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

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The setting in the park is really beautiful. But it's important to tell people that it's a good 30 minutes walk from the bus stop. Plus, there's no real sidewalk for much of the way and it is not well lit. ...a little spooky at night.


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Mary Clare,

Tue 06 Oct 2015

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art is exceptional

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Mary Clare,

Tue 06 Oct 2015