I recently stayed in Frankfurt for 3 nights with my partner, on our trip around Europe & the USA. It was the end of the summer season & fairly quiet, however, Frankfurt is never really quiet as such, & we were able to visit a lot of the city & enjoyed ourselves a great deal.
We booked our accommodation through a hostelling website, & confirmed a place to stay for the duration of our holiday. On our arrival (via train at HBF) we were pleased to find that it was less than a 5-minute walk away. The hotel was in the middle of the red light district, but there were many other amenities nearby, including several Internet cafes, a laundry, a supermarket, cash machines, & restaurants etc, as well as all the services back in the train station.
The hotel was in decent shape, & appeared to either be fairly new, or recently refurbished. Our room (room 103) was fairly spacious compared to a lot of European accommodation, & also of a higher standard than we had expected for the price we were paying – it was certainly a 'hotel' rather than a 'hostel'. The shower had good pressure & plenty of hot water. Towels & complimentary shampoos etc were provided. The TV received several channels, but only two of them were in English (BBC & CNN news). The red light district appeared very safe & functional – I did not feel at all worried in walking around at night time, even with the shows in full swing. Unfortunately because of the area, there was a lot of noise from the street, which generally lasted all night (even on a Sunday). However, if you are a fairly heavy sleeper then this would not bother you. Please note that there is no air-conditioning in the rooms at this hotel, which would make a difference in the heat of summer (we tried to sleep with our windows open but it was too noisy). The hotel encourages guests to save energy, which is a nice idea.
Breakfast was served in the downstairs room & there was a fair range of products to choose from – continental only though, but the cheeses & fruit were great, & I felt that breakfast was quite reasonable. Unfortunately the breakfast room was quite small, so we often had to wait for a table or share with someone else. There were some vending machines in the lobby which sell drinks (including wine), but it is cheaper to go to the supermarket if it is open (it's shut on Sundays).
The service at the hotel was good, & there was street parking only, if you have a car, but it looked to be quite difficult to get a park there. It is about a 15 minute stroll to the central sightseeing areas from the hotel, & another few minutes to the river. There is a great kebab place a few minutes walk away called Doi Doi (I think), which we would recommend, although there are loads of places to choose from!
All in all, if you are after a basic hotel with nice facilities & need to be close to the train station, then this is the place for you (if you don't mind the noise). Ask for a room facing away from the street if they have any, & get to breakfast nice & early so you can score a table. The area is only a problem if you are a light sleeper, or don't like the idea that red-light districts exist. If we are in Frankfurt again then we would definitely consider returning to this hotel, with earplugs this time. Thanks for a nice stay!
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