First, the positives: It's a huge apartment, more room than you could possibly need, with super tall beautiful ceilings. It's also right in the heart of Rittenhouse, so it's the perfect location to explore the city.
Now, the parts I wish I didn't have to write: Unfortunately the listing didn't make clear that the private entrance on Moravian is through a dark, very sketchy alley, that had tons of trash, graffiti, and was overall scary. As a woman, I would say unless you're with someone else, you will not feel safe staying here. My fiance literally played look out while I opened the door. Also, when we first arrived, the inside door to the apartment was unlocked and open, which added to the unsafe feeling.
Next, the person who was coordinating keys for us told us 3 times not to open the door next to the dresser. He said "under no circumstances" and "it's imperative" and said there would be a $100 fine if we opened it because it led into another apartment. So we didn't. But then at 7am the people in the other apartment opened the door onto us (into the bedroom) not once, but twice. Waking us up and making us feel very uncomfortable. I mean, what would prevent them from waltzing into our apartment when we were gone and going through our stuff? Not a good situation.
And because the two apartments are attached, we were also told two days into our three day stay not to adjust the thermostat because it controlled their apartment too. (And we were there during subzero weather, so it was actually pretty cold when we just left it on 74.) And why wouldn't they mention this sooner if we were unknowingly changing the temperature on our neighbors?
And finally, the little things that aren't as big a deal, but are worth mentioning. Because this is an empty apartment that's only used for rentals, it really doesn't have the personal warmth that people are often looking for with AirBnB. And I'm surprised that it's described as "lux," which to me connotes little details that make a place luxurious, but here the curtains were super thin and didn't cover the windows all the way, and the pillows were so thin it was almost like sleeping without a pillow.
So long story short - while this apartment is huge and centrally located, it's not an ideal place to stay in Philly. And if you're a woman traveler staying alone, 100% look elsewhere.