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Frankfurt is one of Europe’s most diverse cities. As one of the world’s major banking and transportation hubs, it draws annual business travelers in the millions, but leisure travelers also flock to Frankfurt to explore the city’s world-class museums and handsome historic architecture. The lodging situation leans toward the former class of visitors, with business-style hotels dominating the landscape, but lots of other options do exist, so travelers of all kinds should have no trouble finding the right spot to stay. Keep reading to find our best picks in this city.
Best Overall: Grandhotel Hessischer Hof
With its old-world grandeur and extensive amenities, plus a fantastic central location just steps from the Festhalle and Messe, Frankfurt’s main convention and event center complex, the Grandhotel Hessischer Hof rings every bell. Rooms are appointed in a modest historic style, with elegant furniture, warm pastel colors, marble bathrooms, and, in a touch of true elegance, authentic antiques from the collection of the Hessian House Foundation. Guests and visitors alike can enjoy drinks in the world-famous Jimmy’s Bar and fine dining at Restaurant Sèvres, and guests can further take advantage of a full-service on-site spa and medi-spa, fitness club, the Winter Garden tea room and extensive meeting facilities.
Best Budget: Premier Inn Frankfurt Messe
Budget travelers will be delighted at the cleanliness and style of this hotel near the Messe, but even more delighted with the low nightly price. Rooms are large and decorated in a modern style with neutral colors, and each includes a sizable desk, an interactive TV and a comfortable Hypnos mattress. En-suite bathrooms are sparkling clean and efficient and feature a walk-in rain-style shower. Wi-Fi is free and a large breakfast buffet costs a marginal fee. A parking garage is available for visitors traveling by car.
Best Boutique: Hotel Hamburger Hof
The Hotel Hamburger Hof effortlessly blends the style and personal service of a high-end boutique property with the efficiency and amenities of a business hotel. The chic guestrooms are crisply decorated in charcoal and chartreuse, with modern photography hanging on the walls and luxe linens covering the beds. Bathrooms are small but well-appointed, with modern toilets and walk-in showers. Several sizes of rooms are available, including the rare triple room — a particularly nice feature for families or trios of friends traveling together. Breakfast is included and features a hearty German spread of bread, pastries, cold cuts, cheeses, yogurt, fruit and cereal. The fantastic central location, just across the street from Frankfurt’s main rail station, means that there are many dining, shopping and sightseeing options nearby, and the rest of the city is easily accessed via public transportation.
Best for Families: Adina Apartment Hotel Frankfurt Neue Oper
Serviced apartments are popular for German family travelers, and there’s no shortage of these apart-hotels in Frankfurt, but the Adina, with its chic, well-decorated flats, is a particularly good choice. Book a two-bedroom apartment and have plenty of space for the whole family to spread out, while enjoying amenities such as a fully-stocked kitchenette, a washer/dryer, as well as a table at which you can sit down to meals, just like home.
The trendy Alto Restaurant and Bar offer on-site dining, and more food options abound in the immediate neighborhood. The Adina is situated just a block from the riverside Park Nizza, which features playgrounds, giant sandboxes, and plenty of grassy space for youthful fun, and the kid-friendly Frankfurt Archeology Museum and Kinder Museum Frankfurt are both a short walk away.
Best Romance: Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof
The Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof simply oozes romance from top to bottom: From the grand circa 1876 property itself to the huge floral arrangements that bedeck the marble lobby to the tiniest of details in the richly-decorated guestrooms (luxury bathrobes, tufted headboards, mood lighting options, etc.). Beds are fitted with luxury linens, feather pillows and lofty comforters, and the excellent room service menu makes breakfast in bed awfully tempting.
A full-service on-site spa offers a sauna and Turkish bath facilities, as well as a wide variety of treatments, and includes a couples’ suite, where you and your sweetie can enjoy a day of luxury and relaxation in each others’ company. When you’re ready to go exploring the city, you’ll find yourself well-located just steps from the historic Römer (City Hall) and Paulskirche, as well as all of the rest of Central Frankfurt’s attractions.
Best Luxury: Villa Kennedy
Once the private residence of an extremely wealthy Frankfurt family, Villa Kennedy got its modern name when the American president made his famous tour of Germany in 1963. The property is historic and elegantly imposing, but the guestrooms feature a surprisingly cozy take on modern design: Comfy neutral-toned furniture is brought to life with bursts of color from throw pillows and modern paintings. Chic glass and mosaic bathrooms feature heated floors, separate tubs and walk-in showers, as well as a supply of Forte Organics toiletries and Rocco Forte Hotels bathrobes and slippers.
A full-service spa, gourmet Italian restaurant, cocktail bar and a stunning villa garden complete the on-site amenities. Villa Kennedy is in a quiet location on the South bank of the River Main, pulled just a bit away from the hubbub of the city center, but still well within walking distance to all of the city’s major attractions.
Best Nightlife: Roomers
This ultra-modern design hotel near the train station is a favorite among trendy travelers and even, so they say, the occasional celebrity. The whole place has a nightclub feel: The lobby is dimly lit and home to a chic bar that draws both locals and visitors every night of the week, and music plays well into the wee hours of the morning (fair warning for light sleepers: request a room on a higher floor).
Guestrooms are bedecked in dark colors as well, with metallic and stone features giving them an aura of intensity. It’s not style over substance, though: The beds are supremely comfortable, the rain-style showers powerful and refreshing and an impressive spa with a sauna, water massage beds and a steam bath make for a nice place to get away from it all.
Best Business: Jumeirah Frankfurt
The Jumeirah hotel line specializes in making the life of the business traveler not just easy, but spectacular. Whether you simply need a comfortable room with lots of power outlets and good Wi-Fi or full-on meeting facilities with A/V support and catering, the Jumeirah Frankfurt has you covered. It’s more than just limo service and a 24-hour business support desk (though those are crucial for many business travelers) — this hotel offers amenities you’ve never even thought of, such as a hybrid room tempering system that uses infrared technology to keep you at a perfect temperature with maximum energy efficiency, as well as rooftop beehives that supply the hotel with artisanal local honey, used in the on-site gourmet Lebanese restaurant. Should you get a chance to get out and explore the city, the Jumeirah puts you in a great spot, right by the bustling Hauptwache plaza and close to all of the city’s major attractions.
Best B&B: Kleine Villa Frankfurt
If you prefer a touch of home-like comfort, or simply a bit of a nightly escape from the hustle and bustle of the center city, consider this charming and quirky little half-timbered bed and breakfast on the southern end of the city. Kleine Villa is tucked into a residential neighborhood, but it’s right on one of the city’s famously efficient tram lines, so access to the city’s bigger sights is easy.
Each of the five rooms is hilariously named after an American film star and decorated (subtly) with their style in mind: The Jane Fonda room is purple and heavily floral, while the Burt Reynolds room rocks some retro-mod wallpaper. All have en-suite bathrooms and in-room TVs. Breakfast is tasty and ample, served German-style with bread, pastries, cheeses and cold cuts. Kleine Villa Frankfurt is openly welcoming to LGBTQ guests.