Franklin Street Inn

318 E Franklin Street , Appleton, 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

Beautiful inn, convenient location

5 on October 03, 2017

We stayed at the Franklin Street Inn for an October prospective student visit to Lawrence University, which was a 5-10 minute walk from the Inn. It was great not to have to rent a car; not only was the Inn convenient to campus, but there were also many restaurants nearby. Our room was lovely and everything was very clean. Breakfast was hearty and delicious, with tomatoes from the Inn's garden. I would stay there again if we return to Appleton!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay!

- Keith (innkeeper)

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

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Rooms & Rates

Rhodes Room

Vintage Comfort and Charm Fulfilling your needs of comfort & charm, this intimate and relaxing room offers a canopy style queen bed. Enjoy your beautiful room with three large turret windows and stained glass door radiating the morning light. You will appreciate this room's east facing location with wonderful windows providing sunshine and a view of the historic neighborhood. Relax in your padded chairs while reading or enjoying the smart TV. The Rhodes Room special features include bird's-eye maple wood floors, room darkening shades (in case you wish to sleep in), elegant oriental rug, dresser, and desk. Your private bathroom includes a shower, toilet, and sink. Whether traveling for business, pleasure or romance, the Rhodes is the place for you! Named after the original owner, William Rhodes would complement the comfort and elegance the room provides.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Lawrence Room

Victorian Secret Garden Experience the awe of luxury sinking into layers of bliss in our English garden décor king or two twin room. Elegant private bathroom with large walk-in shower. Exotic Kohler faucet fixtures and skylight. Nice bathrobes included. Your needs have been anticipated because your comfortable padded arm chairs, smart TV, and room table are waiting. You?re expecting elegance and this room delivers with an entire wall of windows which includes stained glass anchored by beautiful birds-eye-maple floors. You will have storage in the elegantly carved vintage oak dresser. You deserve this incredibly deluxe private bathroom with a two person state of the art shower under a skylight, Japanese soaking tub, vanity, bidet, stained glass window, and a full wall of mirrors. Your bathrobes are in the room for easy access to your private bathroom across the hall.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Franklin Grand Suite

Grand Vintage Romantic Escape Relax on this queen pillow-top carved oak wood bed with luxury bedding for a perfect sleep. Modern amenities with everything a guest would expect, including private bathroom and shower. The furnishings and decor of the room are highlighted by a wonderful spa whirlpool. Relax in two comfortable chairs beside the smart TV and cozy fireplace. For part of your grand stay, let us offer you breakfast room service in the privacy of your suite. Just what you need as our guest: a bright and cheery mood and/or fresh breezes from three large windows including elegant stained glass. Escape to another place and time as you are drawn into the hand-painted wall mural in this suite. Relax in the elegance of the 19th century while enjoying 21st century amenities. Experience the romantic mood in the whirlpool bathroom with dimmer wall sconces. You will enjoy the large private bath featuring an antique mirrored buffet with wash basin, shower, and toilet. You will agree that this elegant suite is GRAND.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

Turret Royale Suite

Where Royal Comfort Begins Discover an elegant mood in this full floor castle theme suite. Your ultimate comfort is our goal for your stay. This is where Royal Comfort Begins: Experience an open and airy feeling under the vaulted ceiling which has been hand painted as a peaceful sky. Relax in the two person Ultra Ban whirlpool or the two stuffed chairs beside the gas fireplace. A private entrance deck is attached to this suite. Dining for two is available n the window turret overlooking the historic neighborhood. Need to accommodate more guests, reserve the attached second bedroom with a full bed. The living room has a sofa (queen deep pocket sleeper) and a smart TV. This elegant full floor space has been designed for two people to enjoy. If you have a larger group, this suite can sleep 6.

  • Maximum Capacity: 7

Check Dates


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

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

Check Dates


  • 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.



Keith & Lori Hansen

Languages spoken


Resident Pets


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.