Bedroom f/1 Historic W Sq W Philly

House - Private room · South Iseminger Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, United States

Cozy, quiet 3rd story bedroom, in the cultural heart Philadelphia. Close to PA Convention Center on historic and gay friendly neighborhood. Shared 2nd floor bathroom, kitchen not available for guest use, one resident cat.

Your host, Wesley
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Cozy, quiet 3rd story bedroom, in the cultural heart Philadelphia. Close to PA Convention Center on historic and gay friendly neighborhood. Shared 2nd floor bathroom, kitchen not available for guest use, one resident cat.

The Space

The cozy bedroom, accommodating one person, is reached by a narrow winding spiral staircase, and is typical of our small 19th (website hidden), featuring artwork with Philadelphia and Newport connections. Hold on to the railing! The 3rd floor bed room measures 7ft x 13 ft. has a built in closet, late 19th - early 20th c. style furniture including a single bed, desk, chair, bookshelves, chest of drawers, mirror and quaint art showing Philadelphia's past. The one window looks out onto an intimate walled courtyard. The house, in a charming neighborhood (ca.1830's) is an expanded "Trinity" (1880's), that originally had one square room on each floor. It now has a Dutch Colonial style kitchen/dining/music room on the first floor; a newly renovated full bath (occasionally shared) and host's living room on the second floor; the third floor houses the guest bedroom, and host's bedroom and host's bath.

Guest Access

A key will be provided for guests staying longer than a week or by special (email hidden) deposit of $20. is required. Otherwise, guests will need to coordinate their comings and goings with the host. Guests have access to wireless internet in the house. There are many restaurants nearby, and during the academic season, guests are welcome to visit The Franklin Inn Club (with advance introduction and reservation made by your host) for lunch or evening events, at their own expense. Breakfast is offered to guests, but the kitchen is not available for guest cooking or food storage.

Interaction with Guests

Conversation is expected, assuming available time, over breakfast or a cup of tea or a glass of wine, or just in passing. With over 40 years of experience as a Philadelphia resident, your host is ready to help you explore Philadelphia, so just ask.

The Neighborhood

The 400 block of historic S. Iseminger Street is a charming and quiet street, close to Philadelphia's Convention Center and many Cultural attractions. The immediate area with its tree lined streets and surprise gardens is primarily residential, with access to a wide variety of restaurants, including the region's finest. From Macy's to trendy stores on Walnut St. and South St. you have access to all your shopping needs, from 3 to 10 blocks away. Museums are from 10 to 35 minutes walk away. Buses, taxis and parking are readily available.

Getting around

The Philadelphia Airport train line comes within 9 blocks of the house, and with two transfers, you are within 1 1/4 blocks from the house. Buses, subways (Broad St and Market St) and regional trains (Suburban Station and Market East Station) are all within 1 to 10 blocks from the house. There is ready access to cabs and frequent airport shuttles departing from local hotels. Parking garages* are available nearby at Broad & Pine Sts, at 11th & South Sts, at 11th & Locust Sts. or many other locations. There is also some on street parking. (*Remember to put all valuables out of view, either in the trunk or glove compartment or under a seat.)

Other Things to Note

The resident cat has the run of the house. Close your door if you don't want the cat in your room. I occasionally practice on the piano. I work on Sunday mornings, so check out on a Sunday needs to be early AM or early afternoon.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Weekly Price: $500 /week
Monthly Price: $1850 /month
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Many Thanks Wesly for making my stay in your wonderful home away. I hope to see you another time. hugs.

    July 2014
  • The room was really wonderful and Wesley was a wealth of information about historic Philly. It rained much of the time I was there, and Wesley was really gracious and took me on a tour of the historic sights despite the rain (which are all really close to his place) and was a small delightful walk to the convention center. The resident kitty was really wonderful and Wesley was a really warm host and it was a really great experience. Thanks Wesley!!

    June 2014
  • Wesley was a most gracious and attentive host, a fine and knowledgeable conversationalist, and rightfully proud of his tastefully renovated historic home as well as Philadelphia in general. The location was an easy , interesting walk from the convention center with a plethora of restaurant choices en route.

    May 2014
  • Wesley is a very kind and welcoming host. He asked me what I like for breakfast and every morning I left for the Convention Centre all geared up for the day! He would also offer me small snacks he bought from Chinatown if he happens to pass through that part of the town. What really touched me most was that he offered to give me a tour of Philly in his car for almost 2 hours before dropping me off at the train station the morning I was to leave. He knows the city really well, and so it was a real treat.
    Wesley's apartment has a narrow footprint and access to the various floors has to be via a spiral staircase. The bedroom is on the 3rd floor and the bathroom is on the 2nd. So it is quite inconvenient to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Wesley is a big collector of grandfather clocks, and so you will be hearing the chimes from many clocks very regularly.
    All in all, this is a very good choice for me as it is only 15 minutes walking to the Convention Centre.

    April 2014
  • Wesley was a very gracious host. His home was comfortable and extremely pleasant, his newly-remodeled bathroom was very nice, his cat quite friendly (but not too friendly!), and he was very pleasant. I also slept very well in this cozy room!

    March 2014
  • (email hidden) and a perfectly wonderful stay. I am a very light sleeper and the room was perfectly quiet. The property is within easy walking distance of a number of wonderful restaurants, making it a perfect location for anyone visiting Philadelphia.

    March 2014
  • Wesley is a wonderful, gracious host who stayed up late for my arrival. Highly recommended. Excellent location, lovely flat.

    January 2014
  • I booked Wesley's place for one night because I (email hidden) to stay for an academic conference being (email hidden) Convention Center. My parents and husband were a bit wary that I was staying with an unknown older man via Airbnb but I did my research, thought it was fine, and indeed, it turned out perfectly pleasant; if I, a petite woman of East Asia descent traveling alone felt perfectly safe and comfortable, I think many others should also be encouraged.

    Given the price I paid for the night, it is a good value given the prime location of his apartment; beautiful colonial-style neighborhood, and just a 10-15 min walk to Market and the Convention Center where I was based. Along 12th St. there are a great deal of cafes, stores, etc. so "walkability" is excellent. The area is very safe, and the neighbors seem quite friendly. In fact, Wesley seems to know all his neighbors and vice versa, which made me feel even more safe.

    The place itself is a classic bed and breakfast experience and is particularly ideal for the budget-conscious, well-educated traveler who is open to meeting new and interesting people for ex. a backpacker type or a budget-conscious PhD student (which is what I am currently). This place is particularly ideal for someone who is curious about Philadelphia's history and is interested in exploring the local sites, as Wesley is quite knowledgeable and willing to give a thorough introduction to local attractions. I also found the history of his house and neighborhood quite interesting.

    A few words about Wesley. He was the model of hospitality; very responsive to my messages and took the initiative to call me to resolve any requests or issues I had. (I had several last minute requests and change in plans.) He not only made me breakfast the next morning (very early) he also provided me with pie and tea out of his generosity the night before. Also kindly provided toothpaste when I asked for it. We also had several long and extended conversations that I thoroughly enjoyed, and I heard a very interesting anecdote about President Obama, among many others.

    His cat is very friendly. After just a few minutes of me sitting in the parlor/kitchen area, the cat walked around and started cuddling up to me, a complete stranger.

    The living quarters were comfortable, though I want to add a few notes. The bed is not very long as I am not tall (5'4") and I noticed that there was not much space between my feet and the wall when I was fully laid out. Also, be careful of the winding staircase - I fell on the stairs the next morning because I was groggy and not wearing glasses. More due to my own carelessness, but just a note. I very much like the winding staircase though.

    January 2014
  • Wes (email hidden) and made my short stay in Philadelphia as pleasant as possible. The location is perfect; quiet tree-lined street in center city close to Philly's business and leisure activities.

    November 2013
  • Wesley's home was in a delightful neighbourhood in Philly, with plenty of restaurants and coffee stores to visit. The home was beautiful, extremely clean and welcoming. Wesley went to extra effort to ensure I had everything I needed in the room, and even wen the extra length and prepared some breakfast. The room itself was a very cosy single bed room at the top of the house, very quiet and comfortable. Wifi signal was good. I also had my own bathroom one floor down which was also clean and warm.

    Wesley (email hidden), ensuring I had everything I needed before, during and after my stay. He was very communicative leading up to my visit, offering help with parking and other timing details. During my stay he was very welcoming and saw that I had everything I needed. He also was very kind an flexible when I decided to leave a day early due to other business commitments I had. I thank him very much for his kind and thoughtful hosting and highly recommend him and his home to anyone looking for a stay in Philly. Six Stars!

    November 2013
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Easton High School, Easton, MD, The The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA, Sewanee: The University of the South, Eastman School of Music, U of Rochester
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Philadelphia has been my home for most of my life. I came here as a music student and returned after some 12 years away, having lived and studied in D.C., Tennessee and Rochester, NY, VA, and Maryland. I am a professional organist who enjoys socializing, and I am an enthusiastic supporter of Philadelphia's cultural life. We have just about everything here, within walking or driving distance. AND we have history and culture spanning the centuries from earliest days to contemporary life. I enjoy our quiet, close knit community in the midst of this busy city. Hosting for Airbnb is a delight. So much to share about Philadelphia.
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