From Vacant Building to Youth Hostel

The corner of 2nd & Church has gone from empty to bustling over the last few months. We first brought the building at 17-19 N. 2nd St. to your attention back in the summer of 2012, wondering how such a well-located structure could sit vacant for so many years. On a personal level, we've had this place on our radar for over a decade, wondering why nobody was taking over the retail space last occupied by the long-shuttered Synapse Cafe.

In the past

About a year ago, we shared the great news that new owners had finally stepped in and that the building was getting the renovation it desperately needed. Passing by recently, we witnessed first-hand that the renovations are finished and a new business has taken over the entire property.

The building today

The Philadelphia House

The Philadelphia House youth hostel opened its doors in February and has been offering up some of the least expensive beds in town ever since. The place has a few different room options, including a private room for two, a room for four, and rooms for eight and twelve. According to their website, amenities include coffee and tea, pantry facilities, a "chill out lounge," and two guitars. Images from their Facebook page indicate that youth hostel quality has increased considerably since our questionable backpacking days. 

One of the rooms

That lounge we mentioned

Let's face it, many people are going to choose this place based on the fact that it's less expensive than a standard hotel. On that front, prices start around thirty-five bucks per night. But they go as high as $300/night for Pope weekend. That's right, there's at least one bed left! Grab it now!