin Megastore270 m
  • Kooky270 m
  • The Magnificent Mile280 m
  • Value for money8.8
    Distance to city center0 miles
    Location rating9.6
    Nearest airportMidway International Airport (MDW)
    Distance to airport14.9 km
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    9.0
    Excellent
    Room comfort & quality
    Penthouse Suite
    Penthouse Suite
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    • Room size: 83 m²/893 ft²
    • City view
    • 4 single beds and 1 king be...
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    Deluxe Quad
    Deluxe Quad
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 4 single beds
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    Classic Queen Room
    Classic Queen Room
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    • Room size: 14.4 m²/155 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 queen bed
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    Premium King Room
    Premium King Room
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    • Room size: 17.1 m²/184 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 king bed
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    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Private Bathroom - Mixed
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Private Bathroom - Mixed
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 single bed
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    Premium Quadruple Room
    Premium Quadruple Room
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 4 bunk beds
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    Classic King Room
    Classic King Room
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    • Room size: 16.2 m²/174 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 king bed
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    Standard Quad Room
    Standard Quad Room
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 4 bunk beds
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    Premium Queen Room
    Premium Queen Room
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    • Room size: 15.3 m²/165 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 queen bed
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    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Private Bathroom - Female Only
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Private Bathroom - Female Only
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 single bed
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    What people love about the property

    • 10.0
      Exceptional

      "Older style hotel Good use modular space Good location and access to city ateactions"

      MaryJoy

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      July 16, 2018

    • 8.8
      Excellent

      "The hotel offered good price."

      Nguyen

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      August 27, 2018

    • 9.6
      Exceptional

      "The price was decent."

      Yu

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      January 9, 2019

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    5.6
    Review score

    "Very good location."

    Man H.

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    October 12, 2017

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    What they offer

    8.0
    Very good

    "Power points in our room were also strategically placed."

    Maria

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    November 19, 2018

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    Please note the total reservation may not exceed 8 rooms as additional charges apply for group bookings. Please note guests booking from Chicago zip codes (60---) are not permitted in dormitory rooms. Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

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    Agoda Reviews (260)Booking.com Reviews (3515)
    8.9
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    10
    Cleanliness8.8
    Facilities8.3
    Location9.6
    Room comfort and quality9.0
    Service8.8
    Value for money8.8
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    10.0
    Exceptional
    YU from China
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Private Bathroom - Female Only
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2019
    Exceptional”
    excellent location, easy to go anywhere, clean quiet, sound insulation, can not hear the movement from of the corridor, the front desk service does not give people the feeling of impatience, this is great, strong recommend. This is the best hostel in my trip to the United States
    Reviewed February 15, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    LEANDRO from Brazil
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Private Bathroom - Mixed
    Stayed 3 nights in February 2019
    Great place”
    The Hostel seems to provide Hotel facilities as well, but the rooms provided to the "hostel guests" are very good, cozy and clean, maybe a bit small, but enough to spend some days. The staff is very nice and helpful.
    Reviewed February 13, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Neil from United States
    Solo traveler
    Classic Queen Room
    Stayed 1 night in November 2018
    Fantastic Hotel”
    I stay at Freehand for one night after arriving in Chicago O’Hare on a 14 hour flight from South Korea. I was tired, jet lagged and needed a shower and peaceful night’s rest before catching a morning train. This place was perfect! The location is great. The staff were friendly and helpful. The style and design of Freehand is very cool and cozy. A mix of retro (1950s bedside lamp) and boho crafty eclecticism. The room was spacious. The bed...omg the bed was amazing. So comfortable! Nice bathroom with shower. There’s a cozy little cocktail lounge on the 1st floor. Room service available. A mini bar with snacks. I had a great stay and a much needed peaceful night’s sleep. The price is awesome. I’ve stayed at places twice as expensive that weren’t as nice as Freehand. Did I mention the bed? Sigh... sooo comfortable.
    Reviewed November 22, 2018
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Mei-Hsia from Taiwan
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Private Bathroom - Female Only
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2018
    Exceptional”
    It's an excellent hostel to stay. It's close to subways, coffee shops, and markets. It was clean and the staff are really helpful and friendly. If I have to go to Chicago again, I'll choose Freehand again. Thank you very much.
    Reviewed October 23, 2018
    8.8
    Excellent
    Karthik from India
    Solo traveler
    Classic Queen Room
    Stayed 3 nights in October 2018
    Great location, good facilities”
    As the title suggests, it's located downtown in River North, within walking distance to a great number of cafes, restaurants, and bars. It's also not too far from the river, and has a couple of stations close by as well. So if you're visiting Chicago, this is a sweet spot to be nestled at.
    Reviewed October 13, 2018
    9.6
    Exceptional
    CHAO from China
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Private Bathroom - Mixed
    Stayed 2 nights in September 2018
    Great place for traveller”
    Location is great, 2 blocks to Michigan Ave, not far from metro and bus. Room is small, but you got everything you need, a small sofa in room, restroom shared with others in same room. Everyday housekeeping will replace bath towels and clean room. Decent breakfast, you don't need worry there is no food if late, the staff there will add food, also wash dishes for you. definitely will choose again on next trip to Chicago. :)
    Reviewed September 28, 2018
    8.4
    Excellent
    John from Australia
    Couple
    Classic Queen Room
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2019
    Small room, big culture”
    We booked the queen private room. It is small so if you have lots of luggage, prepare to struggle a little. Otherwise, the room is a nice place to lay your head at night and not run into too much trouble. Very clean and comfortable stay overall. Very accessible to the train (Red Line) and in a really clean and safe area. Would definitely stay here again.
    Reviewed January 16, 2019
    8.8
    Excellent
    finian from Singapore
    Couple
    Classic Queen Room
    Stayed 1 night in December 2018
    Good location and clean room ”
    The location was right in the middle of the loop, and very near to the metro. The room was quite neat and clean except it was rather small but with a large bathroom. Perhaps they should shrink the bathroom to make more space for the main room.
    Reviewed January 06, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Alexander from Australia
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Private Bathroom - Mixed
    Stayed 7 nights in December 2018
    Best hostel experience I’ve ever had”
    The location is perfect, near everything, the staff are incredible, front desk always manned, coffee downstairs is some of the best in Chicago, awesome events every night, washing, cooking and laundering facilities all great. Gym is great as well as the bar/restaurant downstairs would have to be some of the best food and drinks I’ve had in the states. And all this for $30 a night? Fortunately this wasn’t too good to be true...I’ll be back time and time again.
    Reviewed December 21, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Kai from Hong Kong
    Couple
    Classic Queen Room
    Stayed 1 night in September 2018
    Romantic night in Chicago”
    We watched history being made in that nice bed. Cleveland browns won their first game in centuries. It was lit. To be serious, the bed was good. Staff was nice. Girlfriend complains about the bathroom not having a counter top. Ended up not having to pay for parking. It was a pain to drive in the city though.
    Reviewed December 21, 2018
    6.0
    Daisy from Philippines
    Couple
    Classic King Room
    Stayed 5 nights in September 2018
    Popcorn at the bottom of our bed”
    Location was good and quiet a good hotel. The only thing that I would recommend to keep the guest on coming is to upgrade your cleanliness. Our first night, I saw a t shirt tag with price at the bed which maybe from the previous guest. I just took it off and didn't mind it. But when I went to the bathroom, I saw once piece of popcorn at the bottom of our bed which this time, I didn't dare to took off hoping that the cleaners will shove it up the next day. I stayed for 5 nights and sadly, until I check out that one piece of popcorn was still at the bottom of our bed which means, they were not able to get it off. :(
    Reviewed December 02, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Aisyah from Indonesia
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Private Bathroom - Female Only
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2018
    When come back to Chicago, I will stay again”
    I was atttacted by the competitive price they offer. The room is clean, spacious, and there's an ensuite bathroom. There are elevators and 24hr kitchen. The location is excellent, only one block from the metro station. Thank you very much for accepting me when i arrived at 9am and offering me a free breakfast.
    Reviewed April 23, 2018
    Hello, Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to review your stay. I am so glad to hear you loved your visit and that you enjoyed the layout of the room and the bathroom. I am also glad our staff was able to take such great care of you. I hope we can see you back again very soon.
    Responded April 28, 2018
    Freehand Chicago
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Michelangelo from Italy
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Private Bathroom - Mixed
    Stayed 5 nights in February 2018
    Great value for a stylish and cozy hostel/hotel”
    Really great if you have a tight budget but also a valid hotel if you like a very social and youthful situation. There are no real downsides to the low prices. The hotel is well equipped, in the style of a hostel, with guest kitchen, laundry, lockers in the shared rooms (you’ll have to have your own padlock), etc. For the rest feels like a hipster hotel, the bar is crowded at night and the coffee is great. The location is great, walking distance from all central sights and literally 3min form the metro station.
    Reviewed March 07, 2018
    Hello Michelangelo, Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to review your stay. I am so glad to hear you loved your visit and that you found the room to be well equipped and at a great price. I hope we can see you back again very soon
    Responded April 10, 2018
    Freehand Chicago
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Meagan from United States
    Couple
    Classic Queen Room
    Stayed 3 nights in November 2018
    Good”
    It wasn’t spacious, but We weren’t in the room much so this was fine. My husband didn’t like how low to the ground the bed was. Our room backed up to the parking garage which was noisy at times. On weekend the lobby area was busy and loud. Couldn’t hear it from 11th floor though. Walls aren’t soundproofed well. Good location. Bathroom super clean. I don’t think we’d bring our kids here. It would’ve been too loud and confined. It worked for our needs, kid free, located where we needed and relatively cheap. We wouldn’t stay again though. There are better options for sure.
    Reviewed November 07, 2018
    8.8
    Excellent
    Melody from United States
    Couple
    Classic Queen Room
    Stayed 1 night in October 2018
    Compliments all around.”
    The bar was fantastic! Bartenders were great. Coffee at the cafe was the best I’ve had in a loooong time. Front desk staff was extremely helpful- went above and beyond. And to top it off- Great shower in our private bath!
    Reviewed October 30, 2018
    8.4
    Excellent
    Wayne from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Classic Queen Room
    Stayed 3 nights in September 2018
    The accommodation consists of a hotel / hostel . We stayed in a queen room with no problems ,”
    The hotel has a popular small bar , free WiFi , helpful staff . The basement has a dinning / communal cooking area. We did take some food back after a night out but not a fan of communal cooking facilities. Good to have the option thought. For value for money very pleased at approx £60 per night
    Reviewed September 12, 2018
    8.8
    Excellent
    Kaitlyn from United States
    Couple
    Classic Queen Room
    Stayed 2 nights in August 2018
    Great location, price and room”
    I think that for the amount of space that is in the room, Freehand makes the most of it. I was a bit weary of staying in a hostel, but after my stay, I will be sure to look for a Freehand location before a hotel!
    Reviewed August 25, 2018
    Hello Kaitlyn, Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to review your stay. I am so glad to hear you loved your visit and that you found the location and price to be exceptional. I hope we can see you back again very soon.
    Responded August 28, 2018
    Freehand Chicago
    9.6
    Exceptional
    RICHARD from Canada
    Couple
    Classic Queen Room
    Stayed 3 nights in August 2018
    Great hotel”
    Staff were very friendly. Front desk let us check into a room early even though we were ready to leave our bags at the front desk check while we killed time before the 3pm check in time. Standard queen room was nice and modern. Shared kitchen in the basement had a fridge to store leftovers we ordered for take out, and also had a small free continental breakfast to choose from. The only small complaint I would have, and it is very small, is that the hallways, common areas and lounge area is very dark. Otherwise it is a great stay.
    Reviewed August 25, 2018
    Hello Richard, Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to review your stay. I am so glad to hear you loved your visit and that your team took such great care of you. I am also glad to hear you enjoyed the room and our guest kitchen. I hope we can see you back again very soon.
    Responded August 28, 2018
    Freehand Chicago
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Sheena from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Private Bathroom - Female Only
    Stayed 5 nights in December 2017
    Great”
    great experience for a first time in the US. near subway, supermarket, near Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, Water Tower Place, Apple Michigan, Trump Tower. oats, cereals, bread, speeds were served for breakfast. however, it's the same every day.
    Reviewed January 08, 2018
    Hello, Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to review your stay. I am so glad to hear you loved your visit and that you found our location to be amazing. I hope we can see you back again very soon.
    Responded February 25, 2018
    Freehand Chicago
    9.6
    Exceptional
    CHAN from China
    Couple
    Classic Queen Room
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2017
    Stylish hotel in Chicaho”
    The Queen size room is good this time with the street view. Convenient location only 3 minutes walk to CTA Red line. Stylish hotel with excellent services, the front office is flexible and willing to help, we appreciated the luggage storage service!! Definitely will come back again!!
    Reviewed June 28, 2017
    Hello, Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to review your stay. I am so glad to hear you loved your visit and I hope we can see you back again very soon.
    Responded March 03, 2018
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    • Exceptional location
    • Magnificent Mile
    • Grand/State Subway Station is within 0.1 km