A+ location, Comfy, wi-fi, A/C
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
2 baths
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
2 baths
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Ask me about special rate for 4 day+ stay. This is one of the best, safest and easiest locations - 5 min walk to subway, 10 mins to CC. 20-30 minute walk to CC. Enjoy our continental breakfast in lovely garden, dining on Passyunk Ave., free parking nearby. Clean, quiet, well appointed with everything you need for any length stay. Queen-size Stearns & Foster bed next to the main bath. We do not use the main bath in the mornings so it is always accessible for guests who need a quick getaway.

The space

Above all our little home is clean, quiet and well appointed with everything you need for any length stay. The room has a queen=size Stearn & Foster bed and is next to the main bath. We do not use the main bath in the mornings so it is always free for the guest's use. There's a new, super quiet ceiling fan, and plenty of good lighting, a large closet, plush carpeting and good, room darkening drapes. There is good free on street parking in the neighborhood and easy trans or walking to CC. In East Passyunk Crossing. 5 blocks East of Broad Street and the subway. Brand new remodeled kitchen with breakfast/beverage nook for quick getaways in the mornings. I provide juice, coffee, tea, breakfast breads, and you may bring prepared foods to heat and eat in the kitchen or garden. cable TV in LR. Hi-speed internet (wi-fi). Safe, convenient neighborhood, free parking on street, many transportation choices, but only 20-30 minute walk to Center City. Near E P'Unk (Passyunk Ave) with all its shops and restaurants, a nice walk to Italian Market, Pat's & Geno's Steaks. Many breakfast hotspots in area, but coffee and a bagel in my garden are the best way to get you off on your day whether its a conference, business mtgs or just being a Philly tourist, you'll find the neighborhood and the city very visitor friendly. You'll have a key to come and go as you please. We're only a 15 minute cab ride from the airport, ten minutes to all the major stadiums, less than 30 minutes to the University of Pennsylvania, all the major hospitals, museums and haunts like Schmidts Piazza.

Guest access

Beautiful new Kitchen, baths, garden, Living room TV. When we have guests we are often out or use our own room, so the LR is open to guests.

Interaction with guests

Depends on the guest, the timing etc. I am usually present during a guest's stay, but sometimes may have to go away for a day or two. If I am present, I make myself as useful as I can, giving directions, restaurant recommendations, etc. I ask the usual pleasantries: where a guest is from, have they been to Philly before, and so on. Sometimes it leads to a nice chat and then we are on our way.

Wireless Internet
Cable TV

Extra people $25 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee $25
Weekly Discount: 31%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 12PM (noon) - 10PM
Check out by 4PM

You may take beverages to your room, but no food please. If you'd like to bring something to eat, you are welcome to have it in the kitchen or out in the garden. You may smoke in the garden but not in the house. I usually have some juice, fruit and tea, sometimes more if I bake (I used to be a pastry chef and owned and operated two cheese and gourmet food shops) on hand. My kitchen is not called Cookie Central for nothing.
There is a $35 lost key fee.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

31 Reviews

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Kyle User Profile
September 2017
Had an wonderful stay with our Host Merilyn who was highly sociable and available to make us feel at home. Gave me and my girlfriend some great knowledge of the Philadelphia area

Stephan User Profile
September 2016
Merilyn has been a fantasting host, very warm, friendly and helpful. She shared her deep knowledge of Philadelphia with me which I found very interesting. She even drove me from and to the airport and showed me the famous Philadelphia cheese steak, all of which was more than I could ask for. She also offered privacy when needed. The bedroom was as advertised and fine.

John User Profile
November 2015
Merilyn and Arthur are awesome hosts! They are great people and I loved staying with them in there beautiful home. Their house is walking distance to everything: restaurants, bars, shops, mini-marts. Just an unbelievable location for those who wanna experience south philly. Thank you so much Merilyn and Arthur.! Look forward to staying with you next time in Philly!
Merilyn User Profile
Response from Merilyn:
Thank you John. Be well and have a Happy Thanksgiving.
November 2015

Liat User Profile
July 2015
Merilyn and Arthur take hosting to another level. They possess an incredible knowledge of Philadelphia collected over decades with the keen eyes of thoughtful observers and a real sense of how to have fun. Whatever you're into, chances are that they will know what to see, eat, do in the city. It was always a pleasure chatting with Merilyn, both for her witty conversation and for her firsthand accounts of everything from the fall of communism in Poland to jazz singing at a local saloon. If you have any interest in art, music, film, literature, theater, or dance, you'll no doubt learn something (or several somethings) new and make a friend (or two or three) in the process. She also cooks and bakes fantastically well. The room is clean, comfy, and well-lit. The location is situated near some great restaurants and in walking distance from Center City as well as the historic district. I'd love to stay there again anytime I'm in Philadelphia.
Merilyn User Profile
Response from Merilyn:
Liat, you are too kind. I feel I was such a sourpuss half the the time with my broken toes. They looked crabby and I felt that way. We loved having you at our dinner table when it worked out. Such conversations! and we really appreciated your menschiness in taking us out in return. That turned into such a fun night. Arthur says to be in touch if you need to talk about anything. And we were both pleased to learn we helped you transition out of what sounded like a difficult last semester. You did seem a bit dazed and bruised when you arrived but I attributed it to the long bus ride. Now we know it was much more. We'll surely meet in PHX next year. We'd love to meet the parents who reared you. Take care.
July 2015

Chi User Profile
May 2015
The host is very nice and the room is also excellent, same as depicted in the listing and in the picture. The host, Merilyn is very welcoming and helpful and considerate. The neighborhood is not in the downtown area but I took Uber so transport is not a problem to me.

Russell User Profile
April 2015
Spent two nights with Merilyn for some bicycling and baseball. She was a good host; very flexible check out time.

Guillermo User Profile
November 2014
The house is really comfortable and easily accessible from the city center. Merilyn is very good hostess, always ready to give you suggestions of walks and places to eat (she is also a very cultured person, so she may even suggest you good literature!!!). I had a good stay in Philly ... if I returned to the city, undoubtedly I would choose Merilyn's house again.

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Phoenix, Arizona, United StatesJoined in October 2011
Merilyn User Profile

A writer/journalist (primarily as dance critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, but many publications nationwide and online) I divide my time btw Philly and Phoenix where my husband teaches at ASU. Both homes are lovely, well-situated to downtown hubs, cultural and historical sites. When I'm not writing, I'm probably cooking, and as a former pastry chef, baking. There's a sign in my kitchen: Cookie Central. I love entertaining and checking out all the newest restaurants in Philly, walking all over town especially the Schuylkill Banks. I speak some Polish and some French. My life motto? I'm on it.

Languages: Français, Polski
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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