you won't believe how comfy this bed is!bedroom windows (I usually keep the blinds down)

Private room

1 guest

1 bedroom

1 bed
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Clean, private room in a 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment in University City, one block from public transportation and within walking distance from UPenn, Drexel and USP.

Please note!
NO air-conditioning, sorry! The windows are too small :( There are fans and the whole apartment is quite cool thanks to the layout, but if you are an AC fan please keep that in mind when booking.

The space

The room is plain, as I am not much of a decorator, but clean and fully furnished for all your needs.

I want you to travel light! I provide towels, sheets and basic toiletries but if there's anything else that you need, please do ask before traveling so that you don't have to carry a lot of stuff.

Guest access

- fully equipped kitchen
- WiFi
- beautiful, semi-private patio (weather permitting)
- bathroom shared with 1 person (hostess)
- one load of laundry per week for free
- NO air-conditioning, sorry! The windows are too small :( There are fans and the whole apartment is quite cool thanks to the layout, but if you are an AC fan please keep that in mind when booking.

Interaction with guests

I occupy the second bedroom in the apartment. I am friendly and outgoing, but also know when to leave people alone :)
I do have a busy schedule but will try to accommodate you as much as possible, give you pointers about the neighborhood and the city, or hang out.

Other things to note

I have a day-time job so on weekdays check-in will be subject to my job schedule or to my wonderful neighbor's availability (she also has rooms available that you might want to check out. Search for "Bohemian West Philly Apartment")

The space
Accommodates: 1
Bathrooms: 1 (Shared bathroom)
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 6PM
Room type: Private room


Cleaning Fee: 21
Security Deposit: 141
Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price: 92 / night
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 6PM

- the front (building) door needs to be locked at ALL TIMES!
- please note that food is NOT included in the rent and that you will be responsible for your own grocery shopping
- smoking is only allowed on the patio
- well-behaved pets allowed after prior arrangements with me
- no other guests allowed in the apartment or room without prior arrangements with me



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Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

32 Reviews

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Ambika User Profile
May 2017
Staying with Barbara has been an absolutely treat. This was my first temporary home in Philadelphia, and I stayed with her for a month. Everything was smooth, the check in, the communication, the check out, the cleanliness, everything. She was even gracious enough to share her personal washing machine despite there being a common use one in the basement. Couldn't have asked for a more peaceful, calm, clean and beautifully done up home to come back to every day.

Shachar User Profile
November 2016
I stayed with Barbara for just under three months and my experience was simply fantastic! Barbara was a wonderful hostess: friendly, helpful, supportive, yet knows when to give you your own space and to make sure you feel completely at home! The house was always clean and comfortable and Barbara made sure I find anything I could need or desire. The apartment's location is very good, too, for anyone that is visiting Penn or one of the neighboring institutes (CHOP, HUP. etc.). The PennBus stops right across the street from the apartment and there are several trolleys that pass just around the corner and take you anywhere in Philly. I could not have asked for anything more and hopefully, when I will visit Philadelphia again - I will have the opportunity to stay at Barbara's place again. Thank you for everything, Barbara (and Stephen)!

Matthew User Profile
August 2016
Very accommodating! No air conditioning, but went out of her way to get me a large box fan, much appreciated!

Eric User Profile
June 2016
First time Air B nB and it couldn't have been easier and more welcoming of an experience. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone.

Sebastian User Profile
June 2016
It was a great experience to stay in Varvara's place. The apartment is in a quiet and safe neighborhood, very well connected to the University of Pennsylvania and the city center. Varvara was a great host, helping me with whatever I needed and leaving me all the privacy. I can highly recommend staying in Varvara's place while visiting Philadelphia.

Anna User Profile
May 2016
The room was large and very nice, and was in a lovely area. Everything I needed was provided and the host was very welcoming.

Christoph User Profile
April 2016
Barbara is really a fantastic host. I felt like home the very first moment I arrived. The house is located in a nice area in University City, close to some bars, restaurants, Trolley lines, a decent food coop and within walking distance from the Upenn campus. The room is very nice, clean and cozy, exactly as you can see it on the pictures, and it has everything you need. Barbara writes in her description that you should "travel light", and I promise you can take this literally. Last, but not least, Barbara herself is a great host, taking care of nearly everything, very accomodating, nice conversationalist, and she can give you a lot of useful information about the area and Philly in general. I was visiting UPenn during the spring break, and staying at Barbara's place was really the best decision I could have made for that trip. To sum up: I would definitely love to come back at some point in the future.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United StatesJoined in March 2013
Varvara User Profile

I have been a budget traveler all my life, and had excellent experiences with Airbnb as a guest. Now I am happy to finally be able to host as well and offer affordable accommodation to other travelers with similar budget restrictions. I have been living happily in Philly for almost 17 years now and am eager to share my love for the city with my guests!

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