Come and relax in our Asian decor inspired home. You will have a king size bed with private full bathroom and walk-in closet. All our guests rave about how comfortable this form fitting bed is. You might not get up.
This is the Art Museum Area with coffee shops (L'Aube offers delicious crepes one block away), new Steven Starr and Marc Vetri restaurants (Osteria, Route 6, Alla Spina) within 5 blocks, gastro pubs (St Stephen's) not to forget Fare (organic), Hickory Lane and the Belgium Cafe. Also within 5 blocks, rental bike shop, Philly Flavors for ice cream lovers, the new Paris Wine Bar, the Eastern State Penitentiary, Art Museum, Rodin Museum, the new Barnes Gallery. We have a detailed binder of tourist information, maps and restaurant suggestions for you to consult.
We are three blocks from the Broad street subway and buses are all around. It takes 15 minutes to walk to City Hall and 20 minutes to the Convention Center.
Start your day with a healthy continental breakfast and freshly made juice. We are cereal nuts, there is choice of oats, bran, wheat germ, 8 grain non wheat cereal, granola, dried raisins, cranberries, apricots, shredded coconut, walnuts, you get the idea. On any morning you may find fresh croissants, muffins or a selection of specialty breads with jam on your table. Fresh juice from our juicer ranging from orange, pineapple, melon, apple or if you want to indulge us, you might find pomagranite, pomelo, strawberry or whatever may be seasonal. Selection of loose leaf teas ranging from traditional English Breakfast to green tea and then our eccentric flavours of lemongrass, holy basil, tropical green, citrus roiboos or yerba matte from Argentina. If you are a coffee lover either French press or espresso.
Tired from your day of sightseeing or business, relax on our rooftop deck overlooking the Philadelphia skyline to the sound of the rustling leaves of our bamboo trees. You also have the option to enjoy an aromatherapy massage in-house from a Thai certified masseur for an additional fee.
You will have access to cable TV (free) and video on Demand (for an additional charge) in our TV room or browse our book selection, mp3 or Ipod music player in your room and free wifi. For an additional fee, you can use our indoor garage (standard size vehicle).
Upon special request and for an additional fee, we would be happy to arrange a raclette dinner for you or you and your in town guests in our dining room.
As your hosts, we are world travellers and will do our best to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.The Bamboo B&B experience is one you will not forget.
Oh and if we are booked for the night you wish to stay with us, we recommend you check out French Philly B&B hosted by our friends Susan and Sam in Northern Liberties. You won't be disappointed by their hospitality and their home is a treasure to explore.
Larry, Eva's husband, stayed here while participating in a conference. The hosts, Chantal and Bill, are extremely friendly and professional - and were very happy to engage in morning conversation during breakfast. But, they then let my colleague and I use their house for as long as we wished. The breakfast was particular healthy in nature, with LOTS of nuts, seeds, fruits, etc. The B&B was very clean and the bed was quite comfortable. The B&B is in a nice neighbourhood and is about a 20-minute walk into the core of the city.
I cannot recommend Chantal and Bill's place highly enough! Their home is beautiful, spacious, and spotless. They were friendly and accommodating hosts, allowing me to invite two colleagues over for an afternoon meet-up and extending my check-out time so that my early evening train departure was not a hassle. The freshly-squeezed juices at breakfast were delicious! The neighborhood was quiet, had plenty of good restaurants nearby, and was convenient for visiting the Barnes (an easy walk). If you will be needing a taxi, you should probably be prepared to call for one in advance; on two occasions, I was hoping to be able to hail a cab on Fairmount Ave but had no luck. That said, I very much enjoyed staying somewhere other than Center City for a change.
Chantal and Bill are very nice. The room is very clean. The bed is very comfortable, and I love their healthy breakfast.
Oh goodness. Let's see where to start: Chantal and Bill were wonderful hosts. Accommodating, helpful, incredibly interesting, with the clear purpose of wanting us to enjoy our time in Philly. They provided delightful stories about their own interests and experiences living and working all over the world. At the same time, they were genuinely interested in our lives and listened patiently as I droned on and on, while providing us privacy whenever we sought it. They were great!
And their place was fantastic! Beautiful, spacious, quiet, in the heart of the Arts District. I'm afraid my own house was terribly jealous the entire time I was there. Sorry house.
Tea was offered and served in beautiful Asian teapots, from a selection of at least 15 wonderful blends. They provided a light breakfast that included fresh squeezed juice blends, like grapefruit/pomegranate/ginger that were out of this world. They offered all sorts of nutritional supplements, like Bee Pollen powder, mangosteen powder, Acai powder, wheat germ, coconut flakes and the like - as well as written explanations for each one.
And speaking of written explanations, they took the time to craft together a huge binder full of stuff about Philadelphia, organized by things to do, restaurants and music nearby, restaurants around the city and more.
You know, I could've felt like a pair of brown shoes in a closet full of tuxedoes. But, Chantal and Bill were natural, gracious and helped my wife and me feel welcome, comfortable and in the right place at the right time. It was an excellent experience and I heartily recommend it!
Flexible check in and check out. Location was OK even without rental vehicle, less than 10 min walk to subway. Beautiful home, kind hosts.
5-star treatment for a great price! We stayed with Chantal and Bill the night before the Philadelphia Marathon, and couldn't have had more gracious hosts. The house is gorgeous, clean, and very comfortable. For those who need info on what to do in Philly, they have a huge binder with maps, info on attractions, and even menus from local restaurants. There's a wide variety of cereals/toppings for breakfast, along with fresh coffee and homemade juice.
The location is just a 15-minute walk away from the marathon start line, so it's a perfect location for anyone racing next year. Unfortunately we were only there for 12 hours, but if I'm ever back in Philly in need of a place to stay, I'd definitely return.
If you are at all on the fence about staying with Chantal and Bill, do yourself a favor and just book now.
My wife and I stayed in Philadelphia for the better part of a week for our 5th anniversary and had an absolutely amazing time. Philly was a great city to explore, but what made the experience absolutely top notch was our stay at the Bamboo B&B. As immaculate and well designed as the place appears in pictures, trust me when I say, it's even better in person; it really strikes the perfect balance between style and comfort. And this is all thanks to the truly delightful hosts.
Both of the are genuinely kind, personable, well traveled people who not only provide you a very comfortable (the bed in particular is a complete dream) home away from home, but do so with pleasure and joy. My wife loved the healthy breakfasts they provided every morning, while I appreciated their knack for being engaging, without being intrusive.
Little touches, like Bill warmly and sincerely calling the place our "home", or Chantal laying out yummy bedtime snacks waiting when we arrived back home in the evenings, just elevated the experience. They also provide a very helpful binder full of tourist information, for those who are looking for a little more guidance during their visit.
As far as the location, we loved the neighborhood. It's in very easy walking distance to some choice Art museums, not to mention a bevy of fine restaurants, coffee shops, grocery shopping, and even a great little ice cream shop. We walked and took public transit during most of our stay and found plenty of bus and train options within a few short blocks; travel to and fro was no issue at all.
I hope that Chantal and Bill keep the Bamboo B&B open for many years to come. We absolutely would love to return again and plan on counting this as our Philadelphia home whenever we're back in the city of brotherly love.
Our stay at Chantal and Bill's home was the definition of hospitality. Chantal was extremely responsive and flexible, and made sure we were well taken care of at all times. The accommodations were clean, spacious, and remarkably comfortable. Breakfast was properly delicious.
Could not possibly recommend this place more!
My mom and I had a fantastic stay at the Bamboo B&B. Chantal and Bill were great hosts that made our short trip to Philly fantastic. They warmly welcomed us into their home and were quick to help with suggestions of things to do that were tailored to our interests.
We drove to Philly from DC and weren't sure what the parking situation would be like. It worked out really well to use the spot in the garage and then walk everywhere during our trip.
With the government shut-down we didn't get to go to the Franklin Court Museum, so we hope to be back again sometime soon!
What we liked:
- everything - this was the perfect AirBnB location
- what a place: nice neighborhood, the best hosts, great room, clean bathroom and a very comfy bed - almost too comfy for Europeans ;)
- healthy breakfast was a perfect start into the day
What we didn't like:
- nothing :)
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