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
  • Culture

Green rating



The hostel was in a very quiet culdesac in the park. I felt confident I could leave my car there while I took the bus siteseeing. It's not a long walk to the bus stop, so travel around Philadelphia wasn't hard at all. The only issue I would have on a future visit is the closest grocery store is closing, so visitors will have to bring food with them or plan to eat out.


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Wed 04 Nov 2015

I like their service - free bicycle rental service ! excellent! When I stayed at the hostel, the room was often quite cold to sleep.


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Mon 26 Oct 2015

Travel tips...

Attraction tip

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is exceptional

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Mary Clare,

Tue 06 Oct 2015

Where next?

If you don't have a car, you can still reach any large city in the Northeast Corridor -- DC, Baltimore, Wilmington, NYC, or Boston. If you have a car, you can travel north to the Pocono mountains or west to Pennsylvania's Amish Country.

Avatar for Timothy


Thu 22 Oct 2015