The Franklin Hotel
What We Love
- Free continental breakfast, plus a daily wine and cheese reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
- Located on the glam Upper East Side, steps from Museum Mile and Central Park
- The thoughtful staff offers impeccable service and insider knowledge
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What To Know
- The elevator is an original 1920s Otis that lends a vintage feel
- Guestrooms are on the small side, and some have sinks in the bedroom
- A $12 resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
European charm meets Upper East Side elegance at this historic 1929 hotel. Original features like the 1920s Otis elevator are polished to perfection, and throwback touches, including mosaics of 20th-century New York by artist Stephanie Jaffe Werner, are a tribute to the building’s past. An intimate pied-à-terre design sets the tone in both the lobby’s reading nook — stocked with vintage books and an old-fashioned telephone — and the living room, which has airy floor-to-ceiling windows, metallic accents and a chess board decorating the coffee table.
Bed and Bath
The 50 cozy guestrooms are done up in a muted palette of seafoam and beige. Although the rooms are small (starting at 180 square feet), luxury details make up for the lack of space: Chandeliers dangle from the ceilings, Egyptian cotton linens hug the pillowtop beds, and original works by fashion photographer Deborah Turbeville adorn the walls. The bathrooms spoil with Beekman 1802 products and fluffy Frette robes.
Nestled in a tree-lined street in the Upper East Side, this boutique hotel has all the trappings of a romantic B&B. A fresh spread of croissants, jams and cappuccinos greets guests in the morning, and a daily wine and cheese reception toasts the evening. But the best perk is the friendly staff, which goes above and beyond to make guests feel at home (if you miss happy hour, they’ll bring a glass of wine up to your room). Salud.
In the Area
Spend a day wandering through New York’s best-loved institutions on Museum Mile. The Met, the Guggenheim and the Neue Galerie are all within 10 blocks, and Central Park is just three blocks away. Whether you’re window-shopping or out for a serious spree, designer outlets from Prada and Oscar de la Renta to Tom Ford and Ralph Lauren dot this posh portion of Madison Avenue. Refuel with some old-school Italian fare at Elio’s, creative cocktails at The Writing Room and upscale French cuisine at The Simone (we love the goat cheese soufflé and pan-seared duck).
How to Get There
I was overcharged from what was stated at time of booking.
TV did not work in my room and the hotel never resolved it.
I would not stay at this property again and I will never use Trivago/Cancelon.com to book a trip again...
Booked quaint hotel 4 location-close to museums, Central Park, etc. Small, clean, no view, Tiny built in closet, night tables, double bed - comfortable for shut eye after 12+ hours exploring the city!
My daughter wanted to experience the Upper East Side of NYC close to the museums and various upscale consignment shops. We chose The Franklin knowing that it would not be a grand experience. It has an old feel to it and yes, some of the flooring looks a bit shabby. But we loved this location, the wonderfully cool AC and the old-time elevator. During our visit it was over 95 degrees outside. The room was clean and the linens soft. It was a small room for us but we felt safe and it was quiet. The breakfast was sketchy, but the coffee decent. I recommend this hotel because the location is perfect, especially if you plan to hit all the fabulous museums. We also found great food and easy access to the subway when we needed it. If you will be spending a lot of time out and about like we did, then this hotel works great.