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“Ideal Location to Walk to Museums (Maximim Human Size, Height, Weight Dimensions Need Posting)”
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The Franklin
Ranked #386 of 468 Hotels in New York City
Baltimore, Maryland
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“Ideal Location to Walk to Museums (Maximim Human Size, Height, Weight Dimensions Need Posting)”
Reviewed May 3, 2012 via mobile

(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.

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Addendum:

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.)

  • Stayed September 2011
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2012

Stay here whenever we come to NYC because we have friends living on the upper east side. If you're going to stay in a hotel on the UES, stay here. Small rooms? It's a boutique NYC hotel! The rooms are NO smaller than any NYC hotel room I have been in that would be considered "small." Also, having stayed here multiple times I thought it important to note ( especially to those complaining about feeling "cramped" in their room here) that, as with most hotels, room size at the Franklin varies. I have had rooms here that would be considered HUGE for any NYC hotel, and I have also had a room on the smaller size..however never once did I feel cramped. If hotel room size matters to you above all else when choosing where to stay, simply point that out to the extremely accommodating staff when making your reservation.

Now, based on traveling experience as well as an excessive amount of NYC hotel experience I want to make clear that this hotel strives in areas MANY NYC hotels do not. Cleanliness being the most important, the Franklin is BEAUTIFULLY kept, above average for most boutique hotels, so much so that it makes you feel as if you are returning to your home RIGHT after it has been cleaned, a real sincere clean. I'm not talking about "oh this Marriot is clean, it looks just like every other Marriot" type of clean, it's like a welcoming, enjoyable, NOTICEABLE clean that clearly the staff has made a priority. The Franklin has taken this kind of clean so far that they ( thank goodness) even opted out of those terrible bed covers that most hotels put on their beds over the sheets. The linens are fresh, clean, and the rooms are slick and span down to every inch of the bathroom.

The other reason I really love the Franklin and suggest it above all other hotels in the area is the style of both the hotel itself and the rooms. The decor of the rooms here is simply beautiful. Old fashioned while still feeling chic. Every room has a chandelier and a mounted flat screen tv, as well as other features that make it so unlike a cookie cutter hotel.

I only recommend the Franklin when friend ask where to stay on the UES in NY. It's truly a hidden gem perfectly located and I have no complaints whatsoever.

Room Tip: BEST upper east side hotel NYC
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Norwich
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

The staff were polite, attentive and friendly and let us join in their lively discussions!.The ambience of the place is old fashioned (in a good way) and comfortable. Many of the other guests had stayed before. Wine and cheese early evening in the little sitting room was much appreciated. Breakfast was adequate, Hotel perfectly located for us, near museums with easy access to subway. After reading the reviews I was worried that the room would be tiny, but in fact it was fine The bathroom was minute, with the handbasin in the bedroom. All very clean, nicely furnished, comfortable bed, quiet room. The TV picture was fuzzy so didn't use it.. We booked the hotel's car to take us to the airport - so easy. Would definitely recommend The Franklin and would return.

Room Tip: Ask to be away from the lift and on a higher floor.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Louisville
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

Loved how quaint and luxorious this hotel was. Free esspresso machine access, and wine happy hour each evening was a great amenity. Most comfortable bed I have ever slept in at a hotel. Great customer service.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

This place has gone down hill. I'm wondering if management has changed. Namely, the quality of the continental breakfast went from excellent to poor. A few years ago they offered a gourmet cheese tray, fresh plain yogurt, homemade granola; think European and healthy. This time I was shocked and disappointed to find a chain-hotel-grade pastry tray, processed cereals and cheeses, yogurt with aspartame, and nutri grain bars (is this 1996?). Calming jazz music has been replaced with awful contemporary pop. I never minded the small rooms, but the furnishings especially in the common room are now tattered. It's no longer special, there's no style left. There are better boutique hotels out there.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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Fairfax, Virginia
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

We knew the rooms at the Franklin were small so we opted for the exec king, but the bed took up 2/3 of the room so it was STILL cramped. It wasn't even possible to open the closest door all the way because the nightstand was in the way. There's not a drawer to be found. You have to live out of your suitcase. The bathroom is so inconvenient that I had to put my makeup kit on the back of the toilet when getting dressed in the morning because there was nowhere else for it! The entrance to the hotel is depressing: no lobby, just two dingy little rooms in the back for breakfast and wine. They say both are complimentary but there is a service charge. For what I ask? We learned our lesson. In NYC there are no bargains.

Room Tip: If you must go, get a room off 87th street. There is garbage pickup all night long.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

The Franklin Hotel was the perfect place to spend our 1 yr Anniversary. It's romantic and charming with it's Art Deco feel. The staff were awesome, friendly and helpful when needed. We loved the 5pm wine and cheese and the coffee/breakfast every morning. Everything is assessable in the neighborhood...We will definitely stay here next time...hopefully, soon :)

Room Tip: This is a small hotel located on a side street...very quiet. I'm sure any room would be awesome...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Franklin
Address: 164 E 87th St, Off Lexington Avenue, New York City, NY 10128-2206
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Upper East Side , Manhattan
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#227 Family Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Franklin 3.5*
Number of rooms: 50
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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