I wasn't sure whether to review this as many of the other reviews covered a lot of what I am going to say, but I decided to mainly to attempt to reassure people. My colleague booked rooms in this hotel rather than myself, and arrived the day before me, the first time we discovered it was in the red light district. So I checked on here before I arrived the next day and panicked a bit, but after being there it wasn't as bad as I had worried it would be. So the red light location is only one component of the place, and is especially lessened during the week, though the weekends get slightly wilder (and, incidentally, who is getting a lap dance at 7.30am on a Monday?)!
Reasonable accommodation, good considering the price and location; in comparable terms probably about Travelodge in the UK. Changed towels and sheets every day, and the housekeeping on one day even straightened my strewn clothes on a day when I had overslept somewhat, which was a nice surprise!
Breakfast nice, continental but a good selection of the type of food available. Though something warm would have been appreciated as the weather turned colder, but I think that is English-ness talking...
Good location, very near the station, which is about 10 mins from the Airport, and you can check in at any time. While it is in the red light district, it is separate from it with a courtyard and mechanised gate. Though some reviewers have commented on the noise from the district, myself I could only hear something on the Saturday night, and it didn't keep me awake.
As mentioned, it is in the red light district. This didn’t seem a problem through most of the stay as even when we arrived back in the later evening there wasn’t much going on; however on the last day we did see some of the problems of drug injecting on the street, drug deals, and prostitutes. I would not have wanted to walk around that area on my own at night- and yet, the next block is absolutely fine, the red light district seems to only be a very small clutch of streets.
The hotel is generally quiet, a lot of people using it for business, but the halls are echo-ey and the doors loud, so if there is a late group arrival, especially if they are a rowdy stag-do-type group it can get quite noisy.
Wi-fi is available via the Cloud network, but it is expensive.
In terms of local facilities, it isn’t a far walk from anything, I was at a conference at the Goethe University and it was a 25-30 minute walk or so at most. There is a supermarket nearby, and a few streets away- less than 5 minutes- are a few bars and restaurants which are quite nice, and reasonably priced for Frankfurt, though nothing particularly special. It is about 15-20 minute walk to the old town and the more tourist area around the river.
Overall, I would suggest this place is ok to stay in, especially for the rates, if you are staying in the city for business, a conference etc; as a holiday destination as a general tourist I would probably go further towards Sachsenhausen and the older area of the town, as it is generally better surroundings, a better choice of bars and restaurants, and nicer to walk home to. Myself, for all the good of the vicinity to the railway and other facilities, and the relatively pleasant nature of the hotel, I would probably stay elsewhere next time.
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