A+ location, Comfy, wi-fi, A/C
A+ location, Comfy, wi-fi, A/C
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
2 shared baths
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
2 shared 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 £20 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee £20
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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Jean User Profile
October 2014
Merilyn was more than just a landlady, she was a tour guide and companion. It was reassuring that she met me when I arrived and because I was traveling on my own she was company when I went out to eat, showing me the best places and the surrounding neighbourhood. She has a wonderful house and the comfiest bed I have ever slept on! Her street is fine, leading into town straight past the Italian Market. She was entertaining and friendly into the bargain.Her stories and local knowledge made my short stay in Philly really count. Thank you for everything Merilyn.
Merilyn User Profile
Response from Merilyn:
Thanks, Jean, yes I will be sure to tell people the door doesn't lock automatically behind you. Of course, you were a special guest, a novelist and interested in our Quaker heritage. I don't do that for everyone. But I had the leisure for it and your quest intrigued me. we also both had health issues that we're putting behind us, though they may long be one of our features, in memory only. I'm really glad to have met you and hope you'll keep me in the loop abut your novel. my email is (EMAIL HIDDEN) Sorry you didn't see the ballet. That day was the beginning of a several with technical problems. Could've used your expertise here. but my review is up on Broad Street Review. I'm giving the link and hope it comes through. (URL HIDDEN) hugs, Merilyn
October 2014

Paul User Profile
April 2013
Staying at Merilyn's place I was made to feel very welcome. It was not only my first time in Philadelphia, but also the United States, but any fears I had were soon alleviated when I entered the house. It was clean, tidy and welcoming. Merilyn was actually away when I arrived, but this was not a problem. We organised everything by email and the other housemate let me in (there are two flats available to rent in the house), gave me my keys and showed me around the house. When not away, Merilyn lives in the house and is a great host. The house has all the utensils you could want for cooking, which Merilyn is happy to let you use. The surrounding area is a little tired, but it is full of families and I always felt safe. It is a short 10 min walk to the Snyder subway station, and Passyunk's trendy bars, restaurants and cafes are also only 10 mins away. My only regret I have was forgetting to take her delicious cookies with me when I left!

Eve User Profile
November 2012
I had a great time staying with Merilyn. She was so helpful with all arrangements regarding my arrival and advice on where to go in the area. She even took me out to show me some nice local restaurants and arranged tickets for a couple of shows I wanted to see while I was there. The house is in a good, safe area, convenient for buses and the subway. The Italian market is just a short walk away and center city is about half an hour walk which I enjoyed when the weather was good. The room has everything you need and the bed is super comfy!
Merilyn User Profile
Response from Merilyn:
Thanks Eve, I take it this means you've had a safe return to the UK? Stay in touch.
November 2012

Yashiv User Profile
August 2012
Merilyn is a joyful woman who offered me a warm and charming welcome. It was my first time using airbnb and thanks to Merilyn it won't be my last! This experience was great as I got the insight of a local Philadelphian to visit the city. As she is a jounalist and a danse critic, we had some interesting conversations. I would highly recommend her place if you're thinking about staying a few days in Phillie. She also knows a lot of good restaurants in the city.

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

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 an hour

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