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Apple Hostels Philadelphia
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Reviewed 23 December 2009

DON'T!

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.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with friends
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AppleHostels, Owner at Apple Hostels Philadelphia, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2010

This gentleman made a reservation for himself and his male companion in our Female dorm room. Upon discovering the error we managed to put them in our Male dorm room. Still unhappy, he threatened to write bad reviews of the hostel unless I paid him not to. I'm sorry, but I don't like to be blackmailed, and so I didn't pay him. I did remain very cordial to him however, as did everyone who works at the hostel. So to those reading this review, please understand the context in which it was written and I hope you understand that the majority of what he has written is false. If you do other searches for reviews of our hostel, you'll find the reviews are completely the contrary to what he has written, including those from travelers who stayed at the same time as he did. To be honest, I really thought that he was just bluffing. Sad really.

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Reviewed 19 December 2009

Stayed for 3 nights. Found this a refreshing change from the sub-standard hostel we stayed in DC. The staff were very helpful, the guests were friendly and the facilities were very good.
Free tea or coffee all day everyday, free breakfast (cereal) friday-sun, free wifi and organised evenings (out or in).
Excellent Kitchen area, good laundry facilities and good security.
My only complaint is it is located right next to a nightclub, it gets pretty noisey after 11 until 3.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2009

I stayed at this hostel for 4 days in the spring of 2009.It was very affordable at $29 a night.Far cheaper than any hotel in town.And the location was great.It was right by 2nd and Market.It was on a small back street. But it wasnt unsafe at all ,despite what some reviewers have stated.In fact the surrounding area was fairly wealthy. There is a club across the street.But the noise was fairly minimal during the week.I wasnt there on the weekend.Its always best to bring earplugs to hostels no matter what.Wherever you are in a city you are going to hear noise.

The staff were very friendly and helpful.And the hostel was fairly clean and well mantained.

I do wish that they would organise the bedding situation a little bit better though.There was some confusion about beds at night and wether people had overstayed their stay.Since they have only been operating a while i assumed that it was a minor glitch and i am hoping that they have solved that small problem.

Overall i would say that its a great place to stay in Philadelphia.It honestly could not be in a more convenient location. Its less then a 5 minute walk to Independence Hall. And i have been in over 22 hostels and the staff here were some of the nicest people that i have met.

I live in Baltimore which is a hundred miles away.So this hostel makes a great place to stay for a short and cheap vacation.I defintly plan to return at least once a year.

My best advice to any visitor is to get an all day public transport pass and ride on the streetcars.they are a great way to see the city.And to visit the Italian Market.Its only about 10 minutes walk from the hostel.And defintly go to The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled solo
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Thank baltimorepete
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Reviewed 11 November 2009

I've stayed at Apple Hostel three times in the past few years*, and the staff acted more unfriendly than most hostels I've stayed in. Hostel itself is centrally located, but sketchy and on an alley that smells like urine. There are two common areas, one with loud TV and the other with loud music from 7 am until midnight. They charge the same as the hostels in real cities like San Francisco, Manhattan, and DC, but provide a hostel that is not as nice as the one in Baltimore.

Most recently, I made a four-day reservation for this hostel three months ahead of time. The day of my scheduled arrival, I emailed to tell them that I might be coming one day later than I said and to ask a question about parking. They missed the first part, so they canceled my reservation when I came one day later than I said I would. If you stay here, make sure to speak very slowly and make sure they understand, because if they don't understand you and they make a mistake, you're paying for their mistake, and they'll blame you for it. And they even charged me for the first day even though they couldn't find a bed for most of the rest of my reservation (just one of the remaining three days).

When I posted the above review to another site, they sent 4 paragraphs of personal insults to my personal email account. Setting aside the issue, is there any standard of professionalism under which it's acceptable to contact a customer to tell them that they are a liar, buffoon, and an as-s, plus unintelligent, stupid, delusional, rude, and mean-spirited, and that they pity anyone who ever has to live with me or deal with me in even the slightest way? Is it ever okay to say such things to another human being? My review criticized actions, not people. In return, they criticized me, personally.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled on business
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6  Thank Iamme613
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Reviewed 2 November 2009

An amazing hostel. they centred everything around alcohol and having a good time no matter if your 28 or 21 :D across the road from very skanky club :D

Stayed: September 2009, travelled with friends
Thank MeaganE
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Reviewed 29 October 2009

I stayed for about a week in this hostel in Philadelphia. The location is rather nice as it is in the middle of a lively area with a lot of restaurants and pubs. The hostel consists mainly of a floor for girls and a floor for boys. The bed are pretty standard and one gets a fresh linen when checking in. The people at the hostel are very nice and try to make your stay comfortable. Internet is available for free as well. The only big minus are the bathrooms. They offer no space for putting your clothes somewhere, the showers are very small and have only curtains. And the biggest minus, the bathrooms were really dirty and the curtains smelly.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 September 2009

Good hostel. Comfortable, big common rooms and kitchen. Dorms room huge, 28 beds so no sense of privacy and good luck finding your things and getting to bed when lights are switched off at 11 and not turned back on until 10.00. Queue for showers in the morning, better to shower in the evening. But the loctaion is good enough.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Apple Hostels Philadelphia

Address: 32 S Bank St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2811 (Formerly Bank Street Hostel)
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Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > City Center East
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Philadelphia
Price Range: £21 - £129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Apple Hostels Philadelphia 2*
Number of rooms: 70
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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