Franklin Street Inn

318 E Franklin Street , Appleton, WI 54911-5437 USA (Show map)


Victorian Charm with Modern Comfort! Experience why the Franklin Street Inn is considered Appleton's premier B&B. Ideal for your next vacation, business travel, wedding/anniversary or weekend get away! Gracious hosts care about your comfort and ensure you have a wonderful experience. Period decor accents two beautiful suites with private baths, whirlpool tubs and fireplaces for your relaxation and enjoyment. There are also two well-appointed traditional rooms with private baths. Guests enjoy relaxing on our wrap-around porch or in the first floor parlor.Complimentary cold and hot beverages are provided. Come as a Guest, Leave as a Friend!Our 1898 Queen Anne Victorian is nestled in a charming historic neighborhood and is only steps from Appleton's finest restaurants, shopping, theater/cultural events, and Lawrence University. Our central location between Green Bay and Oshkosh provides easy access to many attractions and day excursions to Door County. The Franklin Street Inn is at the edge of the downtown area by parks, Lawrence University, History Museum at the Castle, Trout Art Museum, Performing Arts Center, specialty shops, and fine local restaurants and pubs are all within walking distance. A short drive lets you enjoy the Fox River Mall, Antique Malls, a Green Bay Packer Game, the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame, the EAA Annual Convention in Oshkosh, and many other exciting local attractions.Call for availability!



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Fabulous food

5 on October 21, 2016

The house and the room we stayed in (Petit Chalet) was very clean. The food was excellent. We arrived late and had my sister not been there, I am not sure how we would have found the house. It was my first time driving in Appleton and the house number was difficult to see even tho it was in the planter on the porch. We were cold the first night but after that it was great. It is close to Lawrence Univ and we walked everywhere we went. This was my first time at a B & B and I would stay with Judy again.

Loved it!

5 on October 13, 2016

We have never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast before and were pleasantly surprised. This house is amazing, beautifully done. Judy thought of every little detail! It was clean and the bed was super comfy. Breakfast was outstanding, again Judy didn't miss a beat. We came for the Packer Game and Judy hooked us up with a shuttle within walking distance, it was perfect! We have friends coming to a game and told them about the Franklin Inn. We can't wait to come back!

Trip Back in Time

5 on June 20, 2016

It was an absolute pleasure to stay here. I had lived here from birth to 5th grade (50's-early 60's) so I was excited to see if it was how I remembered it. Wow! The owners have kept it much like I remember it except they have made it better! They have obviously put their heart into restoring this house into an showpiece of Victorian history with antique, period furnishings. We stayed in the Turret room which was, as I remember it, nothing more than your typical attic. They have turned it into the crown jewel of the house complete with a whirlpool tub. The view from the turret is wonderful. My late parents would've been happily astounded at what the Halma's have done to the place. It brought back a lot of great memories walking thru the house. By the way, their home made breakfast (served in your room) was delicious!

Outstanding First B&B Experience

5 on June 06, 2016

Great location, easy to find, very nice accommodations, friendly owners, and amazing food! They are very helpful with recommendations if you are new to the area, too!


5 on February 15, 2016

My husband and I was there on the 13 for valentines and we had a nice and relaxing night wonderful breakfast and the hostess was very pleasant to talk with I would recommend going there again and we will be bringing friends

Clean and Delicious

5 on November 30, 2015

Our room was VERY CLEAN! Judy was welcoming. She made a gourmet breakfast in the morning. I am dairy and gluten free so she even made a special breakfast for me. Would stay again.

Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast

5 on November 11, 2015

The setting was perfect and provided easy walking access to shops and restaurants.

Extraordinary Experience

5 on September 24, 2015

Judy was awesome! She made delicious breakfast and provided valuable guidance and help during our stay. We enjoyed our stay and had a wonderful time there and will surely stay there once more if I visit Appleton again.

Home Away From Home

4.0 on August 19, 2015

I am 82 and for the past 10 years one of my sons has always planned a trip for the two of us. It is always special as was the stay at the Franklin Inn. I love the B&B experience in the states and in Scotland , where it is a way of life. Our time at this Inn has made it my favorite.. Judy is the warmest, sincere, and caring "Inn Keeper" I have ever met. It was really hard to leave. Enjoyed the tasty breakfasts so much I had to have the cook-book, which is much more than a cook-book. Kira McIntosh

Magic at the Franklin Street Inn

5 on June 07, 2015

Me and my girlfriend have now stayed here under the lovely care of Judy twice now, and each time there was no room for improvement! Here is how your typical stay would play out .. First you get out of your car and approach this beautiful Victorian house, and as you reach the front door you see your names on the welcome sign. After feeling special for a moment the most lovely and welcoming person in the world greets you and talks you through any details necessary. After that you get brought up the gorgeous stairs to your beautiful and comfy room. This lAst time we stayed in the Turret sweet which was breathtaking ! Comes with your very own couples jacuzzi(which I would recommend) a very comfy bed, chairs for the king and queen, and slso a private delicious breakfast served right in the turret for you and your sweetie!:) please stay here and avoid hotels at all costs! You'll be glad you did!

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Rooms & Rates

Franklin Grand Suite

Old World romance beckons you. Suite features a hand-painted wall mural and stained glass window. This luxurious well-appointed suite includes a top-notch pillow-top queen bed with ambient lighting. The private bath features an antique buffet with wash basin, two person whirlpool and shower. This suite has smart TV and WiFi, 2 comfortable arm chairs, and fireplace. Enjoy our elegant full-home cooked breakfast in the grand dining room on the main floor or in the suite. Suite for 2; additional guest $35 per night.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $170 - $180

Rhodes Room

Named after the original owner of the home, this quaint room features a queen-size bed beside 3 large Turret windows. A beautiful stained glass window and radiant sunlight make this room bright and cheery. The private bath contains shower, toilet and sink. A mirrored vanity desk, chest, 1 comfortable chair, smart TV and WiFi complete this room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $135

Lawrence Room

Perfect for the budget conscious travelers without compromising comfort. This room features a beautiful stained glass window, birds-eye maple hardwood floor, a king size bed or two extra long/wide twins. This room's amenities include smart TV, WiFIi small table, 2 comfortable chairs, and dresser. It has an elegant private bathroom with stained glass window, a 2 person mirrored shower, bidet, vanity, and Japanese soaking tub, located just across the hall (plush bathrobes provided).

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $125 - $135

Turret Royale Suite

Romance fills this elegantly appointed entire 3rd floor suite. The suite boasts a pillow-top king-size bed. Two upholstered comfortable chairs provide cozy comfortable seating near the gas fireplace. A double whirlpool tub in which to relax. The suite also has second side room with a full size bed. The living room area has a queen sofa sleeper as well as a smart TV. Enjoy your full home-cooked breakfast in our grand dining room on the main floor or in the suite's 8 sided turret dinette overlooking our historic neighborhood. Relax in this suite's plush bathrobes. Suite can sleep up to 7 guests with additional upcharge beyond 2 of $35 per person.

  • Maximum Capacity: 7
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $185 - $195

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Location Type

Airport, Downtown


6.4 miles

Directions to property:

Hwy 41 to Appleton. Exit on College Avenue Exit. East on College, through downtown to Drew Street. North (left) on Drew. In 2 block (at stoplight) turn west (left) onto Franklin Street. Our Inn is the 2nd house on the right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Craft breweries, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Sports venue, Tours, University, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Fridge, Microwave, Parking, Telephone, Wired internet , Jet air bathtubs

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Walk to mass transit, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Walking trails, Shopping

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  • Check In:: 4:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking only outside
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children under 11 must be supervised.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night's deposit plus sales tax is required when reservation is made. The deposit can be provided by credit card # on the website or over the phone.
  • Cancellations: If cancellation is necessary and a 14 day or more advance notice is given, your deposit will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. If the reservation is cancelled less than 14 days before arrival, the deposit will be retained unless the room is re-booked by another guest. Additional policies apply to EAA, Packer Game weekends, and other events - check our website for details or call.
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Keith & Lori Hansen

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About the innkeepers

Keith and Lori Hansen are the newest innkeepers and hosts at the Franklin Street Inn. We hope to put people at ease, meet or exceed expectations for hospitality, and uphold a tradition of excellent innkeepers who have served guests here since 1994! Our wish is for all future guests to look forward to their stay, enjoy the experience, and leave with a positive memory. Our goal is to create a comfortable place where you can embrace our motto to “Come as a Guest, Leave as a Friend.”

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Full homemade elegant breakfast

  • Time Served: 8:00- 10:00 am (flexible)
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Contact us about dietary restrictions

Signature Dish

Havarti Eggs with French Toast
A unique blend of eggs with butter and shaved Havarti dill cheese served with one of our elegant french toast specialties - Turtle (chocolate and caramel), lemon fluff, orange crescent, and blueberry have all been guest favorites. Side dishes of fresh fruit or a hot fruit medley compliment the meal.


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Hot Deal

October Mid-week 2 night Special

Regular Rate: $270 now $216 (20% Savings:)

Call us direct to get 20% off in our Lawrence Room or Rhodes Room Mon-Thurs in October. This hot deal available for 20% off regular rate in our Franklin Suite (regular $340 for $272) or Turret Suite (regular $360 for $288) Mon-Thurs as well. Full elegant breakfast in the dining room included! Must mention this Hot Deal when booking. Please contact the inn directly at 1 9202099711 to redeem this deal.

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