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HI - Philadelphia - Chamounix Mansion

3250 Chamounix Drive, Philadelphia, 19131, United States

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Overall Rating 85%

From 25 Reviews

Hostel rating (25)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 93%
Cleanliness 85%
Location 78%
Security 88%
Service 91%
Comfort 75%
Green rating 86%

In the heart of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, historic Chamounix Mansion has welcomed overnight guests and groups for forty years. Originally built in 1802 as a country home, the mansion rests on a scenic bluff above the Schulykill River, and is convenient to Philadelphia's cultural and historic attractions, sporting events and restaurants. We provide clean, inexpensive accommodations for individuals, families and groups. The handicapped-accessible Carriage House is an ideal facility for group accommodation. The hostel also offers free breakfast, Internet access, laundry facilities and meeting rooms with kitchen/dining areas for workshops, retreats, and events. Chamounix (CHAM'-ah-nee) Mansion is a peaceful country setting away from the bustle and noise of the city welcoming guests from across the USA and around the world providing accommodation in a beautiful site for the best price. Mountainside and a forest make it a perfect starting point for hiking lovers.

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Welcome to our hostel

In the heart of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, historic Chamounix Mansion has welcomed overnight guests and groups for forty years. Originally built in 1802 as a country home, the mansion rests on a scenic bluff above the Schulykill River, and is convenient to Philadelphia's cultural and historic attractions, sporting events and restaurants.

Chamounix (CHAM'-ah-nee) Mansion provides clean, inexpensive accommodations for individuals, families and groups. The handicapped-accessible Carriage House is an ideal facility for group accommodation. The hostel also offers free breakfast, Internet access, laundry facilities and meeting rooms with kitchen/dining areas for workshops, retreats, and events.

HI Philadelphia – Chamounix Mansion is a peaceful country setting away from the bustle and noise of the city welcoming guests from across the USA and around the world providing accommodation in a beautiful site for the best price. Mountainside and a forest make it a perfect starting point for hiking lovers.

Prices

Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night

Beds

Private - Per room per night

Rooms

Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 16:00 and 02:00
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • A maximum stay of 7 nights applies at this hostel.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 18 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of USD 3 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Only parties of mixed sex may be accommodated in mixed (co-ed) dorms.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout

Facilities

Facilities

Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room
  • Garden
  • TV room
  • Terrace / patio

Accessibility

  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Free
  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning - In selected areas
  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Conference Facilities
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - Charges Apply
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Sports Equipment Storage - Skis
Opening times

Opening times

Open from 15/01/2016 to 14/12/2016

Reception:
From 08:00 to 11:00
Check-in:
From 16:30 to 02:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-215-878 3676

Fax. 1-215-871 4313

chamounix@philahostel.org

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art (1 to 2km)
  • Philadelphia Zoo (1 to 2km)
  • Independence Mall (5 to 10km)

See the full list of attractions

Reviews

Reviews

I really like this hostel. A very historic feel, up there on the third floor. I think it's time to consider new mattresses, however. The bed I slept in was pretty "lumpy", and there was a metal frame piece that was felt under some of the thinner sections of the mattress. I checked the mattresses on the unoccupied beds, and they were all thin and really unacceptable.

83%

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Milton,

Wed 23 Mar 2016

I thought it was nice that we were able to borrow bikes from them during the day and that they offered free pancakes and coffee in the morning. The building was nice as it was an old colonial building, but don't be fooled, Benjamin Franklin did NOT stay there. The biggest negative is the location because it is far from the center city and very difficult to get to at night. Also, the night staff was not very efficient as they were extremely slow at processing our check-in. They were nice though.

53%

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Gennaro,

Thu 25 Feb 2016

Thank you for the accolades regarding our free bikes and free pancakes. I hope that made your stay better. The reason why it took longer to check you in was that, as I explained to you that night, we had two problems, and I was trying to give you options. The first was when you re-submitted your reservation, I told you a new staff member had inadvertently put you in the books for one night. Instead of moving you around, or in the event that you didn't mind moving, I was trying to give you rooming options that best suited your needs. We had three groups that weekend, and the choices were limited, unless we moved guests on their second night, which we like to avoid, if possible. I felt, under the circumstances that you were checked in quite quickly, given that I was trying to make you happy by giving you options. Regarding Ben Franklin staying here: I told you that our reservation confirmation says that it is a building that Ben Franklin "might" have stayed in, which is true, we don't know, and we are certainly not trying to fool you. That's why we say "might": it's more to place the building in history than to mislead you, as well as romanticize the fact that you can actually stay the night in a house that is from that era, with little having been done to it architecturally since the Civil War, and summon the spirit of the Colonial people, if your imagination takes you there. I may have also delayed your check in by giving you information about the easiest place, and with the least expensive parking, to go eat that night. If trying to make your stay pleasant is inefficient, then at any point, feel free to speak up and say, "Hey, we are in a bit of a hurry..." I will always take the guests' lead, and if they seem unresponsive to chat, will make check in down and dirty. However, I was under the impression that you were enjoying the chat, the map to Manyunk, the insider's info, so you didn't get stuck with exorbitant parking fees, or eating somewhere that you might not have enjoyed. That's the beauty of staying at a hostel, really, because the staff is generally well informed and will direct you to the best deals in town. Frankly, I found your review a bit harsh, given that the slowness at check-in was not inefficiency, as I think you know, but service oriented.

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Philadelphia - Chamounix Mansi,

Sat 27 Feb 2016

It should have less lock in period during day time.

97%

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Vidhya,

Sun 20 Dec 2015

Free use of bicycle and accessibility to bike paths made this stay special. Fortunately, the weather was sunny. Not sure what I would've done on a rainy or snowy day though with the daily lock-out. Grocery store is a fair distance from hostel. Bus station is also a fair distance, would be hard to manage with heavy luggage, nasty weather or tired and achy muscles. Free coffee and pancake breakfast were nice. Very kind staff. Unique, memorable experience!

93%

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Candace,

Sun 06 Dec 2015

Location

Location
Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Amusement / Theme park (More than 10km)
  • Beach (More than 10km)
  • Cinema (3 to 5km)
  • City Centre (5 to 10km)
  • Cycle trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Golf course (5 to 10km)
  • Gym (3 to 5km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (2 to 3km)
  • Mountainous Area (More than 10km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (3 to 5km)
  • National / State Park (2 to 3km)
  • Nightlife (3 to 5km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (2 to 3km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (500m to 1km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (3 to 5km)
  • Ski area (More than 10km)
  • Swimming pool (2 to 3km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (2 to 3km)
  • Theatre (3 to 5km)
  • Water park (More than 10km)
  • Wooded Area (At or next to the hostel)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Airport
Philadelphia International Airport (13 miles): R1 train to Suburban Station. Follow 38 Bus instructions from Rail instructions.
Bus
SEPTA Bus #38 and #40 stop at the intersection of Ford and Cranston Roads. On bus fare is $2.25 USD,exact change or token. Walk down Ford to stone tunnel, take left onto Chamounix Drive. Walk from bus is 15 minutes.
Taxi
Taxi: take I-76 to Montgomery, left on Montgomery. Pass Car Barn, take right on Belmont Mansion Drive, to Chamounix Drive, take right, come to end of road.
Car
In Fairmont Park: take exit #339 (City Ave.) off I-76, south on City Ave., left on Belmont, left on Ford Rd., left on Chamounix Dr. to very end of road to the circle drive. FREE PARKING around cul-de-sac.
Rail
30th St. Station: Go to SEPTA platform, take blue line subway to Suburban Station, then Bus 38.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Walking / Hiking

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