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
Stayed one night recently. The hotel staff are very pleasant. The hotel is cheaper than others in the area. It is an old building which has been modernized. The room is quite samll and the bathroom even smaller. There was barely room to stand in front of the sink. The pictures of the room in fact show the whole room. We had a double bed and it took most of the room. The television had fewer local channels than I am used to finding. The place was clean and neat with adequate but sparse accommodations. The ads for it suggested breakfast was provided but we were told they do not serve breakfast any longer Apparently there are a number of long stay residents. Despite the low price I will look for something a little more spacious next time .
The hotel is in a good position, very close to both the MET and Guggenheim museums. In few minutes you can walk to Central Park and 5th Av.
It is very small, no frills but very quiet. In one week we ear no noise from the streets or other rooms.
The room was really small, there was not much space for luggage and very little for clothes, but the bathroom was spacious and comfortable. Few electricity sockets and not very comfortable, better to have a small extension with multiple sockets.
The hotel claims they have free breakfast. They do not. Nor do they have a phone number that works. They also don’t respond to emails when they fraudulently take money off your credit card 3 days after you check out. DO NOT stay here. Terrible experience!