(Explore Upper East Side & Central Park)
Convenient/ comfortable walk to east side museums: Metropolitan, Guggenheim...
If you're up for a bit more strolling, cross Central Park to west side museums: Natural History, Hayden Planetarium... (Plenty to explore in park as well.)
That's "The Franklin's" advantage -- *location*.
The hotel is merely a place to lay one's head (& attempt to bathe).
(Pack light (toothbrush-light) there's not much room for luggage -- or anything actually.)
To best prepare for your stay, place your bed (at home) into a closet; attempt to sleep. Walk/shimmy along the sides of walls where ever you go. Halve the space of your bathroom, then halve it again, then one more time (then once again); then, attempt daily abolutions. After several days practice, you'll be ready for living in this well-located boutique hotel -- for maybe a day or 2.
Once you've entered The Franklin's elevator (of by-gone times), realize that your room is not that much bigger.
If you're preternaturally slender, child-sized, or a primordial dwarf, the accommodations may feel cozy. If you shop at the big & tall store, or ladies, if your slightly zoftig (or with child), practice a *lot* of shimmying. (If you've a touch of claustrophobia, you may not make it through the entryway. )
If charm, decor, quaintness, trumps breathing, then you'll be comfortable at TF. [No matter how good some things are (service, cleanliness, granola), you can't make up for the ability to move in comfort.]
(On deeper thought, if you remove all of TF's niceties: chandeliers, lovely linens, boutique-ieness, then you're left with not much more than a cell -- with just a brief sentence.)
Bring a shoehorn.
Such mixed feelings. Love it; hate it.
TF leaves you with unique, memorable experience; you'll live to tell a tale.
More importantly, you'll have easy access to the city to fully enjoy -- for work or mini-holiday -- once you overcome the shock of accommodations. (Just mentally prepare.)
(You'll leave with a renewed appreciation of your own dwellings -- no matter how modest.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only a short distance from Central Park, the famed Museum Mile and Madison Avenue designer shops, The Franklin Hotel is the perfect Upper East Side getaway. Built in the 1930s, The Franklin Hotel is located at 164 East 87th Street. This romantic boutique hotel features 50 intimate guestrooms, daily complimentary continental breakfast from 7am-10am and daily wine & cheese reception from 5pm-6:30pm. Ideal for single travelers or couples, all guests enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, complimentary NY Times & USA Today (in our lounge area), Philosophy bath amenities, and 24-hour cappuccino machine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Franklin Hotel New York City
- Franklin New York City
- Franklin Hotel New York City