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38 Franklin Road Freemans Bay, Auckland Central, Auckland 1011 New Zealand
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
  • Contactless check-out
Updated 20-10-08 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Franklin 38
Updated 20-10-08 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#7 of 63 B&Bs / Inns in Auckland Central
Travellers' Choice
Previously, 2011-2015 owners of Bella's Bed and Breakfast No, 1 Bed & Breakfast in central Auckland. Franklin 38 is a new city fringe Luxury Boutique accommodation having undergone a large renovation transforming the property into your choice of four luxurious suites all with sophisticated character and contemporary architecture materials & furnishings. Relax and put yourself in the hands of caring hosts who are attentive to your needs yet mindful of your privacy, and can assist with advice on the many local attractions & make recommendations and bookings on your behalf.
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Free parking
Secured parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Adults only
Rooftop terrace
Express check-in / check-out
Bar / lounge
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Snack bar
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
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Blackout curtains
Air purifier
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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City view
Non-smoking rooms
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Richard Fleming wrote a review Feb. 2021
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Simply outstanding - amazing grandeur - elegant furnishings and decor, superbly appointed room with the best of everything. The experience couldn’t be faulted from being met in the car park, to the chilled welcome glass of Sauvignon Blanc delivered to the room, to the luxury cotton sheets. Hosts were delightful, helpful and presented a 6 Star breakfast. Exceptional value for money...Highly recommended !
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Sandra Thomas-Stockwell, Owner at Franklin 38
Responded Feb. 23, 2021
Thank you for taking the time to share your stay here at Franklin38. We very much appreciate it. We strive to give our guests a great experience and its always fantastic when we have delightful guests such as yourselves. Warmest Regards Sandra
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KodaAuckland wrote a review Jan. 2021
Auckland, New Zealand27 contributions12 helpful votes
One word...Wow! From the moment you pull into the driveway to entering the front door of this beautiful old home you have the feeling of being in absolute luxury and living in the actual pages of a House and Garden magazine which this lovingly restored home features in! Nothing is too much for the owners Sandra & Doug who looked after us during our 3 night stay which clearly wasn’t enough as we could’ve lived there if we had half the chance! Our room was spectacular as I’m sure all the rooms were and the view from the upstairs balcony was amazing. The attention to detail was insurmountable and the beautiful smells and cleanliness was outstanding! We could not speak more highly of this wonderful experience and encourage others to stay here as an alternative to overseas travel at the moment. We live in Auckland and watched this old lodge being restored to the glory that it is today and no expense has been spared! Explore your own backyard and stay somewhere as wonderful as this and you definitely won’t regret it! Thank you Doug & Sandra! You guys were awesome!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
lpax87 wrote a review Jan. 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand3 contributions
What an amazing stay we had at Franklin 38 this New Year's Eve. We were welcomed by Sandra and Doug with friendly smiles and helpful information about their beautiful villa that we would be staying in. We were shown to our suite, which was fantastically presented, with complimentary refreshments and well thought-out details. We had amazing views of the city and the Sky Tower, and a delicious mix of cooked and continental breakfast to finish off our stay. We highly recommend this accommodation for anyone wanting a luxurious and yet homely experience.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Sandra Thomas-Stockwell, Owner at Franklin 38
Responded Jan. 3, 2021
Thank you so much to posting this review. You don't know how much we appreciate our guests sharing their experience with our potential guests. New Years Eve was a first with a full house, which we haven't had since the dreaded covid started. It was a really festive time to witness the sky tower and knowing we were all safe here in our NZ bubble. Thank you for choosing Franklin 38 to stay and we would love to see you again one day for another special celebration. Warmest Regards Sandra & Doug
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JulieV_NZ wrote a review Dec. 2020
4 contributions
This is a fabulous place to stay for any occasion. The location is fantastic and accomodation is luxurious. If you are looking for somewhere to go for a special occasion or even just to stay somewhere where you can be annonymous but central, I couldn't recommend this more. The hosts, Sandra & Doug are professional but very down to earth and welcoming - they are just lovely. Once you stay here you, like us, you will just look forward to when you can stay again.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Room Tip: All rooms are fabulous.
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Response from Sandra Thomas-Stockwell, Owner at Franklin 38
Responded Dec. 17, 2020
Thank you for posting a review and sharing your experience here at Franklin 38. We really appreciate your feedback in these trying times for our business. Most of our guests that book here enjoy our location to restaurant's and boutique shopping, hotel touches without the hustle and bustle of hoards of people staying here , and our personal service as owners and hosts. We hope to see you here again and wish your both a very Merry Christmas. Regards Sandra
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Matthew O wrote a review Aug. 2020
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Stayed on Saturday night to have a break from our kids. Friendly hosts - who know the area very well Perfect location in Ponsonby - close to bars and restaurants. Faultlessly renovated old boarding house. Rooms very stylish, warm and quiet. Great bathrooms with heated floors too! Delicious breakfast, make sure you ask the hosts if they made it, or if they have a private chef. They love that :) Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: August 2020
Response from Sandra Thomas-Stockwell, Owner at Franklin 38
Responded Aug. 10, 2020
Doug and I cant thank you enough for taking the time to write a review on your stay. It makes our day to know that guests like yourselves enjoy their stay. PS Yes you had your breakfast delivered to your room so didn't see all the action in the kitchen from Doug and I !!!! (no chefs but one of us has been for a short stint in the past) Prefer the pace of Franklin 38. We would love to see you return one day and be sure to book with us direct for your returning visit. Warmest Regards Sandra & Doug
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US$236 - US$340 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Franklin 38
Which popular attractions are close to Franklin 38?
Nearby attractions include Mea Culpa (0.4 km), The Open Book (0.3 km), and Clipper (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Franklin 38?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Franklin 38?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Franklin 38?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Franklin 38?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Franklin 38?
Conveniently located restaurants include Little Bird Kitchen, Prego Restaurant, and Mekong Baby.
Are there any historical sites close to Franklin 38?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Parnell (3.1 km), Eden Garden (3.3 km), and Auckland Town Hall (1.3 km).
Does Franklin 38 have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.