The best hotels in Frankfurt
As Germany’s financial capital, Frankfurt is widely known for its gleaming banking headquarters. The best hotels in Frankfurt are by no means just for business travellers, however. Beyond the sharp designer suits and perfectly-polished BMWs and Audis, you’ll find a variety of hotels more akin to the Altstadt (Old Town) and concentrated around the medieval-era Römerberg Square, than the corner offices of its modern skyscrapers. Nor is Frankfurt simply a dour business hub that shutters at the end of each working day. As one of the most popular cities for Europe’s gay community, Frankfurt boasts an open and thriving LGBT scene along Alte Gasse, as any evening stroll along the road will prove.
Ideally situated just a few minutes’ walk from the central station, Roomers is a boutique hotel chain that models its plush and indulgent furnishings on the world of burlesque. Elegantly balancing darkness and light, polished surfaces, luxurious fabrics, and spacious rooms, this enchanting establishment promises a theatrical stay to say the least. A rooftop terrace provides breath-taking views over the city skyline, while the Candy Bar will have your inner child grinning from ear to ear. Somewhat more traditional in outlook, and centred around a large garden terrace, is the impressive chateau-like Rocco Forte Villa Kennedy. Changing its name after a stay by the then-US President in 1963, this grand villa—once the private home of a banking family—has lost none of its charm since. Each of the contemporary-styled room comes standard with a mosaic and marble bathroom, and sound-proofed windows so that you can be sure of an undisturbed night’s sleep. Amenities include a 15-metre indoor pool, luxury spa, and multi-award-winning Italian restaurant, Gusto.
A stay at Libertine Lindenberg promises a greater sense of community than you would ordinarily encounter when on the road
The similarly striking façades of the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof sit neatly between the financial district and Altstadt. The hotel encloses 303 rooms that date back to 1876 but provides all the modern conveniences visitors have come to expect, including flat-screen televisions, air conditioning, and high-end toiletries from Aigner. Jumeirah Frankfurt also stands in the heart of the city. Offering a holistic approach to its stays, each of Jumeirah Frankfurt’s rooms and suites provides fine views and contemporary artwork by the highly-regarded Hartwig Ebersbach, in addition to the latest coffee machines and unlimited access to the in-house pool and health centre. A stay at Libertine Lindenberg in the Alt-Sachsenhausen neighbourhood will feel far less like a traditional hotel; this ‘home’ to the well-travelled fictional character Lindenberg promises a greater sense of community than you would ordinarily encounter when on the road. Film nights and cooking classes are just some of the regular events the hotel hosts, and the individually-designed rooms are available to book by the night or the month for those seeking longer stays.
Located within the historic walls of a riverside residence that once welcomed Faust playwright Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Hotel Gerbermühle is a designer hotel of just 19 rooms. Its contemporary interior space has been cleverly integrated into the building’s old surrounds and is enhanced by the use of artfully curated antiques. The in-house restaurant offers a modern take on traditional local Hessian cuisine. The Pure, meanwhile, is a minimalist masterpiece almost completely decked out in white. Here, at one of the best hotels in Frankfurt for a lazy weekend getaway, breakfast is served until 1 pm daily, and check out extends to 4 pm free of charge on Sundays. Just don’t turn up in a muddy pair of walking boots!
Located in the hip Bahnhofsviertel station district, niu Charly has opted instead for the industrial design of the highest order, with metal, mirrored glass, and steel abounding
Motel One Frankfurt Messe in the Gallusviertel area offers more than your usual motel experience, with a bright interior design less than a mile from the central station. All rooms come with a queen- or king-sized bed, a generous buffet breakfast, and convenient public transport links to Frankfurt’s main points of interest. Located in the hip Bahnhofsviertel station district, niu Charly has opted instead for the industrial design of the highest order, with metal, mirrored glass, and steel abounding. The quirky wall art and ‘paint-splattered’ carpets help bring added warmth to the crisp urban style of its rooms, while the open-plan lobby incorporates an Instagram wall for all your latest social media posts.
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