Thrifty private room in SouthPhilly

House - Private room · Cross St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, United States

From 2011-2013, I hosted over close to 400 travelers from all over the world. I took a break to allow a friend to move in. That roommate is temporarily out of town for an extended time, and I am re-opening my home for a limited time!!!

Your host, Betty
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From 2011-2013, I hosted over close to 400 travelers from all over the world. I took a break to allow a friend to move in. That roommate is temporarily out of town for an extended time, and I am re-opening my home for a limited time!!!

The Space


***CATS LIVE HERE*** please understand that I am your average cat owners. They walk and crawl on everything. I vacuum regularly but there will be cat hair places and they will meow. If you do not like animals or find them dirty, we kindly ask you to skip us! If you find them annoying, let them outside. When I am home, I leave the back door open.

It's a really cute, but SMALL spare bedroom with bunk beds (2 TWIN mattresses), and a dresser/desk, plenty of mirrors and natural sunlight. We provide sheets, blankets and pillows, bath towels, a/c during the summer months, and a space heater in the winter for extra umph! I always have extra pillows and blankets so there's no worry about being comfy and warm, just ask!

Your room is located at the top of the stairs in between the bathroom and our room. It is situated towards the back side of the house, so you will seldom hear noise from the street. (See more about the house below!) Rarely do my neighbors entertain in their back patios, but it has been known to happen.

How comfortable in the room and the home you will feel really depends on how you embrace the airbnb experience. As I will state below, you are welcome to be anywhere in the home and use almost anything you see. I never want anyone to feel like they are stuck in the bedroom. At the same time, you are welcome to stay in your room the as much as you wish! If you plan to come in late or leave early, you do not have to tip toe around me! I am a heavy sleeper. If you are worried about being loud, leaving stuff of yours around, not doing the dishes, or not making the beds, please dont worry! I absolutely love when you are comfortable enough to do all of these things!!! I really do welcome you in my home regardless of times when I won't see you much! And basic cooking supplies are included- spices, oils, garlics, pots and pans, you name it!

*There is absolutely no smoking in the room or the house*

I still live here, so this is a house share/roommate like situation, best suited for busy, independent travelers who need a temporary home base in the city of Philadelphia. There are some weekends where I do leave and you will have the place to yourself. This happens mostly in summer and does not effect the availability or pricing.

I both get home around 4-5pm, but if you have circumstances that require an early check-in, you can meet Elizabeth at her job to pick up a key, though it is not convenient to most transit hubs. I allow guests to stay into the afternoon, which means the room/bathroom may need to be cleaned after we get home around 5pm. While I'm happy to allow you access to the house before I get home, please realize this means you will be arriving at the house before me, possibly to whatever the previous guest left behind, and that I will need access to the room to clean it before you settle in.

After this initial meeting you are free to come and go as needed. You are welcome to have visitors, but I request that overnight guests fit in the bedroom and that quiet time is observed after 11pm (I work at 5am). If you enjoy heavy drinking, please do so at the wonderful amount of bars Philly has, as well as many BYOB restaurants. Having a few beers or a glass of wine at the house is completely acceptable, I just ask that if you want to party, you do so in the city and not at home.

Check out is listed at 3pm but I are flexible. If it should happen that the day you leave, I leave for work before you are ready to leave the house, I will explain how that works in person.

This is your traditional Philadelphia row home. It was built in the early 1900's and has only been slightly modified. It is a 2 story, 2 bedroom home, with a small backyard and basement for storage.

There is only 1 bathroom in the house, which is small but accommodating, (sink, toilet, standing shower). We keep it tidy, but because my one cat likes to sleep in the sink, you may find cat hair here. I try to wipe it out as often as I see it. The guest towels are kept in the bathroom beside the shower, and you can feel welcome to leave any personal items in the bathroom as you see fit. Since I havent hosted in so long, I no longer have a shelf in the shower for you. You can rest anything on the shelves next to the shower.

The staircase going upstairs is steep, if you are in poor health or have leg issues you will not be able to get upstairs to use the restroom or the spare bedroom.

The downstairs has a large living room / dining room space along with medium sized but SUPER efficient kitchen, a small outdoors space which is great outdoor storage to safely put a bike or to temporarily house a dog. No smoking inside, however feel free to use this patio. There are air conditioner window units in the bedroom and main level but not the bathroom during summers. During winter I tend to keep it cool as a personal preference so your room will have a space heater to use if you feel inclined. The house stays fairly warm upstairs so few guests have required its use.

There is a coffee maker and microwave in the kitchen. I do not have coffee. There is a wonderful coffee shop at the end of the block. Dont let the fact that it is vegan steer you away! As well as a bodega style corner store with basic supplies.

I do own a TV but do not have cable. Feel free to watch any of my dvds or vhs movies. I do have WIRELESS INTERNET. If you bring a laptop, I have a small library of DVDs you are welcome to watch in your room or on the couch. You will be welcome in all parts of the home, to use anything you see in the kitchen and borrow maps and traveling info. If you have special requests, we can work together to make sure your stay here is convenient.

There are 2 cats that live here, though they are generally not allowed in the guest room. My 2 are friendly, but like to escape. I have given up trying to keep the inside, so do not worry if the black cat makes a run for it. Anyone with allergies is advised this is not a good fit. If you have a cat or dog, arrangements can be made for short term stays. Young children are discouraged from petting my black cat; he does not handle lots of love well.

The backyard is my favorite part of the house- check out the pictures! I do yoga out back after work and like to check on my plants regularly.

I live in South Philly about 15 minutes by bike to center city or a 5-10 minute bike ride to the South Street section which offers restaurants, bars, and shopping. My area is quiet and safe, and you can walk to a few great spots within 10 minutes. There are 2 bus routes that go downtown as well, running every 8-15 minutes within 2 blocks of my home. Everyone on my block says hello to each other and knows each others name. I never feel unsafe here and am very happy in this section of Philadelphia.

There is a vegan coffee shop on the most immediate north east corner called Grindcore House. I’ve enjoyed their coffee and tea. They offer vegan sandwiches as well. A new convenience store has opened on our corner and will have deli meats and sandwiches, but I haven't tried one yet. We are also near a new and SUPER POPULAR hot donut/fried chicken place that is awesome - ask about it! The quickest walk to get to nice bars and restaurants is straight west to Passyunk Avenue. It’s a 6 block walk, straight west walking along Tasker which is about 10-15 minutes. (Don’t worry, I can help navigate) Here you will find a huge variety of food and drink. So far my guests have enjoyed the Asian seafood from Izumi, a well rated place, Cantina Los Caballitos a very affordable Mexican place, a new hot-spot American tapas and whiskey place called Stateside.

More northern you will find Pat or Geno’s Cheesesteaks, a touristy hot spot for Philly’s famous cheesesteaks, and Cosmi’s Deli, which delivers great burgers and is supposed to be the best "local" cheesesteak, and a 15-20 minute walk will get you to Cafe de Loas, an amazing Thai BYOB along with a small Chinatown/Vietnamese area. The best part of Philly is that its small size allows most restaurants to deliver to my address, including a Thai place I adore. There is also a water ice place near Pat and Ginos that is a fair example of traditional Philly water ice called Rita's. My personal fav is Johns water ice, and during the summer you can find me there about 5 nights a week. Nearby is Acme grocery store is nestled on the corner next to the POPE- a super hip dive bar with LOTS of beer and great food. Their kitchen is open late!

You will need to travel by bike or bus to get to most places of historical interest, although many of my international travelers have been happy to walk. For example, the walk to the Independence Hall area which features many attractions is about 1.5 miles, or 30 minutes walking. Even closer is the trendy South Street, about a 20 minute walk. There are several bus routes just blocks away. You can pay with coin, bills, or buy tokens or passes.

Parking on my block is free and easy during daytime. Parking past 8pm may just take circling the blocks a few times. There is a park 2 blocks away that has a farmers market on Sundays during the summer. There are buses within 2-3 blocks on both sides of my home. There is also a nearby zipcar rental, as well as Phillycarshare. It's a quiet street with most neighbors being long time residents. On the weekends with nice weather they live on the streets, so expect to see bbqs and hear lively conversations on Fri/Sat evenings. There is a nearby suburban shopping center that includes Target, a grocery store, Marshalls, Chuckie Cheeses, etc. A bit beyond that you will find Lowes, Home Depot, a movie theater and other suburban comforts.

Because of my work schedule, I am generally home only in the evenings. I tend to cook dinner, hang out in my room or on the couch and do quiet activities. You probably will hear a bit of music and see me a few times throughout your stay.

FAMILY/KID FRIENDLY - please email me, I can accommodate special situations fairly well.


Guest Access

Shared bathroom, kitchen, living spaces, backyard. All dishware, silverware, cooking needs, basic spices and oils, etc etc.

Interaction with Guests

I come home every night. I am quiet and because I get up at 4 am, am generally in my room by 9. Dont worry, I can sleep through anything!

The Neighborhood

I live on a smaller street in south philly. The feel of a neighborhood in Philly changes block to block. We arent the cleanest street, but far from the dirtiest. Weekend evenings and in warm weather, a LOT of neighbors sit outside and chat. Its generally friendly and they are aware I host travelers.

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Weekly Price: $260 /week
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • Elizabeth was welcoming, friendly and very accommodating. Good location with easy access to public transport, although we walked everywhere. Having Cosmi's Deli nearby was a bonus, you must go there! Just as advertised. Recommended.

    July 2014
  • Great stay! Very knowledgeable and gracious! Awesome experience!

    June 2014
  • We stayed in the apartment for 3 nights, the time there has been a good experience.

    October 2013
  • We stayed at Beth's place only one night, so we can't say much about it.
    Beth is a nice und very polite and called a taxi to the airport for us. The room was small but clean, so perfect for short stays.

    September 2013
  • The house is conveniently placed at very short distance from Philly's must see spots. The description of the accommodation is accurate and we found everything we needed. Unfortunately we didn't get to meet Beth who has always been nice, quick and clear via email!

    September 2013
  • Staying at Beths place was excellent! The location was great, with good acces to the city center and lots of nice places in the direct area. Beth herself was really nice and sociable. She even has an nice assortment of maps and brochures of the area for use by guests. She also has a small supply of foodstuffs for use by guests which I thought was really sweet. Overall an excellent experience! If I had to pick a fault it would be the creaky matresses. i think they are wrapped in plastic to keep the nasty out, which is understandable because otherwise she would be forced to change the matresses every six months. It did unfortunately wake my friend up when i got out to go to the toilet. They are however excellent beds!

    September 2013
  • The reservation was canceled 104 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    September 2013
  • We had a very warm welcome in Philadelphia and felt really comfortable. The room was big enough for a short stay and also clean. Thank you for everything and we would stay with you again anytime! Would definitly recommend Beth & Kerry to other travellers.

    September 2013
  • I've stayed in Elizabeth's apartment in South Philly for two weeks. The apartment has everything you need, the room is cozy and Elizabeth is the best host one could ask for. She was always very helpful during my stay, and had good advices on where to go and what to do in Philly. The neighborhood is quiet and just a few blocks from fancy East Passyunk. There is no better deal in Philadelphia!

    August 2013
  • Elizabeth is a wonderful host! She made me feel right at home and did everything she could to make me welcome. The room and house are small but perfectly comfortable. The area is safe and friendly and Center City is close on transport or walkable in a little over 30 minutes. I was very happy here and would certainly stay again.

    August 2013
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About Elizabeth/Betty(the brunette in the pics): I have live in Philadelphia for just over 3 years. I work in a really cool place baking fun treats. Although I have been here for 3 years, I am still learning about the city. I can rattle off tourist suggestions well, and pay attention to important seasonal info. I esp recommend the site called uwishunu for day to day events in the area. I like lots of music, reading, bike riding, road trips, camping, tubing and baking. You probably will only see me in the evenings, gardening or cooking. I have lots of little projects to work on, mostly starting a bakery of my own, so you may see me baking. I love airbnb because it has enabled me to offer a home base in Philly for friends and family and I hope it will, in the future, allow us to purchase nicer amenities for you guys! I hope to use it to buy a home in Philly and continue hosting. We appreciate each one of you whom take the road less traveled by staying with us! Our world has been enriched greatly through this experience!
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