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Featured Hostels in Philadelphia

City House Hostel Philadelphia
1.5 out of 5
17 N 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA
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Located in Old City, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Christ Church, Penn's Landing, and Liberty Bell Center. Independence Hall and Pennsylvania Convention ...

4.2/5Very Good! (169 reviews)

"I stayed at both Apple Hostel and City House to do a comparison. Between the two, Apple Hostel is larger and has 6-people dorms, compared to City House which has minimum of 12-people in each dorm. The water pressure for showering is also weak at City House. Having said that, the atmosphere and the ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

City House Hostel Philadelphia
Apple Hostels
2 out of 5
32 Bank Street, Philadelphia, PA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $80 per night

Located in Old City, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of the American Revolution, Penn's Landing, and Independence Hall. Liberty Bell Center ...

4.2/5Excellent! (456 reviews)
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"It was great overall. The only “incident” that I had was upon checkout, I had brought now all the linen from my bed, including the duvet. I didn’t notice where to put it downstairs, and no one was at the front desk at that particular time. So, I put it on the floor in the laundry room where the staff ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2020

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Other property types in Philadelphia

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
4 out of 5
201 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA
The price is $141 per night
3.4/5Good! (103 reviews)

"Excellent place to stay. Clean, convenient, and very courteous employees. I will definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
Hyatt House Philadelphia/King of Prussia
Hyatt House Philadelphia/King of Prussia
3.5 out of 5
240 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia, PA
The price is $118 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (937 reviews)

"Clean, fast check in and check out will stay again"…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Hyatt House Philadelphia/King of Prussia
Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport
Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport
3.5 out of 5
4509 Island Ave, Philadelphia, PA
The price is $110 per night
3.9/5Good! (963 reviews)

"Grear service they all did fhere best to make sure we had a great time"…"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

What Is a Hostel?

If you're looking for an affordable place to stay in Philadelphia, there are 430 accommodation options here to pick from, including hostels. No two hostels look identical, but these dormitory-style accommodations all feature the following:

  • Shared rooms (though many hostels also have private rooms)
  • Low prices
  • A social setting

Hostels are a great way to stay in Philadelphia for a good value, so you can save your money for exploring. You can check out the museums and other cultural highlights in this destination, as well as activities like shopping.

Hostels in Philadelphia

Ready to book a hostel in town? These options have the best reviews from our guests and could be a good place to look first:

Apple Hostels - Close to public transit, this property is within a 5-minute walk of 2nd St. Station. You can take advantage of free continental breakfast and free WiFi, as well as a nightclub. Rooms come with free toiletries and hair dryers.

City House Hostel Philadelphia - 2-minute walk from 2nd St. Station for easy access to public transit. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and 24-hour check-in. Rooms come with showers.

City House Hostel Old City Philly - Located within a 10-minute walk of Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall. Property features include free WiFi, a shared/communal kitchen, and a 24-hour front desk. Rooms come with showers.

When Is the Best Time to Visit Philadelphia?

Good weather's always better when you want to venture out and explore, so here are some stats that might be helpful:

  • The hottest months are typically July and August, while January and February are the coldest months
  • January-March: Daytime temperatures average 58° F and nighttime temperatures average 25° F
  • April-June: 86° F is the daytime average and 39° F is the nighttime average
  • July-September: Daytime averages are around 87° F and nighttime averages are around 54° F
  • October-December: The average temperatures are 72° F during the day and 27° F at night
  • Average rainfall is 41.46 inches in a year

What Can I Do in Philadelphia?

Depending on how you want to spend your time, you might appreciate these places:

Top Sights
  • Liberty Bell Center
  • Independence Hall
  • Reading Terminal Market
Natural Features
  • Washington Square Park
  • Independence Mall
  • Independence National Historical Park
Cultural Attractions
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Museum of American Art
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Generally, Philadelphia is known for its:

  • Museums
  • Art
  • Historical sites
  • University life
  • Theater
  • Sports
  • Live music
  • Entertainment
  • Shopping

How to Get to Philadelphia and Around the Area

You'll find the nearest airport in Philadelphia, PA (PHL-Philadelphia Intl.), located 6.5 mi (10.5 km) away from the city center. An alternative is Philadelphia, PA (PNE-Northeast Philadelphia), located 11.8 mi (19 km) away. Once you're on the ground, you may want to use public transit during your trip. You can walk to nearby metro stations including City Hall Station, 13th St. Station, and Walnut Locust Station. To explore more of the surrounding area, take a train from Philadelphia 30th St Station, Philadelphia University City Station, or Philadelphia Temple University Station.

Frequently asked questions

Should I stay in a hostel in Philadelphia?
By choosing a hostel you can reduce your spending on lodging and use more of your trip funds for exploring during your trip. You can check out cultural highlights like the museums in this destination, or enjoy the sporting events and other activities.
What is a hostel?
No two hostels look identical, but these dorm-style accommodations all offer shared rooms (though many hostels also have private rooms), budget-friendly prices, and a social environment.
What are the best hostels in Philadelphia?
Ready to book a hostel? These top picks have the best reviews from our guests and might be a good place to start: Apple Hostels - Close to public transit, this property is within a 5-minute walk of 2nd St. Station. Property features include free WiFi, a nightclub, and a shared/communal kitchen. You’ll find free toiletries, lockers, and hair dryers in all rooms. City House Hostel Philadelphia - 2-minute walk from 2nd St. Station for easy access to public transit. Property features include free WiFi, a shared/communal kitchen, and a 24-hour front desk. Rooms come with towels, showers, and lockers.
What's the seasonal weather like in Philadelphia?
Good weather’s definitely a plus when you want to venture out and explore, so here’s some information that may be helpful: The hottest months are usually July and August with an average temp of 74°F, while the coldest months are January and February with an average of 37°F. Average annual rainfall for Philadelphia is 42 inches.
What is there to see and do in Philadelphia?
Overall, Philadelphia is known for its museums, art, and historical sites. Major attractions include Reading Terminal Market, Rittenhouse Square, and Liberty Bell Center. Get out into nature with places like Penn’s Landing, Fairmount Park, and Washington Square Park. Cultural attractions include Philadelphia Museum of Art, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and Mutter Museum.
What's the best way to get around Philadelphia?
You can search for flights to the nearest airport, which is Philadelphia Intl. Airport (PHL), 6.5 mi (10.5 km) away. An alternative is Philadelphia, PA (PNE-Northeast Philadelphia), which is 11.8 mi (19 km) away. When you’re out and about, you may want to make use of public transit. You can access metro transit at City Hall Station, 13th St. Station, and Walnut Locust Station. To explore more of the surrounding area, catch a train at Philadelphia, PA (ZFV-30th Street Rail Station), Philadelphia 30th St Station, or Philadelphia University City Station.

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