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

Check In
  • 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
  • Our theater company rented the whole place while performing at the Philly Fringe- Patrick was very prompt and totally accommodating of our tight schedule.

    We had an awesome time, would totally recommend staying at this residence.

    September 2012
  • Great city center location near shops, park, restaurants and bars. The place was large enough for our extended family and a small party to celebrate our daughter's college graduation.

    Having a garage for our car was a bonus!

    Patrick is very kind and eager to help. Check in and out is easy.

    May 2012
  • The house was really great and exactly what my group needed. Great location for anything you might be seeking in Philadelphia.

    We rented the entire house so we only dealt with Patrick before and during check-in, but he was a bit overzealous as a host for what was required.

    April 2012
  • The description page for this property is quite impressive, and my friends and I had positive expectations, most of which were met. HOWEVER, I feel a need to note my experience so as not to mislead any future renters.

    My first frustration regarded check-in. Although noon-1pm was initially agreed to with Patrick (landlord) via email as check-in time on Friday, I received an email from Patrick just the day before check-in letting me know that the earliest he will accomodate is 3pm.

    On Friday, less than one hour before the 3pm check-in, Patrick was unresponsive to emails, had still not provided a phone number at which to contact him, and ignored the bell when I rang it multiple times. I called airbnb, was given his phone number and called Patrick. Patrick said he would be there at 3pm, but when I rang the bell 5 times at 3:09 I got no response.

    When Patrick finally answered the door around 3:30, it was obvious the delay was not for any legitimate reason - he was simply finishing packing up junk from the apartment and putting it in his car. This despite his claim that the check-in time was being delayed until 3pm for new kitchen appliances to be installed, of which there was no evidence. The apartment was still left with TONS of personal junk. This guy has a real hoarding problem, and having been party to many vacation-rentals, I consider it very unprofessional. Just as when I stay at a hotel, when I rent an apartment I do not expect it to be filled with one's personal affects - rather, I expect it to be cleared out with the exception of locked closets. This may be common on airbnb (this was my first experience renting through the airbnb website), but even if so, tenants should reasonably expect a rental property to not be a primary residence of the landlord, or at least not to resemble it.

    Even though Patrick only allowed us entry to the apartment long after the originally agreed upon check-in time, Patrick spent over 50 minutes in the apartment once he let us in, before he would let me just sign the lease and go. Especially because I had emailed him in advance to let him know my excitement to explore Philadelphia, and I had explained this as the reason for wanting to check in as early as possible. Patrick's dragging his feet was extremely frustrating to my friends and to me and we lost out on an afternoon of hanging in Philadelphia because this landlord felt it necessary to suggest a cook-off and to ask us personal questions. It can barely be less professional.

    The location of the apartment itself is great, and the apartment is nice, though not as nice as the pictures suggest. To point, there are cracks in the ceilings of more than one room and my friends and I would have liked an uncluttered space in which to hang out and enjoy each others' company (as noted above, this guy has a major hoarding problem and every nook and cranny is stuffed with old junk). The bedding situation was also misleading, so I will tell readers now - there is a bedroom on the entry level with 2 queen-sized beds. The next level up has no bedroom or beds. The third level has two bedrooms, each with a full-sized bed. Finally, the top floor has 2 queen-sized beds. In total, there are 6 beds, 4 of which are queen-sized.

    If not for Patrick wasting so much of our time and being hard to reach and deal with, this would be a 4-star. If the apartment were also what we expected based on the page description of the property, this would be a 5-star.

    I do not regret having stayed here, I just feel this needs to be said so people can have accurate expectations.

    March 2012
    Response from Welcome:

    "Jonathan, his group, and I got along well up through check-in.
    Considering how friendly they were, I was surprised by the negative parts
    of Jonathan's review, especially his comments about me the host. I would
    accept them if his comments were true. However, these particular comments
    are completely false. Jonathan was a false witness.

    First, Jonathan
    exhibits signs highly suggestive of projection disorder: words he used to
    describe me the host actually are reflections of Jonathan and his group:
    "very unprofessional or barely professional", "dragging of feet", and
    "asking us personal questions." Which is professional? During the
    check-in process, I am wearing dress pants and a dress shirt, while one of
    Jonathan's friend is bare chested paired with bright yellow shorts.
    Jonathan expects a 5-star hotel and treatment, but which 5 star hotels or
    restaurants accept bare chested people as dress code? Meanwhile, Jonathan
    is interrupting my check-in conversation with a few unrelated words. Also,
    they left many obvious food leftovers and "junk" scattered all over the
    living room rug and floor, when many plates and flatware were available for
    guest use. In which 5 star restaurants do guests scatter their food all
    over the floor? Jonathan did not completely live up to his email promise:
    " you can trust that we will not be creating a tornado in your apartment
    and leaving a horrible mess to be cleaned." Importantly, it is Jonathan
    and his group that are "dragging" their own feet. Initially, he had
    requested a "noon check-in" and we try our best to accommodate it.
    However, I did not officially agree to that check-in time and replied, "We
    might be able to accommodate an earlier check-in time for you on Friday.
    What time are you arriving in Philadelphia?". The word "might" means
    possible and does not connote any official agreement to Jonathan's request.
    From Jonathan's review, he blames me for his own errors and
    misinterpretation of the emails. He did not reply to my question. Officially,
    hotels do not let you check-in until 3pm or 4pm. If I was able to
    accommodate Jonathan and his group check-in at noon as goodwill, the extra
    rental time is a bonus or extra dessert. The day before check-in I emailed
    Jonathan and said that the official check-in time had to be 3pm. If
    Jonathan and his group were eager to enjoy the day in Philadelphia, they
    could have arrived in Philadelphia at noon or earlier, enjoyed the
    afternoon, and checked in at exactly 3pm. It is their own fault that they
    chose to arrive at 2:15pm and call me at around 2:30pm to say they were
    outside the rental. By calling me, it seems that Jonathan wanted to
    check-in at that time, but did not say so. I replied that he should go
    enjoy Philadelphia and come back at 3pm to check-in. As the host, if I
    confirmed an official 3pm check-in time, I meant 3pm. However, I have
    accommodated unexpected check-in times. Then I checked outside several
    times, at 3pm and a few minutes later, looking for Jonathan and his group,
    but they were not there. I thought they were still out enjoying
    Philadelphia. Instead, Jonathan says he showed up at 3:09pm. Jonathan
    would not have known that I was there at 3pm since he showed up at 3:09pm.
    I certainly was not delaying by moving any "personal junk." Then he called
    me at 3:22pm. Check-in only took 20 minutes, which is quick considering
    the residence is spacious, their group made many friendly but irrelevant
    comments, and I wanted to point out particular excellent and relevant
    amenities to help them enjoy their stay. For example, since Jonathan had
    previously volunteered without questioning that they "look forward to
    sharing our meals together in your beautiful rental." I said that "new
    kitchen items" had been added in the days prior to their stay, pointed out
    the new rice cooker, and made a 2 sec lighthearted comment about them
    having a cookoff. My only question considered personal was: 1) What do you
    do? Since Jonathan had previously volunteered what they were going to be
    doing without my questioning, I asked them, Do you need help with
    directions to your scheduled activities? I believe my question and answer
    helped Jonathan save time for enjoying the afternoon. I was even able to
    fulfill a last minute 2:15pm request made by Jonathan. If Jonathan wants
    to call the friendly quick check-in dragged out, it was caused by their own
    questions and comments about fascinating but nonrelevant matters: 1) plants
    and unique plant feeding, 2) "Do you like the Beatles?"(Jonathan's random
    question just when I was leaving the residence.), and 3) more.

    Jonathan basically condemns airbnb and what it is about, by writing:
    "tenants should reasonably expect a rental property to not be a primary
    residence of the landlord, or at least not to resemble it." Obviously, he
    did not read airbnb's written summary about the types of listing on
    airbnb. One person's "junk" is another person's "treasure." Other guests,
    which include working professionals, have found the junk to be enjoyable or
    excellent amenities and saved them time: umbrellas, extra blankets, memory
    foam pillows, staplers with staples, tape, some classic or modern
    magazines, and more, all merely seconds away. The residence is not a hotel
    but a "unique home away from home." Each stay is different, since the
    residence is undergoing renovation and new items are added regularly.

    Third, the described queen bed is truly a queen bed. Future guests are
    welcome to measure it with the the conveniently available ruler: a United
    States sized 80" x 60" comfortable pillowtop queen bed. If Jonathan
    accepts the above valid points, he is welcome to stay again. Otherwise, he
    may prefer to stay in a hotel and pay 2-3 times more. Other hosts should
    be aware of the important matters mentioned earlier. Overall, they did
    leave most of the place in decent condition and Jonathan did pay the
    remaining balance in a timely fashion.

  • We weren't there very much, but it was a nice place to stay. We really appreciated Patrick's enthusiasm in hosting us. The location couldn't get any better! Will return!

    December 2011
  • Our stay in Philadelphia was excellent! We had a group of 7 and there was plenty of space for everyone to sleep comfortably. The house was very spacious and clean. It was an ideal location for our marathon race weekend. It is close to the convention center, restaurants, city hall, and (most importantly) the starting line. Patrick was a generous host and could not have been any more helpful or accomodating!

    November 2011
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