Really enjoyed staying here. A little way outside the city but very easy to catch the bus into town. Staff very helpful. AC was broke in the main house when I arrived and I was given a choice about where to stay which I thought was good. The gentleman on the desk was very helpful when it came to sorting out change for me to do my washing. Doors are shut during the day but this didn't me as I was in the city. I would definitely recommend staying here.
I was going to stay at the hostel downtown but it was full. Glad I ended up here. One of my most enjoyable hostel stays anywhere, and worth the small trek to get there!
Watch out for ticks in the woods!
Surprisingly quiet and remote hostel in a historic mansion and carriage house, located only a few minutes by car from downtown Philly in a scenic corner of Fairmount Park. Abundant parking for cars and bicycles. Mattresses are somewhat uncomfortable, lockers scarce, and bathrooms on the wee side, but the facility itself couldn't be cozier, more inviting, or more relaxing. Pancake batter and coffee available mornings after 8 a.m.. Daily lockout 11 to 4:30, curfew 2 a.m. Ideal for cyclists.
The recycling should be IN the kitchen and labeled.
The location isn't ideal, but this is more than made up for by the atmosphere and the staff.
The location is quite far from downtown and in a forest. For consideration of safety, you should try to arrive there before the sunset. I went there by walk from another side of the river. I saw deer, geese on my way. When it got dim, I felt nervous. But when I got the hostel, everything is great for just $20 /night in dorm.
If you don't have a car, which is highly likely for most of you, it will take a bit long time for you to get to the hostel. The nearest bus stop is about a mile away from the hostel and you have to walk at least 15 minutes to get there. Next to this mansion is a stable. You can see several tennis courts along the street named Chamounix Drive, which leads you to the hostel.
Aside the location, it is reasonably or even cheaply priced and very cozy. Recomended.
Staff was awesome and very helpful. It's a bit of a walk to the bus stop, but I knew that going in. It's a really cool old house. Would stay again!