The Freehand Chicago Hotel-Hostel combination with private and shared rooms in downtown Chicago.

This funky hipsters style hotel/hostel housed in a 1927 building in the vibrant River North neighborhood of Chicago, less than a block from the Grand El station and 0.9 miles from Millennium Park.

An early 20th Century vibe and character with dark wood paneling, nostalgic furniture and decoration in the chill out lounge at ground floor, makes for a very interesting place to ‘hang-out’.

Mixed and female-only dorms sleep 4 people. Dorms come with bunk beds, en suite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi and lockers. Most private rooms add flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and desks, and some feature city views (not mine!). There’s also a 2-bedroom duplex.

Continental breakfast is complimentary at the Freehand Chicago and consists of fresh muffins with a coffee and fruit (apple or orange). Other amenities include an urban bar, a cafe and a communal kitchen.

This was my only option after finding myself stranded in Chicago after flight disruption due to weather and missing a connecting flight, I wasn’t alone and most hotels were full! I paid over the odds for the stay here, but I really liked the Freehand Chicago as it oozes character and breaks from traditional hotel chains – this is unique stay, and one likely to be remembered.

Freehand Chicago