About this listing
Great room! Easy access to downtown - walking distance to mass transit (34 trolley) and free street parking. Come and go as you please. Late arrivals & last minute bookings ok. A/C unit in the room. Plenty of restaurants in walking distance!
Dresser and hanging rack available for your clothes. Iron and ironing board are also provided.
Enjoy this comfortable room in our West Philly home. Easy to get to on mass transit - walking distance to both the 34 trolley (3 minutes) or El/Blue line (12 minutes). (NOTE: Philly's mass transit is slightly disrupted for construction on July 31 – Aug. 17, 2015. Mass transit will still work, but will take a little longer to get downtown)
Our neighborhood has lots of great qualities - we are walking distance to a local food co-op, Farmers Market, playgrounds/parks, and many community/arts spaces (Rotunda, A-Space, Calvary, Studio 34 ), several nice cafes including several with vegan options, and great reasonably-priced and delicious restaurants (including Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Laotian/Thai, Middle Eastern/Halal, Indian, and American). We can suggest local events to check out during your visit! We have materials for you with information about our neighborhood restaurants, shops, and community spaces. Our neighborhood is an easy 15-20 minute trolley ride from downtown.
We have two very friendly cats who would be happy to snuggle with you, if you let them.
The room has two windows, a queen sized bed, a desk with books and office supplies, and a dresser for your clothes. A/C in summer, heat and space heater in winter. Guest room is stocked with several books about visiting Philadelphia. The room has a tv with international satellite (Sorry, but the English options on that tv are pretty limited. Mostly Arabic tv stations.). We have wifi internet access. Shared bathroom.
Plenty of free street parking.
We especially welcome international travelers - Aziz speaks English, Arabic, French, limited Spanish and limited Italian.
Babies/small children are welcome to stay in room with parent(s) if you want to share the bed. (We have a sweet toddler, and she will share her toys!)
No smoking in our home, but we have a front porch you can smoke/hang out on. Enjoy the very authentic Philly experience of hanging out on a row house porch!
Free wi-fi, dresser for your clothes and place to hang items that need to be hung up. Towels, shampoo and soap also available!
Interaction with Guests
We will generally be around/present during a guest's stay, and of course want to greet you and make sure you have everything you need. We are happy to help with restaurant/sight-seeing suggestions, but otherwise we will let you go about your business.
We have a binder full of things related to our neighborhood - lots of things happening here all the time. But it's hard to beat Clark Park on a warm Saturday - for the food trucks, farmers market, flea market, playground, dogs, kids with swords playing roleplaying games, playground, soccer, volleyball and basketball…plus whatever festival might be happening that day!
Philadelphia is a multi-racial city and our block is a multi-racial block- with retired people, families, and young adults living here together.
There are "corner stores" on both ends of the block where you can buy snacks/drinks/small items.
Easy to get to using the 34 trolley or the 52nd Street El stop (a slightly longer walk, but still reasonable on a nice day). Plenty of free street parking. Coming from the airport you're going to want to use a taxi. Technically you can get here using mass transit from the airport, but unless you are on a REALLY tight budget, I recommend a taxi. It will cost about $20-$25 NOT using the flat airport taxi rate.
Other Things to Note
POPE VISIT/WORLD CONFERENCE OF FAMILIES- Our place is .7 miles from the 52nd & Market subway/SEPTA stop (Called the Market-Frankford Line), which is going to be open during the Pope's visit. It is a 10-14 minute walk. It is hard to say what mass transit will look like during this VERY busy time in Philadelphia, but you should be able to get yourself downtown using this SEPTA stop. (Center City stops haven't been announced yet). Preference will be given to people staying multiple days during the Pope's visit, but we can't offer our weekly rate for this peak week. Sorry!
We are happy to share the fridge and microwave, but you are expected to do your own dishes. No drugs, drinking, or guns in our home. If you've been drinking, please retire to your room rather than hanging out in the common space. Our cats are indoor cats, but they will try to escape the house when you open the front door. If they get out, don't panic - they will stay in the front yard until we can get them back into the house.
We are open to your feedback and will happily respond to any questions you may have. Thank you!
Desk with office supplies, tourist information, and books about what to do while in Philly provided!
Had a great time here. I'm researching vegan restaurants cross country and it ends up Melanie is vegan. she and Aziz were so helpful with info about where to go and how to get there. They we're both accessible and a pleasure to talk with, down to earth, intelligent and informed. They also provide thorough info packet about the city, a scrapbook full of options. Bonus of two super friendly cats to hang out with, one will even greet you with cat licks. And one utterly adorable toddler who contributed accurate advice on where I could get vegan donuts. Also Aziz's mom was visiting from Morocco while I was there which all added up to a homey enriching experience. Great hosts.
Guests should be aware that if using mass transit and lugging luggage, it is a bit of a haul from the trolley to the home. And also this is a lived in home. It's clean, the bedroom is lovely. But there is some wear, i.e. toilet seat has a groove worn in it, as does tub. And it is a one bathroom household.
Aziz and Melanie were amazingly welcoming hosts, with an adorable daughter and 2 lovely cats. They were very communicative over text/Airbnb messaging, and even let me receive an Amazon package at their address.
They do sleep relatively early, at around 10:30 to 11:30.
Aziz was so welcoming with us and made us feel really comfortable. He gave us so many tips about what to do in Philly. His daughter is so cute and lovely ! Thank you so much for this experience. We'll never forget it !
This was my first experience booking an airbnb, but it won't be my last. Our host Aziz was very friendly and welcoming, and his home was beautiful and sparkling clean. Our room had a queen bed, a television, booklets about Philadelphia and individual soaps and shampoo.
The room was very quiet, and the neighborhood seemed friendly. I would definitely book with Aziz again.
My boyfriend and I booked Aziz's home last minute for the July 4th weekend. Even though it was last minute, they were accommodating to our check in and check out times. Everyone in Aziz's home was so nice and wonderful - Even the two cats!
Aziz and his wife gave us great advice on transportation and where to go for sight seeing and to eat. The room has a giant binder of local food places and shops of interests nearby, as well as a map of center city and tourist guide books, which were so helpful.
They were also quite mindful of making sure the cats did not enter the guest room in case guests were allergic, but we were alright playing with them in the room as they were adorable and very friendly.
Overall great place to stay for a short weekend. The trolley is also two blocks away and they have two zip car locations about a 7 min walk from their home.
Aziz was a wonderful host. He greeted us on the night we arrived and gave us many recommendations. He also left us a book of recommendations and travel brochures in the room which we found very helpful! He is a great guy to talk to as well. The only thing more welcoming than Aziz was his two wonderful cats that were so friendly! He provided a great start to our honeymoon road trip for my husband and I. The room was very clean and the bed was very comfortable to sleep in! Would definitely recommend his place to anyone. Thanks so much for your hospitality, Aziz!
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About the Host, Aziz
I am a stay-at-home dad with my darling baby girl, Basma. Her name means "Smile" and she lives up to the name. I am an immigrant from Morocco, and I speak Arabic, Moroccan (Darija), French and English fluently. I speak/understand a little Spanish and Italian. I've lived in Philadelphia for 15 years and can advise you on area attractions and restaurants (including vegan options). I enjoy soccer, and have coached on the local youth soccer league. My wife, Melanie, is an activist and is connected to the local social justice community. She worked at a local homelessness non-profit before she started at her current position at the Philadelphia School District.