Chamounix Hostel, Philadelphia
A beautiful old Mansion in Fairmount Park.
I really enjoyed my stay at the Chamounix Mansion Hostel in Philadelphia. I came into town by car for a writer's conference, and I didn't want to spend tons of cash. Since I don't mind bunk accommodations, it was perfect. The place was easy to find, but Siri needs to work on her French. . . .
The hostel is located in the heart of Fairmount Park, a verdant oasis of calm in the middle of the city. I loved the big, beautiful trees around the house, and the ash tree is a standout. The emerald ash borer has destroyed most of the large ash trees in Michigan. I am hoping that the city will be taking preventative measures in the form of trunk injections. That tree is a treasure. The ginko on the grounds is also a beautiful specimen.
The hostel staff is really friendly. I spent three nights in the Carriage House. After an interlude of a few days I spent two nights in a dorm on the third floor of the main Mansion. They were both fine accommodations. The Carriage House is no downgrade in sleeping facilities; I actually preferred the bed that I had in the Carriage House.
The facilities are clean and in excellent condition. I had fun meeting people from all over the place. The guy from New Jersey was hysterical. His stories alone were worth the $23.
In addition to photos of the hostel, I have included a few of the mandatory tourist-type shots. Click for a larger view.
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