A marathon day found me in Philadelphia at 6:00AM... then on to New York City at 3:00PM via Amtrak...and back to Philly at 11:00PM. It seemed to make sense to just stay in town versus driving home for five hours. The new Renaissance, The Franklin Hotel, was in for a short test drive.
I just checked in and so far so good. I'll let you know about the restaurant after breakfast.
Would be great to get a review of it, though the site says it will undergo "revitalization" later this year so not sure how much it will change. It's a great location in the historic district, great for touring that area of the city, would be great place to stay after a night in the city instead of driving home. The location may be a bit close to Jeweler's Row for my comfort, though, would have to ensure my wife didn't see a map if we spent the night there, or it might get very expensive!
Stayed for a weekend in December. They offer valet parking or you can park in a city lot around the corner. The room was a decent size although the bathroom was tiny. I was given vouchers for continental breakfast, which wasn't a big breakfast by any means. However, the weekend rate was a great deal as was the location.
Okay..... The hotel is an old classic gem. I really enjoy the vintage hotels. That being said, it will need some updating. The staff was great...everyone that I met was super positive and appeared happy to be working there. That's always nice to see.
I received a king room on the 7th floor..no view, but a nice large room. The bathroom was also very spacious.
Breakfast hours were 6:30-9:00. A bit late and a bit short. I needed to leave the hotel by 6:15. The restaurant staff allowed me to grab a coffee and offered to get me anything off the buffet or the menu. I appreciated that, but the coffee was all I needed.