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HI - Philadelphia - Chamounix Mansion

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.

84 %

  • Dorm
    From €19.62
10 or more people?

What travellers think

Travellers that stayed here think this hostel is best for

  • Nature-lovers
  • Relaxing
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Culture

Hostel rating (20)

84 %

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 92%
Cleanliness 84%
Location 78%
Security 87%
Service 91%
Comfort 74%

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.


Avatar for Karyn


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.


Avatar for EUN HWA


Mon 26 Oct 2015

This is a terrific hostel by any standard -- though for guests without cars or bicycles, the location (roughly a mile from any bus routes) is a major drawback. Still, the historic property and the quiet location inside Fairmount Park more than compensate for any potential inconvenience. The mattresses can be a bit thin here, though I personally find them comfortable enough. Overall, it's a friendly place and a nice retreat from the city: Whenever I stay in the Philly area, I try to stay here.


Avatar for Timothy


Thu 22 Oct 2015

I wish they didn't assign beds. One night it was just me and one other person in a room of 10 beds and we were top and bottom of the same bunk. If they are going to assign beds, would be better to spread people out around the room or at least give them a choice between bottom and top bunk. It seems silly to have people sleeping up on the top when there are plenty of bottom bunks available. Blankets do not get washed between visitors so that was kind of nasty.


Avatar for Leanne


Thu 15 Oct 2015

It's always great! Beautiful facilities, friendly staff and a quiet, secluded location. Refreshing and rejuvenating!


Avatar for Richard


Thu 08 Oct 2015