Cosy Room

House - Private room · South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148, United States

The Space


We are in the heart of South Philly, half way between the historic district and the sports centers, walking distance to famous Geno's Cheese Steaks ( 4 blocks), Italian Market ( 6 blocks), East Passyunk Square (3 blocks), and South Street. The area is loaded with excellent fine restaurants of varying ethnicities. On the corner catch the 29 bus to Broad Street or the 47 to historic Old City,Society Hill and downtown, or on a beautiful sunny day everything is no more than a 20 minute walk. We have maps and tons of brochures for anything and everything you might want to see or do. We even have some free passes to some things to save you some bucks. We also have Septa tokens and day passes on hand for your convenience to keep your visit time hassle free.
For Europeans travelling the east coast cities, a rental car is an unnescessary expense and hassle. There is an excellent and VERY CHEAP bus service called Megabus which you can check out at their website of the same name. It travels between the cities, and the cities all have good public transport. If you want to see outlaying areas, you can rent a car in that particular city just for a day excursion and save a bundle compared to renting a car from an expensive airport location for the whole trip.
If you would like to visit the Albert Barnes Museum, you must have advance reservations, so just let us know what date you want and we can book it for you.
Private room with genuine antique bed. The room faces the sheltered back garden, so you wake up to the chirping of birds and the trickling fountain. Bathroom with shower, complimentary toiletries and hairdryer, OCD clean thanks to me. Full breakfast, including some baked goodie surprises thanks to Steve the retired chef. Most of the food we prepare is organic and local when possible. Spring,summer,and fall, weather permitting, you can relax after a foot weary day in our lovely little garden with a glass of iced tea or a byo bottle of wine.
For those guests arriving by car, we are a very short straight shoot right off of I 95. You take exit #20 Penn's Landing/Colombus Blvd. Street parking is safe, free, and no permit needed. Bicycle available with returnable cash deposit.
Laundry facilities available, including ironing board and iron, free WiFi. No smoking. We have 1 very friendly, affectionate cat who is not allowed in the guest room. For persons with allergies, we have hardwood floors which I swiffer every day and if you let me know at the time of booking I will do extra thorough cleaning.(I am an OCD cleaning freak to begin with!)
Please see house rules.
As fair warning, the room is called cosy room because it is cosy; bed, double shelf table, chair, towel rack, 1/2 closet and enough room for a moderate amount of luggage. There is an excellent large ceiling fan and a table fan for hot weather, which has been fine and comfortable for normal summer weather. If the temperature goes above 85F we have an optional portable airconditioner for no extra charge.The bed is a genuine antique bed, which means it is 3" narrower than a standard double. It is comfortable for normal size couples, but not recommended if one or both are plus size.

If you prefer a queen size bed, we have just reinstated our second room, Sunny Serenity, which had been off line for a while, but is now back and ready to rent. It is a much bigger room with a really comfy queen size bed.

Cosy Room is a great choice for it's price, you get comfort, OCD cleanliness, a really great hearty homemade breakfast ,and lots of friendly helpful hospitality. To us, all of our guests are family!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • I truly enjoyed my stay with Susan and Steve. They are both very welcoming (my welcoming experience included a warm blueberry muffin and hot tea) and informative as to what to expect when traveling aruond Philly. We had several engaging discussions over breakfast (a yummy omelet and delicious breads, juice, coffee or tea), and the room and bathroom were comfortable and very clean. As for those who expect a super large room and private tv, well, there are hotels for that. My experience in Cosy room was great and I will be back in Philly again and will happily stay with Susan and Steve.

    November 2012
  • We were lucky enough to find this true gem of a "micro B&B" in south Philadelphia. Being careful of the narrow south Phili streets, we easily found their home by car. We also appreciated their flexible check-in times. With two bedrooms available, information cards at the dinner table, PA licensure information on the wall, a wealth of information both written & spoken, a fastidiously clean living environment, and impressively good baking, this has all the trappings of a traditional B&B. As others like to say on this site, "the pictures are accurate." The bedroom was immaculate, well-appointed with a time-period aesthetic. The bathroom is contemporarily refurbished, appears spotless, and functions well. Other common areas of the home are mid-remodel, appearing structurally sound with only cosmetic blemishes, which we certainly didn't mind. Their urban, mixed use neighborhood appeared healthy with caring tenants and well maintained infrastructure. Overall, the low cost and high quality experience made this an extremely good value. They also have great stories to tell.
    Bottom line: A stand-out, high value micro Bed & Breakfast amongst a sea of futons for rent.

    November 2012
  • Staying with Susan and Steve was an added bonus to my recent trip to Philly. They made me feel so welcome that it was a pleasure spending time with them. My room was comfortable and nicely decorated. Next to my room was a modern and spotlessly clean bathroom. There was free WiFi and a standing invitation to watch TV and even join them in a stimulating conversation! The breakfasts are worth your stay, too! Steve makes incredible breads and pastries while Susan creates delicious omelets—not to mention her artistically arranged fresh fruit cup.

    They both provided information that helped me get around the city with ease. In fact, Steve was nice enough to accompany me to the Walnut Street Theater where he got me a free upgrade to a ticket I had purchased awhile ago online.

    I also had the pleasure of meeting Susan’s two wonderful daughters. Lastly I must mention that, as a cat lover, I fell in love with their Sheldon who I was so tempted to “catnap” and bring back to Virginia!!

    Treat yourself to a wonderful experience by staying at the Cosy Room!

    October 2012
  • Know exactly where you're going, one of the #s has fallen off the address. The room is as it appears in pictures. Additionally, it's full of history! The bed frame is more than 150 years old! The bed has a squeaky spring mattress, I wouldn't recommend it for back sensitivities. The mattress fits a person less than 6'2, any taller, your feet will hang over the edge. Although, a television is featured as an amenity, there isn't one in the room. We planned to arrive in time to eat & watch the debate. The bedroom walls are very thin, so you can hear footsteps and other sounds from the rest of the house. A house rule, not listed, you aren't allowed to wear shoes inside of the bathroom. Pack house slippers! The bathroom/bedroom have been renovated, the remainder of the historic house has not, yet. The bathroom sits between the cosy-room & the host's bedroom. You can hear everything through the walls. It is clean/spacious. As you've read, in the listing, Susan is literally OCD-clean. Milli-seconds after using the bathroom, Susan, ran into the bathroom, re-flushed, & cleaned? Like, I said, you can hear right through the walls! Cancellation listed as flexible, it's 24-hours. Automatic check-in time is 3PM when a host lists a "flexible" cancellation policy. We anticipated to arrive at 8pm, but, arrived 15-minutes earlier than expected. We were asked to come back later, although, we had luggage & spent the day traveling & needed to change & a moment to catch our breath. I asked to use the bathroom to change my shirt, since the temperature had just dropped, but it wasn't ready either. I recommend that you arrive on-time or later than planned. The situation was very uncomfortable. After a 20 minute introduction into the room, and the history of her family tree, the bed, we were allowed to settle in. Cat allergies? Dander travels through the air, on the floor, and although the door is kept closed we found it open when we arrived & returned from dinner. Don't risk your health, no matter how much you are assured. You're within walking distance to South Street & Geno's Steakhouse. I don't recommend walking around at night. A cab will cost $10 from SouthSt. /$12 from Market. I had bad allergies the cat is free to roam in the general area (even though I informed Susan of my allergies, as requested in the listing). The cat rubbed on my legs, luggage & boyfriend. There was very little privacy for our comfort. We had to whisper in the room. We missed the debate- no t.v. You're not given key access, you must knock to get in & only they can open or close the door, so they must be around if you go out. There are many unlisted do's/don'ts. We didn't stay and negotiated a refund for half the reservation. After having left my review, Susan wrote a slanderous review on me where she calls me crazy.

    October 2012
    Susan  And Steve
    Response from Susan And Steve:

    Sophia booked the room depite her cat allergy, even after I warned her that Sheldon (our cat) is very friendly and affectionate and greets everyone at the door, and as you can read in many other reviews is an entertaining integral part of our house. Sophia originally was supposed to arrive at 8 and called at the last minute to say she would arrive at 11:00. I took the opportunity to wet swiffer all the floors again, considering her allergy. They ended up arriving while the floors were wet, so I invited them to sit down a few minutes. They said they wanted to change and go eat in order to watch the debates. As seen in the room pictures, there is no TV in the room, I invited them to watch the debates with us in the living room where we have full FIOS premium. After coming back from eating they announced that the neighborhood was unsafe and they were leaving.
    Even though the site advised I didn't have to give any refund as the site information was clear and accurate, I still gave her half refund. She obviously is angry that she didn't get it all back with her litany of complaints. The house is 100 years old, with thick plaster walls, the bed doesn't squeak and has a normal matteress, not springs, and I went into the bathroom to get a tissue sometime afterwards and flushed the toilet because she had used it and forgot to flush.
    I hope whoever reads this will consider also reading any or all of the other 212 reviews included here and you will see who is slanderous. I simply told her she should stay at the Marriott.

  • Susan and Steve are great host. We highly recommend them.
    The room is like on picture, the bed is big enough for two and everything is clean. Next to our bedroom was nice bathroom.
    They helped us planning our days in Philadelphia, they have also a lot brochures about attractions.
    All those reviews are true, their breakfast is (email hidden)san prepared to us their famous omlette and Steve bake some cake/muffins or bread every day.
    During breakfast we had interesting conversations regarding american politics, culture, history,...I can say, that they know a lot and if you are from abroad this is another good point for you.

    October 2012
  • The "Cosy Room" was just as described, and was actually more than adequate for one person. It would be "cosy" for 2 people. The room and nice bathroom were very clean. The friendly hosts, Susan and Steve, were fantastic! Knowledgeable about the city, restaurants, and how to get around town. You're in for a real treat for breakfast - perfect omelets and home-baked breads and pastries, and interesting conversation. A great value for the price, with great hosts.

    October 2012
  • Staying with Susan and Steve was the perfect introduction to Airbnb!

    Location Wise- I was a female traveling solo, and I NEVER felt I was in danger. It is convenient to the bus line that goes directly to the main street (Market Street). I also walked all over the neighborhood by myself and felt very safe.

    Cleanliness- My room and the bathroom I used were very clean. For the record, I am an oncology and transplant nurse that works in a very clean & sterile environment, the rooms definitely filled by OCD, neat freak standards. :)

    Hospitality- Not only does Steve serve a killer breakfast, but both Steve and Susan are just good, genuine people. They made me feel at home, and I loved hearing the history of their 100 year old home. You can't get this in a ritzy, over-priced modern hotel!

    Going Above & Beyond- I didn't have much time to plan my trip, so I appreciated all the advice and help that both Steve and Susan gave me! They directed me to some great spots. Since I'm in the medical field, they suggested the Mutter Museum and I LOVED it!

    I definitely hope to stay with Susan and Steve again if I ever make it back out to Philly. I can't wait to see all their finished home improvements in the future.

    Because of my great stay, I am already planning to use airbnb again in San Francisco. Susan and Steve have certainly set the standards high.

    Again, many many thanks for EVERYTHING!

    P.S. Susan, I hope you are feeling better!

    October 2012
  • We enjoyed staying at Susan's and Steve's so much! We totally recommend it - they are probably the best hosts in Philly! :)
    Our room was nice and cosy as described, very clean and comfy - even if the bed is an antique one and a bit narrow (we are tall and it was totally ok).
    We loved having great conversations every morning (with a lot of funny stories) combined with selfmade cake, bread, marmelade, muffins etc.! Steve, it was delicious! Susan and Steve are an adorable and very supportive couple. They also gave us valuable tips for Philly, great explanations and as well their museum card to get free entry! The historic city is in walking distance, so you can leave your car in front of their house (it is for free).
    Next time we come to Philly we would definitely ask them again to stay there.
    Btw, you will love the cat :)

    October 2012
  • Philadelphia was our last stop on our trip to the USA. And we're glad we could spend our last evening with Susan and Steve.
    The room was very nice, the bed very comfortable and we had an interesting evening together with Susan and Steve watching the Presidential debate.
    The breakfast was really amazing and very tasty.

    October 2012
  • We got there earlier than agreed, and it was no problem. As it was morning Susan and Steve offered tea, coffee and homemade muffins!
    They provided us with maps and told us a little bit about the story of the city, while giving us tips on how and what we should visit during our short stay there.
    The complementary breakfast is all homemade - from omelet to homemade apple pie, bagels.. .

    Lovely hosts, really nice neighborhood and quite close to center (the old town).

    October 2012
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Laid back, easy going. I am an artist-illustrator with in home studio. Steve is a retired chef who loves to bake. We both love meeting people, feeding them and making them happy. I like classical music and Steve is a Bluegrass nut. Steve went to St. John's College, Santa Fe, and I am an alum of University of the Arts, Philadelphia We are fine with GLT and respect all races, religions and viewpoints, and all of our guests are like extended family. Many of our guests have remained friends and returned several times.
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