Center City Serenity (4 bedrooms..)

House - Entire home/apt · S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, United States

Live like a Philadelphian!

The Space

Are you visiting Philadelphia, PA for: sightseeing, a getaway, a family reunion, a wedding, a convention, a conference, business trip, birthday celebration, or any other reason... then...
Come and enjoy a unique residence designed by a well-known architect and be situated in Center City. Our distinct furnished rooms come with queen or double beds (all with allergy and bed bug proof covers), linens, towels, and private bathrooms (one with a jacuzzi bathtub). Several have relaxing outdoor decks.

The newest amenities include a queen sized sleeper sofa, breadmaker, sanitizing washing machine, sanitizing dryer, and the fastest wireless internet available. Other amenities include a full kitchen with a convection oven, convection microwave, toaster oven, toaster, mixer, tea kettles, coffeemaker, espresso maker, 50" high definition television, blu-ray/dvd players, surround sound, irons, ironing boards, hair dryers, and more. Other sleeping options which can be made available include pack n plays (for 2 year olds and younger), king sized memory foam toppings, and more.

The place can comfortably accommodate up to to 12 people or more for an overnight stay. In the past, groups with 15 through 19 persons have also found the place comfortable.

For multiday group stay, you are welcome to contact me for unique reservation packages.

Even if you are not staying overnight, the residence is an excellent place to host a private catered dinner party or other types of celebrations for up to 10 to 30 persons.

(Certain charges can apply for persons above 6 and certain amenities. The residence rental related mandatory Pennsylvania state and city taxes (currently, 15.5%) and other taxes, if applicable, are not included in this listing's rental rate or subtotal(i.e. airbnb accommodation fee), unless guests and hosts agreed otherwise. These taxes are paid separately before or by arrival. By making a reservation, guests automatically agreed to pay applicable taxes.)

The Neighborhood

With a 1 to 30 minute leisurely stroll, you can: 1) reach downtown Philadelphia and all its major tourist sites, 2) enter the Philadelphia Convention Center (~8-12 minutes), and 3) visit many excellent restaurants and shops with local and national flavor.

Getting around

Many forms of public transportation are conveniently very close to the residence: 1. cabs (come regularly and frequently on one of the nearby streets) 2. subway lines for Philadelphia (SEPTA) and New Jersey (PATCO) (within 1-4 blocks), 3. many public bus lines (SEPTA) (within 1-3 blocks), and 4. interstate buses (Greyhound, etc.) (10 minute walk). In snow, sleet, rain, or sun, you can either walk outside or in nearby sheltered paths to the Avenue of the Arts, Broad Street subway (to the sporting complex), the Rittenhouse Square area, City Hall, business district, and Convention Center.

Other Things to Note

A cleaning fee can apply.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 16+
Bathrooms: 3.5
Beds: 6
Extra people: $15 / night after 6 guests
Security Deposit: $100
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • This was my first Airbnb experience, and it could not have gone better. If you read the reviews from people who have stayed at this residence previously, you will be well prepared for your stay. I stayed in this residence for one night with 5 friends, and there was plenty of room for all of us to have our own space. Patrick (the host) was very welcoming and helpful upon check in, plus, everything in the residence was clean and ready for us to use. The location could not be more perfect, and I would definitely recommend this place for anyone planning to visit Philadelphia.

    Other reviewers have mentioned that they felt "nickeled and dimed", but I didn't get that feeling at all. Yes, you will need to pay taxes and parking after your reservation fee, but Patrick was very up front about this, and the pricing seemed reasonable. As long as you go in with this expectation, I don't think you will have any unpleasant surprises.

    I found that Patrick was always very easy to get in touch with, and most of our communication prior to the stay was via email. Considering that he has a life and job outside of being an airbnb host, I would say he provides extremely professional and pleasant service to all guests.

    Many thanks to Patrick for hosting us on our recent trip!

    April 2014
  • The place was fantastic! Patrick was extremely thorough when we checked in and genuinely cared about us enjoying our trip. He even emailed me after the stay to make sure the weekend went well. I would definitely stay there again.

    March 2014
  • My friends and I had a great time at this apartment. It was big enough for us all and very welcoming. I would highly recommend it for any large groups looking for accommodation! And the host was also very welcoming and communicated with us regularly to make sure everything was good!

    February 2014
  • I and six of my library colleagues recently stayed at this property for five nights. We were extremely happy with the overall cleanliness of the house, the abundance of dishes and silverware, the lack of noise in the neighborhood, the house's location (walking distance to tons of restaurants and sites), the comfort of the beds, and the abundance of clothes hangars, towels, and shampoos. We were also impressed with the host's kindness and eagerness to help make our stay as enjoyable as possible.

    January 2014
  • This place is truly a gem in the centre of Philadelphia. Location is key here. It is between 5-10 minutes from the Market East Train Station, Convention Centre, and 10 min walk from Whole Foods on South Street.

    It is a 4 level house as stated in previous reviews. 4 Bedroom, bed space for 14 if you need it. We had 12 most nights and 13 people one night, everyone slept great. I could not believe how quiet the street noise in the house was because we were right in the city.

    The house was well equipped with all the things that you would need for cooking and for entertaining if the need was there. There are the 2 beds, jacuzzi tub and bath on the top floor (4th) as well as a balcony. the Third floor has 2 bedrooms, and 2 toilets that share a shower stall. Nice touch very functional. The 2nd floor was the sitting room, a kitchen and dining room. The 1st floor has a bath room with shower stall and 2 queen beds. Perfect for us

    We rented the garage, which was essential, because we had bikes and needed secure storage. It was an extra $17 a day, and well worth it,. Patrick, the host, collects the local taxes for nightly rentals, and was very clear in communicating the extra charges.

    The carpets were freshly vacuumed before we arrived, and all of the bed linens were very clean. There are things in the house and you can tell that a person lives here but really is trying to make it a comfortable experience as possible for us.

    If I we to need a full house in Philadelphia again, I would contact Patrick again in a second. A great place to crash out,sleep eat and regroup.


    December 2013
  • Let's start with the positive - and there was a lot of that. The house worked out great for the three generations and the 10 people we had stay there. It was in a great location. It was clean, the beds were comfortable and we had a great weekend.

    The feedback is a little more of the details and the feeling that we got. First of all, it starts with the name, Welcome, Welcome. His name is Patrick and it should advertise his name and his profile. This is a row house, about 20 years old that is rented out room by room or so it seems by the reviews and the listings which make it hard to understand and evaluate before you make a decision. The host was helpful and provided lots of information, perhaps too much but he help with parking in the garage (add $60) an on the street, add $17 and it had somewhat of a nickel and dime feeling. Pay the balance with a credit card,add 10% (not sure how Airbnb gets their cut), early check in, pay for a whole day, everything felt that way. The house itself was fine, inexpensively furnished, so much stuff, magazines and sheets and blankets stuffed into a closet, lots of appliances, some never used. We get used to understanding who lived in a place but here, have no idea who lives there, how often and what the deal was. It was a good experience, and it worked out well and honestly, it was the only option in Phila for 10 of us.

    December 2013
    Response from Welcome:

    It was good to have hosted David, his brother Rick, and their families. I would host them again. Thank you to David for his feedback. I am glad they found the well-made beds with 600-800 threadcount all cotton sheets and bedbug proof mattress encasements comfortable. Since the host could be other persons, I did not add my name, Patrick. David's name suggestion is a good one. Actually, all the reviews accompanying the one listing are for an entire residence rental. David's "somewhat of a nickel and dime feeling" is unexpected, considering David was first to bring up money negotiations ("Is this price negotiable..." on Sept. 7, 2013) and I saved them ~$157-$308 overall. Since David was concerned about money for their Philadelphia or elsewhere 3 day stay, I offered him another reservation which: 1) saved him ~$67 (can be nickels and dimes), and 2) made more of his reservation total refundable with cancellation. Essentially, David wanted superb for-fee extras for free: "...I'd like an 11:00AM check in or later, parking for 1 car and the three nights for $... inclusive." (Sept. 14) His request totals ~$350+ worth in rental hours and amenities (i.e. living room, 50" 3D htdv, blu-ray/dvd player, surround sound, kitchen, dining room, space for up to 20+ person party, 4 bedrooms, etc.) or $840-$1600 at nearby Philadelphia hotels. I declined his offer, because the reservation packages were already outstanding deals. David is incorrect for stating: 1. "Pay the balance with a credit card,add 10%" and 2. "early check in, pay for a whole day." 1. In advance, I informed David about various ways without or with transaction fees for paying the remaining balance. At no time did I say 10%. The processor, not I, receives the ~2.7-3.5% fee. Rick, the only guest present at check-in, did not want to pay a high fee(~$25). Consequently, we worked out a no fee payment solution. 2. In my Sept. 14 reply, I offered David an early 11am check-in time at a prorated rate. Charging one is fair and reasonable, since David would have occupied the prior reservation day, making it unavailable for other guests. David declined. Airbnb only allows lodging listings:

    "We will not accept any listings which do not fall under this criteria, such as: ...

    Any listing whose primary purpose is other than serving as a lodging.

    There are many sites which facilitate the listing and renting of places [or items or spaces] that Airbnb does not support."

    Consequently, airbnb is not involved with nonlodging services(.e.g parking, etc.) and payments, which are made separately. Airbnb permits tax payments though airbnb or separately. Airbnb now has a new payment option. Guests are welcome to pay their remaining balance through airbnb as well.

    To make my guests' stay more enjoyable, convenient, and save them time, I offer various services (similar to a luxury hotel's concierge). David asked me several questions regarding transportation, grocery stores, and Philadelphia events. Rick elected to use the parking I offered him, saving themselves $65-$216.

  • Patrick was a great help. For parking he offered us a discounted garage parking spot as well as discounted passes for street parking and directions to the closest/cheapest garage. On our first night, the keypad stopped working and after a phone call Patrick came over and fixed it the same evening. We trickled in with a 3pm check-in and checked out at noon but left a few pieces of luggage at the residence while we hung out around town for an extra hour or two before leaving Philadelphia.

    The linens, towels were all clean upon arrival. The kitchen was well equipped with plenty of glassware for everyone. The apartment was tidy and had good natural night, air flow, views and, as others have mentioned, is in a very convenient location.

    October 2013
  • This was my first time using Airbnb and it was a great experience. Patrick was very friendly and helpful, quickly responding to emails in advance. He was also flexible about check-in and check-out times for us. We were a group of 9 people so we booked the whole apartment. The place was clean with plenty of bathrooms and the beds were all large and comfy. Good kitchen and coffee machines etc for making breakfast too. It is a fantastic central location, lovely area - easy to walk to all the historic sites and lots of places to eat or drink nearby. The views from the balconies are great, looking out over trees and rooftops, perfect for an evening drink before dinner. It was also very useful having wifi in the residence. I would definitely recommend this, especially for big groups of people. My only other suggestion would be (if you need car parking) to use Fine Parking Corp which is a couple of blocks from the residence. We had two cars, and parked one car in Fine Parking Corp (recommended by Patrick) and one car in the garage at the residence (as Patrick also suggested). However, for the parking space at the residence we had to wait for Patrick to do the check-in with us and then to move his car out of the garage first, so one of us had to wait with the car in the street. In hindsight it would have been a bit easier just to park both cars in the same place and walk the two mins to the residence. However this is a minor point and overall we had a great time. Thanks Patrick!

    August 2013
  • Great space! We had a group of 11 people and there were enough beds for everyone to sleep comfortably. The house is in a great location, easily walking distance to everything we wanted to see, and right around the corner from convenience stores, restaurants, etc.
    It was great not having a key - there is a keypad for access - so we didn't have to worry about which group member had the key and who was going to go back to the house first, etc.

    August 2013
  • Excellent location in the heart of the city, plenty of room for a large group (four bedrooms, six queen/double beds, 3.5 bathrooms, and sleeper sofa), and very nice host.

    That's the summation - now for some details:
    - The house is very vertical - four floors with a bedroom (two queen beds), full bathroom, and deck on the first floor. The kitchen, dining room, and living room on the second floor. Two bedrooms (one queen/double bed each), 1.5 bathrooms on the third floor. A balcony, bedroom (two queen beds), and very open full bathroom on the fourth floor. It's spacious and very nice. NOT recommended for anyone with knee issues or problems with steps.
    - Patrick, your host, is very nice and communicative. He is eager to please and welcome you to Philadelphia. I was in quite a rush when I arrived, because I was due at a baseball game. If you are in a rush, be very clear and firm that you're in a hurry, because Patrick is quite persistent, albeit extremely nice/friendly, and wants to chat upon your arrival.
    - There is a lot of "stuff" in the house; not to the point of junky, per se, but there is noticeably a lot in the home - from furniture, half used shampoo bottles, medical journals, even cereal boxes. Seems a bit odd. With that being said, I would NOT recommend this house for folks with young children or children that are hyper and/or run around a lot. There is just far too much to run into. For a group of adults, it's perfectly fine and comfortable. Note: the house is indeed very clean.
    - The house has everything you need: sheets, towels, toiletries. Really you could show up with your clothes and toothbrush and be all set.

    July 2013
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