Chamounix Mansion is a Federal Period mansion and a Gothic Revival carriage house, restored and transformed into an 80 bed international hostel. Nestled on an idyllic wooded hilltop above the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia's magnificent Fairmount Park, Chamounix plays host to travelers and groups from around the world. This historically significant country home was saved from the wrecking ball in the early 1960s by a far-thinking group who sought a creative, dynamic reuse of an old mansion, rather than creating another house museum. America's first urban hostel was born. Chamounix today is truly a vibrant environment, averaging 11,000 overnights per year. Amenities include plenty of free parking, free wifi internet access, free computer for guest use, piano, vintage accordion, free vintage bicycles to explore the city, large complete kitchen and huge dining room, barbecues, Adirondack chairs on the friendly front porch, TV lounge and an eclectic free vid library.