We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Hostelling International - Chamounix Mansion

Show Prices
Enter dates for lowest prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
We check 200+ sites to find the latest and lowest prices.
View Map
Add a photo
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"containerClass":null,"scriptFlags":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

51 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
There are newer reviews for Hostelling International - Chamounix Mansion
See the most recent reviews
Showing 41: English reviews
Newcastle, Australia
Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

Accom: The building itself is very big, old and pretty. It is a little far out of town (45 mins walk/public transport from downtown Philly) but we liked the trip past the river and through the suburbs. The hostel also sells bus tokens which was handy. If you have a car the distance obviously wouldn't be a concern. They also...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Phantompants
Akron, Ohio
Reviewed March 18, 2014

Our Boy Scout Troop went to Philadelphia in February. We stayed at Chamounix for three nights. The staff was great - friendly, accommodating, and they enjoyed hearing stories from our Scouts. Rooms were clean, as were the bathrooms and kitchen. Since we had such a large group, they gave us our own fridge and cupboards. We will definitely go back.

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank 68baldeagle
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 27, 2013

This hostel is definitely cheap but if i ever return to Philly, i would pay more to stay somewhere nicer. The hostel is miles for anywhere. The closest bus stop and local shop is about a mile walk. Not great when you have a suitcase to carry around with you. The general feel of the hostel was not to my...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank HannaRobinson
Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

It's the oldest hostel in Philly and the first in America: it shows. The staff are friendly, the place is clean, but it's old. The floor creaks. There aren't many power points. The layout is strange. There are forgotten books and crannies. That said: the place is serviceable and well-maintained. It's outside central Philly, so it isn't as accessible as...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Jrlee89
Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

Greeted by a friendly happy man named Aaron who was so accommodating and took the time to point out some places to eat and show us videos. The rooms are spotless as are the bathrooms. There's separate girl and boy dorms with about ten people in a dorm. It's cheap and fantastic!!! Free loan of bikes too:) Ill definitely be...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank belindamorgan2
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Visited for only a day when I had some errands to run in Philly. Chose this hostel because it is the cheapest available hostel and one that comes with free parking. We were very pleased with the location of the hostel (in Fairmount Park) where traffic is light and the area is quiet and safe. Upon arrival we decided to...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank NatJyo
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed June 3, 2013

Chamounix Mansion is a great place to stay if you're wanting to visit Philadelphia for a few days but don't want to spend a fortune on accommodation. It's only around a 20 minute walk to the bus stop from the hostel (make sure you get some bus tokens from the reception in the hostel as you will end up saving...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Grant_Feast
Gainesville, Florida
Reviewed May 5, 2013

This was my first hostel experience and it had everything that I wanted in a hotel/motel (expect for an available hairdryer ~ 5 am), but with a much more excellent, friendly atmosphere where one can meet like-minded individuals. This hostel is a must stay! I would also like to mention that I am mainly writing this review to acknowledge excellent...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Nicholas Y
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed May 2, 2013 via mobile

As far as hostels are concerned, the place is decent. Not spectacular, but also not below average. The mansion is old and one can tell, but the surroundings are amazing (do take the 20 minute walk from the bus stop, you're not going to regret it), and the service is amazing. Friendlinissimo. If you're looking for a low-budget stay and...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank ThijsKP
Johannesburg, California
Reviewed March 15, 2013

the walk to this mansion in the countryside was so beautiful in October that one is reminded of the poem Ode to Autumn. The rustling of dried crimson leaves as you walk to this place is so enticing that one is tranpotrted to a scene in a classic descriptive novel centuries ago. The walk from the bus stop is about...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank antiquityeurope
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

30 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveler Photos (30)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (11)
Viewed
Bathroom (2)
Viewed
Room/Suite (8)
Viewed
Other (9)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Philadelphia hotels
Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
#47 of 85 in Philadelphia
791 reviews
The Windsor Suites
#6 of 85 in Philadelphia
1,258 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Chestnut Hill
Chestnut Hill Hotel
Chestnut Hill Hotel
#13 of 85 in Philadelphia
431 reviews
City Center East
Apple Hostels Philadelphia
Apple Hostels Philadelphia
#2 of 14 in Philadelphia
359 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free Internet
  • Free Parking
Internet
  • Free Internet
Services
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A fun and fascinating alternative to expensive hotels, Chamounix Mansion is a Federal Period mansion with a Gothic Revival carriage house. 80 beds in dorm style rooms, set on a wooded hill above the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park. Popular with international hostellers, crew teams rowing on the Schuylkill and Cooper Rivers. Plenty of free parking, Adirondack chairs on the front porch. Veranda, bar-be-ques and picnic areas out back. Free guest computer and WIFI throughout for laptops. Free bicycles, tennis, videos, foosball. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hostelling International - Chamounix Mansion

Address: 3250 Chamounix Dr, West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19131-3710
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia
Price Range: $21 - $65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with HostelWorld so you can book your Hostelling International - Chamounix Mansion reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Hostelling International - Chamounix Mansion staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travelers prefer

“male and female dorms. bunk beds. I always have a bottom bunk. Usually only lower bunks are used.”
 of 5 bubbles Traveler531, Nov 14, 2016 | Read review
“Small women's room has 4 bunk beds, larger room has eight.”
 of 5 bubbles EliFin24119, Oct 2, 2016 | Read review
“This is dorm living so be prepared. Staff is friendly. There are cats in the lobby.”
 of 5 bubbles LeslieH274, Jun 9, 2016 | Read review
““Nightlife” is a huge park. Dorm rooms. Loosely "Romantic" - but you'll meet young folks from abroad (I liked the Hungarian collegians)...”
 of 5 bubbles bazi43, Jul 27, 2015 | Read review
“If you would like a quieter stay, request to stay in the Carriage House. It's right next to the Mansion but is a bit more secluded from large groups.”
 of 5 bubbles brittanybF2661MK, Mar 23, 2015 | Read review
5 of 5
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question