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The Franklin Hotel at Independence Park

Philadelphia , PA

LOCATION

401 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 US

PHONE

215-931-4251

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Megan
Wedding:
10/15/2016
5.0/5.0
We met with Jessie at The Franklin Hotel (formerly the Omni Hotel) and she was nothing but pleasant and professional. We decided to book our reception there because their packages included everything we needed for our special day. We really liked the location of the hotel (less than 2 blocks from Independence Hall) and the quaint atmosphere it provides. They also don't require a minimum number of guests, which we really liked. Their prices were also very reasonable. I can't wait to have our reception at The Franklin Hotel.
We met with Jessie at The Franklin Hotel (formerly the Omni Hotel) and she was nothing but pleasant and professional. We Read more...
We met with Jessie at The Franklin Hotel (formerly the Omni Hotel) and she was nothing but pleasant and professional. We decided to book our reception there because their packages included everything we needed for our special day. We really liked the location of the hotel (less than 2 blocks from Independence Hall) and the quaint atmosphere it provides. They also don't require a minimum number of guests, which we really liked. Their prices were also very reasonable. I can't wait to have our reception at The Franklin Hotel. Read less
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sofia
Wedding:
7/30/2016
5.0/5.0
If I could have my wedding reception all over again at the Franklin Hotel I would do it in a heart beat. When I first toured the venue it was gorgeous and it had everything already set up for a wedding later that day. If your looking for a venue in the perfect location in Philadelphia (liberty bell,beer gardens....and a lot more all in walking distance) and it really didn't need much decor to create a theme because the whole hotel is very beautiful in itself and his a very elegant classy theme.

Our events coordinator was Chris Laufer and later we were introduced to Colin Harvey who were our events coordinators. They were both very professional and did a phenomenal job taking care of our wedding events and guests. From the moment we stepped into the hotel Chris came directly to us to make sure we were okay and offered to bring champagne to our penthouse immediately. Also, our guest can't stop talking about how wonderful the staff was at the hotel.

Thank you and we would highly recommend this hotel for you special day!!!
If I could have my wedding reception all over again at the Franklin Hotel I would do it in a heart beat. When I first Read more...
If I could have my wedding reception all over again at the Franklin Hotel I would do it in a heart beat. When I first toured the venue it was gorgeous and it had everything already set up for a wedding later that day. If your looking for a venue in the perfect location in Philadelphia (liberty bell,beer gardens....and a lot more all in walking distance) and it really didn't need much decor to create a theme because the whole hotel is very beautiful in itself and his a very elegant classy theme.

Our events coordinator was Chris Laufer and later we were introduced to Colin Harvey who were our events coordinators. They were both very professional and did a phenomenal job taking care of our wedding events and guests. From the moment we stepped into the hotel Chris came directly to us to make sure we were okay and offered to bring champagne to our penthouse immediately. Also, our guest can't stop talking about how wonderful the staff was at the hotel.

Thank you and we would highly recommend this hotel for you special day!!! Read less
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Corey
Wedding:
9/5/2015
4.6/5.0
Our wedding day at the Omni was absolutely perfect! The service of the waitstaff and reception are beyond exceptional! Jessie is very no nonsense and makes sure the job gets done. She made sure we had everything we needed for our big day! We had a little apprehension initially because we had a change in wedding coordinator mid-way through our planning; the switch from Laura to Jessie left us a little out of the loop as to timeline and next steps, and seeing as how we were new to the whole wedding planning process it left us a bit nervous. However, everything worked out beautifully and our wedding day went by smooth as silk.

I really can't say enough good things about the staff in the the Azalea room at the the Omni. Not only do they clearly love their workplace, but they will go above and beyond to make you feel welcome. Every time we would swing by the space to show our parents the venue, they were warm and welcoming.

The styling of the hotel (rooms and Azalea room) is Old European styling, and very traditional elegance, so if you prefer modern touches it might not be your thing. The Azalea room is NOT a big ballroom, which we absolutely loved! It felt like an intimate, lovely place for our friends and family to celebrate with us.

The food throughout cocktail hour and dinner was delicious, and Bredenbeck's Bakery (with which the Omni partners for their package) delivered an amazingly delicious cake. Our guests were raving about it!

Lastly, the Omni set me up in the penthouse suite for the night before the wedding and I was able to order a brunch to be delivered to the room for me and my girls while we were getting ready. During the wedding, they cleaned the room and spread rose petals throughout, with champagne and strawberries for my husband and I upon our return to the penthouse that night. It was wonderful. We felt so cared for throughout the whole day. I couldn't have asked for more!
Our wedding day at the Omni was absolutely perfect! The service of the waitstaff and reception are beyond exceptional! Read more...
Our wedding day at the Omni was absolutely perfect! The service of the waitstaff and reception are beyond exceptional! Jessie is very no nonsense and makes sure the job gets done. She made sure we had everything we needed for our big day! We had a little apprehension initially because we had a change in wedding coordinator mid-way through our planning; the switch from Laura to Jessie left us a little out of the loop as to timeline and next steps, and seeing as how we were new to the whole wedding planning process it left us a bit nervous. However, everything worked out beautifully and our wedding day went by smooth as silk.

I really can't say enough good things about the staff in the the Azalea room at the the Omni. Not only do they clearly love their workplace, but they will go above and beyond to make you feel welcome. Every time we would swing by the space to show our parents the venue, they were warm and welcoming.

The styling of the hotel (rooms and Azalea room) is Old European styling, and very traditional elegance, so if you prefer modern touches it might not be your thing. The Azalea room is NOT a big ballroom, which we absolutely loved! It felt like an intimate, lovely place for our friends and family to celebrate with us.

The food throughout cocktail hour and dinner was delicious, and Bredenbeck's Bakery (with which the Omni partners for their package) delivered an amazingly delicious cake. Our guests were raving about it!

Lastly, the Omni set me up in the penthouse suite for the night before the wedding and I was able to order a brunch to be delivered to the room for me and my girls while we were getting ready. During the wedding, they cleaned the room and spread rose petals throughout, with champagne and strawberries for my husband and I upon our return to the penthouse that night. It was wonderful. We felt so cared for throughout the whole day. I couldn't have asked for more! Read less
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theresa
Wedding:
5/9/2015
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding reception here and we loved it!! We had to transition coordinators in the middle of planning... Jessie is amazing! She answered every one of my million questions and concerns. The food, the staff and the room were exactly what we wanted. We had 150 people and we were comfortable at dinner. There were concerns with the dance floor at first being too small but it was the perfect size for every one of our 150 guests to be on it all night! The cocktail hour was tight, but we had the servers butler out drinks. Even with that, the bar was packed. At dinner, we had wine service at the tables and two bars! Which was necessary! Overall, we had the best time ever! If we had to do it all over again, we would pick The Omni Hotel every single time!!
We had our wedding reception here and we loved it!! We had to transition coordinators in the middle of planning... Jessie Read more...
We had our wedding reception here and we loved it!! We had to transition coordinators in the middle of planning... Jessie is amazing! She answered every one of my million questions and concerns. The food, the staff and the room were exactly what we wanted. We had 150 people and we were comfortable at dinner. There were concerns with the dance floor at first being too small but it was the perfect size for every one of our 150 guests to be on it all night! The cocktail hour was tight, but we had the servers butler out drinks. Even with that, the bar was packed. At dinner, we had wine service at the tables and two bars! Which was necessary! Overall, we had the best time ever! If we had to do it all over again, we would pick The Omni Hotel every single time!! Read less
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Kristin
Wedding:
5/2/2015
1.0/5.0
Unfortunately, the Omni Hotel was the most disappointing part of our Wedding on May 2, 2015. We booked the Omni Hotel for us and our guests with a room block for Friday and Saturday of our wedding, we booked the Bridal Dressing Room and we paid for a breakfast the next morning. We booked the Bridal Dressing room > 6 months in advance and had a contract with the room number and paid the 750.00 to reserve this special "Bridal Dressing Room". We were also forced to pay for 2 x the amount of the room block for the wedding breakfast- since it was booked up, we had to pay non-refundable for 60 people- which was a buffet breakfast. We new there wouldn't be 60 people, but we were not allowed to pay after the fact or the morning of after a head count of guests. The morning of our wedding- my hair and makeup stylists arrived at the hotel and asked the front desk where the Bridal Dressing Room 110/112 was, because I told them this was where we were assigned and that is the room we paid for on the contract. The front desk was extremely rude to them and very rude to us when we called down in the morning to straighten out the issue. It turns out, they double booked the room and gave us a private dining room instead- without ever telling us! And I wonder if the private dining room costs as much as the "Bridal" dressing room. They gave us unnecessary stress on the morning of the wedding and made us feel it was OUR fault somehow, even though they did not communicate any changes with us, Then, once we were situated, we received the food orders- which were completely different then what we had ordered! The principle fact is that they don't listen to their guests and the woman in charge of guests services, Jesse Tharpe, continued to have an attitude with us, blaming it on a transition between her and a previous person in charge- but there should be record of these things- how is this the guest's fault? Future brides should cautiously use the Omni hotel for any services.
Unfortunately, the Omni Hotel was the most disappointing part of our Wedding on May 2, 2015. We booked the Omni Hotel for Read more...
Unfortunately, the Omni Hotel was the most disappointing part of our Wedding on May 2, 2015. We booked the Omni Hotel for us and our guests with a room block for Friday and Saturday of our wedding, we booked the Bridal Dressing Room and we paid for a breakfast the next morning. We booked the Bridal Dressing room > 6 months in advance and had a contract with the room number and paid the 750.00 to reserve this special "Bridal Dressing Room". We were also forced to pay for 2 x the amount of the room block for the wedding breakfast- since it was booked up, we had to pay non-refundable for 60 people- which was a buffet breakfast. We new there wouldn't be 60 people, but we were not allowed to pay after the fact or the morning of after a head count of guests. The morning of our wedding- my hair and makeup stylists arrived at the hotel and asked the front desk where the Bridal Dressing Room 110/112 was, because I told them this was where we were assigned and that is the room we paid for on the contract. The front desk was extremely rude to them and very rude to us when we called down in the morning to straighten out the issue. It turns out, they double booked the room and gave us a private dining room instead- without ever telling us! And I wonder if the private dining room costs as much as the "Bridal" dressing room. They gave us unnecessary stress on the morning of the wedding and made us feel it was OUR fault somehow, even though they did not communicate any changes with us, Then, once we were situated, we received the food orders- which were completely different then what we had ordered! The principle fact is that they don't listen to their guests and the woman in charge of guests services, Jesse Tharpe, continued to have an attitude with us, blaming it on a transition between her and a previous person in charge- but there should be record of these things- how is this the guest's fault? Future brides should cautiously use the Omni hotel for any services. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
The staff at the Omni in Philadelphia was exceptional. Everyone seemed genuinely happy to be a part of our special day and went well out of their way to accommodate every person and every request. In particular, Lauren Westerman was by far, the best. She handled every single thing with such precision and enthusiasm that she is quite literally worth more than her weight in gold. Do not miss out on the opportunity to work with her in fabulous facilities with wonderful people.
The staff at the Omni in Philadelphia was exceptional. Everyone seemed genuinely happy to be a part of our special day and Read more...
The staff at the Omni in Philadelphia was exceptional. Everyone seemed genuinely happy to be a part of our special day and went well out of their way to accommodate every person and every request. In particular, Lauren Westerman was by far, the best. She handled every single thing with such precision and enthusiasm that she is quite literally worth more than her weight in gold. Do not miss out on the opportunity to work with her in fabulous facilities with wonderful people. Read less
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Debbie
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Spectacular! Our decision to have the wedding here was a brilliant one! Lauren is a dream to work with, the room was beautiful, the food delicious. The location made for gorgeous pictures in the park. They only have one wedding at a time and the entire staff from bellman to room service seemed to know who we were and to be excited for us. I wholeheartedly recommend this venue.
Spectacular! Our decision to have the wedding here was a brilliant one! Lauren is a dream to work with, the room was Read more...
Spectacular! Our decision to have the wedding here was a brilliant one! Lauren is a dream to work with, the room was beautiful, the food delicious. The location made for gorgeous pictures in the park. They only have one wedding at a time and the entire staff from bellman to room service seemed to know who we were and to be excited for us. I wholeheartedly recommend this venue. Read less
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Janet
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
The Omni Hotel was the perfect venue for our wedding. We loved the location, the ambiance, the food, the staff, everything!! Even having to transition coordinators, our ceremony and reception turned out so beautifully. Can't thank Lauren, who had to pick up on our wedding details so soon before the event, and the entire Omni staff enough! I was so reassured that everything would go fine with her professionalism and attention to detail and it did. It was a perfect night. Our guests continue to rave about how wonderful the food was, and how the hotel was in such a great spot for visiting the city. Especially want to thank Kevin, Tarra, and Sue too for their service during the reception with us and our guests during dinner and at the bar. Thank you Omni for giving us such a memorable wedding to look back on!
The Omni Hotel was the perfect venue for our wedding. We loved the location, the ambiance, the food, the staff, Read more...
The Omni Hotel was the perfect venue for our wedding. We loved the location, the ambiance, the food, the staff, everything!! Even having to transition coordinators, our ceremony and reception turned out so beautifully. Can't thank Lauren, who had to pick up on our wedding details so soon before the event, and the entire Omni staff enough! I was so reassured that everything would go fine with her professionalism and attention to detail and it did. It was a perfect night. Our guests continue to rave about how wonderful the food was, and how the hotel was in such a great spot for visiting the city. Especially want to thank Kevin, Tarra, and Sue too for their service during the reception with us and our guests during dinner and at the bar. Thank you Omni for giving us such a memorable wedding to look back on! Read less
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Sandy
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
We held both our wedding ceremony and reception at The Omni Hotel at Independence Park, and chose the 5-hour, open bar, sit-down menu. We were looking for a more intimate, private venue for our ceremony and reception, and the Azalea Room is just that. At first, I was hesitant to book the venue because it does seem rather small when you first walk in. On the day of our wedding though, we had plenty of space and it never seemed cramped (we had about 95 guests). Plenty of room to dance and a spacious bar area. Several guests commented that they loved the layout - it was like a large, private dinner party.
The food was absolutely delicious! Couldn't get enough of the hors d'oeuvres and loved our entrees. Chef was very accommodating for allergies/vegetarians. Our cake was exactly what I had asked for and delicious.
The presidential suite is by far the best hotel room I have ever stayed in. Parking at the hotel is expensive for your guests, but comparable to all other venues in the city.
Alicia Reinsel, the event coordinator, was helpful, straight-forward, responsive, and flexible. Even though we were on a budget, Alicia found a way for us to have all of the things we wanted in our wedding. She and the chef provided us with an alternate/more affordable cut of meat when the filet was outside of our budget. Alicia made the venue look personal and beautiful with the few extra decorations I provided (family pictures, candles, etc).
I know some people shy away from "all included" wedding packages, but The Omni allows you to have everything included while making it your own. On the day of, my husband and I didn't have to worry about anything - Alicia and her staff took care of it and gave us the best day of our lives. Many of my friends are taking out loans to afford weddings at other city locations. I had a center city, evening wedding on a popular date and stayed UNDER BUDGET! I have absolutely no complaints about our experience with The Omni.
We held both our wedding ceremony and reception at The Omni Hotel at Independence Park, and chose the 5-hour, open bar, Read more...
We held both our wedding ceremony and reception at The Omni Hotel at Independence Park, and chose the 5-hour, open bar, sit-down menu. We were looking for a more intimate, private venue for our ceremony and reception, and the Azalea Room is just that. At first, I was hesitant to book the venue because it does seem rather small when you first walk in. On the day of our wedding though, we had plenty of space and it never seemed cramped (we had about 95 guests). Plenty of room to dance and a spacious bar area. Several guests commented that they loved the layout - it was like a large, private dinner party.
The food was absolutely delicious! Couldn't get enough of the hors d'oeuvres and loved our entrees. Chef was very accommodating for allergies/vegetarians. Our cake was exactly what I had asked for and delicious.
The presidential suite is by far the best hotel room I have ever stayed in. Parking at the hotel is expensive for your guests, but comparable to all other venues in the city.
Alicia Reinsel, the event coordinator, was helpful, straight-forward, responsive, and flexible. Even though we were on a budget, Alicia found a way for us to have all of the things we wanted in our wedding. She and the chef provided us with an alternate/more affordable cut of meat when the filet was outside of our budget. Alicia made the venue look personal and beautiful with the few extra decorations I provided (family pictures, candles, etc).
I know some people shy away from "all included" wedding packages, but The Omni allows you to have everything included while making it your own. On the day of, my husband and I didn't have to worry about anything - Alicia and her staff took care of it and gave us the best day of our lives. Many of my friends are taking out loans to afford weddings at other city locations. I had a center city, evening wedding on a popular date and stayed UNDER BUDGET! I have absolutely no complaints about our experience with The Omni. Read less
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Stephen
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Alicia at the Omni was absolutely irreplacable. She easy to work with and incredibly helpful from the day we first contacted her. She had suggestions that were helpful without being pushy and was willing to do anything to make our wedding great. She is so conscious of every little detail on the day of; I could not have asked for more. She was a dream come true for us as bride and groom and all of our guests.

The food, setting and staff at the Omni were unbelievable. Willing to accomodate any and all requests and executing it perfectly. I could not imagine our wedding going any better and I could not imagine our wedding anywhere else.
Alicia at the Omni was absolutely irreplacable. She easy to work with and incredibly helpful from the day we first Read more...
Alicia at the Omni was absolutely irreplacable. She easy to work with and incredibly helpful from the day we first contacted her. She had suggestions that were helpful without being pushy and was willing to do anything to make our wedding great. She is so conscious of every little detail on the day of; I could not have asked for more. She was a dream come true for us as bride and groom and all of our guests.

The food, setting and staff at the Omni were unbelievable. Willing to accomodate any and all requests and executing it perfectly. I could not imagine our wedding going any better and I could not imagine our wedding anywhere else. Read less
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