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“Cute and funky but very noisy”

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The Franklin Boutique Hotel
Ranked #1 of 14 Adelaide B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
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26 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“Cute and funky but very noisy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2014

Quite a different place. Just a few rooms above a pub but they are nice and well appointed with a stocked free mini bar, big bathroom, comfy bed, welcome bag of treats, Nespresso pot. Very close to Central Markets for getting food and walking distance to lots of things or hop on the free bus just outside. You will definitely need the provided ear plugs if you are close to the outdoor patio. With a little more in the way of places to put our stuff the room would have been perfect. There is no reception desk or staff per se, you check in at the bar, but the staff are cheerful and helpful. If you are the type of traveler who needs a lot of help this is not the place for you. Best for independent types.

Room Tip: You do not want to be above the outdoor patio.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

You check in at the bar....literally. Gourmet hot dogs and lots of beer on tap...almost anytime you want. Old hotel done up in modern, minimalist style. Happy patrons having fun late into the night. Comfy room with updated bathroom, Nespresso machine, fridge and good WiFi. Super friendly staff. That sums up the Franklin Boutique Hotel. Not everyone's cuppa, but we really enjoyed the place. We walked to breakfast at the Central Market each day which was way cool. The hotel is located three blocks from Gouger street which is the restaurant street of the CBD. Across the street from the hotel is the bike agency which gave us bikes to use to ride the bike path down to the sea. Adelaide is a great walking town and this hotel's location is hard to beat.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room and they will do the best they can. Our room was away from the tavern but over...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2014

My wife and I were finishing our Australian vacation with one final day in Adelaide. So, we wanted a hotel that was both close (enough) to the airport and provided something fun and unique to cap off our wonderful journey down under. After seeing the positive reviews on TA and checking its location relative to the airport (a quick 10-15 minute drive on a Sunday morning), we booked at the Franklin.

Originally, we had planned two nights and had selected a Superior Room; however, our plans had changed and we only needed a single night there. Booking online is easy, but modifying an existing reservation cannot be done through the website. After a hassle free email exchange, we changed to one night in a Deluxe room.

We arrived on a Saturday in the late afternoon. The pub located on the ground floor is where you get your room keys. It was empty at the time, so getting checked in was pretty painless. We grabbed our keys and carried our luggage up the stairs to the second floor (where it appears all the rooms are located).

We had room number 4 found near the back of the facility. Deluxe rooms are described as "colorful" and "funky". They certainly are. Our room was modern and while the decor is dark, wood, light, and splashes of color are added to create some warmth. The room is very compact. Given the size of the bedding, only a few feet remains on either side. There is also a small coat rack (a closet surrogate) and a small raised table in the sleeping area.

To the right of the entry door is the bathroom. It is an "open" plan with a tile floor running under the vanity all the way to the shower (no shower door) - a very sleek / clean look. Again, it is very compact. There isn't much room for toiletries anywhere, but we were only staying for a single evening - so it was no big deal for us. If you need more space, I'd suggest either the Superior or Premium rooms instead. The shower (no bath tub here) was powerful and efficient, but it did cause a small amount of water to accumulate in the vanity area (until it finished draining).

Besides the slick decor and the compact efficiency of the room, the topper was the little surprises found on and underneath the raised table. Franklin supplies a "goodie bag" of local snacks that one is free to enjoy - with a few words of local "wisdom" thrown in for good measure. Under the table, is a refrigerator that is also stocked with goodies - sodas, water, beer, etc that patrons are also free to enjoy. Now, sure, this is already "built into" the pricing of the room, but given the reasonable cost, these items just feel like nice additions to the whole eclectic package. Also, I noticed about halfway on our walk to the room, a bowl of fresh fruit that guests were again welcome to consume.

As for noise, since we were at the back of the hotel, we experienced no perceptible added noise in our room - even though the pub was packed by 7 and stayed that way at least until we went to bed (around 10). And, it is rather convenient that a unique little drinking / dining establishment is right at your doorstep (and, yes, we did eat here after a short excursion around the surrounding area).

All in all, the Franklin provided us with unique experience we were looking for. And, while we weren't staying long, if your travel plans call for a stay in the heart of Adelaide and your looking for something out of the ordinary, I'd suggest you check this establishment out.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2014

We loved staying here. It was so refreshing to stay somewhere with some unique design, somewhere that doesn't feel so 'motel room'. The hotel is really well designed and rooms were excellent. Very fun, hip vibe.
We found the bed to be very comfortable, and I loved it that the room had old school air vents, providing fresh air, rather than just stale air conditioning.
When we arrived, we found little pressies - like complimentary mini bar snacks and drinks, a local map and super soft ear plugs (which came in very handy). We stayed mid week, so the music did not play too late into the night, but the street noise is still quite noticeable. If you are someone who needs total silence to sleep, this may not be the place for you.
The bathroom was really nice and sparkling clean. The huge freestanding bath looked awesome but we didn't have enough time for a bath.
From down the hall, we had access to the balcony, where we enjoyed our room-made nespresso coffees in the morning, before heading to the central markets, which are really close and sell any food you could possible think of.
Free wifi in the room was handy and if you like watching TV, there is a big one with easy viewing from the bed.
I loved the decor, colours and artworks. I really appreciated all the small touches at the Franklin.
The staff were fairly friendly, and did not ask for payment until arrival.
They had super cool push bikes too, but we didn't have time to use them or the really sunny courtyard... next time.

Beware, the on street ticket parking is very quick to catch you out! We received a fine within seven minutes of parking there!

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the street if noise is a concern. We stayed in room 1 which was very cool b...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

I was surprised when dropped outside the hotel, wondering if the inside would be better than the external appearance. Sure enough it was.Nice chic interiors and just a walk away from the bus and train station.Besides quite close to the central district where eating and shopping places are located.

Room Tip: The trudge up the stairs with heavy suitcases is something to think about,so pack light or two small...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2013

This hotel is situated on Franklin which is just a short stroll from the city center. Initially, we couldn't find the entrance - we were early and the rooms are above the pub downstairs, so the main doors weren't open yet - but once we were spotted we were welcomed in and, because our room wasn't ready yet, we were give good advice on where to go for breakfast. Later on, we were give the key to our room which was truly original; dark walls and yellow doors, really big bathroom with a designer bathtub, industrial looking furniture. Also, and this was a first: free drinks from the mini bar and snacks in a bag. Great bed too.
I don't know if noise could be a negative factor on the weekends, and those that require a night watchman - there isn't one. But I felt welcome and enjoyed my stay here very much.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights during the test match, and sampled the mid price room and the lower rate room, the Mid price room no 2 had an enormous bathroom with free standing bath and seperate shower.whereas the lower price room only had a shower.
both rooms were clean and had large televisions and a standard size fridge , the contents of the fridge were free 2 beers 2 ciders, water and 6 cans of soft drinks . there was also a goody bag with snacks and chocolate. Also a expresso machine.
The downsides are that their is no onsite parking so whilst there is free overnight strret parkinguntil 8am you have to park in one of a number of multi-story car parks if you want to explore the attractions of Adelaide during the day.
The restaurant menu is not aligned to the quality of the rooms , hot dogs being featured with a small number of other grills.
There is no breakfast served. Despite the room being above the bar there was no noise on the nights we stayed (Sunday and Monday)as the bar closed about 10pm.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Franklin Boutique Hotel
Address: 92 Franklin St, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
Location: Australia > South Australia > Greater Adelaide > Adelaide
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Adelaide
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Hotel Class:4 star — The Franklin Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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