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Hotels for Plane Spotting: The Hilton Garden Inn at Frankfurt International

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  Site Where: THE SQUAIRE am Flughafen, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
September 13, 2012 at 4:41 PM | by | ()

Airport hotels get a pretty bad rap. Sure, there are the greasy, grimy ones, but we like to think that for every one of those, there's a perfectly clean business-friendly one—or, even better, an airport hotel with the luxury of an airport view. All this week we'll be taking a look at a few of our favorite hotels for plane spotting.

Today: The Hilton Garden Inn at Frankfurt International Airport.

Not only is this hotel brand-spanking-new, but it has something others don't at FRA: affordable rooms with a view of the runways. You see, the Hilton Garden Inn sits within a shiny new building called THE SQUAIRE, full of offices, shops and even an international railway station. There's also a Hilton in the same complex, dead next to the Garden Inn, but having been to both we say go with the Garden Inn.

Anyway, let's get to the plane spotting.

Bring the binoculars and the telephoto lenses; there's plenty to see if you squint. For example, A380s and the first Boeing 747-8i are out there, glinting in sun. WiFi is free at the hotel, so painlessly sharing those images is a breeze.

One problem: the Sheraton Airport Hotel sits between the Hilton Garden Inn and the terminal, blocking views from the lower floors, so this is another instance where you should ask for the highest possible floor on the airport side. 11 is as high as it goes and you'll end up with a slightly curved ceiling, but it's no biggie considering the views of departing aircraft you'll enjoy on a clear day.

The details:
· Attached to the airport via a walkway
· Average nightly room rate: We paid 107.40 Euro ($139) total for one night in June, and though it's far less expensive than the Hilton next door, we found that the average on their website can get up to 249 Euro/night ($323) depending on the season. Book in advance and don't be afraid to cross-reference using sites like Hipmunk or Kayak.
· Airlines & airplanes spotted: Lufthansa of course, though there's a slew of others to keep it really interesting.

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/HotelChatter]

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