Frankfurt may not have a reputation as being a hotel city, or offering lavish suites on par with other European centers, but it does have some interesting options. In fact, three of our favorites are outside the city, each with historical importance. So if you want to be in the middle of the action, or you are fine being staying in a nearby palace or estate, you will find a perfect match as this week we offer Frankfurt’s Top Hotels and Best Suites.
1. Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof
Five Star Alliance says, “In the heart of the financial district and the historical city center, Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof has been welcoming guests since 1876. With 261 rooms and 42 suites, enjoy an ambiance of luxury and first-class service. Guest rooms and suites are equipped with modern amenities and fixtures. The hotel includes Restaurant Français, a critic favorite and Oscar’s brasseries, as well as Autorenbar, a full-service spa, along with a sauna, Turkish bath, and salons for men and women, plus a private spa suite for couples.”
The Telegraph writes, “The hotel has an excellent central location, with sights like the Main Tower, Römer square and Paulskirche literally steps away from the hotel’s front door. The tree-lined Goethestrasse, with its upscale boutiques and mainstream fashion stores, is five minutes away, the main train station can be reached in under 15 minutes on foot, and there’s a U-Bahn right outside…The building’s eye-catching façade leads into a fairly uninspired interior that draws on the building’s history yet doesn’t quite convince one way or another: not quite stylish enough to be chic, yet not quite historic enough to feel nostalgic. The high caliber of the furnishings and textiles helps create a reassuring level of comfort, though.”
Teak and marble highlight the 1,350 sq.ft. Presidential Suite, including spacious marble bathroom with rain shower and bathtub with flat screen, a large closet and a separate living and dining room and guest bathroom. A well-spaced work desk features a view of Frankfurt’s skyline.
More suites at Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof.
2. Sofitel Frankfurt Opera
The Telegraph reports, “The hotel is situated right on Opernplatz, just north of the Altstädt, right next to the small but pretty Liesl-Christ-Anlage park. The Frankfurt Opera is right across the square…The building is new but is modeled in a Parisian style in order to fit in with the surrounding aesthetic. The hotel interior, by designer Nicolas Adnet of MHNA Paris, is reassuringly plush: inspired by the French city mansions of the 17th and 18th centuries, it offers a generous ground floor bedecked in marble, separate concierge and reception desks, and high-quality seating and furnishings. The design aesthetic is fairly restrained throughout, from the classic luxury of the public areas to the more restrained creams and browns of the rooms.”
The luxurious 1,375 sq.ft. Presidential Suite has separate living, dining, dressing room and king size Sofitel MyBed, TV, minibar. There’s a wellness bath with rain shower & TOTO toilet. Enjoy the Frankfurt skyline from your private terrace.
More suites at Sofitel Opera Frankfurt.
3. JW Marriott Frankfurt
Formerly The Jumeirah, The Telegraph reports, “The dramatic 25-floor, all-glass building is designed to make an impression. From the touch-screen destination control system on the lifts to the body-heat detectors and motion sensors in the rooms, the thrust is very much towards offering a cutting-edge luxury hotel experience. Some intimacy is inevitably lost along the way, though the sculptural paintings by German artist Hartwig Ebersbach add color and creative appeal, and the dark muted color schemes, stylish furnishings, and fine fabrics add extra warmth and comfort.”
Five Star Alliance adds, “All major sightseeing destinations are within walking distance, including the Museum of Modern Art, Schirn Art Gallery, Goethe’s House and Museum, The Old Opera House, and City Hall.”
The hotel reopens as a JW Marriott this month.
Suites at JW Marriott Frankfurt.
Fodors writes, “This lively boutique hotel features modern and sleek designs everywhere you look, including rooms heavy on black lacquer furniture offset by white bedspreads and chairs and large, airy windows. On arrival, guests are greeted with a glass of cider or sparkling wine in the dark yet welcoming lobby. The unusual spa includes relaxation tubs filled with tiny glass beads that provide a mini-massage. The hotel bar and adjacent restaurant are popular places to be seen in Frankfurt, including the outdoor terrace in season.”
The Telegraph says, “Looking for all the world like a funky office building from the outside (albeit with blacked-out windows), Roomers’ interior is straight out of an interior design magazine. The seductive noir aesthetic is the work of Oana Rosen (in partnership with Rosen and Urseanu), whose sumptuous details and furnishings range from the Carsten Witte painting and Karim Rashid lamps in the reception area to Cavalli swan chairs, fur-covered chaise longues and a Harley Davidson motorbike customized by the hotel.”
The 785 sq.ft. Roomers suites feature queen-size bed and separate bedroom, a sleek bathroom with a stand-alone oval bathtub and a separate rain-shower. There is a guest restroom for extra privacy and you can expand wit a connecting Superior Room.
More suites at Roomers Frankfurt.
5. The Westin Grand
The Westin Grand is set to reopen this month after a renovation. The Telegraph writes, “The famous Zeil shopping mile – which segues into the equally exclusive Goethestrasse – is a two-minute hop around the corner…The hotel sets out to impress with its vast, gold-colored lobby – large enough to contain a golden 1950s Oldsmobile in one corner – and a flowing blend of classic and quite glitzy décor. Indeed, the GrandSeven Bar and lounge area has an almost nightclub feel with its tall ceiling and bursts of orange and purple.”
Fodors says, “Those who like downtown Frankfurt will appreciate the Westin’s location, just steps from the famous Zeil shopping street, plus all the features of a high-end chain hotel, including a fitness room, spa, pool, and sauna. It’s a Westin, so each room has a Westin Heavenly Bed (they’re also available for your dog). There is an impressive collection of museum-quality vintage cars in the lobby and an unusual retreat from the public areas, where smoking is forbidden, a swanky cigar lounge. Four restaurants, including Sushimoto with a Japanese menu, are on the premises.”
The two-bedroom 1,650 sq.ft. Presidential Suite is on two floors, the top level accommodates the bedrooms, each featuring a king-size Westin Heavenly Bed, a dressing area and Heavenly Bath.
The dining area, also located on the upper floor, is perfect spot to enjoy private dinners. On the main floor, the living room offers a perfect area to socialize before or after your meal.
More suites at Westin Grand Frankfurt.
6. Villa Rothschild (currently closed)
Five Star Alliance says, “A paradise for bon vivants – whether in the Villa Rothschild’s Michelin star restaurant, in Tizian’s Bar, or from the treasures in our wine cellar, only the best awaits you. An extraordinary ambiance, a gourmet culture, and exceptional personal service has turned the Villa Rothschild (located 14 miles from the city center) into a temple for haute cuisine. No other restaurant and Bar in the Frankfurt area can claim to set such high standards. At the Villa Rothschild, diners are offered an exquisite, naturally lit atmosphere with stunning views of the Rhein-Main region and the historic castle of Kronberg. Enjoy the most modern fitness, beauty, and health facilities, including an outdoor pool with a skyline view, gym, whirlpool, massage rooms, and facial treatments. Relax in a sensational wellness area of 14,000 sq.ft. and refresh your body with Finnish and Bio saunas.”
Grand Deluxe Room
The 575 sq.ft. Grand Deluxe Rooms are from the former private residence of the Frankfurt Rothschild banking family. Noble French fabrics in harmonious red or soothing shades of green emphasize the quality of these rooms.
More rooms Villa Rothschild.
7. Kempinski Hotel Gravenbruch
The Telegraph says, “The hotel is located seven miles outside the city center, at the periphery of the small town of Neu-Isenberg. Its remoteness is part of its appeal, especially for the wealthy clientele who use it as a semi-private retreat. The hotel is surrounded by parkland, which is great for strolls, but Frankfurt itself is the main spot for any day trip…Set in a 15-hectare park on the shores of its own lake, (the hotel) dates back to the 16th century and was mostly used in subsequent centuries as a hunting lodge and meeting point for Frankfurt’s elite.”
Five Star Alliance adds, “The Kempinski Hotel Gravenbruch is set in a historical landmark where the hotel’s exclusive country house style provides a comfortable retreat. The hotel has its own beautiful extensive park providing an elegant retreat away from the bustle of the city. The facility includes bars, restaurants, a fitness area, and 18 conference rooms. The newly renovated rooms and suites offer the highest standards with the latest technology and overlook the gardens or the private lake.”
The 1,938 sq.ft. duplex Presidential Suite offers a private terrace with view over the hotel’s lake. There is a separate bedroom, living area, dining room that seats eight and the bathroom is equipped with a rain shower and whirlpool. For more space, connect with a Junior Suites Deluxe.
More suites at Kempinski Hotel Gravenbruch.
8. Schlosshotel Kronberg
The Telegraph says, “Grand, regal, magnificent: members of most of Europe’s royal families – Tsar Nicholas II and Edward VII among them – have walked these corridors. The Empress Victoria Friedrich was an avid collector of artworks and antiques and filled her home with Flemish tapestries and gallery-worthy paintings and etchings. This is a place of great distinction, sensitively brought into the 21st century by British designer Nina Campbell.”
Fodors adds, “This magnificent palace (located 16 miles from Frankfurt’s center) was built for Kaiserin Victoria, daughter of the British queen of the same name and mother of Wilhelm II. It’s richly filled with furnishings and works of art and is surrounded by a park with old trees, a grotto, a rose garden, and an 18-hole golf course. It’s one of the few hotels left where you can leave your shoes outside your door for cleaning. Jimmy’s Bar, with a pianist, is a local rendezvous (as is the Jimmy’s Bar in sister hotel Hessicher Hof in Messe/Westend). Or opt for a traditional British afternoon tea.”
The historical living quarters of the last German Emperor, Frederick II, the 1,075 sq.ft. Royal Suite offers a fantastic view of the Schlosspark, its historical trees and an 18 whole golf course.
More suites at Schlosshotel Kronberg.