Philadelphia is a wonderful city - rich in culture, steeped in history, and overflowing with beautiful landmarks and architecture. Unfortunately, Philly suffers from a severe lack of hostels, making Apple Hostels of Philadelphia one of only a few choices for budget conscious travelers.
This place has a couple of things going for it, the location is relatively good and so is the wi-fi. The problems pertain to the sleeping arrangements and clientele this place attracts. Who on Earth can justify cramming 24 people into one room? Not only that, but the hostel is completely disingenuous in its advertising. On TripAdvisor, it says 70 rooms! It's closer to 3 rooms with a total of 70 beds! On Hostelworld.com, the room we booked was advertised as having 16 beds... it had 24! When the Hostel manager was confronted about this, he denied that he had done anything wrong, rather it was the fault of the website (hostelworld.com) because its maximum option for beds in rooms was 16!
Having stayed in various hostels for the six weeks prior to Philly, I can say without any doubt that this was the worst. The odds that you're going to be stuck with multiple snorers, late-night noise merchants, weirdos, etc, is so much greater here than anywhere else by virtue of the number of people in the room. There were so many interruptions during the night that the following days were a struggle to get through - due to tiredness and general agitation. You'll want to stay out as late as possible to avoid returning to this place.
The bathrooms were too small for the number of people that had to share them and the showers bore only a single curtain between you and the outside world.
The staff were patchy. Some were good, others were really annoying. When we asked one guy at the desk for a place close-by to get a Philly Cheesesteak at 9pm, he proceeded to give us a 30 minute lecture on the history of rivalries between various cheesesteak establishments and then recommended a bunch of places that were about a 45-minute walk away. We went outside, turned left, then right, and found a great place that we returned to multiple times.
If I had my time again i'd spruik for a room at a cheap hotel. This city has too much going for it to be ruined by a crappy hostel. If worst came to worst, i'd stay in NYC and catch the $5 bus in and out everyday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Apple Hostels is the only hostel in downtown Philadelphia, close to all major attractions and the best bars and clubs in Philly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apple Hostels Of Philadelphia Hotel Philadelphia