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Reviews of HI - Chamounix Mansion

Hostel | 3250 Chamounix Drive, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 19131

80.1% Overall Rating

216 out of 262 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (15/09/2014)

Stephanie Tarrant thinks…

"This hostel is really different to your average hostel which I liked. The mansion is beautiful and has so much character. The stage were very friendly and open and facilities were very good for the…"

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • Games room
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Bicycle hire
  • BBQ area
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area

What's Included

  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

We are open from 8 am -11 am. Luggage may be dropped off at this time, but you cannot check in until after 4:30 pm We are CLOSED 11 am- 4:30 pm every day, for every guest. We are open 4:30 pm – 2 am (curfew). We are located 1 mile from the 38 bus stop. There is a shorter route, but it is a trail through the woods, and shouldn’t be used until you are familiar with the park. Fairmount Park is, by order of the mayor, no smoking. Hostelling International policies do not allow us to have alcohol.

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80.1%

Overall Rating

216 out of 262 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'HI - Chamounix Mansion'

Atmosphere
88.0%
Location
55.2%
Facilities
80.8%
Cleanliness
81.6%
Staff
83.2%
Value
87.2%
Safety
84.8%
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94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Rebecca Benzion

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

16 March 2011 Rebecca would recommend this property

Liked: I loved staying at the Chamounix Mansion. The property was very nice and the staff were very helpful. The other people staying there were very nice and fun to meet.

Disliked: The Mansion is outside of the city, so it inconvenient to get to. It is also not in the best part of the city, so it is not so comfortable walking from the bus stop to the hostel at night. The rooms were also cold, it would have been nice if there were more blankets.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Beatriz Costa

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

24 January 2011 Beatriz would recommend this property

Liked: Very clean and confortable! Very good. It doesn't even look like a hostel.

Disliked: A little bit far from downtown if you don't have a car. But if you do, you're good to go!

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

19 January 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Loved the mansion and the surroundings (despite being in an 'inconvenient' location); the staff members were very friendly and hospitable; lots of brochures and other travel info available for guests to peruse.

Disliked: Honestly, the 'mattress' was terrible, no springs or support whatsoever; while I appreciated having a bed for the night, it was an uncomfortable one nonetheless. That would be my only complaint, really. Everything else was fine, and it was cool to see a hostel outside the center city area.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

chauvel mickael

Alone

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife

28 November 2010 chauvel would recommend this property

Liked: Hostel in beautiful house but really far from the city. Very clean.

Disliked: Really difficult to go there. About one bus every hour on week end. And then you have to walk. Maybe three people on the hostel at this time

82.9%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

CAGIN Sandrine

With friends / other travellers

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Sightseeing & culture
Partying / nightlife
Shopping

22 November 2010 CAGIN would recommend this property

Liked: really clean and friendly staff

Disliked: it's too far from the city center

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture
Shopping

07 October 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I liked the atmosphere of the antique house and furniture, the friendly staff, the calmness after an eventful day, the big kitchen and good kitchen utensils, nature around the hostel, the cheeky cat which is actually not allowed to enter the hostel but which sneaked by as soon as I oped the door :-).

Disliked: I didn't like my narrow and rather hard a bed. The location of the hostel is tricky to get to when you don't have a car and have to take the bus.

54.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 20% Safety - 80%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

02 September 2010

Liked: Lots of internationals, and since it's pretty far from the city they HAVE to stay there by night.

Disliked: Wayy too far from the City ! (downtown)

40.0%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 20% Safety - 40%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

22 August 2010

Liked: not a lot

Disliked: the hostel is in the middle of no where! not fun in the humidity with a backpack. they lock you out from 11am to 4:30am they obviously rent it out for daytime activites but its a pain is all you want to do is chill for the day which is sometime the case. I paid for an 8 bed dorm and was put in a 16 bed dorm not cool and there were no lockers in the rooms, only two showers and two toliets and because they rented it out for other use some of the communal areas were closed off, so really not hostel like at all you cant really meet people that well because everyone has to be out in the day, also if you want to leave before 8am you have to tell them before as the lock the doors and you cant get out! Seriously i wish I had paid more to stay at the other HI hostel in philly.

34.3%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 60%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 20%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

19 August 2010

Liked: The room was spacious

Disliked: the location was 25 minutes by bus then 25 minutes walking from the actual city, you were kicked out of the hostel between 11-4.30, the staff were very rude about it, during the time you were not allowed in the hostel they used the time to make money from other groups. not enough to do to keep yourself entertained when actually in the hostel. mattress was uncomfortable.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

17 August 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Staff are very friendly and very helpful .They had good cooking facilities and very clean room.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Michelle Gray Gray

Alone

27 July 2010 Michelle Gray would recommend this property

Liked: I loved the surroundings and the old charmed building. I loved it!

Disliked: You definetly need a car. They should offer a shuttle service, because it was quite a distance from the bus. The road at nigtht was dark and not well lit.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

07 July 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I found the location satisfying although its proximity to the city center wasn't that close. The environment was a treat as the place was completely surrounded by trees and nightly visits by the fireflies made it even sweeter to stay. If you're not a big nature person, and cannot stand the quiet outdoors, I would not advise this place for you. As for me on the other hand, I couldn't have asked for a better place to stay during my time in Philadelphia. By the way, they also rent out bikes for free, and a bike ride along the river that leads to downtown is a must from the hostel.

Disliked: There was only one thing I found irritating about the place which was its lock out policy from 11-4:30 PM for cleaning, etc.

57.1%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 100% Facilities - 40% Safety - 40%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Oliver Sisson

25 June 2010

Liked: If you don't have a car, do not stay at this location. One mile doesn't sound too far, but after a forty minute bus ride that comes every 40 minutes, it's too far. There's not even any breakfast, so you're lucky to eat within 2hrs of waking up. There are no lockers, and no place to leave your bags for the day, since the office is shut most of the day!Bikes are free but are in poor condition. Showers blast you and there's no where to change in privacy. Staff were great.

Disliked: Oliver left no negative feedback.

57.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

08 June 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It is a beautiful old house, sourrounded by a park.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Wilson Li

04 June 2010 Wilson would recommend this property

Liked: Bad location but high quality service

Disliked: Wilson left no negative feedback.

37.1%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 80% Facilities - 20% Safety - 20%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 40%

Customer review

01 June 2010

Liked: It's absolutely not on the average of HI Hostel. It's far away form philly and there's not easy access to pubblic transportation. But most of all it's old, dirty and there are no facilities as hair dryer or locks.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

22 May 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It's a very charming place!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Xioryeth Carrillo

14 May 2010 Xioryeth would recommend this property

Liked: furnitures!

Disliked: Xioryeth left no negative feedback.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

lindsay white

11 April 2010 lindsay would recommend this property

Liked: Great facilities and beautiful grounds. Nice clean and pleasant stay.Only one bus from the center great value for money.

Disliked: lindsay left no negative feedback.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 100%

Customer review

02 April 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location is nice in a park, but it is very far from the city - every busride into the city takes an hour. Except for the bugs that came out in the evening the house was clean and the people were very nice.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

37.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 20% Safety - 40%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 40%

Wai Yi Wong

21 March 2010

Liked: i dont like this hostel as it is far away from downtown as well as poorly faciliated.

Disliked: Wai Yi left no negative feedback.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Morten Krogh

12 March 2010 Morten would recommend this property

Liked: It has tennis courts right next to it, so bring your own rocket or you can borrow and some old one from the hostel. A good way to spend a afternoon if your not feeling for the long busride to downtown.

Disliked: Morten left no negative feedback.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 20%

Daniel Laws

22 February 2010

Liked: It has a nice big lounge and kitchen.

Disliked: Daniel left no negative feedback.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

15 January 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: very clean restrooms, only bad thing was that the floors creaks so if you're a light sleeper, this may not be for you.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Chelsea Garreffa

15 November 2009 Chelsea would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel was in a good location, it was close to bus stops that take you right into downtown and the staff are lovely. The only bad thing is that you have to out of the hostel between the hours of 11:00am and 4:30pm, so you cant have a day in if you would ike to or if the wheather is bad, but apart from that the hostel is clean, and the staff are nice. It was quiet when i was there but in summer time it would be a great place to met people, i guess i was there at the wrong time.

Disliked: Chelsea left no negative feedback.