I stayed in this hotel for two nights while working in Frankfurt. It is across the road from the main train station if you take the right-hand exit as you leave your train and get onto the platform.
Incidentally, if you are going to or from the main airport, you simply need to get on the S8 or S9 train, which takes ten minutes and costs a little over four euros (correct at October 2012). You can only get single tickets and try to have change as a lot of the machines ask for the exact money.
Anyway... The Excelsior is what it is. The location is great, with the Messe a 20-minute walk, or five-minute taxi journey. The city centre is a 10 to 15-minute walk away, through the red-light district. If you're worried, the RLD was perfectly safe to walk through, day or night.
The hotel is basic but things like free wifi make it worthwhile, especially for the price. If you want luxury, this is not it. If you want somewhere to base yourself so you can go out and explore - and then check you emails when you get in - then it is perfect.
There are a few local pubs and restaurants nearby but the better ones are in the centre.
I was at the back of the hotel, where it was very quiet but I did hear from some at the front, who said the traffic was noisy. I can only speak for my experience, which was two good nights' sleep.
There is no safe in the rooms, so if you have anything valuable, take it with you, or have a lock for your case. The lifts often take a long time to get up and down. I used the stairs most of the time.
All in all, it is about what you would expect for the price. There are cheaper hotels but I wouldn't want to stay in the hostels / guest rooms around the red light district. Walking through it is fine, staying in it... This is perhaps the best-priced place away from there. It is convenient, the staff are friendly, and the free wifi is incredibly useful.
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