When staying in New York City, there are so many neighborhoods and options to choose from, so how could one ever decide on the right place to go? Read more to see if this might make things a little easier.

The Hotel

For my arrival into New York City, I had the pleasure of staying at voco The Franklin, which recently opened as the first voco in the United States! The gorgeous modern aesthetic perfectly complemented that classic New York charm.

voco is a brand-new hotel brand for IHG Hotels & Resorts, and it’s about giving people a different choice. Where they make themselves unique is that the important things you can depend on will always be the same, but each location will have its own identity. It’s upscale, with a laidback spirit. “voco” comes from Latin and means “to invite” or “to come together” and that should be transparent with the warm welcome you receive. Outside the warm welcome are two other hallmarks – me time and voco life. The bedrooms and bathroom amenities are both luxurious and cozy and encourage you to take moments for yourself. voco life refers to making sure that the bars and lounges are places you’d want to utilize, be it in the morning or evening!

The Room

At voco The Franklin, there are three choices of rooms:

– Standard rooms come with 1 queen or 2 double beds, nestled into 130 sq. ft.

-Corner Queen rooms are slightly larger, with ample natural light. 

-Studios offer a choice of 2 double beds or one king bed; the King Studio is the most spacious option, with a desk and seating area, which is the room we stayed in!

Each room is complete with a chandelier and original photography. I felt the elements were really welcoming and I felt so relaxed waking up every day to find the Upper East Side peaking through the white, dreamy curtains.

The Bathroom

The bathroom was spacious enough for two, embellished with cruelty-free, USA made products and charming features such as marble and metropolitan faucets.

The Amenities

In the smaller space, they still offer free high speed WiFi, business center services, and two particular special perks for NYC: dogs are allowed up to 30lbs & there’s an adjacent parking garage!

The Food

Although there is no on-site food at this time, (alas, the prime location is next to hundreds of tasty eats!) there is a small café with tea and coffee options. I also noticed a sign that outdoor dining is coming soon!

The Location

I mentioned a time or two, but voco The Franklin‘s location is PRIME. The hotel is located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side at East 87th Street and Lexington Ave, which makes it steps to some of New York’s tastiest restaurants. It’s mere blocks from Central Park, the Guggenheim Museum, & The Metropolitan Museum of Art!

But, how do I get there?

From Laguardia Airport (LGA) : Take Grand Central Pkwy W ramp to Manhattan & Exit 46 toward Manhatten/Randalls Is; Merge on to RFK Bridge; Take ramp to FDR Drive S; Exit 14 toward E 96 Street; Right onto E 96 Street; Left on 2nd Avenue; Right on E 87 Street. Hotel is on left hand side of street.

Finally, to the nearest subway line: 86th Street Station at Lexington is a three minute walk where you can find the 4, 5 & 6 or the 86th Street Second Ave Station is a four minute walk away & you can grab the Q!


Honestly, I loved staying here! The charming touches in the entire hotel were so chic & warm. Plus, the elevator was really, really cool. The staff was ridiculously great, the room was very comfortable, and we even extended our stay an extra night. But you guys… I haven’t even shared the best part: the night we arrived, the staff brought us champagne on ice, chocolates and a hand signed card to welcome us to New York. Are you kidding?! I swear I got a little misty eyed. Thank you so much, voco The Franklin for that!!!

The Deats

Please visit their website to learn more, but here is a little of the logistic information:

voco The Franklin New York

164 East 87 Street,

New York, New York 10128


Thanks so much for reading! Please check it out yourself if you’re in town, or if just for a staycation in the city! If you’d like to read more about how I traveled from California to New York City staying in only IHG properities, please check out my blog post on it here.

*Disclosure: Thank you to IHG Hotels & Resorts for the sponsorship of my stay, though all opinions are my own*

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