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Where to Stay in Frankfurt
Frankfurt straddles the Main River, and though there are several fine hotels and noteworthy attractions on the south bank, most accommodations and sights are situated on the north side. Hotels are densely clustered around the bustling Stadtmitte, or city center, which begins on the northeast side of Frankfurt’s colossal railway station. The historic Altstadt neighborhood, the city’s most popular tourist area, is adjacent to the Stadtmitte and within easy walking distance. A few hotels are available in and around Altstadt, including some of Frankfurt’s most expensive luxury properties. The Westend, a little farther from the city center but with its own great dining and nightlife, is a smart place to look for cheap hotel deals in Frankfurt.
On the river’s south bank, the most popular neighborhood is Sachsenhausen, oriented southeast of Altstadt. Most hotels on the south bank are located in Sachsenhausen within walking distance of the Museumufer, a district containing seven of Frankfurt’s best museums. This area is also known for the delectable apple wine served in its cozy taverns.
Frankfurt Hotel Tips
Because of Frankfurt’s significance as an economic powerhouse and a trade show capital, most hotels in the city cater predominantly to business travelers. You can find independent boutique hotels, intimate B&Bs and family-friendly chain hotels without searching too hard, but these types of properties are in the relative minority. If you’re traveling over a weekend, use this to your advantage; even the most lavish business hotels slash their rates Friday through Sunday, when corporate travel comes to a halt.
The flip-side of this arrangement is that room rates rise by as much as 50% when there’s a major convention in town, and reservations for these busy days fill up months in advance. Take the time to research what’s scheduled during your desired travel dates, or contact a Frankfurt hotel directly to inquire about fluctuating rates and availability.
Frankfurt Hotel Recommendations
For a five-star experience in Frankfurt, the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof is the obvious choice. With a history dating back to 1872, the stately hotel is the city’s most famous, and several of its enormous luxury suites are appointed with genuine period furniture and antiques. Its small but posh spa is the perfect place to relax after a rigorous day of sightseeing.
A more affordable yet very comfortable alternative in the city center is the Maritim Hotel Frankfurt, the city’s largest hotel. However, since this is the closest hotel to the major fair and exhibition halls, don’t even think about booking there during a convention week. If you really want to save, consider the small but interesting quarters at the Hotelschiff Peter Schlott, a moored riverboat that has been converted into what may be Frankfurt’s most clever hotel.
If you want to control your lodging costs without sacrificing space or the quality of your accommodations, look into fashionable Westend boutiques like Hotel Robert Mayer. Each suite at this intimate hotel was designed by a different artist, and you can spend hours admiring the tiniest details in every room.
The Rhein-Main Verkehrsverbund is the agency that oversees the efficient system of subways, buses and streetcars that covers most of the metro area. Complete information on rates, schedules and routes is available on the agency’s website, at major transit stations and often at hotel front desks.
If you’re planning a longer vacation and aren’t intimidated by the prospect of driving around Germany, you may want to consider taking a day trip to the vineyards and charming small towns surrounding the city. After your flight to Frankfurt, you can rent from your choice of several car rental agencies located at the airport. Even more rental companies maintain facilities at the Hauptbahnhof, Frankfurt’s central railway station.