HI Chamounix Mansion
In the heart of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, historic Chamounix Mansion has welcomed overnight guests and groups for nearly fifty years. Originally built in 1802 as a country home, the mansion rests on a scenic bluff above the Schuylkill 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:
- Individual Travelers: meet like-minded friends from all over the world! Our front porch is the place to make new friends. We even have a wedding story from two people (one American, one French) who met at Chamounix and eventually married!
-Families: (the only hostel in Philly with a crib and family-friendly atmosphere; kids under the age of 16 are WELCOME with parent or guardian, and have a super low rate of $8! WE NEVER PUT YOUR KIDS WITH OTHER GUESTS!
-Groups: For group gatherings, we also offer meeting rooms with kitchen/dining areas for workshops, retreats, and events. Think of Chamounix when planning alternative Spring Break, corporate retreats, The Dad Vail Regatta, anniversary parties, alumni gatherings, and weddings.
Nestled in a wooded setting, the hostel offers a welcoming front porch and two communal rooms restored to 1850 and furnished Federal Period antiques. A marble fireplace graces the 19th-Century parlor and a wonderful mural of the historic Water Works on the Schuylkill River can be found in the entrance hall.
We are happy to offer, for our guests enjoyment and travel needs:
-Free DIY pancake breakfast everyday
-Free wireless internet
-Free bed linens and towel
-$3 discount per night for ISIC cardholders
-NO extra fees for using your credit card
-FREE High-speed internet guest computer
-an extensive and quirky video library
-vintage board games
-a library of take one, leave one books, as well as a permanent library; vending machines; a recreation room with piano and foosball. Along with free Wi-Fi, we have a computer for guest use, so you can check your email or upload your pictures of Chamounix (and you!) to Facebook while you are here.
-FREE maps and guides of the area, including bike trails and hiking in Fairmount Park
-FREE foosball table
-Central air-conditioning throughout our building
-On-site laundry facilities, washer & dryer as well as drying racks and clothesline/iron & ironing board
-FREE ear plugs for those who need them
-Fully-equipped guest kitchen: three refrigerators, three ovens, three stoves, microwave, cookware
-Large lounge for game nights and socializing!
-FREE use of two gas grills
You can use to explore Fairmount Park, stroll to Belmont Plateau to see one of the best views of Philadelphia's skyline, play tennis nearby, BBQ in our picnic area or just relax on Chamounix's historic grounds.
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- 24 Hour Security
- Air Conditioning
- Bicycle hire
- Bicycle parking
- Board Games
- Book Exchange
- Free Breakfast
- Cable TV
- Ceiling Fan
- Child Friendly
- Common Room
- Cots available
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Free City Maps
- Free Internet Access
- Free Parking
- Free WiFi
- Games Room
- Hair Dryers
- Hair Dryers For Hire
- Hot Showers
- House Keeping
- Internet Access
- Iron / Ironing Board
- Self-Catering Facilities
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Security Lockers
- Lock Out
- Luggage Storage
- Meeting Rooms
- Non Smoking
- Outdoor Terrace
- Taxes included
- Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
- Towels Included
- Vending Machines
- Washing Machine
- Wheelchair Friendly
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
Must-Read Hostel InfoThis property has specific Terms & Conditions.
Chamounix Mansion is in one of the most remote and beautiful areas of Fairmount Park. Therefore it is a bit off the beaten path but only a 15 minute walk through the tree-lined Chamounix Drive from the 38 Bus.
Hostelling International is a non-profit membership based organization whose mission is to help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling. We have been promoting peace through hostelling since 1909. Non-members will be asked to pay a $3 daily membership fee per night upon check-in. Memberships are available at the hostel or online
We do not accept group bookings online(any reservation of 9+ people), for group bookings a guest must contact us directly as separate terms and conditions apply.
We have a daily lock-out period, from 11-4:30. All hostellers must leave the facility during that time.
We have a curfew: 2am
We are family friendly: all ages of hostellers get to know one and other here.
The maximum stay at Chamounix Mansion is 7 nights. Any reservation for more than seven nights will not be accepted, nor will it be confirmed, if you make separate consecutive 7 night reservations. Longer stays are possible on a case-by-case basis and can be discussed with our General Manager once you are on the premises.
Chamounix is great for hostellers who enjoy the city life, but are ready for the privilege of sleeping in a Colonial-era mansion surrounded by 200 year old trees, walking trails, bike paths, and our huge porch with cozy Adirondack chairs and friendly outdoor cats. Borrow a bike and ride up to Belmont Plateau where the best view of the Philly skyline can be seen.
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From Philadelphia Center City- (Public Transportation)
Take SEPTA bus #38 on Market Street between 5th and 13th Streets, or on JFK Boulevard between 15th and 20th Streets. Get off at Ford and Cranston Roads. Continue walking down Ford, turn left at the Stop Sign under the Stone Bridge onto Chamounix Drive, and then walk to the end (about a mile walk).
From 30th Street Station & Mega Bus
Take any train east to next stop. This is Suburban Station. Go out doors, onto JFK Blvd. and look for bus stop that has #38 Bus. Follow as instructions indicate above.
From Greyhound Station
Walk one block south to Market Street to take the #38 bus. Get off at Ford and Cranston Roads. Continue walking down Ford, turn left at the Stop Sign under the Stone Bridge onto Chamounix Drive, then walk to the end (about 1 mile).
Getting to Chamounix by car:
From points East of Philadelphia
Take I-76/Schuylkill Expressway West to Exit 339, City Ave/Route 1 South. NOTE, this is a left-side exit! Stay on City Avenue approximately 1 mile . Turn left on Belmont Avenue. First light, left on Ford Road. Stay on Ford Road half a mile, go through stone tunnel to stop sign, left at stop sign onto Chamounix Drive.
From New York City
Drive South on the New Jersey Turnpike. Get off at Exit 4, then drive north on NJ 73. Take that to NJ 38 West, to NJ 30 West, and over the Ben Franklin Bridge. Take I-676 West Take I-76/Schuylkill Expressway West to Exit 339, City Ave/Route 1 South. NOTE, this is a left-side exit! Stay on City Avenue approximately 1 mile. Turn left on Belmont Avenue. First light, left on Ford Road. Stay on Ford Road half a mile, go through stone tunnel to stop sign, left at stop sign onto Chamounix Drive.
From Washington, DC
Drive North on I-95 towards Philadelphia. Take I-676 West to I-76/Schuylkill Expressway West to Exit 339, City Ave/Route 1 South. NOTE, this is a left-side exit! Stay on City Avenue approximately 1 mile. Turn left on Belmont Avenue. First light, left on Ford Road. Stay on Ford Road half a mile, go through stone tunnel to stop sign, left at stop sign onto Chamounix Drive.
From Pennsylvania Turnpike
Take Valley Forge Exit 24 and follow the I-76/Schuylkill Expressway East. Continue to Exit 339, City Ave/Route 1 South. Stay on City Avenue approximately 1 mile. Turn left on Belmont Avenue. First light, left on Ford Road. Stay on Ford Road half a mile, go through stone tunnel to stop sign, left at stop sign onto Chamounix Drive.
Located in Fairmount Park, just north of the ZOO (which is easily located by the ever-present hot air balloon!), along with many other Philadelphia treasures, including the Japanese House and Garden ; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Water Works; the central entrance to the Centennial--Memorial Hall; and Boathouse Row, historic Chamounix is worth the 10-15 minute walk to the bus stop, so most of our guests tell us. In a city filled with history, Chamounix is its best kept secret!