Simple, clean private finished-basement space with ur own small bath/shower in a long-solid/recently hipster section of S Philly just a few subway stops from the sports stadiums, downtown and the Convention Center, and half-a-block from one of US's best "foodie sts" (so sez Food & Wine magazine).
Don't get stuck out in the burbs or having to walk miles to public transportation while visiting Philly! We are in a vibrant section of South Philly an ez, quick walk to the subway that will whisk you downtown in 10 minutes. Our house is also half a block from what Food & Wine has called one of the best "foodie streets" in the U.S. Options include the old-fashioned Italian Marra's, Tre Scalini and L'Angelo; and trendy Townsend, the Top Chef-ed Laurel, Cantina, Fuel, Fond, Will, Le Virtu and Capogiro Gelato restaurants) in easy commuting distance of everything you want to do in Philly (the Liberty Bell, UPenn, South Street, Old City clubs, Reading Terminal Market and the sports stadiums). We are on a 22-hour bus line that goes to the center of downtown Philly in 15 minutes (or walk downtown in 35), are a 7-minute walk to the aforementioned Broad Street subway, and a 10-minute walk to the Pat’s/Geno’s cheesesteak triangle and a full-sized Acme supermarket. Includes one set of towels/linens per stay, Wifi and microwave. Free street parking within a few blocks (though not without hunting if after 9 p.m.).
Realities: This is a basic, simple dorm-like accommodation, not Martha Stewart Living (as you might expect from the price). No breakfast (though we’ll tell you where we get ours). Firm full-size mattress (spacious for one, less so for two). No TV or separate heater/air conditioning control (although we provide electric blanket or fan and room is naturally warm in the winter and cool in the summer). Six-foot drop ceilings (so not for tall people). One mellow adult cat in the house who is not allowed in the basement apartment space.
You get the whole basement floor of a rowhouse to yourself (though you do have to walk through our living room to get to it). No kitchen access although you are welcome to store things in our refrigerator and the apt. does have its own microwave.
No smoking, no pets (other than our cat, Velveeta), no visitors, no noise that would keep us or our neighbors up
Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful hosts (one of whom leads a food tour at Reading Terminal and literally wrote the book on Philadelphia cheesesteaks).
Your hosts are Phil and Carolyn. Carolyn is a food writer and author of six food books, including The Great Philly Cheesesteak Book (Running Press). Also run a Taste of Philly food tour at Reading Terminal Market ( so I have plenty of ideas about good places to eat and drink locally (especially on the cheap). Phil will get you up and running on public transportation like a local.