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Inside Frankfurt's Villa Kennedy: A Palace with a Past

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  Site Where: Kennedyallee 70, Frankfurt, Germany, 60596
May 27, 2010 at 4:31 PM | by | ()

The largest hotel suite in all of Germany, as we showed you yesterday, sits at the top of a palatial private villa turned 5-star hotel, in the ritzy neighborhood of Sachsenhausen in Frankfurt. This property, the Villa Kennedy of the Rocco Forte Collection, is a restored historical complex originally built for a banker family in 1904, and which also housed the Max Planck Institut for the Advancement of Science before becoming a luxury hotel.

These days, the expansive courtyard and sprawling suites are known more for housing celebs, politicians and CEOs than test tubes and scientists, but one thing remains the same: that this is an exclusive, pristine property.

The hotel has 163 rooms, and one night at a standard room here generally starts from 495 Euro, while suites can be had for 683 up to 8,000 Euro per night. Included with this is all the personal service of a genuine 5-star hotel, and access to one of the city's best spas. Aside from the indoor pool and hottub, guests can chill in a the relaxation lounge overlooking the pool, work out in the yoga and pilates studio or take a turn on the TechnoGym machine, or just book a treatment.

But even with all of this luxury, we were most surprised at their comprehensive kids program. Bring your kids to the Villa Kennedy and they'll get their own kids robes, slippers and toiletries, children's magazines, use of a Sony Playstation and kids DVDs, bedtime milk and cookies and the option to do a scavenger hunt around the hotel.

So the last thing we'll cover is something you may have already wondered: why is the hotel named "Villa Kennedy?" Well, when President Kennedy was in Germany to give his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, he drove down the street outside the hotel on his way from Frankfurt airport and made a stop into the hotel. Briefly after this trip, he was assassinated in Texas, and the street here in Germany was renamed Kennedyallee. The hotel followed suit, transitioning from the Villa Speyer to the Villa Kennedy. There's now even a JFK bar inside.

Internet Connect: It's free wired and wireless if you're in a suite, but otherwise it's 10 Euro for one hour, or 20 Euro for a 24-hour period. Wireless internet is also available in the public spaces, so you're not chained to your room, but can work in the courtyard too.

[All photos and video: HotelChatter]

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