Frankfurt Travel Guide

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Sofitel to Offer 'Five Star Plus' Luxury When It Opens in Frankfurt Next Year

March 11, 2015 at 5:20 PM | by | ()

After some delays in getting started, sleek, sexy and oh, so French Sofitel Hotels may be opening early next year in Frankfurt's Opernplatz, a city square facing the former Frankfurt Opera house.

The new Sofitel will offer “five-star-plus” service, an unofficial designation not unlike the seven star proclamations we’ve seen in recent years. Real world definitions aside, a night at the Sofitel, like a night at the opera, is proclaimed to be a “top performance.”

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Element Has Landed at Frankfurt Airport

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  Site Where: De-Saint-Exupery 6, Frankfurt, Germany, 60549
September 3, 2014 at 9:24 AM | by | ()

The European chapter of Starwood’s expansion for Element Hotels has officially commenced: Element Frankfurt Airport opened its doors this past weekend.

Part of a mixed-use development called Gateway Gardens, the hotel is just over 2 miles from the airport terminal. TripAdvisor reviews haven’t made it onto the site just yet, but a first few questions regarding airport shuttles (there is one 24 hours a day) are being answered by the hotel.

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Frankfurt Airport Opens Dog Hotel... Will This Concept Catch On?

September 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM | by | ()

The Frankfurt Airport debuted a new hotel called the Hundepension last week, but unfortunately none of us will ever get to stay there. Why? Because it’s for dogs.

The airport appears to be vying for a piece of the dog-boarding pie and providing travelers with a convenient place to stash their pets before leaving. Given the fact that it's a small operation -- there are only 25 "rooms" -- we assume this to be a trial run of sorts for the concept. Airport operator, Fraport AG, said:

"When dog owners go on holidays or business trips, they often have difficulties finding someone to take care of their loyal companion. So, don’t bark up the wrong tree trying to find a solution as Frankfurt Airport is dedicated to the canine comforts of your four-legged family members."

Oh, geez.

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Frankfurt Gets Funky: Inside the Goldman 25Hours Hotel

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  Site Where: Hanauer Landstraße 127, Frankfurt, Germany
January 18, 2013 at 4:13 PM | by | ()

Think about the adjectives typically associated with Frankfurt, Germany. They're not exactly the most pleasant, are they? Perhaps that's why the Goldman 25Hours Hotel shakes up the scene with confident use of colors and whimsical design touches. In any case, our stay (1 night, paying a standard prepaid rate of 92 Euros) blessedly brightened what had been a dreary, sleep-deprived week

Never heard of the 25Hours boutique chain? Well neither had we until last year, when we found their Hamburg HafenCity location and promptly fell head over heels. Their Goldman Frankfurt property is not as new or large as Hamburg, but the brand's bravery with design and affordable rates are very much in house at all locations.

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A 'Jogging Corner' and Freebie Fitness Extras at a Funky Frankfurt Hotel Find

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  Site Where: Hanauer Landstraße 127, Frankfurt, Germany, 60314
January 11, 2013 at 3:56 PM | by | ()

While more and more hotels realize that perhaps their guests prefer a fitness experience other than a musty gym, we see more and more yoga mats in closets and jogging maps on desks. Recently, during a stay at the Goldman 25Hours in Frankfurt, Germany, we checked in at reception next to this little "Jogging Corner" cart.

The Jogging Corner is all the basics you'd need to have an enjoyable run, while traveling light. That means they provide the water bottles, the small sweat towels, wristlet keychains or branded sweatbands, all complimentary to guests.

We went for the sweatbands, since we quickly figured out that these serve more than the function of storing the tiny specially made jogging map of the area; we wore the sweatband and stored our bus and tram coins in it. Perfect! No fumbling in a wallet while trying to board public transportation.

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Europe's First Element Hotel Will Open In Germany

September 21, 2012 at 9:14 AM | by | ()

Is Europe ready to balance itself out?

This week it was announced that Element, the brand that once gave out free rooms to guests who showed up with recyclable plastic bottles, is finally making the move across the pond. Starting with...Frankfurt, Germany. Though from the sound of it, Starwood is just scratching the surface, as it plans to embark on a full-blown European expansion of the eco-conscious brand.

Hope those Germans have a soft spot for smoothie stations and healthy breakfast wraps!

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Inside the Club Lounge at the New Hilton Frankfurt Airport

Where: Frankfurt Airport - The Squaire, Frankfurt, Germany
June 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM | by | ()

Over on Jaunted, you can get our inside looks at some of the world’s best airline lounges, so we thought we’d do something similar here and start talking about some of the hotel lounges we’ve frequented lately for our series on Hotel Club Lounges. Today, we're having a look inside the Executive Lounge at the very new Hilton within The Squaire complex at Frankfurt International Airport.

When you're an executive lounge at an airport hotel, it's probably a good idea to mirror the upscale airline lounges found next door, right? Right. So when the Hilton Frankfurt Airport finally opened last December, they kept that jet set appeal all the way up through the executive lounge.

We popped into the lounge only a few days ago, thanks to one of our buddies at Australian Business Traveller and his Hilton status. Upstairs in the shiny, zeppelin-like SQUAIRE complex, the Hilton's lounge overlooks the atrium lobby and—if you're lucky—the glass roof will give you brief glimpses of airplanes taking off right overhead.

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Now Arriving at Frankfurt Airport: Two Fresh Hilton Hotels

Where: Frankfurt International Airport, Frankfurt, Germany
December 22, 2011 at 5:41 PM | by | ()

Finally finally Frankfurt Airport has more hotels to offer than the Sheraton with the horrible internet situation. Both the Hilton Frankfurt Airport and Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport debuted yesterday, though this December opening date is a long delay from March, when they originally planned on polishing the door handles.

Whatever. We're just happy we don't have to stay in that Sheraton again.

So, what does the duo of Hiltons have to offer? First off, they're in a striking new building with an odd name— the "Squaire." It's connected to the airport via walkways, but it's got far more going for it than that; this is a mega center with restaurants, shops, landscaped atriums and—the real clincher—a major transit hub on its ground level. Zipping below your hotel rooms are 185 daily high-speed rail links across Europe.

That's our most favorite feature—its convenient location to both the airport and the German ICE trains—but our second favorite is the promise of Free WiFi at the Garden Inn, and more:

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Condé Nast Traveler Picks Its Favorite Hotel Bathrooms

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  Site Where: Hanauer Landstraße 127 , Frankfurt, Germany, 60314
December 8, 2011 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

A lot of ink gets spilled on this site about hotel bathrooms, and all the different kinds there are to explore. Some are pretty, some are dangerous, and some are downright sexy.

This week, Con Nast Traveler took a minute to examine some of the world's most unique and gorgeous hotel bathrooms. Ever. Sure, a few classics made it onto the list—like the Mandarin Oriental New York and the Hyatt on the Bund—but the above photo caught our eye. It's of the public mens bathroom inside the Goldman 25hours in Frankfurt, Germany. We wonder what gets used to clean these things: a toilet swab, or a toothbrush?

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Frankfurt Airport's Duo of New Hilton Hotels Delayed Until September

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  Site Where: The Squaire, Frankfurt, Germany, 60600
March 2, 2011 at 3:20 PM | by | ()

Sorry, Starwood; we're just not that into your Sheraton Hotel & Towers at Germany's Frankfurt International Airport. Mainly our hate is due to some of the suckiest hotel WiFi we've ever encountered (and a friend who was there last week confirms it's still bad), but also because we're about to get some options. As we reported earlier, the super modern, super shiny Squaire building across from the airport was due to open both a Hilton and a Hilton Garden Inn this spring. Sadly, both seem to be delayed until September.

Focusing on the Hilton for a bit, it's worth pointing out that this hotel isn't designed to be some massive airport conference hotel; its 248 rooms and suites will instead focus on design, with a boutique hotel attitude. Rooms are projected to begin around 199 Euro per night, and it's going to have the best location for catching one of the German ICE trains—the hotel sits atop a station that sees some 185 high-speed trains daily.

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Hilton's Shiny, New Frankfurt Airport Hotel to Debut in March 2011

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  Site Where: The Squaire, Frankfurt, Germany, 60600
November 3, 2010 at 3:17 PM | by | ()

See that slick new, futuristic building in the photo above? It's called "The Squaire" and it's all cozied up to the major European hub of Frankfurt Airport; check out an awesome photo of it here. The Squaire, though only several months old, is already gearing up to open a hotel to end the tyranny of the airport's Sheraton Hotel. The new one—set to debut in March 2011—will be The Hilton Frankfurt Airport, and it should be quite the shiny playground for business travelers.

With only 248 rooms and suites, it's not planning to become a behemoth conference hotel, but to be the boutique-y, stylish standout on airport grounds. Plus, since it's within The Squaire, that means landscaped atriums, art installations, shopping, restaurants and even a medical center in the same building. Not to mention that The Squaire is also a major rail station on its ground level, with "185 daily high-speed rail links across Europe." Indeed, last time we whizzed through Germany on one of the ICE trains, we remember going underneath this building.

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Beware: A Stay at the Sheraton Frankfurt Equals Hotel WiFi Hell

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  Site Where: Hugo-Eckener-Ring 15, Frankfurt, Germany, 60549
June 4, 2010 at 2:44 PM | by | ()

Even though many budget-friendly hotels have adopted free internet as part of the room rate, the fight for complimentary WiFi is far from over. Our latest battlefront is the Sheraton Hotel & Tower at Frankfurt Airport in Germany, which had the most appallingly bad internet policy and connection we've ever used.

Thankfully we got around paying $250 a night for this airport hotel by being a guest of Lufthansa, but we still had the pesky internet charge. And here's the policy: Guests get a free 30 minutes of internet per day in the lobby only. In the rooms, connectivity costs 8 Euro per hour, or a flat 19 Euro for 24 hours. You must create a user ID for your account.

After successfully hooking up to the free half-hour in the lobby on our iPhone at check-in, the situation looked manageable. That is, until we sat down in our room to begin the real work.

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