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.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Nature-lovers
  • Relaxing
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Socialising

Green rating



Really enjoyed staying here. A little way outside the city but very easy to catch the bus into town. Staff very helpful. AC was broke in the main house when I arrived and I was given a choice about where to stay which I thought was good. The gentleman on the desk was very helpful when it came to sorting out change for me to do my washing. Doors are shut during the day but this didn't me as I was in the city. I would definitely recommend staying here.


Avatar for Olly


Tue 23 Dec 2014

I was going to stay at the hostel downtown but it was full. Glad I ended up here. One of my most enjoyable hostel stays anywhere, and worth the small trek to get there!


Avatar for Joel


Fri 01 Aug 2014