About this listing
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.
Above all our little home is clean, quiet and well appointed with everything you need for any length stay. 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. Minimal use of kitchen (you may bring prepared foods to heat and eat in the kitchen or garden, ) cable TV. 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.
Kitchen, baths, garden,
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.
I love its community and its proximity to Passyunk Ave, one of the hottest food streets in the country. 28 terrific eateries in a 5 block stretch just five blocks away. Noord Eetcafe is my favorite BYOB, but Fond, Townsend, Laurel, Will, Le Virtu, Brigantessa and Stateside are all famously fabulous. Many reasonable breakfast, lunch and snack places too. Its a fairly quiet block with pretty good parking for a happening neighborhood.
The 47M is just outside the door. It takes you straight up to CC. There is also the 23 which is on 11th st and which runs more frequently and takes you right to the Convention Ctr.. And five blocks to Broad St you have the Subway which takes you to the stadiums south or CC north. In any case you can be in town in 20 minutes or so. And you can walk it in 25-30 minutes.
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.
About the Host, Merilyn
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.