French Philly-NY Mag recommended!

House - Private room · North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123, United States
Susan & Sam

We welcome you to our 1853 three story, corner -city townhouse.
Your own 2nd floor in our home...with a private bedroom & private bathroom.
House is decorated Provencal French! We are a well traveled couple who love guests!

Your host, Susan & Sam
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We welcome you to our 1853 three story, corner -city townhouse.
Your own 2nd floor in our home...with a private bedroom & private bathroom.
House is decorated Provencal French! We are a well traveled couple who love guests!

The Space

Our neighborhood, Northern Liberties was named Philly's Most Hipster 'Hood, Feb, 2014. (website hidden)(phone number hidden).html
And NY Mag wrote a great blurb about our Airbnb specifically in the Travel section on Aug 31, 2012!
It's called, "Soak up the Art Scene in Philadelphia" by Rebecca Dalzell- "Where to Stay in Philadelphia."
We are one of three places they recommend in Philly!
(*read the paragraph at bottom of this description)

Visit beautiful Philadelphia, home of the newly re-opened Barnes museum. Did you know we have a wonderful Rodin museum here in Philly? The Mutter museum full of medical oddities? Eastern State Penitentiary tours...Reading Terminal market with the Amish making pretzels and serving them warm...

We welcome you to our 1853 three story, corner -city townhouse.
Your own 2nd floor in our home...with a private bedroom with queen sized bed & private bathroom.
There is also a TV and reading area for your use.
We walk through the 2nd floor hallway to get to our 3rd floor. (Painted your entire guest floor the end of November 2013- Bright, Provencal colors! And a brand new Queen sized mattress!)
Luxury plush robes, made out of soft, ecological bamboo, are waiting for you!
House is decorated Provencal, as we are obsessed with all things French! We are a well traveled couple who love guests!
Very liberal in all respects... Intermediate French spoken.
Continental breakfast with organic, local products (help yourself, no set time...), is lovely at the table in the private back sunroom/conservatory (weather permitting) -or inside at the dining room table...Beautiful, relaxing sunroom. There is a nice sized back garden with a petanque court...

We have an indoor cat, but keep the door closed to your bedroom. She does not go in there, and stays upstairs on the 3rd floor with us at night.
Singha is 18 (90 in human years), elderly, shy, hard of hearing- and Yowls loudly!! -UPDATE: She is definitely loud!

Of course, we have free Wifi...and also Wii & WiiFit.
Room air conditioner in your bedroom (during summer months),
Locally made pottery bathroom sink and vanity in your bath as well. (not pictured)

Our room starts at $115 a night for one person. It is an extra $20 for a 2nd person, and a bit more on holidays and weekends. We do not have a cleaning fee, or a minimum amount of nights required to stay. Our house has a lot of antiques. If you break it, you do need to pay for it!
No hidden costs. Airbnb does charge a service fee to help us with booking.

Location is Northern Liberties: Center City Philadelphia. Northern Liberties is a very trendy, artsy section of Philly, similar to the Canal St. Martin/Belleville area in Paris or a bit like the Village or parts of Brooklyn. Lots of cafes, artist galleries, restaurants and shops. The Piazza is less than two blocks away.

**Vibrant and urban area...this is the City, definitely not the suburbs! -- with people on the street, buses, traffic, can be loud, as your room is in the front of the house! In the Spring and Fall, with the windows open-it is quite noisy.

We have a great coffee shop one block away-One Shot Coffee-and about 5 other coffee shops & tea rooms within our neighborhood. (One Shot has some vegan food). The Random Tea Room is cool...
Lots of tasty restaurants are just blocks away: Standard Tap (gastropub with local beer & roof deck), Jerry's Bar, Bar Ferdinand (Tapas), Paesano's (Sandwiches), N. Third, Silk City, Green Eggs & Honey's (Diners), Tiffin, Ekta (Indian) BYOB's, Circles (Thai), Modo Mio (Italian) BYOB and many, many others. We'd be happy to recommend restaurants in our 'hood or anywhere in Philadelphia.

It's a nice walk to the Liberty Bell-Constitution Center-Old City; a bit over a mile, or the bus stops right in front of our house. We are right in between the Girard or Spring Garden stops of the Market/Frankford El. About 4 blocks from Girard and 6 blocks from Spring Garden. Check the SEPTA schedule for buses up Spring Garden to get to the Museums.
On street free parking, no meters.
City Fitness gym is very friendly-at 2nd & Spring Garden.

If we are booked for the dates you wish to stay with us, we recommend Airbnb's - "Bamboo B&B in Art Museum area"- hosted by our friends Chantal & Bill. Their home is stunning and you will love their hospitality.

Susan & Sam

*NY Mag Review: *"Spread out on the second floor of an 1853 row house at French Philly (from $120), a bed and breakfast run by a friendly couple in trendy Northern Liberties. The space includes a private bathroom and art-filled library, but you can also make use of the downstairs sunroom, decorated with a wine-themed mosaic by local artist Isaiah Zagar. Be sure to mine the owners, who are 30-year residents, for tips on the area like where to find the hidden Maxfield Parrish Mosaic."
--From NY MAG - written by Rebecca Dalzell. Aug 31, 2012.

Guest Access

Guest Access is the entire 2nd floor. We do walk through the 2nd floor hallway to get to our 3rd floor.
Breakfast is served on the 1st floor; in the sunroom when it is warm enough-or inside.

Interaction with Guests

We leave a Continental breakfast out at your own leisure to help yourself, while we are working upstairs or at our office. However, if you need tourist information, restaurant recommendations, etc. -we are happy to share our love of Philly with you!

The Neighborhood

Great neighborhood! We have a combination of all types of people, all types of restaurants and shops, and more coffee shops than you can imagine!
*It does get noisy at night, especially on weekend nights, with people out and about and enjoying the neighborhood and buses! Especially with the windows open in the Spring and Fall.

Getting around

The bus stop is right in front of our house - coming from Center City, and a block away to go into the city. The Spring Garden and Girard subway on the Market/Frankford El line are within 4-6 blocks away. Or, it's a bit over a mile to walk to the Liberty Bell and tourist sights, we do it all the time!

Other Things to Note

We welcome you to our home. You are definitely staying on a floor of our house, not a fancy B&B. Your bedroom and bathroom are private, and we respect your privacy....but please note we are not an Inn. (No doilies!)...we are not a hotel, and we have jobs...that means the check out is at 11am, and the check in at 3pm at the earliest because we can't be there before. It also means that we don't provide services you'll find in a hotel.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $20 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $775 /week
Monthly Price: $2525 /month
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Sam & Susan are very attentive hosts and fun to chat with! We enjoyed walking through the neighbourhood, going to the coffee shop, the Piazza, and had a fabulous meal at the tapas restaurant nearby (can't remember the name, Fernando's?). In such a busy area, it was nice to sit quietly in the garden or in the 3 season covered patio to have breakfast. Enjoyed the drinks in the little refrigerator in our room, and we slept well as the bed is comfortable. Our first visit to Philadelphia was wonderful, we came on business, and want to return to enjoy more of the city. Merci Sam & Susan, thanks for your kind hospitality!

    June 2014
  • Susan and Sam were excellent hosts! The bedroom and the space on the 2nd floor is very private. They recommended great local restaurants and prepared a continental breakfast for me every morning. Susan even invited me to join her at spin class! Thanks for a great trip.

    June 2014
  • our stay at the french philly was one of my favorite airbnb experiences! if you are looking for a place to stay in philadelphia- look no further! this is THE place to be! Susan and Sam were absolutely wonderful hosts that took the time to help us find places in the area- offered great suggestions and reviews and even set out breakfast for us in their beautiful sunroom in the morning! The little details made this stay extra special and really went a long way. The room was spacious, comfortable, and in a great location to public transit as well as a fun, vibrant area of town for eats and drinks. We loved it and plan on visiting again soon! You don't want to miss out on this place.

    June 2014
  • A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!! If you are looking for a place to stay in Philly, please stop waisting your time !! Susan and Sam's home is THE place where you want to be! Cool and safety neighborhood, lovely couple, great breakfast, and so goes on and on !! Great Experience !! Thanks a lot for all the hospitality !!!

    June 2014
  • Susan and Sam were truly lovely, their home was comfortable, really well located and they were very welcoming.

    May 2014
  • My stay with Susan & Sam was wonderful. The location was perfect - Northern Liberties has a lot of good restaurants and easy access by train to the central part of the city. The accommodations were very comfortable and everything I needed was provided. Looking forward to staying with Susan & Sam when I come to Phillie again.

    May 2014
  • Susan & Sam are wonderful, interesting people, and they have made my stay exceptional. The are very knowledgeable about everything Philly, but are also respectful of one's privacy. Overall, highly recommended.

    May 2014
  • Susan and Sam's home was every bit as lovely and inviting it appears to be in their pictures and description. Our rooms were comfortable, the neighborhood is vibrant, and the location is great for exploring Philly. It was an easy walk to Independence Hall in Old City and we found a number of interesting places to check out on our way. Susan and Sam were perfect hosts--available and informative, but never intrusive. I not only higly recommend French Philly, we look forward to visiting again.

    April 2014
  • Sam & Susan have made a lovely spot to come home to. Their environment is warm & comfortable, and they possess the rare balance of being responsible hosts and laissez-faire - if I may keep that French theme going. :-) I travel to Philly quite often and am very happy to have found a reliable homespun spot to rest my head.

    April 2014
  • We loved our staying chez Susan and Sam! The house is finely decorated in Provencal style and it's very spacious. Susan and Sam are respectful of your privacy and in the same time they are a pleasure to talk to and have many stories to share. They are also very knowledgeable of the city. If we visit Philadelphia again, we'll definitely like to stay at French Philly! Highly recommended. Merci beaucoup Susan and Sam et a la prochaine! Ann & Manu

    April 2014
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We are very liberal, animal loving, travelers ourselves. (as well as loving to host travelers at our place) Travel mainly to Europe, mainly good wine and market addicts. "Buy Fresh, buy local". Organic and CSA members (community supported agriculture)- for over 20 years... Sam and I enjoy meeting people...we are happy to leave you alone to explore our city if you'd like, or to talk and recommend places if you'd like! Open to all visitors from all backgrounds and places, and happy to have you stay with us! You are staying in our house, very comfortable and clean, we get a lot of compliments about how comfortable the queen sized bed is...this is definitely not a fancy style "inn", but there is lots of room on your own floor in our city townhome, with privacy in the bedroom and bathroom. We leave you alone for Continental breakfast -getting up at your own leisure to help yourself. enJOY every moment! And, remember to laugh and breathe!
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