Take Airport train, which departs from each terminal every 30 minutes. Get off at Jefferson Station. Take market Street towards 2nd Street (approximately 15 minutes walking distance to the hostel). Bank Street is between 3rd and 2nd Street on the right hand side. A taxi will get you from Jefferson Station to the hostel for about $6 plus tip. The last train departs the airport at 12:05 am.
Taxis to the hostel cost a flat rate of $29.50 for one person, and an additional $0.50 per person, plus tip.
Lyft and Uber will also pick you up from the airport.
Originally called youth hostels, they originated in 1912 in Germany as a way of getting young urbanites out of the cities and into the countryside during the summer months. Now, over a hundred years later, hostels can be found almost everywhere. They offer shared accommodation but instead of renting a room, the guest will rent a bed in a dorm room. Many hostels also offer private rooms. Hostels usually have a common kitchen so that guests can prepare their own food and thus cut down on expenses. Hostels are also supposed to be places to socialize, where travelers can share their stories with one another, and learn about each other’s different cultural backgrounds. To facilitate this, the better hostels (such as ours) will have lounges, kitchens, dining areas or other common areas where their guests can gather around in.
Apple Hostels of Philadelphia is an international hostel that caters mostly to students and travelers from other countries. We do not rent our beds out to persons moving to Philadelphia or simply looking for a cheap place to stay. Due to our limited amount of space, we require that upon check in each of our guests provide one of the following: a valid foreign passport; or a government issued ID (such as a driver’s license) showing that you live outside a 40-mile radius of Philadelphia.
Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or school-appointed chaperone. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted in our dorm rooms. Children under the age of 2 are not permitted in our private rooms.
Our prices do not include tax. In Philadelphia, small hotels are required to charge a 15.5% hotel tax on accommodations. Large hotels (that have 50 or more rooms) must collect a 16.25% tax. Hostels must collect an 8% tax on dorm beds and 15.5% tax on private rooms.
We think that sucks too! No, we do not charge any extra fees if you want to pay by credit card for your accommodation. Sure we have to pay a small fee to the credit card companies, but it’s so much less hassle for us than having to deal with bills and coins. We also accept Apple Pay and US debit cards and Venmo.
NOOOO! Sleeping bags are the best way of spreading bed bugs from a really bad hotel or hostel you stayed at into our very nice clean hostel. We don’t have bed bugs and we don’t want them so please leave your sleeping bags at home!
Yes! Bed sheets and a towel are given to you when you check in. A comforter will already be on your bed. Please return the linen and the towel when you check out, or exchange them at reception during your stay if you need a fresh set. No deposit is ever required – we trust you! (Yes, we know we’re fools). Every shower has a shampoo/body wash dispenser.
You do not need a membership to stay with us. There are NO extra fees for non-members. We’re affiliated with Hostelling International as an independently-operated hostel, and as of January 1st, 2018 we are no longer required to charge a fee to non-members. However, if you have a Hostelling International membership we will give you a 10% discount (applied at check in) if you book directly through us, either through our website or over the phone. You cannot receive a discount if you book through an online travel agency (OTA). Examples of OTAs include Booking.com, Hotels.com and Hostelworld.
Our check in time starts at 4 pm, but you can arrive as early as 7 am if you like. You’re welcome to store your bags for free in our secure luggage storage room and use all of our facilities such as free WiFi, free internet computers, lounge, free billiards table, kitchen and free tea etc. You also have access to a shower if needed. You just can’t go to your room until 4 pm. If you’re only here for a couple of days you should grab a free map from our receptionist and start exploring the city right away. We’re happy to show you on the map where things are and give you suggestions on what to see and do.
Yes, we have very secure lockers that are free to use, you just have to have your own padlock. If you don’t have a padlock you can purchase one at the hostel for $6 cash or you can rent one for $3. Our lockers have electrical outlets inside them so that you can charge your electronic devices securely while you’re away. The lockers in our 4 and 6-bed dorm rooms are 18 inches (45.7 cm) wide, by 19 inches (48 cm) deep, by 35 inches (89 cm) in height. They’re large enough to fit rucksacks and carry on size suitcases. The lockers for our 10 and 18-bed dorm rooms are not large enough to fit an entire suitcase or rucksack, they are meant for securing valuables such as passports, money, laptops, cameras as well as any jackets and other clothing that you may feel concerned about. These lockers measure 12 inches (30.5 cm) wide, by 17 inches (43 cm) deep and 35 inches (89 cm) in height.
We recommend the Ritz East parking garage on 2nd Street between Chestnut St and Walnut St. It is open 24 hours and charges $26 per 24 hours. It is less than a 2-minute walk from the hostel. Please email us if you would like other suggestions including where to find the best free unlimited street parking.
You can get basic things at a market located at the corner of 2nd Street and Market Street, which is less than a 5 minute walk from the hostel. If you need a large grocery store, then we suggest going to Acme located at 309 S. 5th Street, which is about 6 blocks from the hostel.
Check out time is 11 am. If you’re not leaving the city right away you’re welcome to store your bags for free in our luggage storage room until 8 pm. You can continue to use all of our facilities such as lounge, kitchen, dining area, free tea and coffee, free wifi, free billiards table, bathrooms, showers and more until 8 pm.
Absolutely. We have a storage room where you can leave your luggage for free for the whole day after checking out. You can also use all hostel facilities until you leave later in the day. (You have to pick up your luggage and leave the hostel by 8 pm).
Yes. We have high efficiency washers and dryers (not crappy coin-operated ones). The cost is $5.00 cash for one load of laundry, and includes detergent and a dryer sheet. Also, you don’t have to pay extra if your clothes are still wet after one cycle in the dryer. Keep drying until your clothes are dry! (Although, one cycle usually does it).