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Iron/ironing board, free WiFi
Iron/ironing board, free WiFi
Iron/ironing board, free WiFi
Iron/ironing board, free WiFi

Guest reviews

4.2 out of 5 Very Good
169 reviews
Guests rated this property 4.2/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

Free WiFi
Air Conditioning
Business Services
24/7 Front Desk

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • Personal protective equipment


Explore the area

Popular LocationLiberty Bell Center9 min walk
Popular LocationIndependence Hall9 min walk
Popular LocationPennsylvania Hospital17 min walk
AirportPhiladelphia, PA (PHL-Philadelphia Intl.)15 min drive

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  • Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm (8-Bed)

    Room amenities

    • 183 sq ft
    • City view
    • Sleeps 1
    • 1 Twin Bed
    More detailsShared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm (8-Bed)
  • Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm (12-Bed)

    4.6/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 226 sq ft
    • City view
    • Sleeps 1
    • 1 Twin Bed
    More detailsShared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm (12-Bed)
  • Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm (4-Bed)

    Room amenities

    • 150 sq ft
    • Sleeps 1
    • 1 Twin Bed
    More detailsShared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm (4-Bed)
  • Deluxe Shared Dormitory

    4.5/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 151 sq ft
    • Sleeps 1
    • 1 Twin Bed
    More detailsDeluxe Shared Dormitory
  • Quadruple Room

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 4
    More detailsQuadruple Room

About this area


Located in Philadelphia's Old City neighborhood, City House Hostel Philadelphia is in the city center and near the airport. Reading Terminal Market and Walnut Street are worth checking out if shopping is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Rittenhouse Square and Fairmount Park. Adventure Aquarium and Philadelphia Zoo are not to be missed. Our guests appreciate the hostel's location for the nightlife and sightseeing. It's also convenient to public transportation: 2nd St. Station is just steps away and 5th St. Station is 6 minutes by foot.
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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Liberty Bell Center - 9 min walk
  • Independence Hall - 9 min walk
  • Pennsylvania Hospital - 17 min walk
  • Pennsylvania Convention Center - 18 min walk
  • Jefferson University Hospital - 19 min walk

Getting around

  • Philadelphia Temple University Station - 6 min drive
  • 2nd St. Station - 1 min walk
  • AirportPhiladelphia Intl. Airport (PHL) - 15 min drive


  • High Street Farmer's Market — 3 min walk
  • La Famiglia Ristorante — 3 min walk
  • Farmicia — 4 min walk
  • Amada — 4 min walk
  • City Tavern — 6 min walk

About this property

City House Hostel Philadelphia

Philadelphia hostel in Old City, walk to Liberty Bell Center
Along with a coffee shop/café, this smoke-free hostel has a 24-hour business center and a microwave in a common area. WiFi in public areas is free. Other amenities include a refrigerator in a common area, concierge services, and a 24-hour front desk. All 58 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, plus free WiFi and stovetops. Showers and ironing boards are also available to guests.
City House Hostel Philadelphia offers 58 air-conditioned accommodations with shared/communal kitchens and irons/ironing boards. Full-sized refrigerators/freezers and microwaves are provided.

Bathrooms include showers. This Philadelphia hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is provided daily.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • No onsite parking available
  • Parking nearby: USD 25 per night

Food and drink

  • 1 coffee shop/café

Things to do

  • Arcade/game room
  • Evening entertainment

Family friendly

  • Arcade/game room
  • Full-sized refrigerator
  • Microwave


  • ATM/banking services
  • Elevator
  • Library
  • Lockers available
  • Vending machine
  • Water dispenser

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Business services

  • 24-hour business center


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel


  • Renovated entire property - January 2017
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared refrigerator
  • Smoke-free property
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning


  • Shower
  • Towels

Food and drink

  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Shared kitchen access
  • Stovetop


  • Iron/ironing board



Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Renovations and closures

This property is closed from July 24 2020 to December 31 2020 (dates subject to change).

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children 17 and younger are not allowed at this property; All guests older than 17 are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Nearby parking fee: USD 25 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
No onsite parking is available

We should mention

Children 17 years old and younger are not permitted at this property

Property is also known as

Philadelphia House Hostel
Philadelphia House
City House Hostels Philadelphia Hostel
City House Hostels Hostel
City House Hostels Philadelphia
City House Hostels
The Philadelphia House
City House Hostel
City House Philadelphia
City House Hostel Philadelphia Philadelphia
City House Hostel Philadelphia Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at City House Hostel Philadelphia and receive a full refund?
Yes, City House Hostel Philadelphia offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to City House Hostel Philadelphia cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Is City House Hostel Philadelphia pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
How much is parking at City House Hostel Philadelphia?
City House Hostel Philadelphia doesn't offer parking.
What time is check-in at City House Hostel Philadelphia?
Check-in begins at 3:00 PM.
What time is check-out at City House Hostel Philadelphia?
Check-out is at 10 AM.
Where is City House Hostel Philadelphia located?
Located in Old City, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Christ Church, Liberty Bell Center, and Independence Hall. Pennsylvania Convention Center and Reading Terminal Market are also within 1 mi (2 km). 2nd St. Station is only a 2-minute walk and 5th St. Station is 6 minutes.
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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

2/5 Poor

Traveled with group
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Sad face IconDisliked: Staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Very old facility very boring and no atmosphere. No staff around ever
Stayed 1 night in Jun 2020

2/5 Poor

Happy face iconLiked: Staff & service
Sad face IconDisliked: Amenities, property conditions & facilities
Good location, roomy kitchen space, nice coded entry on front door
Stayed 2 nights in Feb 2020

1/5 Terrible

Happy face iconLiked: Cleanliness
Sad face IconDisliked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
I stayed in the hostel for 2 nights. I had problems checking in, because I didn't have a passport with me. I had my (german) ID, but they told me they don't accept international IDs. They asked me if I can show them a picture of my passport, or if I can call someone to take a picture of my passport. I stay in the USA for a year, I didn't think I would need my passport while travelling IN the USA. The receptionist told me to call the boss to ask if I was allowed to check in or not. The boss asked which nationality I have and then I was allowed to check in, because "the boss has a good day". Why does it matter where I'm from!? The expedia website says "check-in available 24 hours". This was not the case. They told me check-in starts at 3pm. I was in a room with 8 beds. You can close the door of the room, but there is an other door in the room, with a sign "staff members only". The staff members usually went through our room, also at 7am in the morning. I was in the room with an other guy, he was on his computer and I was on my phone. At around 10pm one of the staff members came in in our room, told us they turn the light off now, because it's already the quiet hour, if we want to use our devices, we should go down in the lounge. I told her we are only two people in the room, we are ok with it if each other uses his device. Then she said "These are our rules". Unfriendly. But: you can use the kitchen & fridge, daily activities (like playing Uno), the room was clean.
Stayed 2 nights in Jan 2020

5/5 Excellent

Happy face iconLiked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
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 staff makes up for the facilities. There are events every night, and lots of opportunities to meet other travelers. Both hostels are also located within a five minute walk from each other, so take your pick.
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2020

5/5 Excellent

Happy face iconLiked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2019

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