About this listing
Bright, private aprtmnt on quiet residential street. Convenient via car & public transit to Center City & all museums and historic sites, Convention Center, Penn, Drexel, Phila University, U of the Arts, Temple. Relax after sightseeing all day.
The space is on the third floor of our home. It is quiet and airy. The apartment has a washer/drier, TV with cable and premium channels. We provide linens, towels, shampoo and conditioner. The apartment is filled with light and surrounded by trees. You walk through our home to get to the space, but once upstairs, you can close the door and have all the privacy you wish. The house has high ceilings, wood floors and spacious rooms. The kitchen is fully equipped with stove, refrigerator, dishes, pots and pans, a coffee maker, tea kettle and we will provide coffee, tea, cereal, fruit and bagels. There are comfortable arm chairs for reading. The bedroom has a double bed and we also have an Aero bed that could accommodate additional guests. There is a private bathroom with shower and tub. Street parking is available. We do have a cat on the first two floors of our house but he is not allowed on the third floor at all. We have had guests who are allergic to cats and they have not experienced any problems.
The front porch is available. The yoga room can be used for yoga for any practitioners. The house has wireless Internet access.
Interaction with Guests
We are can be as involved as you like, providing information about the city, places to visit, etc. However, if you wish total privacy, this is fine and we will welcome you and let you go on your way. The entire 3rd floor is your space during your stay. We give guests a key so they can come and go as they wish.
Germantown is a historic neighborhood filled with old houses and gardens. It is almost entirely residential. It is close to Center City and has good public transportation to town (Regional Rail from Amtrak and Center City). In addition, the neighborhoods of Manayunk, Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy are easily accessible by car or public transit. All of these areas have restaurants, coffee shops, etc. There is a large urban forest (Wissahickon Park) 10 minutes away with paths for running, hiking or walking. Once in the park, you will have no idea you are in a major city.
We are a short drive from Center City and all the major museums and historical sites (10 minutes with little traffic, 15+ with lots of traffic). The major universities in Philadelphia are also easily accessible including Penn, Temple, Drexel, University of the Arts, Philadelphia University, and Arcadia). The regional transit authority (SEPTA) runs a commuter train to and from Queen Lane station, a ten minute walk from the house. The train runs from the Airport and stops at 30th Street Station (the main Amtrak station for Philadelphia) and at two stations in Center City. One is close to the museum district (the Barnes, Art Museum, Rodin Museum, etc.) and the other is a ten minute walk from the historic section of Philadelphia. Center City is very walkable and easily navigated without a car. From 30th Street Station, you would take the Chestnut Hill West train to Queen Lane which is a ten minute walk from our house. If you call and let us know, we are happy to pick you up at Queen Lane, especially if you have bags.
Other Things to Note
My husband Mas and I have a long history of entertaining travelers and visitors. We enjoy meeting people from around the country and world and providing hospitality. We love Philadelphia and are happy to share its riches with others.
No smoking. Pets not allowed. Please don't bring bed bugs into our house! Otherwise we hope for the usual courtesies and respect for our space that anyone would want.
This apartment was a great find, cozy and CLEAN! Jean & Mas were wonderful hosts – both so welcoming and kind. We were provided everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The location worked great for us - close to downtown, but a nice peaceful retreat after spending the day in the city. We rented a car and there was always plenty of on-street parking available. We would definitely recommend Jean's apartment and hope to be back to visit her the next time we're in Philadelphia.
Jean and her husband Mas are both very welcoming and friendly. Jean wanted us to enjoy Philadelphia and made great recommendations. The apartment itself is fabulous, we had the entire 3rd floor to ourselves. It is clean, comfortable and cozy. She even prepared bagels, croissants and fruits for our breakfast. It was a great experience, and we would recommend her apartment to anyone.
Jean and Mas were very welcoming. Jean was quick to respond to questions about travel and arrival while we were en route. I really appreciated the direction, since I had never visited Philadelphia before. Jean provided special rolls from a local, and legendary bakery along with jams and fruit. The kitchen was stocked with basics and all the tools necessary to enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating breakfast. Our space was beautifully appointed. We had access to wi-fi for all our exploring needs, as well as well organized folders chock full of where to eat, what to do, and what to see. We could have stayed a year and still not have seen everything! Jean and Mas were also very willing to offer their opinions and experiences with anything around Philly, or advice on how to get around without driving. We were close to the rail station and easily utilized Uber too.
The space was at least as wonderful as the listing. In addition to the amenities listed, there was a hair blow dryer, toiletries, magazines, and an extensive, well read collection of books for all ages. It was like your own personal library!
We were comfortable and well cared for-
My friend said it best when she said, "It's like staying with a childhood friend's parents. " So true- Jean and Mas felt genuinely happy to see us and truly interested in our adventures. They would check in with us about our comings and goings. They shared their porch and let us enjoy the beautiful summer evening. They are truly both kind and giving souls. People are people wherever you may go- we all have a gift to share. I am thankful for the brief moment I had to meet these two. I highly recommend this listing, this family, and, if you haven't already been, Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love! :)
Es war eine wunderbare Zeit bei Jean. Alles war perfekt vorbereitet und wir mussten uns um nichts kümmern. Selbst die Zutaten für das Frühstück hat uns Jean hingestellt. Das beste aber, ist die immens große Wohnung, die man zur Verfügung hat. Eine absolute Empfehlung.
Norbert and Ellen, thanks for your positive review. We are so glad to have had a chance to host you both. Safe travels on the rest of your trip.
Translation of Norbert's review:
It was a wonderful time at Jean. Everything was perfectly prepared and we had to worry about nothing. Even the breakfast ingredients has put us Jean. The best, however, is the immensely large apartment that you have available. An absolute recommendation.
The apartment was beautiful, clean and super comfortable, with ample parking, great bathtub, Philadelphia guide books and other info about local sights. Jean was also flexible in terms of check-in/out. Thanks!
Beautiful home. Beautiful family. Beautiful experience. Thank you so much for your lovely hospitality, Jean!
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About the Host, Jean
I have just recently retired after a long and wonderful career as a community organizer, RN, health care administrator, public servant, foundation program officer and director of two non profits. My husband and I have raised our two children here in Philadelphia and both of them live nearby. We are new grandparents. In retirement, I have gotten certified as a yoga instructor and am interested in making yoga accessible to non-traditional audiences. We both read a great deal, love the movies, hike in a beautiful wild park near our house. Our house is simple and comfortable. You will walk through our house to get to the third floor space where you will be staying. Once the door closes, it is all yours. We are happy to share ideas about what to do and see in Philadelphia and to help make your stay a rich and enjoying one in any way we can.